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Holiday Craft Projects the Whole Family Can Enjoy

 

As winter weather approaches, you need lots of fun holiday crafts to keep the kids busy.  These craft projects can be adapted to all ages and skill levels. Best of all, they can be given as gifts to family and friends or decorate your home. Before starting any craft project, it's a good idea to get prepared: adult t-shirts make excellent smocks that protect your kid's clothes, and be sure to spread newspaper or a drop cloth over any non-scrubbable surfaces. Are you ready? Then get crafty!

Christmas Ornaments

Supplies:

  • Glass or plastic ball ornaments
  • Craft glue (optional)
  • Markers or paint
  • Stickers, glitter, and other decorations

This craft is so simple and it allows your child's creativity to run wild!

  • Simply buy plain glass or plastic ball ornaments and let your kid decorate it with markers, stickers, glitter, and paint.
  • You can even make this a holiday tradition and have your kid decorate a new ornament each year.

Pine Cone Christmas Trees

Supplies:

  • Pine cones (the bigger and fatter, the better)
  • Craft glue
  • Green paint
  • White paint (optional)
  • Miscellaneous items to use as tree decorations (ribbons, tiny ornaments, bows)
  • Glitter
  • Juice can lids (optional, milk jug lids also work)

Go for a nature walk and collect a few big, fat pinecones. Bake them at 200 degrees in the oven for 45 minutes to kill all bugs and germs. Paint the pinecones green.

When the paint is dry, your kids can decorate the trees as much as they wish. They can paint the tips of the cone white and dust with glitter while the paint is wet. They can glue ornaments, ribbons and bows to the tree. Please note that tiny items can be choking hazards for little ones, so substitute something age-appropriate or watch them with an eagle eye.

When they are done and everything is dry, glue the pine cone to a juice can lid to hold it steady. They look awesome displayed on a mantelpiece!

Paper Snowflakes

Supplies:

  • Decorative paper (silver looks awesome, but plain white works beautifully too)
  • Scissors
  • Snowflake diagrams (available online or there are entire books devoted to this craft at your local library)
  • Thread
  • Paper clips
  • Glue and glitter (optional)

This is a project that works better for older kids, although young ones can participate using safety scissors and lots of supervision.

Using a snowflake pattern from an online source or library, fold and trim the paper as directed. When it's unfolded, you have a beautiful snowflake! If you wish, decorate the snowflake by applying glue and dusting with glitter.

Poke a hole through the top edge of one arm of the snowflake, and loop thread through. Tie the other end of the thread to a paper clip. Unbend the paper clip a bit to create a hook shape. Now you can hang it from the ceiling, or a Christmas tree. If you don't want to use a paper clip hanger, you can simply tape the snowflakes to a window or wall. Make a lot of them and create a blizzard!

These holiday crafts are lots of fun and will keep the whole family occupied for hours. Enjoy!

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Sarah Baker is a documentary filmmaker and writer currently living in New Bern, NC. Her first book, Lucky Stars: Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell, will be published December 2009. Read more about her.

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