Christmas Craft Pages: • All Pages, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4 , Page 5, Holiday Decorating
GUM DROP SPICE-CANDY TREE
Gumdrop (Spice Drop) Candy
Styrofoam tree - Any size desired; trees in sample photo are 6"
1. Cover the tree base with tin foil
2. Break toothpicks in half
3. Put a gumdrop on the broken side of the tooth pick...
3. Starting at the bottom of the tree, poke the pointed side of the tooth pick (with the gumdrop on it) into the tree.
4. Continue going around the tree until it's covered with the candy.
I remember making these in the late 1960's! Seeing a photo of one on a website brought back some nice memories--so guess what?! I made one and "Hubby" made the other...
The trees are nice to add to a tablescape, part of your dessert table, or to give as a 'hostess gift'. Be sure to have extra gumdrops to munch as you make! (Photo by KidActivities)
JINGLE BELLLS TO WEAR! (Wrist or Ankle Bracelet)
Take a strip of green or red fabric or felt that will fit for a wrist or ankle band.
Tie string or yarn to the bells and then to the strip...or sew jingle bells to the fabric...
HOLIDAY PARTY CRACKERS (Not the kind you eat!)
1. To make Christmas party crackers, take an old paper towel roll and cut it in half or thirds.
2. Place small favors such as erasers, tiny toys, stickers, or small wrapped candy inside.
3. Roll the filled paper towel roll in Christmas wrapping paper allowing extra paper at both ends. Twist the excess wrapping paper at each end and tie with ribbon or yarn. Christmas Party crackers!!!
Nice for younger kids...REINDEER PUPPET (Visit KidActivities Reindeer Theme) for loads of 'Reindeer Ideas'!
Small paper lunch bag
Markers or crayons
Red paint or Red sticker circles
1. Have children cut 2 antler holes and one nose hole in their bags. (Antler holes are at the bag top---and the nose hole should be in the middle of the bag where a nose would go)
2 Show the children how to put their fingers in the holes to make the antlers (first two fingers for one hole--and last two fingers for next hole---thumb is used for the nose hole
3. Optional: Each child can dip their thumb in red paint or stick on a red sticker to make the nose.
Young kids can then sing "Rudolf the Red-Nose Reindeer" using this as a prop!
EASY PAPER REINDEER FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN
- Materials: Dark Brown construction paper
- Light Brown construction paper
- Large googly eyes
- Small red pompoms
Trace Child's shoe on dark construction paper and cut out to make head. Trace child's hands on light construction paper and cut out to make antlers. Glue antlers, eyes, and pompom (nose) to head
TIP: Be sure to save any Christmas left-over candy canes to make Valentine Hearts in February!
Make a Holiday Banner for your Room!
It can say: JOY! HAPPY HANAKKAH! HAPPY HOLIDAYS! PEACE! (whatever...)
Narrow Banner about 18" X 36" and Wide Banner: 24" X 36"
Also-Choice of a Dowel, bamboo stake, twig, etc.
Construction paper in assorted colors
Glue/paste, scissors, yarn
Discuss with children what you would like the banner to say and what the design, technique, etc. should be.
1. Fold both ends of paper over twice (about 2") and paste or staple the bottom fold.
2. Cut out pieces for the banner (the words or word and pictures)from the construction paper.
3. Arrange the design on the butcher paper.
4. When you're satisfied with the design, glue the pieces down.
5. Attach the doweling to the top of the banner with paste or staples. Add yarn and hang.
DOG BISCUIT REINDEER
1 dog biscuit (Or a dog biscuit shape)
2 wiggly eyes
Set of ears (Make templates for ears and holly-shaped antlers as shown in picture)
Set of holly antlers
Pom pom for the nose (Sparkly nice)
yarn or ribbon for the hanger
Glue all parts on as shown in sample...Kids now have a reindeer ornament for your tree!
JINGLE BELL WIND CHIMES
Materials for each chime:
1. Cut 12 pieces of yarn.
2. On 10 pieces of yarn tie a bell at the end of each one.
3. Tie a plain piece of string on EACH end of the pencil for hanging.Tie them together at top.
4. In-between the end strings, tie the yarns with bells on them onto the pencil.
Brown construction paper
One red pom pom
1. Fold a large piece of brown paper in half.
2. Trace the shape of a gingerbread man on one side.
3. Cut out the gingerbread man so that the folded piece of paper makes 2 of the shape.
4. Use white yarn to make the decorative icing.
5. The beans can be used to form the mouth.
6. The red pom pom can become the nose.
7. Use the buttons to make a shirt and eyes.
8. Use the ribbon to make a hair bow, a scarf, or a bow tie!
9. Staple the two sides together, leaving a hole at the top.
10. Stuff the gingerbread man with cotton balls and then close up with staple or glue.
Created by Ms. Julia from the Kansas City Public Library
GINGERBREAD RHYME for above...
Stir a bowl of gingerbread,
Smooth and spicy brown.
Roll it with a rolling pin,
Up and up and down.
With a cookie cutter,
Make some little men.
Put them in the oven
Till half past ten!
HAND PAINTED GLASS ORNAMENTS
Perfectly Clear glass ornaments (Size is your choice)
Acrylic paint (color choice is yours--sample is with pearl and gold
Put acrylic paint "inside" the ball --- roll it around until all is covered with an effect that you like...
These directions are from Angie who gifted the ornaments to me in 1999...
1. The balls need to be dried 'up-side down' which can be very messy. 2. Hot glue toilet paper tubes standing on end in a cardboard box.
3.You can then tip the painted balls in the ends of the tubes and the extra paint goes into the box.
4. Make sure that the tubes are placed far enough apart for the balls to fit. It will depend on the size of the balls.
If you will be signing the bottom of the ornaments, the signature and date are done on the outside with a paint pen in either gold or silver. (You can see signature on far left ball) They write beautifully on glass. (Ornaments created by Angie Dockter, Brooklands School - Rochester, Mi. Photo by KidActivities)
SEQUIN STYROFOAM BALL ORNAMENT
Styrofoam ball (any size)Sample is about 2"
8 mm sized sequins
3/4 inch sequin pins
Feathers, seed beeds, toothpick
For sample ornament...
Put sequins into the ball and have them overlap slightly.
Do this by sticking a straight pin through the tiny hole in the center of each sequin. The pin will fit flush with the top of the sequin and penetrate the Styrofoam ball and hold the decoration in place. The head of the pin will hardly be visible, so it will look as if the ball is made of sequins once you have covered the entire thing. (This ball is covered entirely with sequins; however, the silver do not show in the photograph)
You can also get a lovely effect by first putting a pin in a sequin --and then a bead. This design is nice on a 'satin' covered styrofoam ball; it would take longer to do--but may be something an adult or older youth would like to try.
To hang THIS ball, a toothpick was poked in the top center. A seed bead was glued to the top of the pick and then a small loop of ribbon tied under the bead. (The bead keeps the ribbon from slipping off) Small holes were poked into the top of the ball and feathers put in these to hide the toothpick.
You could also hot glue a loop of gold string or ribbon to the top of the ball. The loop should be large enough to attach an ornament hanger to it--at least the circumference of your thumb. The longer the loop, the farther down off the branch the ball will hang. Use a tiny dot of glue to hold the loop in place.
This ornament was made by Delaney Biggs of Waterford, Mi. Grade 3-2008; Photo by KidActivities
Thank you to Cere Child Care for sharing the following three Christmas Ideas. Great for younger children!
#1 RECYCLE OLD CHRISTMAS CARDS!
Cut off the front cover of old Christmas cards. Have children sign their name on the back and decide whom to give it to. Punch holes around the border and give children a strip of curling ribbon to lace around boarder.
#2 SANTA ORNAMENT... Use green paper. Paint fingers white for beard. Paint palm skin color (mix a little orange or brown into white until you get the desired skin color). Paint top of hand and thumb red for hat. Stamp with thumb out and fingers slightly together, pointing to the bottom of the paper. When dry add face and white dot on the end of the hat. Optional- Laminate, punch a hole at the top and hang on your Christmas tree!
#3 SANDPAPER GINGERBREAD BOY
1. Cut a Gingerbread 'cookie' shape out of sandpaper.
2. Scrape across and all over with a cinnamon stick to make it smell nice.
3. Decorate with eyes, glitter, or whatever you have on hand.
4. Use scalloped edge scissors to make strips with white construction paper for the icing decoration.
TISSUE PAPER and JUICE LID MINIATURE STAINED GLASS WINDOWS
Metal Juice lids, Colored tissues paper torn in small pieces, Glue
1. Cover the flat side of the juice lid with glue.
2. Tear or cut small pieces of the colored paper and place on top of the glue-top lid.
3. Again-cover the paper with glue. Dry overnight.
4. When dry, pop these off the lid.
6. Hang in a window.
Alternative: Powdered tempera could also be added to the glue; the colored glues could be mixed or glitter added.
HOLIDAY TREE...for the Classroom
If possible bring a small pine tree into the classroom/program for the Holiday season. If no tree is available, make a large one out of green butcher paper/roll paper and hang it on the wall. Make and reproduce patterns of your choice for the children to color/paint/decorate -- and cut out.
Punch a hole near the top of the ormaments and add yarn to hang. (When it's time for holiday vacation--the kids can take the ornaments home to put on their own trees)
If the tree is natural or artificial, decorate with paper chains, popcorn garland, and all the craft ideas and ornaments of nature found on this site.
BROWN PAPER CHRISTMAS STOCKING
Make a great Christmas stocking from a brown paper grocery bag. You can hang it and stuff it with Christmas goodies.
Supplies needed: Thick brown paper (like grocery bag paper) or brown felt, Pencil, Scissors, Glue, A hole punch, Yarn, Markers or crayons.
1. Draw a large stocking on thick brown paper (or brown felt).
2. Cut out two copies of this stocking.
3. Glue the two stockings together around the edges (make sure you don't put any glue along the top opening).
4. Punch holes around the edges of the stocking.
5. Weave yarn in and out of the holes. Leave a loop of yarn at one end, and tie it in a knot.
6. Decorate your stocking with crayons, markers, stickers, construction paper cut-outs, or glitter.
COLLAGE CHRISTMAS TREE
Materials: (1) 9"x12" newsprint, (1) 9"x12" (any color) construction paper, old magazines, scissors, pencil, paste or glue
Fold the 9" x 12" construction paper in half - lengthwise.
On the half of paper draw a half of tree in a cone shape (may have a trunk in a pot base if desired--but needs to have the CONCE SHAPE tree on the trunk bottom) This will be the tree pattern.
When you cut the side out--unfold to get entire tree shape.
Next--Cut pieces of bright colored pieces of paper from magazines.
Tear these into small pieces and shapes.
Paste these onto the construction paper.
Cover the entire paper-overlapping the pieces.
These can also be applied with liquid starch and a paint brush.
Let it dry.
Lay the tree pattern on top of the collaged construction paper and draw around the tree with a pencil.
Cut the tree shape from the collage paper.
You now have a collaged tree shape.
You can mount the tree on a dark or bright colored paper. Really pretty. when complete.
DECOUPAGE HOLIDAY COOKIE PLATES
Clear glass plates, plain white paper (to draw and color or paint) or patterned wrapping/gift paper, pencil, scissors, crayons or markers, Modge Podge (Decoupage Finish)
1. Trace around a plate. Cut out the circle.
2. Make a colorful drawing on the paper circle. (You can also use Holiday wrapping paper like KidActivities did in the sample image!)
3. Brush Mod Podge onto the back of the plate.
4. Press the picture or paper onto the back of the plate.
5. Press/push out any wrinkles.
6. Let the plate dry. Apply another coat of Modge Podge if desired.
NOTE: Krylon spray was also used on the back of the plate for added protection. If you do this, allow time for any chemical odor to diffuse.
If you're an adult and making on this for a gift--fill this plate with cookies you have made! Cover with cellophane and ribbon.
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