Christmas is a perfect time to get creative with the kids in doing some wonderful festive crafting. Here are a few of my favourite ideas which are easy to create, superb for younger children.
Pretty paper angels
Create these simple colourful angels using bits of paper (origami paper would work great), large wooden beads and twine. Create one large double sided paper fan, then a smaller double ended fan for the wings. Tie the twine around the middle of each, then stick the larger fan together to create the dress. Thread a large wooden bead for the head and paint on a little face.
Glitter covered tealight holder
Get your kids to cover a jam jar in mod podge, sprinkle chunky silver glitter all over the jar then leave to dry. This will be messy, but lots of fun! Once dried, tie a lovely bow around the top of the jar. To finish add your tealight, and you have this lovely festive tealight holder.
Festive stick Christmas trees
You can create these simple Christmas tree ornaments for your tree. Take a lollipop stick and attach green string to one end using mod podge. Using sticks, break them to your desired size and form them in a Christmas tree shape, then stick each one to your lollipop stick. To finish, add shining gold star confetti.
Hot chocolate reindeer
This is a lovely DIY to do with the family, especially if your kids have some friends they want to give presents to. Fill a clear piping bag about one third of the way up with hot chocolate. Then the next third add chocolate chips. Then for the perfect hot chocolate recipe, you need to add some delicious tiny marshmallows. Once you have tied it up, you now want to decorate your hot chocolate bag. Add a red pom pom to the tip of the bag for the nose, two googly eyes just below the chocolate chips, warp around the top a brown pipe cleaner for antlers, and to finish add a pretty ribbon and your own personalised tag.
Christmas tree pine cones
Another fun messy project for you and the kids. Paint your pine cones using green paint and whist they are still wet add a little bit of iridescent glitter, to represent frosted branches. You can also add multicoloured pom poms to look like Christmas lights and ball balls. To finish create a base using white Fimo for the pine cone decoration to stand on.
Simple button Christmas cards
Everyone loves a personalised card, it just makes them extra special for the receiver. Taking some plain white cards, decorate the cards is using colourful buttons in different shapes and sizes. Then draw around them using coloured markers to create festive illustrations.
Melted snowmen cookies
This is one DIY I remember doing as a kid and I loved it! Bake some cookies (or buy some plain ones if your feeling lazy) then decorate them with white and colourful icing. Then of course you need a marshmallow for the snow mans head, which you can also decorate with different snowman faces.
Using brown card, cut out the legs, head, antlers and ears, then create a paper spring for the body. You may need to print or create a template for your children to follow. Stick all the pieces together to create the body for your reindeer, then stick a red pom pom and googly eyes on for the face. Draw a friendly smile on your reindeer and you are finished!
Beaded star ornaments
A lovely little Christmas tree ornament which your children could easily put together. Use some pretty gold pipe cleaner, a range of colourful beads, a large gold bell and some red string so you can hang these little stars onto the tree. The only part you may need to help the younger kids with is getting that perfect star shape.
Stick and string Christmas trees
To create these adorable Christmas trees, stick three twigs together to create the tree shape, then add an additional one to the bottom for the tree stump. Using Christmas coloured string, wrap it around the trees, tying them securely. My personal favourite is the zig zag design, but of course just let your kids get creative! Don’t forget to stick a dazzling gold star to the top of your tree once you are finished!
Frosted pine cones
Using white metallic paint, cover the outside of your pine cone – leaving some of the brown showing. Whist the paint is still wet, sprinkle on some silver or iridescent glitter to give it that frosty effect. To finish add white string to the base so they can be hung up.
Paper chain snow man
Every child knows how to make a paper chain, so for a bit of fun why not make one into a snow man, with a lovely smile and amazing top hat! You can also make different designs such as a Santa paper chain or maybe some reindeer too. Why not make them all?
Pine cone angel
Cotton ball snowman
I also remember doing these when I was younger, I think I was in primary school! Print or draw a snowman as a template for the children. Let them get creative by sticking on cotton balls, googly eyes and decorating them with whatever they desire. The more the better in my opinion!
All of these images where sourced from Pinterest.co.uk