Is it difficult to keep the kids entertained in the lead up to Christmas? Like little balls of pent-up energy, the excitement can soon turn into squabbles and cries of boredom in the few weeks building up to the big day. Here are some simple and very easy craft ideas to keep their hands and imaginations busy so you don’t go crazy:
#1 Dashing Deer
These cute little fellas will look adorable on any mantel and they’re so easy to create. All you need are a few cardboard tubes, some patterned paper, felt, glue and some pom-poms. Completely cover the tubes in patterned paper and then cut a triangle from some paper for the head. You’ll also need two small and two large oval shapes cut out for the ears. Glue the small ovals inside the large ones, fold in half and glue to the top of the triangle. Some felt for the eyes with googly eyes on top if you have them and a pom-pom for the nose. Fix the triangle to the top of the tube and use some straws for the antlers.
#2 Red Cup Santa
Take a cone-shaped water cup and paint it red. You’ll need some felt to cut a face shape from and also a beard, mustache and small black dots for eyes. To create the look of a jacket and hat, wrap some pipe cleaner around the middle and point of the cup. Glue on the felt face pieces and add a pom-pom for Santa’s nose. Cut out some small paper feet and glue to the inside of the cone. Hey presto – your very own Father Christmas!
#3 3D Christmas Cards
Keep your little ones busy by letting them style their own Christmas cards this year. For 3D Christmas balls, cut two colored paper circles, bend one over and glue one side of it to the second flat circle. Homemade cards are one of the easiest activities as you need minimal equipment and your child can let loose with their imagination.
#4 Cookie Cutter Tags
This is one of the easiest Christmas craft ideas ever. Dig out your Christmas cookie cutter collection and get some different colored felt and paper. Lay the cutters on the felt and paper, trace around the shapes and cut out carefully. Glue the shapes together and make a hole in the top of the felt/paper shape. Thread some string through and tie in a knot at the top.
#5 Paper Chain Snowflakes
Wonderfully traditional, Christmas isn’t official until you’ve made paper chain decorations. You’ll find loads of online videos showing you the best shapes to cut into the paper and when you have enough, thread string through them to hang in a festive manner across your room. If your children are very young, get them to decorate the paper before you do the cutting.
#6 Messy Snow
If you’re lucky enough to have some snow fall then wrap up warm and get out in the snow for some colorful, messy play. Fill up some spray bottles with water and different colored food colorings. These work great for creating patterns and designs out in the snow to turn your white Christmas into a rainbow one that the kids will love!
#7 Indoor Snowman
This adorable decoration won’t melt when the sun comes out! You’ll need three different sized wood blocks, some glue, white paint and some orange foam. Glue the blocks together, then have fun painting them white. Stick on some buttons to the smallest block at the top for the eyes and use the orange craft foam to create a snowman nose. Now all you need to finish the look are a small hat and scarf. Your snowman will look great in a foyer to welcome your festive guests.
#8 Candy Cane Antlers
All you need for this simple idea are some candy canes, some felt, a pair of googly eyes and glue. Cut out some brown felt into two matching rounded triangle shapes with two ovals for the reindeer ears. Glue on the googly eyes, ears and a red pom-pom or red felt circle for his nose. Glue the two head shapes together, leaving a small gap at the top. Hot glue the two candy canes into the gap, facing away from each other so they look like antlers, along with some ribbon to hang your decoration from the tree.
#9 Pretty Pinecones
Get out for a lovely winter walk collecting pinecones to use for your craft-time fun. Whether you decide to just dip them into colored or glittery paint or create a simple pinecone garland with twine and yarn, they will look great on your mantel or hanging over the fireplace. All you need are some pinecones, some hot glue, a dash of festive paint and a roll of yarn.
#10 Old Toy Wreath
A wire wreath base and hot glue gun are the basics for this fun, unique project. Inspire your boys into crafting by using toy soldiers for example. All you need to do is hot glue the small toys directly onto the wire base, changing positions and alternating colors if you wish. Just leave the wreath to dry and hang!
#11 Marshmallow Snow Decorations
What could be more appealing than sweet edible decorations? A few bags of white marshmallows, some fishing line, an embroidery hoop and some scissors are all you need for this delicious idea. Find tutorials online on how to assemble this yummy hanging snowstorm that the kids will love to devour before Christmas is over.
#12 Easy Family Handprint Tree
This is such a lovely idea and super-simple too. Get some green felt and have everybody trace their hand onto the felt. Cut some brown felt for the trunk and have a star for the top but the decorating is your choice. Arrange the hands, with the largest at the bottom and smallest at the very top in the shape of the branches of a tree. Applique onto a black felt background to turn this family celebration into an attractive wall-hanging.