Crafting Christmas: 5 DIY Projects for Children

Simple, Affordable Christmas Crafts for the Whole Family

Even though you probably have a long shopping list with a million things to do around the home before your big Christmas party, it’s important to take some time to strengthen family bonds and have a little fun. One of the best ways to do this is by getting the kids involved in some easy do-it-yourself Christmas crafts. The following five projects are both simple and adorable, providing the perfect touch of holiday cheer to bring the family together.1. Marshmallow Snowman Cookies

Marshmallow Christmas Cookies from BHG.com
Marshmallow Christmas Cookies from BHG.com

As delicious as they are darling, marshmallow snowman cookies are sweet, oven-free treats that your kids will enjoy both making and eating. To make these cute Christmas cookies with your own little ones, start by collecting the following ingredients:

  • Marshmallows
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Colorful M&Ms

Connect two marshmallows together by placing them on top of one another on a pretzel stick. Take two additional pretzel sticks (or break one in half) for the arms and use the mini chocolate chips for buttons and eyes. Use an orange M&M for the carrot nose and your cute and colorful creations are ready for eating or displaying.

2. Borax Crystal Snowflakes

These beautiful borax crystal snowflakes make perfect ornaments for the tree or just for general decorating purposes. First, gather the materials listed below:

  • One pint of boiling hot water
  • One pint-sized Mason jar
  • 1/3 cup of borax (located in laundry aisle)
  • Pencil
  • Pipe cleaners
  • String or yarn

Put the water on the stove to boil and form the pipe cleaners into the shape of a snowflake while you’re waiting for the water to heat up. Add the boiling water to the Mason jar and then mix in the borax, stirring briefly. Tie one end of the string to your pipe cleaner snowflake and the other to the pencil. Lay the pencil on the mouth of the jar, so that the pipe cleaner snowflake will hang submerged in the solution. Let it sit overnight and the next morning you’ll wake up to beautiful crystal snowflakes.

3. Felt Christmas Tree

Younger children will especially love this interactive craft, which allows them to decorate their very own felt Christmas tree.

  • One yard of green felt
  • A variety of colorful felt pieces
  • Hot glue gun

This craft is so easy to do and is sure to provide your little ones with hours of endless entertainment. Start by cutting out a piece of green felt in the shape of a Christmas tree. This can be as simple as a triangle shape, or you can go all out with zig-zags to give your tree an extra realistic shape. Apply the tree to a wall in your home by dabbing hot glue all around the back of the felt and then securing it to the wall surface. Use the colorful fabric to make gift boxes to apply to the bottom of the tree and cut out colorful ornaments for the kids to hang on the tree. Since felt naturally adheres to felt, they can decorate and redecorate the tree all season.

4. Paper Bag Reindeer

After reading “A Visit From St. Nicholas,” the kids can let their imaginations run wild with this fun craft. Gather together a few simple materials and you’re ready to get started on your paper bag reindeer.
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  • Brown paper lunch bag
  • Medium-sized black pom-pom
  • Black, white and brown construction paper
  • White craft glue
  • 4 jingle bells
  • Scissors
  • Red plastic milk jug lid
  • Gold paint pen
  • Glue stick

The back flap of your paper bag will be the reindeer’s face, so use the white glue to attach the black pom-pom to the bottom of the flap to represent the reindeer’s nose. Cut out two circles of white construction paper for the reindeer’s eyes and two smaller black circles for the reindeer’s pupils. Secure these above the nose with a glue stick. Use the brown construction paper to make eyelids for extra detail. Cut a strip of the black construction paper long enough to cover the perimeter of the bag. Write your child’s favorite reindeer’s name on the red plastic lid with the gold paint pen. Glue the lid to the bag right beneath the black strip. Apply the four jingle bells with craft glue and then trace your child’s hands on the brown paper – cut this out and attach it to the back of the bag to make antlers.

5. Santa Belt Napkin Rings

Add a little more magic to the dinner table this holiday season with Santa belt napkin rings, which both old and young guests are sure to enjoy. Have these materials ready before you begin:

  • One cardboard tube
  • Red, white and black felt (one sheet each)
  • Scissors
  • White craft glue
  • Gold chenille stem

Cut the cardboard tube into 1 1/2 inch segments. Wrap the red felt around one segment and cut slightly longer than the perimeter. Trim any excess fabric and glue the felt around the tube. Cut a 1/2-inch wide strip of black felt and glue it around the red tube to make a belt for Santa. Cut two 1/4-inch wide stripes of the white felt and glue it on either side of the red felt, overlapping the edges just slightly. Cut a 3-inch piece of the gold chenille and bend it into a square for Santa’s buckle. Glue the buckle to the black felt and allow the entire creation to dry completely before setting the table.

These five fun, kid-friendly projects will get the holiday spirit going in your home, while also enabling you to spend more quality time with those you love most. Taking time to do just a few simple crafts can help you build memories that last a lifetime, with precious Christmas decorations that last just as long.