Christmas Crafts for Kiddos and the Young at Heart – Part 2

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By Samantha Retzlaff (Customer Service)

More Christmas crafts my family has enjoyed over the years.  We hope your family will enjoy them too. Merry Christmas!

 

Christmas Stable Ornament

My son made an ornament like this when he was in daycare and I loved the idea and the simplicity of the craft.  It gave all of the children a chance to learn more about the birth of Jesus and where he was born.

You will need:

8 popsicle sticks or crafts sticks

wooden star

string or twine

wood glue or hot glue

paint (optional)

 

  1. Glue the walls of the stable to the floor. If they don’t line up the way you want them to, you may want to cut the outer walls a little shorter. Start with the outer walls, then the middle, and then add the other two middle sticks. Once this step is complete, this will be the back of your stable so you don’t see the curved ends of the sticks.
  2. Turn your stable around and glue on your roof.
  3. Glue your star in place.
  4. Glue a piece of of string to the back of the ornament for hanging
  5. Let your kids color the stable to make it more colorful so you’ll have an ornament to dress your tree for years to come. Below is a picture I found on the internet of an unpainted Stable Ornament to give you an idea of what the finished product looks like.

 

Handprint Wreath

This wreath is a fun way to display your child’s crafty work and their unique hand print all through the holiday season.

What you will need:

  • Paper Plate
  • Construction Paper – Use any colors you like, but we like green, red, and white
  • Crayons, Markers or Paint
  • Ribbon
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch

Instructions:

  1. Cut the center out of the paper plate to form a wreath shape.
  2. Trace anywhere from 15-20 hand prints onto the different colors of construction paper.
  3. Glue the hands onto the paper plate overlapping them some until the paper plate can no longer be seen.
  4. Optional – let your child decorate the wreath with crayons, marker, paint, or even other fun craft items
  5. Punch a hole into the top of the wreath and tie the ribbon through the hole making a bow or cut out a construction paper bow and glue to the wreath.

 

Handprint Reindeer Ornament

Here’s another fun craft you can make using your child’s handprint.

 

What you will need:

  • White construction paper or cardstock
  • Brown tempura paint
  • Ribbon
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Pair of googly eyes
  • Red craft pom or a small circle cut out of red construction paper

Instructions:

  1. Place your child’s hand in brown paint, then place the hand down onto the white paper leaving a brown hand print on the paper.
  2. Let the hand print dry and then cut the hand print out of the paper.
  3. Glue your pair of googly eyes to the top palm section of the hand print
  4. Glue the red pom or red circle construction paper under the eyes to make a nose
  5. punch a hole into the top portion of the paper and tie a ribbon through the hole so you can hang the ornament on the tree.    

 

Cookies for Santa

And lastly, as many families do, we make cookies for Santa every Christmas Eve and each child decorates a few to eat, a few to share, and one special one for Santa.  We usually cook sugar cookies using our favorite family recipe but we also bake Oatmeal Raisin cookies too because we know for a fact that Santa LOVES them! 

 

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