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Making Christmas crafts for little kids is not only fun for the whole family, but it provides a way for them to make gifts that come from the heart. These craft are easy for preschoolers and Kindergarteners, but older kids will also love to make these fun holiday crafts.
When the holiday season approaches, it is always a good time for spending quality time with your children. Kids of all ages love making crafts, so why not try some of these Christmas crafts with your children? Some of these may be able to double as gifts, as well.
Pine cone Christmas tree craft
This is a classic Christmas craft, but it is so easy and fun to make. Not to mention that you probably have everything you need right at home. For each tree, you will need:
- One large pine cone
- Small wooden disc
- Glitter, sequins, glitter glue, beads, pom-poms, cotton balls
- Clear fast-drying glue
Start by making sure your pine cone is nice and clean. Next, you will glue the pine cone on top of the wooden disc. This is to make sure that it stands up nicely.
Now comes the fun part—you will decorate this little pine cone like a Christmas tree. You can decorate however you wish with sequins, beads, pom-poms, glitter, etc.
You can purchase pine cones with glitter on the ends or, using a small paintbrush, spread glue on the pine cone and sprinkle glitter.
Let the pine cone Christmas trees dry then use them as decor on a mantle, side table, or Christmas village display. These will look great as place markers on the holiday table, too.
Try making even more pine cone Christmas crafts with the kids!
Keepsake Handprint Christmas tree skirt
When you pull out your Christmas decorations, you probably have a few that bring back fond memories. Here is a cute and simple tree skirt that your kids can make that will help you remember their love of the season.
- White or red felt tree skirt. You can usually find these at discount department stores for under $5.
- Fabric paint in the colors of your choosing
- Permanent marker
Lay the tree skirt out on a flat surface.
Spread some paint on a paper plate and have your children put their hands in the paint, covering them completely.
With their painted hands, place them on the tree skirt leaving their painted handprints on the tree skirt.
Allow the paint to dry, then use a permanent marker to write their name and the year next to their handprints.
Each year, have them add another handprint to the skirt. You will be able to use it year after year and see how much they have grown.
Paper chain Christmas countdown
Every kid enjoys making a paper chain. You can use them to decorate your Christmas tree, or you can use them as an advent calendar to count down the days until Christmas day.
- Colored construction paper
- A stapler with staples, double-sided tape, or glue
- A magic marker
Have your child draw a picture of a Christmas tree and cut it out. Write “Countdown to Christmas” on the front. This will become your base for the paper chain.
Start the chain by cutting (25) 1-1/2 inch strips of red and green construction paper. You will need one for each day from December 1 until Christmas day.
Have your child make a circle with a strip of paper and fasten together with glue or, even better, a stapler.
Continue making circles, linking the paper strips together, until you have a chain with 25 links.
If you’d like, number the links 1-25.
Once it is done, staple the chain to the base your child has already made and hang it on the wall.
Your child can now take off one chain each day until the last one is left. This is a good visual reminder of when Santa will make his yearly visit.
Paper tube Christmas candles
Make several of these and line them up on your mantel or place on the holiday table.
- For each candle, you will need one empty toilet paper tube or paper towel tube
- White and yellow construction paper
If you are using a paper towel tube, you will need to cut it to the desired size.
Wrap each tube with white construction paper and glue in place. This will be the base of your do my math homework candle.
Using the yellow construction paper, cut out a paper flame and glue it just on the inside edge of the tube.
Group several together along with some greenery, faux holly, lights, and/or ornaments for a festive look.
Try more Christmas crafts for little kids
I hope you and your children will enjoy making one or all of these crafts this holiday season. The best gift you can give your children is the gift of memories and fun that will last a lifetime.