10 Family-Friendly Christmas Crafts
Christmas is coming up, and it’s time to start planning some quality family time together. These crafts are easy enough to do with your children, but pretty enough that you won’t mind proudly displaying them in your home year after year. They can also make excellent gifts. There’s bound to be a few ideas in this list that spark your interest.
Beautiful Family Photo Ornaments
Photo ornaments are the perfect way to commemorate the year, and creating your own will save you money. This idea uses Modge Podge, small slices of wood, and pictures you’ve printed to create an elegant look. Best of all, you can choose unique photos to represent all of the people in your life. These will make a great gift for grandparents or friends.
Easy to make and cute to look at, these story stones can spark some creativity in the family. Some simple designs can easily represent the story of Christmas, but your family may also choose to include other small pictures to represent some of the more secular elements of Christmas. Once finished and dry, place the pieces into a bag, reach in to select one, and start weaving your story.
Reindeer Candy Treats
This simple craft is easy to make, so it’s perfect for those who have small children. Simply arranging candy can create the look of a reindeer. If this idea was a hit, search around for other similar projects. You can create Santa, a sleigh, or a wreath of candy as well.
Christmas Bucket List
With all of the gift shopping, parties, and chores on your to-do list, it’s easy to let some fun activities fall by the wayside. Creating a Christmas bucket list of things you want to do throughout the season can help you remember the joy. Each family member should pick two to five things they want to do – baking cookies, building a snowman, sledding, or snuggling up with some popcorn and a Christmas-themed movie. Set aside time for your bucket list, and pull out one of the sticks when you need an activity.
Personalized Gift Tags and Wrapping
During the holiday season, wrapping paper is inexpensive, but this unique wrapping paper idea will give your gifts an unexpected look. Rather than writing out gift tags, you use a picture of the recipient. Even better, include a picture of you and the recipient together. This idea works best with solid coloured paper, and if you choose a basic brown wrapping paper, you could personalize it further by having the kids draw pictures on the paper.
Footprint and Handprint Paintings
As your children grow older, it’s fun to see how their handprints and footprints change. Why not use their hand and footprints to create fun designs? With green handprints, you can make a wreath or a Christmas tree. Some people even make a Santa design painting four fingers white for Santa’s beard and the thumb red for his hat. These crafts work well with little children. Once the paint dries, parents can embellish with additional details to create a more put-together look.
Easy Advent Calendar
You can probably purchase one at the store, but it’s fun to create your own Advent calendar as well. With this idea, children simply have to paint the clothespins or decorate the bags for each day. You then put a little treat into each bag to open up in the days leading up to Christmas.
Salt Dough Ornaments
Salt dough ornaments are easy to make using ingredients you probably already have in your cupboard. You can use Christmas-themed cookie cutters to make shapes like Christmas trees, stars, and reindeer, or you can make a salt dough ornament of a child’s handprint or fingerprint. You can even get your dog or cat into the action by making a paw print ornament. Once they’re dry, have fun painting them.
Easier Cookie Decorating
Baking Christmas cookies is a time-honoured tradition, but it can certainly get a bit messy. Some people think that’s a part of the fun, but if you hate the clean-up, just do a bit of prep work before calling in the kids. For instance, you might bake the cookies while they’re in bed, fill up icing bags with different colours of icing, set out all of the sprinkles and decorations in separate bowls and have a cookie decorating party! This creates a more organized system for decorating the cookies. You’ll be able to enjoy the experience rather than feeling stressed about it.
Christmas Ribbon Wreath
A wreath made from evergreen branches may give your home the traditional look, but there are plenty of other ideas for creating attractive wreaths. Ribbon wreaths are especially easy, and you can get everything you need at a craft store. Let kids pick out red and green ribbons, and show them how they can attach the ribbons to the wreath form.
Christmas is often a hectic season, but it’s important to make time for your kids and family. With these craft ideas, you’ll be able to look forward to some fun family time and a well-decorated home!