Making Christmas crafts with your kids is not just about the finished products. Of course, when you are finished you will have beautiful Christmas cards that you can send to your relatives or lovely ornaments that you can hang on the tree.
However, what’s even more important is that you will have created a wonderful memory of doing things together with your lovely children. Christmas is all about creating magical memories for children, whether it is personalised ornaments from OrnamentShop.com, baking Christmas cookies or reading Christmas story books. Making special memories for your children is the most important outcome and it is something that you will cherish for many years to come.
If you are looking for inspiration for Christmas crafts that you and your little ones can do together, here are some ideas:
Homemade Wrapping Paper
Instead of buying wrapping paper from the store to wrap your gifts, why not make your own unique wrapping paper design? This is a fun craft that gives your little ones a lot of creative freedom and is really fun to make together.
You can buy large rolls of craft paper from the store and roll out a length of it on the floor. Try choosing coloured paper or paper with an interesting texture, because it will look more attractive than plain white paper when wrapping presents.
Next, you can use stamps, stencils, markers, crayons and coloured pencils to decorate the paper. Older children might be able to create a coherent and consistent pattern on the wrapping paper, while little ones will enjoy simply stamping and stencilling at random. You can draw or stamp any theme you like, from snowflakes to Santa Claus to Christmas trees.
Once you have finished, you can use your homemade wrapping paper to wrap presents for the family. Your child will be delighted to see their paper wrapped around presents and sitting under the tree.
Christmas Dinner Name Cards
When I was young, I remember sitting down on Christmas Eve with my markers, crayons and coloured pencils and a stack of folded cards and creating personalised name cards for each of the relatives who would be sitting around the dinner table on Christmas Day. I drew snowmen, wreaths of holly and Santa Clauses on each one and printed the names in my very best little-kid script. The name cards were proudly displayed on the beautifully set table and I remember my aunts, uncles and cousins being delighted with their personalised cards.
This is a fun project to do with your little ones and it will help them learn how to spell the names of everyone in their family. If they are really young you can write the names out for them, or if they are a bit older they can write the letters themselves.
This is a very fun and easy Christmas craft and your kids will want to make dozens of them! I remember making countless paper snowflakes as a kid and taping them up all over the walls and windows in my room at Christmas time.
The first step is to cut a piece of paper into a perfect square. You can do this by taking the bottom corner and folding it over to the top. A rectangular piece sticks out, so just cut off the excess paper and you will be working with the square.
Next, fold the square in half in a triangular shape, then fold it again into an even smaller triangle. Once you have a small folded triangle, start cutting slits in the paper. You can cut little triangles or shapes out of the edges of the paper or even angles and swirls. Remember that the more you cut the paper, the flimsier your snowflake will be. Keep in mind that you will want to do this over a rubbish bin, because there will be little pieces of paper flying all over the world.
Once you have made all of your cuts, you can carefully unfold your snowflake and marvel at all of its beautiful symmetrical patterns. If you like, you can punch a hole in the top of the snowflake and hang it from your tree.
These are just a few fun and creative Christmas crafts that you can make with your children, so why not take some time this holiday season to get crafting with your little ones and create some precious memories.
George Torres is a freelance writer and craft blogger. He has two little girls and he loves to make art work and crafts with them, no matter what time of the year!