With Christmas just around the corner, in addition to organizing holiday preparations, you must find a way to entertain your children during the long period of school holidays. The crafts that we now present to you are the perfect option to combine both tasks: you will have your home decoration ready in an original and personalized way, while you enjoy doing manual work with the little ones in the house .
The popular saying goes that to taste colors. The same goes for Christmas crafts. Christmas is a time of year that opens a world of possibilities to the imagination. Whatever the age of the children, you can share a pleasant time of entertainment and learning together. From the most traditional decorative elements to the most innovative, a gap is opened in the crafts that you can do with your children . Here we present you a combination of all of them. You choose which activity to do, but we are sure that you will not be able to choose just one.
1. PERSONALIZED SNOWMEN
THE ADVANTAGE OF THE CRAFT THAT WE PROPOSE IS THAT YOU WILL NOT HAVE TO WAIT FOR IT TO SNOW
Material: You will need plastic or terracotta pots, a brush, colored paints, scissors, glue or white glue, colored tape, and old gloves or socks.
The first step to follow is to paint the entire surface of the pot white. Then place it with the opening facing down and use other colors to paint the eyes, nose and mouth of the snowman. Encourage your kids to draw freckles, rosy cheeks, or even glasses.
Wait until the paint is dry and … start decorating your doll! This is the most fun part of crafts. In the same way that you would do with a conventional snowman, you can take advantage of any object you have at home to decorate this new ‘member’ of the family.
Our personal advice is to use old gloves and socks to create the doll’s outfit. Clip the fingers to the gloves and tie the trimmed part with a ribbon. Make a fold in the part of the glove that usually fits around the wrist. Now you can dress your doll with his new wool hat. To complete his winter outfit, trim the end of an old sock and make a pretty scarf for this colorful character. The possibilities are endless: you can use ice cream sticks to put skis on your doll or an old headband to make earmuffs. Fix all the elements with glue and let your children’s imagination fly.
2. DECORATIVE CLIPS FOR THE CHRISTMAS TREE
Decorating the tree as a family is one of the most deeply rooted traditions in the weeks leading up to Christmas . With this craft you will not limit yourself to placing the ornaments with your children , but it will be the children who make them. For the little ones you can design balls and paper decorations that they will have to color. However, our most daring proposal is ideal for children from 8 years old .
Material: You will need wooden clothespins, paintbrush, colored paint, old gloves or pieces of colored cloth, toothpicks, cotton and glue.
The first thing you should do is choose what you want to turn your clothespins into: Three Wise Men, Santa Claus, reindeer or snowmen . Choose the appropriate colors for your children to paint the clothespins according to the chosen Christmas character. The toothpicks will help you to paint details such as the eyes and mouth of each one of them.
YOU CAN GIVE YOUR CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS MORE PERSONALITY WITH ADDED ELEMENTS
3. GIFT SOCK
Gifts are another of the most characteristic elements of Christmas. The characteristic red socks with white trims are a safe bet to deposit surprises in them for the little ones in the house.
Material: To make this craft you need felt, ribbon, thread and needle or stapler, buttons, white glue and markers.
The first thing you should do is draw the silhouette of the sock on the felt and cut out two equal pieces. Next, you must unite both parts. Use a needle and thread or a stapler depending on the child’s age. Now let the child decide how to decorate the sock. Painting it or sticking colored buttons on it are some of the alternatives. Add a colored ribbon to one of the top ends so you can hang the sock and you are good to go. After making this craft, the children will receive their gifts with greater enthusiasm if possible.
4. ‘GREEN’ WREATHS AND WREATHS
The door of your house will look like never before with crafts like this. Although it is likely that your children choose the entrance to their room as a location for this manual work. Fun is not incompatible with learning, so it is worth taking advantage of Christmas crafts to introduce the little ones in the house to the world of recycling .
Material: stoppers, garbage bags, cardboard, scissors, tape, brush, glue or white glue and colored paints.
It is one of the easiest crafts to do and offers a striking result. You can create countless different models with the stoppers to decorate your door at Christmas. Stars and reindeer are some of the most daring options. Here, we detail the most conventional option: a wreath with Christmas balls .
ONE OF THE SIMPLEST CRAFTS AND WITH A STRIKING RESULT
The next step to follow is to paint the colored caps as if they were balls for the Christmas tree. The choice of colors is left to the children. When the paint is dry, glue the caps over the crown to decorate it. You only need to place it on the door.
5. SERVILLETEROS ‘MADE IN HOME’
Nothing escapes Christmas decorations , not even household items. With crafts like this, your table will have a cheerful and fun presentation at family gatherings.
Material: colored felt, stapler, scissors, markers and glue
Cut out a rectangle of felt, let the children join the ends and staple them. You already have the base of the napkin ring ready. Next, you must choose how to decorate it. If what you are looking for is simplicity, Christmas balls are the most appropriate option for your napkin rings. If your children are into challenges, Santa Claus is perfect for them . Here we explain how to do it step by step.
Cut out a flesh-colored felt circle, a white oval, and a red triangle. Let the children draw Santa’s face on the circle and glue it on the white oval. The bottom of the oval will be Santa’s beard ; while on the upper part you must paste the red triangle, which will be the hat. Glue the figure to the base of the napkin holder and ‘Bon appétit’!