Christmas Craft Pages: • All Pages, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Holiday Decorating
COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS (OR HANUKKAH OR KWANZA) PAPER CHAIN
Time is a difficult concept for young children to grasp! One fun and easy way to count off the days is to make a Holiday paper chain. Start on December first...and each day remove one paper loop!
If you are a teacher/caregiver--make one with each child to take home--be sure to include directions for parents! (You could also do this in your classroom or program to count down the days to winter vacation!)
Red and green construction paper (or color for your Holiday)
Choice of stapler, tape or glue stick, scissors or paper cutter
1. Have adult cut paper strips from construction paper. The strips in the sample photo are approximately 2” x 8”.
2. Staple, glue or tape strips as you would any paper chain.
3. Depending on the amount of days to Christmas, number the loops 1 up to 24. (24 will be at the top of the chain and 1 at bottom)
4. Hang the chain from a doorway or hook.
5. Each day remove one loop from the chain. Before you know it-- the big day has arrived!
TIPS for Parents:
• If your child is under 5, consider putting up no more than two weeks of loops. Time does seem to stretch on forever with little ones!
• Consider making one chain for each "young" child you have; each child will want to remove their own loop. Problem solved! (500 pre-pasted 7" strips can be ordered from Orientaltrading.com for $4.99 - 5.99. however they are thin and can tear easily)
This is also a great idea for counting off any big event such as vacations, birthdays, etc. (Photo and idea by KIdActivities and featured on Nickelodeon Holiday Ideas!)
For each small baby food jar, you'll need:
1/4 cup dry oatmeal
1/8 cup granulated sugar, 1-2 tablespoons colored sugar
(Traditional recipes call for glitter, but unless you purchase the pricey edible glitter from specialty shops, it WON'T BE SAFE FOR BIRDS AND SQUIRELLS. Substituting colored sugar will still give a sparkly appearance, without being harmful to the actual animals who will end up eating it.
FOR A BABY FOOD JAR
Layer half of the oatmeal, followed by half of the colored sugar, the white granulated sugar, the rest of the colored sugar, and topped with the rest of the oatmeal.
IN A BAGGIE... Alternatively, combine ingredients in a mixing bowl and scoop into zippered plastic bags....
(With the sugar instead of the glitter-It's OK for the kids to munch on.)
Attach this poem if it is a gift!
Sprinkle on the lawn at night.
The moon will make it sparkle bright.
As Santa's reindeer fly and roam,
This will guide them to your home.
Direct the children to sprinkle it on Christmas Eve on the lawn, driveway, or apartment patio to entice the reindeer. It gives deer something to munch on while Santa delivers his goodies.
NOTE: If you like Reindeer-be sure to visit the 'Reindeer Theme'!
SCENTED HOLIDAY BALLS
1 Styrofoam Ball (size may very)
1 Cup dried herbs or potpourri, dried rose petals or dried small flowers for a 6" size ball
Twine or Ribbon
1. Pour herbs mixture into a bowl. You may choose to ground leaves or petals in a coffee grinder or food processor or glue them on separately.
2. Cover an area of the ball with glue and roll ball through mixture, covering an area at a time.
3. Cloves may be glued on separately.
4. Cover ball with waxed paper and firmly press. Allow to dry completely before adding ribbon
6 oranges (or lemons)
The Spice Mix
4 tablespoons ground cinnamon
4 tablespoons ground cloves
2 tablespoons ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons ground allspice
1/4 cup orrisroot powder (as preservative)
1. Combine the spice mix ingredients.
2. Wash oranges.
3. After poking a hole with a needle, fork, or tooth pick, insert cloves into oranges in a decorative pattern.
4. Roll cloved oranges in the spice mixture within 24 hours and set in a warm place to dry, turning fruit daily.
5. Drying takes from two weeks to possibly a month.
6. Pomanders are completely dry when they are hard.
7. Remove pomanders from the spice mix, dust off a little, and tie with decorative ribbons. (Wrap your orange in holiday ribbon leaving enough extra ribbon at the top for hanging. You can poke holes into the ribbon and through to the orange to help hold it in place.)
Set out in a bowl or you can use as Christmas ornaments. Also great hung in a closet! When preserved, these can last for months to years!
FILL CLEAR ORNAMENTS
Ideas: Popcorn, Confetti, Cellophane sparkles, Pieces of foil garland, Fine potpourri, Tiny beads, Pearls, Epsom Salt, or Artificial Snow. Add a bow... (Images by KidActivities.net)
PLASTIC PLACE MAT ORNAMENTS (Can be used outdoors)
Plastic place mats
Paint pens and Contact paper
Circular paper hole-punch reinforcements
1. Cut Christmas-tree shapes out of plastic place mats.
2. Cover with green Contact paper, if desired.
Decorate by painting on designs with paint pens or markers.
Use hole reinforcements with painted centers to look like ornaments on a Christmas tree
NATURAL TREE ORNAMENTS
Consider using only 'natural ornaments on your classroom center or home Christmas tree!
• Decorate the tree with popcorn and cranberry garland, white painted pine cones, (some glittered) and cinnamon dough ornaments.
• Make pomanders from oranges and cloves (the pompaders can then be hung in closets)... start those in November!
• Make walnut shell ornaments (directions below) and put those on the trees too. It will smell amazing the entire month!!!
WALNUT SHELL ORNAMENTS
• Take walnuts and crack them so you have the 2 halves.
Take out the nut meat and be sure to use it for a cooking project with the kids. (Make sure there are no allergies)
• Next take twine or ribbon and glue it into the shell
Glue the edges of the shell and put them together. Either hold the two shell pieces till the glue sets enough to keep the pieces together...or put a rubber band around the shell.
When it's dry--remove the rubber band and it's ready to hang on the tree.
You can also paint the shells and add glue and glitter...or just glue and glitter the natural shell.
• IDEA: You can also use them OUTSIDE.
Cover them with peanut butter and bird seed and then hang.
• To make a candy garland-- thread a needle with floss. Thread the candy and make a knot at the ends.
• You can hang the garland on a tree or about the room or chandeliers. OR...
Use wrapped treats and an ordinary stapler. Simply staple the ends of the wrappers together. (For loops and dips, make sure the garlands are at least double the length of the surface from which you will drape them.
Fill a clear glass baby food jar (or other small jar) with half water and half corn syrup.
Add glitter, beads, etc. The corn syrup makes the glitter fall slowly for a sparkling effect.
FROSTY HOLIDAY CARDS AND PICTURES (Two projects in one!)
Mix 1 cup Epsom salts with 1 cup boiling water. Let cool.
Use paint brushes to paint mixture over recycled Christmas cards or note cards with pretty pictures.
When dry, pictures will have a frosty appearance.
Don't throw away the mixture when you're done painting!
IN THE SCIENCE CENTER...take a piece of black construction paper and cut it to fit the bottom of a clear, flat dish.
Pour any remaining salt and water mixture into a dish and let sit over night to dry.
The mixture forms crystals.
The children can then use magnifying glasses to view the crystals. Two projects in one!!! ;-)
HOLIDAY WISH COLLAGE!
Write on construction paper a heading of-
"My Holiday Wish List"
Collect kid related catalogs and week-end advertising papers...filled with child related gifts/toys/books/clothes/electronic/and things for family time ideas.
Have children cut out pictures of things they find special.
Have them glue the items on sheets to form a wish-list for parents.
Instruct youth to ONLY cut and paste what they'd truly like!!!
TIP: This should be done right after Thanksgiving to early December--so that before parents shop they'll have an idea of what their children would like!
PAINTED HAND AND FOOT ANGEL
Construction paper, paint, paintbrush, paper plate, water and clean-up cloth or paper.
Pour paint on the plate.
With the paintbrush, 'paint' the child's foot and then press the foot gently onto the construction paper.
Clean the foot and then 'paint' the hands (one at a time) and place it to the side of the foot so that it looks like wings.
When dry-add two little eyes.
With a thin circle of glue and glitter-create the halo.
If this is to be a gift... Label it
From: Your Christmas Angel'
Source: HistoryMom on yahoo
HANDS CHRISTMAS WREATH
1. Using green construction paper or card stock---trace children's splayed-fingered hands; cut out multiple copies of it.
2. Overlap hands and arrange them in a circle to make a Christmas wreath. (It is advised to put hands over a pre-cut wreath-shape cardboard or a paper plate for more stability.
Decorate the wreath with red ribbon (either real or construction paper), a few small light ornaments shapes, red pom-poms, or berries cut from construction paper.
This sample wreath (thank you to mommentsofmommyhood) used two sheets of paper for hand shapes on their wreath. The shapes were glued to cardboard from a cereal box...and embellished with a red contruction paper bow and berries.
GROUP HANDPRINT CHRISTMAS TREE
•Have all children trace their hands onto green construction paper and cut them out.
•Using their hands, curl the fingertips upwards to make a branch look. Put all the curled handprints over each other into a Christmas tree shape.
PAINTED HANDPRINT WREATHS
1. Have children dip their hands in green paint...make green hand prints in a circular shape on tag board.
2. When the paint has dried, roll small pieces of red crepe paper into balls (berries).
3. Glue the red berries onto the hand prints.
4. Make a red bow out of the crepe paper and staple it onto the wreath. Cut a hole in the middle of the wreath. (We actually cut the shape out before we decorate the wreath.)
5. Use either green or red yarn to hang the wreaths. Submitted by Sarah in Oakbrook, Illinois
FELT CHRISMAS TREE (For younger children)
Have children glue a piece of "cone-tree shape" felt triangle on of poster bard or cardstick paper.
Kids then snip other colors of felt scraps into little pieces and glue on as ornaments.
(1) 3" X 4" piece of tag board or lightweight cardboard for each ornament.
Paper clip for each
All shapes and sized of macaroni
Scissors and glue
Gold spray paint and newspapers.
1. Fold the 3" X 4" piece of tag board or cardboard in half.
2. Cut out ANY shape desired for the ornament.
3. Cover the cutout shape with glue.
4. Arrange the dried pasta shapes on the ornaments. They can be arranged any way the children like.
5. When one side is complete- let it dry and set.
6. Turn it over and do the other side.
7. Put a clip through the card board to hang. Spray with gold spray paint. It is advisable to lay many ornaments on newspaper and spray all at the same time. Let one side dry and then do the other side.
Wheel shaped pasta, White paint, White glitter, Dry Tapioca pudding mix, Paint brushes, Elmer's glue
Take round wheel shaped pasta and glue them together in a circle shape. When dry--paint the entire snow flake white. Before the paint dries, sprinkle on glitter mixed with dry Tapioca pudding mix.
To hang from the ceiling, insert a piece of string or yarn through one of the wheel holes after the snow flake is dry.
PHOTOGRAPH HOLIDAY ORNAMENT (Easy) Create ornaments using a photograph of the child.
Glue the photograph onto a shape the child cuts out of paper or poster board (such as a Christmas tree or Hanukkah menorah, etc.).
Decorate the ornament with glued-on sequins, beads or ribbon. Cut a small hole in the top and thread a ribbon through to hang the ornament.
Baby food jars or jam jars
Scraps of tissue paper
Diluted paste or glue
Clean the jars and let dry. You can use small jars...but check the size of the votive candle to make sure it will fit. Have children brush glue onto the jar and place different colors of tissue paper over the glue, overlapping so the entire jar is covered on the outside. When brushing the tissue with glue be sure to do so gently so it doesn't tear. If it tear, remove or leave wrinkled. The glue will appear to be white but will dry clear and when a candle is lit inside will give off a pretty color and design. Great for gift time! ♥ For Christmas: Use red and green
THE VOTIVES TO THE LEFT by KidActivities... were made using clear votive candle holders. Small squares of either red or green tissue paper were applied using decoupage finish (Modge Podge). Once dry--another coat of decoupage was applied. Just as in the directions above, this must be done gently as not to tear the paper. When dried, small tree shapes (purchased at Michaels Craft Store) were glued onto the votive candle holders.
Mixed in with clear votive candle holders-a very pretty table was set! To see the completed table setting--visit the Holiday Decorating and Centerpiece page...
PAPER PLATE POINTSETTIA FLOWER CRAFT
This simple-to-make poinsettia is made from a paper plate and a child's handprint cutouts.
A paper plate
Red, green and yellow construction paper
Scissors, Glue or a stapler
1. Trace children's hands on red and green construction paper.
2. Cut out the hand tracings.
3. Glue or staple a circle of green handprint tracings (fingers pointing outwards) around the outside of the plate.
4. Glue or staple a second circle of red handprint tracings (fingers pointing outwards) just inside the first circle.
5. Glue or staple a third circle of red handprint tracings at the center of the plate.
6. Glue a small yellow paper circle in the center of the flower.
PIPE CLEANER WREATH
Cut a small wreath shape from cardboard and wrap it with green pipe cleaners. (Make sure that the wreath is small enough so pipe cleaners will reach around to the backside to twist shut. Loop yarn or ribbon around to tie it on a tree--that's it. Photo courtesy of World Preschool Mom blog site.
MAKE SCENTED PINE CONES
Materials Needed: Pine cones, Pine or fir pure essential oil, Lidded container, Box or plastic bag, Facial tissue
1. Fill container, box or plastic bag with dry, clean pine cones.
2. Liberally sprinkle tissue with essential oil and add to bag or container.
3. Seal the bag or container and allow oil to penetrate cones for several days before removing (the longer the cones are contained, the stronger the fragrance will be).
RUDOLF MASK (For younger kids)
Paper plates, brown, black and red construction paper, scissors, glue, markers or crayons, single whole punch, rubber bands or tongue depressor stick
Preparation: For young children, pre-cut antlers and reindeer nose.
1. Cut reindeer nose, and antlers out of construction paper.
2. Paste onto plate. Draw mouth. Cut holes out for eyes.
3. Punch hole on both sides of plate and attach rubber bands--or tape to a popsicle to hold in front of face.
4. Have children wear reindeer masks while singing "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." Photo from Activity Village
DECEMBER CELEBRATION AND HOLIDAY CARDS
Make a Holiday card with the words
"Sweet Wishes for A Merry Christmas ...Happy Hanukkah or _______!"
On the inside of the card, glue or staple a 'wrapped mini candy'.
HAVE FUN WITH
A 'CARD MAKING' COLLAGE TABLE
Put out materials such as card stock, construction paper, old Holiday cards, pens, markers, craft glue, buttons, ribbon, holiday shaped templates for tracing, etc.
Challenge the children and see how creative they can be! This card sample uses buttons, markers, and an old jewelry piece for the tree top! Words cut out from an old Christmas card form the words, 'Season's Greetings'! The card stock paper is folded in half to continue the Holiday message inside...(Image by KidActivities.net)
TISSUE PAPER ORNAMENTS #1
2" Styrofoam Balls
Tissue Paper in Assorted Colors
• Tear tissue paper into irregular 1" pieces. Working over waxed paper, brush a section of Styrofoam ball with Liquid Starch. Place overlapping pieces of tissue paper over the starched section of the ball.
• Brush a coat of starch over tissue paper.
• Continue until entire ball is covered.
• Use toothpicks pushed into the Styrofoam to keep the ball from rolling around.
• Let dry. Brush with a coat of decoupage solution.
• Sprinkle with glitter while still wet. Let dry.
• Remove toothpicks.
• Push hairpin into the ball for a hanger.
TISSUE PAPER ORNAMENTS #2
With a few exceptions, KidActivties made these ornaments much like the above directions.
First... a decoupage finish (Modge Podge) was brushed onto small sections of a Styrofoam ball. Red and green squares of tissue paper were applied to the wet surface. Once the ornament was covered with the tissue paper, another coat of finish was applied over the ball...red and green glitter was sprinkled onto the ornament. When dry, a small pipe cleaner hook was inserted into the top to hang on the tree. Ribbon tied in a bow completes the look
NOTE: You must be very gentle when applying the tissue paper. It can easily tear. If this happens, just pat it down with a bit more Modge Podge.
TIP: Dry round ornaments, etc. on top of a toilet paper or paper towel tubes. It works great as a holder and they don't roll around!
ORNAMENT WITH PHOTO IN GOLD MASON JAR LID
1. Take out the insert of the lid and glue the child's picture in it.
2. Cut around the picture and put the insert with the glued picture back into the lid-Now the picture shows through.
3. Finish it with gluing lace or trim around the edge on the backside of it.
4. Add a piece of gold wired cord to the trim with a dab of hot glue.
1. Buy holiday gift tags...Glue a small picture of the child in the middle and laminate.
2. Cut out and poke a small hole in the top to string.
3. You have a homemade ornament that is inexpensive and easy!
CHRISTMAS HAND TREE
1. Trace child's hands.(Ten hand shapes for this project. Cut out hands...
2. To assemble tree, glue together four hands for the bottom of the tree.
3. On top of that glue three more and continue working your way up to the top of the tree.
4. Add a tree trunk and a star for the top. (Make a star shaped template for children to trace their stars)
5. Add ornaments by using a hole punch on colored paper--glue onto tree! (images courtesy of justfor fun)
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