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Get the whole family in the holiday spirit with these easy Christmas crafts for kids. Our holiday crafts for kids include ideas for children of all ages. Try our Christmas ornaments, wreaths, and other Christmas crafts for kids to make this year -- the whole family will love decorating for the holidays!
Create homemade Christmas crafts with your kids! The whole family can get involved with holiday kids' T-shirts, Christmas window clings, fun ornaments, and more. We have the full instructions and everything you need to make fun Christmas crafts for kids.
Add holiday spirit to a purchased T-shirt with appliques from a fabrics store for a quick and easy Christmas craft for kids. This shirt features a skinny fabric trunk, a star, and the word "noel." To add the yarn branches, simply zigzag-stitch over the yarn with clear monofilament thread.
Get your kids in the spirit of giving by letting them make their own wrapping paper. All you need is a roll of white or kraft paper, colorful acrylic paints, sponge rollers, and a kitchen sponge. After rolling a design onto the paper, cut a shape -- a Christmas tree or a star -- from the sponge and put the finishing touches on your homemade wrapping paper.
Christmas Crafts for Kids Tip: Let one paint color dry before starting with the next. Set up a fan near your work to minimize drying time.
Throw together this creative and simple snowman snack holder using a recycled plastic drink container. First, remove the label from the drink container. Using crafts glue, adhere a blue pom-pom to each side of the lid. Then glue each end of a black pipe cleaner directly above each pom-pom. Crumple, then roll a 1x1-inch square of construction paper into a small cone shape. Glue the paper cone onto the container using crafts glue. Tie a strip of light blue rickrack around the container for the snowman's scarf.
A quick trip to the crafts store is all you need to make these pretty Christmas ornaments. Roll oven-bake clay into sheets 1/8-inch thick. Gently press a colorful clay bead (we used millefiori beads) into the center of a sheet; use decorative-edge scissors to trim around the bead. Bake the clay and the bead in the oven according to the package instructions; let cool.
Use glue to adhere the clay pieces and the clay beads together. Thread a 12-inch piece of crafts wire through the clay bead and add more beads to both ends, securing the beads by twisting the wire into a small loop.
Let the kids help you make this Christmas wreath. All you need are paint sticks and paint, hot glue, ribbon, and pine.
Transform a pair of kid's polar fleece slippers into fun reindeer pals in a few simple steps. Cut the antlers and ears from different colors of crafts foam. Stuff the slippers with shopping bags to help hold their shape while you fasten the pieces. Use fabric glue to adhere the pieces in place, and use straight pins to hold everything together while the glue dries. Glue a pom-pom nose onto each slipper; attach googly eyes and a length of tan chenille cord for the mouth.
Just because your kids can't eat these cookies doesn't mean they won't love making them! Let your children roll out the salt-dough ornaments and decorate after baking with a marking pen.
Make this Christmas Crafts for Kids:
Mix 1/2 cup of salt, 1 cup of flour, and 1/2 cup of water until sticky. Roll the dough to a 1/4 inch-thick sheet and cut out snowflake shapes with cookie cutters. Use a skewer to make a hole for hanging. Bake for 4 hours in a 200˚F oven.
Make a pair of ordinary gloves extraordinary with a few pom-poms and sequins. With washable fabric glue, fasten tiny pom-poms all over the gloves. To make a snowman, glue a large white pom-pom to the front of the glove and use smaller ones in different colors for the eyes, nose, and mouth. Or, fasten small pom-poms to snowflake sequins for a frosty glove design.
Colorful yarn ornaments are easy Christmas crafts for kids to make. Create the pom-poms using our step-by-step instructions (below) and skeins of brightly colored yarn. Add a hanging string, then let them hunt for the perfect spot on your tree to add it.
Make a kid-friendly Christmas tree from a container of Tinkertoys. Create the tree by placing eight equal-size rods in a wheel and assembling the rows of branches in graduating sizes. Put the tree together by placing a center rod between each horizontal layer of branches. Build the tree from the bottom to the top, starting with the wheels of larger rods and ending with the wheels of smaller rods. Place the tree in a small pot or mug.
Christmas Crafts for Kids Tip:
Decorate this Tinkertoy tree like you would a real one: Add a foil star at the top and hang a few small ornaments.
Young kids can help dress up a standard table runner by gluing on small bells to spell a holiday word; let older kids hand-stitch a row of larger bells along the ends of the runner. Give ordinary picture frames Christmas cheer by gluing bells around the edges or along the top; place the frame atop the embellished runner for a final touch.
Let kids pick the color scheme for this Christmas wreath -- and then let them help make it, too! Simply help your kids hot-glue colorful pom-poms and vintage light reflectors onto a flat-back foam wreath base. You also could use bulbs, vintage buttons, or recycled materials.
A quick trip to the candy store is all it takes to find ingredients for this easy-to-make Christmas scene. Pick out various types of candy and small cookies; grab a few tubs of frosting and boxes of graham crackers. To make the base for your buildings, stack enough graham crackers to make a cube, then build the walls around it. Adhere the walls and roofs using frosting between pieces, and decorate your buildings with sprinkles and candy.
Treat your kids to a fun and easy-to-make Christmas snack made with snack cakes, fruit rolls, and candy. Cut a diagonal line in a snack cake so one piece is slightly longer than the other piece. Flip the smaller piece over so when the two pieces fit together, they form a stocking shape. Press the pieces together. Cut a length of fruit roll for the cuff and let the kids use decorator gel to spell a name on the fruit roll. For the hanging loop, cut a narrow strip of fruit roll and fold it in half, tucking the ends of the loop inside the top of the cuff. Kids will love decorating their stockings with mini candy pieces, which can be secured to the snack cake with small amounts of frosting.