There are so many exciting things to spark children’s imagination at Christmas time, so there are plenty of festive crafts for them enjoy too.
They can do them just for fun, or some of them could end up as Christmas cards, or gifts for family and friends.
Finger and Hand Printing
If you search online, you’ll find a whole host of Christmas finger and hand printing ideas, but here are a couple of my favourites.
A string of Christmas Lights
This one is really simple to do, but it looks amazing.
- Use a blank card (these make great Christmas cards) or a sheet of blank paper. White is best.
- Use a thick black felt tip pen to draw a loopy line across the card or paper.
- Put little fingers in different coloured paints (one at a time!) and dab them in equal spaces along the loopy line to make Christmas lights.
A Robin bird
- Paint two-thirds of your child’s palm (the bit furthest from the fingers) in red paint.
- Paint the rest of the palm and all the insides of the fingers brown.
- Hold their hand down on to paper or card to print the image.
- Lift the hand and allow the paint to dry.
- Draw on feet, a beak and an eye.
These use up your recycling and are great fun to make!
You will need:
- A toilet roll tube
- Brown paint
- Googly eyes
- Two small twigs (to form antlers)
- Red pom-pom (or paint if you can’t find one)
- PVA Glue
- Paint the tube brown all over.
- Leave it to dry.
- Stick on the googly eyes and the red pom-pom nose.
- Use sellotape to stick on the twigs to form antlers.
You can buy sets of blank cards online or in craft shops. Craft shops also sell a lot of festive stickers, glitter and other decorations to use for card making. Last year, I bought big foam Christmas tree shapes and foam reindeer shapes and my daughter stuck one on each Christmas card, and then added different coloured star stickers to the envelopes too. You can make it as easy or complex as you like!
If you have a pottery cafe where you live, they’re likely to have baubles to decorate at Christmas time. However, you can do your own at home too. Craft stores or online shops sell plastic baubles for decorating. You can buy ones that split in two so that you can fill them with festive figures and decorations and then add glue and glitter to the sides. Others come as one whole piece so you can paint or decorate the outside of them. These make lovely gifts for family members, and for you to have on your Christmas tree too.
These are lovely festive decorations for hanging up notes, securing gift tags, or to add to your Christmas tree.
You will need:
- Wooden pegs
- White paint
- PVA glue
- Small orange pom-poms
- Black felt tip or marker
- Wool (any colour)
What to do:
- Paint your wooden pegs white and leave them to dry.
- Draw on eyes, and dots to make a mouth on the short part of the peg.
- Draw three big dots for the snowman’s buttons on the long part of the peg.
- Stick on the orange pom-pom to make a nose.
- Tie on a piece of wool to make the scarf.
Potato Stamp Baubles
Take a couple of potatoes (the rounder the better) and make some stamps for your kids to use!
You will need:
- A knife (for you)
- Paper or card
- A black pen
- Sparkly pipe cleaners
- Cut the potatoes in half.
- Carve out a couple of thin lines, or make a pattern on them.
- Dry them off with kitchen paper / dishcloths.
- Your children can now decorate them with paint.
- After they’re entirely painted, stamp them on paper or card to make bauble pictures.
- Once dry, dab on some glue and add glitter (optional).
- Draw a black rectangle on the top of each bauble.
- Cut a small piece of pipe cleaner and form it into a loop.
- Stick one on the top of each bauble.
Kids love to play, paint and decorate, and Christmas gives you loads of opportunities to get creative - enjoy!
Jo Murricane is a freelance writer and blogger, based in Leeds. Read all about her food and lifestyle investigations on her blog, jo-blogs.co.uk.