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8 Easy Holiday Crafts for Kids

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Want to get a little crafty with the kiddos this holiday season? Break out your glue guns and glitter and check out these fun (but fairly easy) holiday crafts for kids.

Popsicle Stick Ornaments

What You’ll Need:
Regular craft sticks
Mini craft sticks
Twine (for hanging)
Extra strong, non-toxic glue

For the snowman:
Snowflake stickers
Small black buttons
White and black paint
Orange construction paper or cardstock
Sharpie (or similar permanent marker)
Red glitter paper

For Santa:
Small red pom pom
Small googly eyes
Cotton balls
White pom pom
Red paint
Small black buttons

For the tree:
Gold glitter stars
Green paint
Gold glitter paper or brown cardstock

What You’ll Do:

For the snowman: Paint four regular-size popsicle sticks white and glue them together side by side. (Gluing a mini stick across the larger sticks horizontally helps keep them together.) Paint a mini stick black and glue diagonally on the top of the snow man (creating the brim of a hat). Then paint the white sticks that are showing through above the black mini stick black as well. Cut two strips of red glitter paper, adding slits to the end, and glue on the snowman (creating a scarf). Below the scarf, glue on two black buttons. Using the orange paper, make a carrot nose and glue on. Finally, use the Sharpie to draw on the eyes and mouth. Add some twine to hang the ornament on the back and ta-da!

For Santa: Glue four regular-size popsicle sticks together side by side (just like the snowman) and paint the bottom red. Paint Santa’s face the color of your choosing. Using the red glitter paper, cut out a triangle to be used as Santa’s hat, and glue to the top. Glue the white pom pom ball to the top of the hat, and glue on small googly eyes below the hat for his face. Using the cotton balls, glue down a few below his hat and around hit face to create his hair and beard. Below the cotton balls, glue 3 black buttons down for his coat. Add some twine to the back. Done!

For the tree: Paint two regular-size popsicle sticks and one mini stick green. Glue the three sticks together, with the mini stick as the base. Add the gold glitter paper or brown cardstock as the trunk of the tree. Add a star made from the gold glitter paper to the top, and embellish the tree with whatever your kiddo wants (rhinestones, pom poms, stickers, etc.). Add some twine to the back. Voila!

Pipe Cleaner Candy Canes

What You’ll Need:
Pipe cleaners
Red and white beads

What You’ll Do:

Cut your pipe cleaner to your desired length. Curve the top of the pipe cleaner to form the candy cane shape. Next, start threading the beads on the pipe cleaner in alternating order. Make sure to leave some room to fold over a small bit of the pipe cleaner at each end so the beads don’t fall off. Done!

Waterless Snow Globes

What You’ll Need:
Glass jars (however many you want to make) of any size (We suggest mason jars.)
Artificial snow
Hot glue and glue gun
Mini Christmas trees and snowmen

Optional:
Spray adhesive
Glitter
Krylon glitter blast or white spray paint

What You’ll Do:

First, remove the lids and paint them with the spray paint (silver or white works best). Optional: Use the spray adhesive on the mini trees and snowmen to add extra glitter and sparkle.

Next, use the hot glue to glue down the trees and snowmen to your lids (once everything has dried). Set those aside. Grab the jars, and add some snow (just enough to cover the bottom of the jar). Once the trees and snowmen are dried and glued, pick up the lid and screw it back on the jar. Turn them over, and let it snow!

Cottonball Snowmen

What You’ll Need:
Construction paper or cardstock (whatever colors you prefer)
Cotton balls
Sharpie (or similar permanent marker)
Googly eyes
Hot glue and glue gun

Optional:
Black buttons

What You’ll Do:

Let your kiddo choose a piece of construction paper (any color besides darker colors like dark blue, black or purple will do). Help them draw the outline of a snowman. Once the circles are in place for the snowman, have your child draw on the arms and top hat. Next, use the glue gun to place the cotton balls inside the circles, completely covering the inside space. After all the cotton balls are in place, use some red construction paper to cut out two rectangular shapes for the scarf, then glue on. Grab the googly eyes and glue those on for the face. Finally, if you want to add a few buttons to the snowman’s belly, glue those on too. Done!

Snow Slime

What You’ll Need:
2 bottles of clear glue (Elmer’s or similar)
1 bottle of white glue (Elmer’s or similar)
Silver  and blue glitter
Foil snowflakes
A bowl
Spatula
Liquid starch
Washi tape
3 small mason jars

What You’ll Do:

Empty the glue in the bowl. Then add the glitter. Stir together. Next, add the liquid starch (about ¼ cup to start). Knead together for 3 minutes (and add some more starch if necessary; less starch gives you more liquid consistency). Stretch it, wrap it, make it into a ball, repeat. Add in the snowflakes afterward (making sure they’re not sharp). Use the washi tape to decorate the lids of the mason jars. Put the slime into the jars and ta-da!

Fingerprint Christmas Lights

What You’ll Need:
White construction or cardstock paper
Finger paint or watercolor paint
Black Sharpie (or similar permanent marker)

What You’ll Do:

Placing the paper horizontally, help your kiddo use the marker to draw the strand that the lights will be attached to. This can be diagonal, straight across, looping, whatever you choose. Next, let your kid have at it with their fingers and paint to create the bulbs on the strand. That’s all!

Paper Plate Christmas Trees

What You’ll Need:
Paper plates (1 per tree)
Clear tape
Green paint
Regular glue (such as Elmer’s) or hot glue
Multicolored pom poms, stickers, beads, rhinestones or whatever embellishment you prefer

What You’ll Do:

First, place one plate upside down. Find the center, and cut out a wedge (an entire quarter is easiest). Roll the wedge into a cone shape and tape together on the inside. Paint the cone green. (Of course, you can paint the cone green before taping it together, but the process is up to you.) After the paint is dry, glue on your embellishments (our favorite is the pom poms for the 3D effect). Enjoy!

Handprint Christmas Wreath

What You’ll Need:
Light and dark green construction paper or cardstock
Pencil
Pom poms or stickers
Regular glue (such as Elmer’s) or hot glue
Clear tape
Red bow
Ribbon or twine

What You’ll Do:

Trace the shape of your child’s hands on the green paper. (Decide on how many hands you need based on how big you want your wreath to be. We recommend going with an odd number to make an easier circle.) Once you have the hands all cut out, create your circle, alternating the light and the dark green paper. Use the clear tape to tape the hands together (on the back side). Next, glue your red bow to the top, and add the stickers or pom poms where you’d like. Finally, add a loop of twine or ribbon on the back to hand your wreath. Voila!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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