These Christmas crafts are so cool, you’ll want to make them!

pink christmas tree on a red background

Can you believe it’s less than a month until Christmas? It doesn’t seem all that long ago that we were welcoming in the New Year, does it?

For all the joy of Christmas and the wonder of the season, it can be a stressful time too – especially when it comes to finding the right gifts. With all the Christmas music in shops, decorations and ‘sale’ ‘sale’ ‘sale’ ads, it can all get a bit overwhelming and tricky to find something personal.

I’ve often found that a personal, homemade gift, lovingly made with the kids, makes for a lovely, heartfelt a gift.

We’ve rounded up in the post some brilliant and easy to make Christmas crafts that can also make great keepsake gifts for friends and families :

Fingerprint snowmen ornaments


Snowglobe with men shaped from fingerprintsVia Hative.com

This craft drew my attention as it is really easy to make and can make some normal baubles truly stand out. All you need are some plain baubles, some white paint and some felt to make the scarves for the snowmen. Ask your child to cover their hands in white paint (this should really entertain them!) and to hold the baubles. In order to create the snowmen, draw some eyes, noses and mouths. Use some felt to make their scarves. You can also draw some snowflakes.

Paper plate Santa

Paper place with cotton balls Santa face

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This is a classic craft activity, very inexpensive and fun to make. It takes some time to make, for the paint to dry as usually paper plates need more than just one coating to look nice, as we discovered when we first made our paper plates froggies.

All you need is some paper plates, cotton balls, and paint (red, orange, pink, white and black), and either some glue or a hot glue gun.

Start by painting the plate orange – leave to dry then repeat. Paint the nose, the cheeks and the eyes. Again leave to dry. Carefully glue the cotton beads onto the bottom of the plate to form the beard.

Paint the top half of the plate red, then after it is all dry, glue some more cotton balls to make the hat.

Christmas cards for Dad

christmas card for dad

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Melt Dad’s heart by helping your little one deliver a home made card this winter! All you need is some card stock paper, glue, a pair of scissors and silvery glitter glue.

Fold a piece of white card stock paper in half. Draw a bubble letter “D” on a piece of red paper and cut two out. Make a triangle for the Christmas tree from the green paper.

Add a yellow star, tree stump, and some decorations with the glitter glue.

Sponge Painted Christmas Sock

Sponge Christmas orange sock

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You will need:

  • two sheets of red card stock paper
  • sponges in different shapes (you can also cut a kitchen sponge into various shapes – square, rectangle, triangle)
  • colours
  • wool
  • single hole puncher
  • scissors

Draw a shape of the Christmas sock on the red paper and cut it out – making two identical socks. Put one over another and start punching holes along the edges. You can decorate the sock by stamping various shapes, using various colours. Let the kid make this as unique as they wan’t to – and we all know the more, the better!

Once the socks are decorated place them on on top of the other and lace with wool to hold them together.

Now fill it up with stocking fillers and sweets!

Handprint Christmas tree

Handprint Christmas tree with baubles

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This is very easy to make, a bit messy and will make a brilliant card for family as well. All you need is some white paper, paints and little hands and fingers. Use the hand prints to make the  tree branches with green paint. Paint on the trunk and star. Once the tree is dry  you can either use finger prints or brushes for the lights.

Pine cone garlands

Pine cone DIY Christmas garlands

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This is a very nice decoration that will fit around a fireplace. The tutorial in the picture is pretty self-explanatory, all you need is some pine cones (a lot, of them!), some white paint to make the snow frost and red wool.

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What to do if it rains at Christmas?

Little girl enjoying a sleigh ride. Child sledding. Toddler kid riding a sledge. Children play outdoors in

Although we’d all love for Christmas to be snowy and white let’s be honest: we’re in the UK, so the chances that it will be a rainy Christmas rather than a white Christmas are….quite high.

But don’t despair.

You can put on your wellies and work off some of that turkey and Christmas pudding with a walk and some puddle jumping or you can also try some fun indoor activities for the whole family. These activities are simple, don’t really require hours and hours of preparation (we love simple but fun ideas!)

Make some handmade snowglobes

These are easy to make, will look cuter than the generic ones you can buy in shops and can also make cute gifts!

hand made snow globe with Lego Santa toy and tree inside
Source: Pinterest

You will need:

Glue the toy onto the inside of the jam jar lid using the glue gun (first of all, this is only a job for the adults and not the little ones, second of all you will need a LOT of hot glue as the little ones might do some serious shaking on it).

Make your own transparent baubles

plastic christmas bauble with john snow lego figurine inside
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This activity requires a bit more than everyday ordinary supplies, but the result is quite spectacular. The beauty of this activity is that you can use anything to fill up your bubble just like the snow jars activity:  small figurines, Lego toys etc. But for this activity we will use pine cones and glitter, to give the baubles a Christmassy feeling.

You will need:

First of all protect your table, use an A4 sheet of paper and put the pine cone on top. Spray your glue all over the pine cone.

Afterwards just add glitter a bit everywhere on the pine cone. This will make it look really Christmassy and festive. The more glitter the better!! You can add some glitter on your cotton too!

Add the cotton in one of the halves of the plastic bauble, then add the pine cone on top. And there you go you have a very pretty and personal Christmas bauble!

Make a simple paper chain

colorful homemade paper chain on black background

The first time I ever made one of these was in nursery and needless to say I’ve been loving them ever since!

All you need for these:

Using the ruler and the pencil draw equal sized rectangles on the patterned paper, around 3×9 cm depending on how big you want the links.

Cut out the links making sure to keep to the guidelines.

Fold the first paper chain to form a loop and glue the ends into place, overlapping them slightly. Thread the second piece of paper through the first loop, and glue the ends. Continue to thread the paper pieces through to the last loop to create the chain, making sure you alternate the colours (or the papers) for each loop. If you are making a long chain you might find the whole process quicker, if you use a stapler. The staple might be visible, but it doesn’t matter when you’re having fun (and you want to save some time!).

 

Try an indoors winter sport

Is there any time of year more perfectly suited to ice skating? If you’re in Kent, you can pay Silver Blades Gillingham a visit and show off your skating loops and jumps (or take a course if you’re not at ease on ice). Why not give bowling a go or you could also try some cookery classes, such as sushi making with Sushi Queen, or chocolate making classes with the Kandy Factory or Cooking classes for kids with Food Sorcery.

Bake gingerbread Christmas cookies

christmas gingerbread men cooking

This is a classic and fun for all family. Kids will enjoy decorating these, once they are baked (and certainly eat them).

This recipe makes about 20 biscuits, it takes 25 minutes to prepare + 10 minutes to decorate and cook for 10 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 125g butter
  • 100 g dark brown muscovado sugar
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup
  • 325 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • Writing icing to decorate.
  • Cookie decorating cutters

Method:

Preheat the oven to 170C , gas mark 3. Melt the butter, sugar and syrup together in a pan, then remove from the heat.

Sieve in the plain flour, bicarbonate of soda and ground ginger. Stir together to make a stiff dough.

Roll our on a lightly floured surface to 5 mm thick. Cut out about 18-20 gingerbread men and bake on 2 large lined baking trays for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

Decorate with icing to add eyes, noses, mouths etc.

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