Christmas

Candy Cane Signpost


Total Time: 1 to 2 hours • Ages: all-ages
Here's a real treat for your tree: a candy cane-like ornament that points the way to Santa's place.

What you'll need

  • Large craft stick (ours was 4 ½ inches long)
  • Acrylic paint: white, green and red
  • Craft knife
  • Permanent marker
  • Glue
  • Small green felt holly leaves
  • Red mini pom-pom berries
  • White glitter
  • 5-inch piece of ribbon

How to make it

  • Coat a large craft stick (ours was 4 ½ inches long) with white acrylic paint and another with green paint. Let them dry, then add stripes of red paint to the white stick.
  • Use a craft knife to cut a 3-inch section from the green stick, notching each end to create an arrow shape, as shown. Write "North Pole" on the sign in permanent marker, then glue the sign to the red-and-white craft stick.
  • Next, glue on small green felt holly leaves and red mini pom-pom berries. If you like, add dabs of white paint, then sprinkle on white glitter for snow.
  • Finally, glue both ends of a 5-inch piece of ribbon to the back of the signpost for a hanger and let the glue dry.

Courtesy of Spoonful.com


 

Colorful Christmas Cats


These curious ornaments will make a purr-fect addition to your Christmas tree this season.

What you'll need

  • Wooden craft spoons
  • Acrylic paint
  • White card stock
  • Glue
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Seed beads
  • Fine-point permanent marker
  • Green tissue paper
  • Red beads or glitter
  • String

How to make it

  • To make each one, first coat a wooden craft spoon with acrylic paint. Paint a patch of the same shade onto a piece of white card stock and let the paints dry.
  • Cut a 1⁄2-inch square from the card stock, then cut the square in half diagonally and glue the 2 triangles to the top of the spoon for ears. For a tail, curl a 6-inch piece of pipe cleaner and glue it to the back of the spoon.
  • Glue on black seed beads for eyes and draw a face with a fine-point permanent marker. Add a holly collar by twisting two or three 1-inch squares of green tissue paper around the tip of a pencil, then glue them in place, adding a few tiny red beads or glitter for berries. Glue on more beads for buttons.
  • Make a hanger by tying a piece of string into a loop and gluing the knot to the back of the spoon. Let all the glue dry completely before hanging.

Courtesy of Spoonful.com


 

Dangling Snowman


Total Time: 1 hour  • Ages: school-age
It doesn't take a single flake to build this frosty character -- you can round him up with white foam, buttons, and ribbon.

What you'll need

  • 3 round objects (we used a spice jar lid, the bottom of a yogurt container, and a mason jar lid)
  • Scissors
  • Craft foam, white and orange
  • Glue dots
  • Monofilament
  • Buttons
  • Permanent marker
  • Ribbon

How to make it

  • Using the round objects as patterns, cut out 2 white foam circles in each size.
  • Place one set of the circles on a flat surface, spacing them 1/4 inch apart. With glue dots, glue a 12-inch piece of monofilament across the circles as shown, then firmly press the matching circles on top.
  • Use more glue dots to attach buttons and an orange craft foam nose. With a permanent marker, draw on eyes and a mouth. Finally, tie a ribbon scarf around the monofilament at the neck, and then knot the line above the head to create a loop for hanging.

Courtesy of Spoonful.com


 

Family Card Tree


Ages: preschooler
Deck your hall with boughs of cardboard. This wintry tree with plenty of branches is instant art for a door or wall -- and a fun way to show off cards. Kids can get creative designing the tree's shape and clipping each day's new arrivals to the branches. A bird cut from paper or felt makes a nice finishing touch.

What you'll need

  • 36- by 48-inch presentation board (available at craft and office-supply stores) or a painted piece of cardboard from a flattened box
  • Pencil
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • Spiral paper clips
  • Removable foam tape (we used Scotch 1-Inch Removable Mounting Squares)

How to make it

  • Lay the presentation board flat and facedown on a protected surface. Use the pencil to draw a tree with several branches on each side of the trunk.
  • Cut out the tree. Slip paper clips over the branches and along the trunk at regular intervals.
  • Affix several foam-tape squares to the back of the trunk and branches, then press the tree firmly to a wall or door.

Courtesy of Spoonful.com


 Grocery Bag Gingerbread Folk

Total Time: 1 hour • Ages: school-age
Looking for a sweet way to recycle brown paper bags: make a decorative garland depicting each member of your family.

What you'll need

  • Brown paper bag
  • Scissors
  • Gingerbread cookie cutter
  • Pencil
  • Markers
  • Googly eyes
  • Buttons
  • Ribbons

How to make it

  • Cut a strip of paper from a brown bag. Measure the width of a gingerbread cookie cutter, then accordion-fold the bag to match the width of the cookie cutter. Trace the cutter onto the paper, making sure that each of the hands ends on a fold.
  • Use paper clips to secure the folded bag, then cut along the lines (be careful not to cut through the folds). Unfold the garland and decorate your "family" with markers, googly eyes, buttons, and ribbons. If you like, each folk with a name.

Courtesy of Spoonful.com


Puffy the Polar Bear


Total Time: 1 hour • Ages: school-age
Polar bears can be ferocious, but Puffy, the chalet's resident bear, is quite the opposite. With a gentle temperament and arms made for hugging, he's sweet to the core.


What you'll need

  • Toothpicks
  • 2 large marshmallows
  • 6 mini marshmallows
  • 2 white jelly beans, halved
  • Royal icing
  • 1 brown mini M&M
  • Scissors
  • Black shoestring licorice

How to make it

  • Using a toothpick, attach the two large marshmallows together to make Puffy's body and head.
  • For each arm, thread two mini marshmallows onto one end of a toothpick and poke the other end into the body. For each leg, do the same, but use one marshmallow for the leg and one half of a white jelly bean for the foot (so the bear will stand up more easily).
  • Using royal icing, glue on two jelly bean halves for ears and the M&M for a nose. Snip two short licorice lengths and glue them in place for the eyes.

Courtesy of Spoonful.com


Snowmen


How cute are these snowmen?! This is a crafty gift that will melt anyone's heart or can be used as the decorations along side your christmas stockings.


What you'll need

  • Foam balls in different sizes (three would be best for true snowman shape)
  • Craft glue
  • Small buttons
  • Pipe cleaner cut and folded in half
  • Stick-on eyes
  • Bottle lids and cotton spools cut in half for hats
  • Wooden skewer
  • Cotton wool - loose or the balls broken up


1. Equipment 2. Set your kids up with bowls of glue, cotton wool and accessories
3. Thread foam balls onto skewers and trim the skewer to fit


Step one
Cut the wooden skewer so it'll fit through the number of balls you have. Push from the bottom through the top and insert the top ball on the point so there is no skewer pushing through any of the balls.
Step two
Let the kids glue the balls and stick on the cotton wool. Glue on the eyes, button and hat and have the adult stick the folded piece of pipe cleaner in as a nose so there are no sharp ends sticking out.

Courtesy from kidspot.com.au


Frosty Fingers Handprint Ornament


It's a kid friendly ornament craft that looks great on the tree and you will have fun making it with your kids! Treasure this ornament for many years to come and remember fun holiday moments with your kids.

What you'll need

  • Large shatterproof ornament balls

  • White acrylic craft paint
  • 
Black acrylic craft paint
  • 
Orange acrylic craft paint

  • Small paint brushes or toothpicks

  • Wet rags or babywipes


How to make it

  • 

Generously cover your little one's hand with the white acrylic paint and have them "hold" the ornament. Depending on their age you might need to help them. If it doesn't come out right the first time just wipe the wet paint off and try again! Once you get a good handprint let it dry completely.
  • Use a small tipped paintbrush or a toothpick (I found the toothpick to be easiest) and add a top hat, eyes, and smile to each finger print with black acrylic craft paint and a carrot nose with the orange acrylic craft paint.
  • Write your child's name and the year across the palm of the hand print. Let it dry completely.


If your giving this as a gift (Grandparents love it!) you can attach this poem with a ribbon:

(Child's name)'s Snowmen
These aren't just 5 snowmen

 as anyone can see...

I made them with my hand,

 which is a part of me. 

Now every year at Christmas time

 when you deck your halls, 

you can look back and remember

 Christmas (year) 

when my hand was just this small! 

Merry Christmas! 

Love, (Child's name)

Courtesy of Jessica Davis


Merry Mice


Total Time: 1 hour • Ages: school-age
Unlike the poetic creatures that didn't stir the night before Christmas, these holiday mice are raring to go. Just place a marble under their walnut shell bodies, set them on a smooth, inclined surface, and they'll race each other to the finish.

What you'll need

  • Felt
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Walnut Shells
  • Colored Markers

How to make it

  • To make each mouse, fold in half small felt circles for ears.
  • Glue together the lower portion of each ear, leaving the back open. Glue the ears, a felt tail, and whiskers of thread onto a shell half.
  • Last, use a colored marker to draw on eyes and a nose.

Courtesy of Spoonful.com


Winter Wonderland


Total Time: 2 to 3 hours • Ages: school-age
This ornament lets kids assemble miniature figurines and novelty items into magical "through the looking glass" scenes.
What you'll need

  • 9-ounce clear plastic cup
  • Silver poster board
  • Pinking shears or decorative craft scissors
  • Polyester batting
  • Miniature trees (sold in craft stores; try the dollhouse or model railroad section)
  • Miniature animals or people (sold in craft stores or online at BJCRAFTSUPPLIES.COM)
  • 1-inch-wide mirror
  • Tacky glue
  • Fine glitter
  • Pushpin
  • Monofilament
  • Several craft beads

How to make it

  • Trace the rim of the cup onto the underside of the poster board. Cut out the circle, but stay at least 1/8 inch outside the trace line so the base will be slightly larger than the cup.
  • Cut out a circle of batting snow that's the same diameter as the cup and set it atop the shiny side of the poster board circle.
  • Separate or snip the batting where you'd like to position the trees, figurines, and mirror pond. Glue the base of each item to the poster board, then smooth or fluff the snow around them as needed. Sprinkle the scene with fine glitter.
  • Use the pushpin to poke a hole in the center of the cup bottom. Thread a craft bead onto a 12-inch length of monofilament. Gather the ends together, letting the bead fall to the center of the line, and thread them up through the hole from inside the cup. String a few more beads onto the doubled line (outside the cup) and then knot the ends to form a loop.
  • Apply a line of glue along the edge of the poster board circle. Press the cup, upside down, atop the glue and hold it in place for 20 seconds or so. During the first 10 minutes of drying time, occasionally check the seal and press down gently on the cup, if required. Let the glue cure for a full day before hanging the ornament. 

 

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