Fun Christmas craft ideas for kids

Christmas time is here! And what better way to get into the festive spirit than with some fun (and easy) Christmas craft activities? From Christmas tree decorations, to nature wreaths and handmade Christmas cards, we’ve put together a few kid-friendly crafts that can be easily made at day care and taken home to be enjoyed with the family.

(WARNING: Things might get a little bit messy. We suggest you do these on the days when your day care cleaning company is due!)

Sparkly Christmas Decorations

You will need:

  • Thick card (a laundry detergent powder box works well – ask the parents to bring in any old boxes they have from home)
  • A pencil
  • Scissors
  • PVA glue and a brush
  • Colourful tissue paper, foil, or lolly wrappers
  • Sequins or small metallic gold and silver star stickers
  • Hole punch
  • Gold or silver ribbon
  1. Draw or trace a Christmas shape onto a thick piece of card – this could be a star shape, a Christmas tree, a bell, or even a round Christmas pudding shape!
  2. Use the scissors to cut out the shape.
  3. Tear or cut the tissue paper, foil or lolly wrappers into small pieces.
  4. Glue the pieces all over the shape, on both sides, overlapping them until the whole shape is covered. Leave it to dry.
  5. Glue the sequins onto both sides the shape. Stick the small star stickers onto the shape too if you have decided to use these. Leave to dry.
  6. Use the hole punch to make a hole in one of the points of the star (or at the top of your Christmas tree, pudding or bell shape).
  7. Thread a length of gold or silver ribbon through the hole and knot the ends together.
  8. Hang your new sparkly Christmas decorations on your Christmas tree!
Snowman-shaped cards:

You will need:

  • A4 sheet of white card
  • A pencil
  • Scraps of black card
  • Felt-tip pens or textas
  • Colourful sequins or buttons
  • Silver glitter
  • PVA glue and a brush
  1. Fold the sheet of white card in half.
  2. Using your pencil, draw a snowman shape on the card. Be sure to use up the entire width of the card, with the sides of the snowman touching the edges.
  3. Cut out the snowman, taking particular care to leave it joined at the folded edge of the card. This should give you a snowman-shaped card that you can open and close.
  4. Cut out a top hat from the black card and stick it on the snowman’s head.
  5. Use your black felt-tipped pens or textas to draw eyes and a mouth on your snowman. You can then use other colours to draw a carrot-shaped nose, a walking stick, and a colourful scarf on your snowman.
  6. Stick some sequins or buttons on the front of your snowman.
  7. Dab on some PVA glue and sprinkle on silver glitter for a sparkly finishing touch.
  8. Write your Christmas message inside the card!
Nature Christmas Wreath:

You will need:

  • 2 sheets of heavy cardboard
  • PVA glue and a brush
  • Pine cones, gum nuts, seed pods, leaves and other natural treasures
  • Christmas ribbon
  • A pencil
  • A large plate and a smaller plate (to trace around)
  • Scissors
  1. Make a wreath shape by tracing around a large plate on both sheets of cardboard. Then place a smaller plate in the centre of the circles you have drawn and trace around it on both sheets.
  2. Cut out the wreath shapes and glue them together to make a nice, super-strong backing.
  3. Glue pine cones, gum nuts, seed pods, leaves and other natural treasures onto the cardboard backing. Use glue generously.
  4. Tie Christmas ribbon into bows and glue them onto the wreath to decorate.
  5. Allow the wreath to dry overnight.
Family Handprint Christmas Tree:

You will need:

  • Sheets of coloured paper or card (lots of green, 1 brown and 1 yellow)
  • 1 large sheet of red paper or card
  • A pencil
  • Christmas wrapping paper
  • Scissors
  • PVA glue and a brush
  • Star stickers, sequins or small glittery pom-poms for decorating your tree
  1. Trace the handprints of each person in your family onto green paper.
  2. Cut out the handprints and paste them onto the large sheet of red paper to form a tree shape (you might need to trace and cut out some more handprints to fill it out more).
  3. Cut out a yellow star to stick on top of the tree, and a brown rectangle for the trunk.
  4. Cut out a few different shapes from the Christmas wrapping paper – these can be the presents to go underneath the tree.
  5. Decorate your tree with star stickers, sequins and glittery pom-poms to make it sparkle.
Pine Cone Christmas Tree:

You will need:

  • 1 pine cone
  • Green glitter glue
  • Small glittery pom-poms
  • 1 gold pipe cleaner
  • PVA glue and a brush
  1. Paint green glitter glue onto the edges of the pine cone to make it sparkle.
  2. Use the PVA glue to stick the glittery pom-poms into the crevices of the pine cone. Leave it to dry.
  3. Bend the gold pipe cleaner into a small star and trim any excess pipe cleaner. Glue the star onto the top of the pine cone and you’re done!

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