Creative Christmas crafts for kids

Festive crafts

There is nothing nicer than receiving a handmade Christmas card, and even more so in today’s electronic age.

They are a great way to get crafting with your children and fingerprint cards are perfect for doing with kids of all ages.

We have been making fingerprint Christmas cards since my children were babies. Back then I used poster paint and made sure that I always had baby wipes and a bowl of soapy water handy. Nothing much has changed in the last ten years. I still make sure that I have baby wipes on hand, but we have moved on to ink pads of various colours and my boys add the accents on to the cards themselves, whereas I used to do that when they were younger.

Reindeer fingerprint Christmas cards

Reindeers were the first festive fingerprint art that we ever made. We put them on cards and on mugs with porcelain paint. They are still the first thing my kids think of when it comes to making homemade Christmas cards.

Materials

Blank cards or card stock to fold in half to make a card

Paint or inkpads

Felt tip pens in black and red

Merry Christmas stamp - optional

Baby wipes

Instructions

Using a paintbrush, apply a small coat of brown paint to your child’s finger, or if they are bigger they can do this themselves or dab their finger on to the inkpad.

Then apply the finger to the card. Continue until you have the amount of reindeer heads on your card that you want and allow the paint to dry before moving on to the next step.

Using a red pen, apply a “nose” to each reindeer use a black pen to add the antler and eyes.  Obviously if you have older children they can do this themselves.

We use a Merry Christmas stamp to add our festive message; I always found that my children loved using stamps, but you can write one or even use washi tape with Merry Christmas on.         

Festive light Christmas cards

These are great for making with preschool children who are at the age when more is really less!

Materials

Blank cards or card stock to fold in half to make a card

Paint or inkpads

Felt tip pen in silver

Merry Christmas stamp – optional

Baby wipes

Instructions

Using a paintbrush, apply a small coat of paint to your child’s finger, or if they are bigger they can do this themselves or dab their finger on to the inkpad. We like to do both the front and back of the card for our festive light Christmas cards.

Then apply the finger to the card. Continue until you have the amount of lights on your card that you want and allow the paint to dry, before moving on to the next step. The beauty of lights is they come in many colours so your child can be really adventurous with colours.

Then you need to connect your lights by a string; we used silver and the boys joined them up. If your children are younger then you can take over this step.

Then you can add your festive message. Again we use a stamp for this. 

Extra tips

Invest in a few festive message stamps; they will last you years. We are still using the ones I bought ten years ago.

I am a fan of small individual colourful stamp pads. We keep them in a large, airtight glass jar, so if one of the lids comes off the ink stays moist. 

Jen Walshaw is passionate about crafting and cooking, and can often be found in the kitchen teaching her boys - aged 9 and 10 - to make pizza dough, or making homemade gifts for family and friends. When not up to her eyes in flour or paint, she can be found writing about living a creative family life at www.athriftymum.com. Why not catch up with her at The Mad House Facebook page or follow her on Instagram for a glimpse into family life in The Mad House.