December is the most exciting month of the year for children and parents are always on the lookout to keep them entertained with crafts and activities.
Featured in this article are some craft projects, which will also make great gifts, to keep kids occupied during this busy time.
Planning craft time for young children can be difficult when all the hustle and bustle of the season is upon every family.
Parents can use craft time to make gifts or decorations for family and friends while keeping young minds and hands busy.
Here are some suggestions for easy and low budget craft ideas to create decorations and/or gift ideas for family and friends.
Parents can help children make these Christmas crafts as well.
What Are Some Good Christmas Crafts for Children?
1. Paper Plate Wreath
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- Cut out the center of a large paper plate.
- Cut out squares of green tissue paper.
- Using a glue stick, cover the plate with glue.
- Have a child crumple the tissue paper and place the paper all around the plate. Glue the paper bow on the bottom.
2. Handprint Wreath
- Green paint. This set is very good for Christmas crafts
- Red bingo dabber
- Glue stick
- Manila tagboard
- Some white paper
- Dip a child’s hand in green paint and press it on the white paper in a circle to create a wreath.
- Once the paint is dry, use a red bingo dabber to dab red circles around the wreath on top of the handprints.
- Scan a picture of the child on the computer and cut out the image.
- Glue the picture in the middle of the wreath.
- Cut out the wreath and glue it on a manila tagboard.
3. Fruit Loop Christmas Tree
- Cut out a Christmas tree from the green craft paper.
- Glue the tree cut out on manila tag paper.
- Cover the tree cut out with white liquid glue and place cereals on the tree.
- Once dry, hole punch the top of the tree to loop the yarn.
4. Paper Christmas Stocking
- Cut out a large stocking from a piece of red craft paper.
- Using a black crayon or marker, write the child’s name across the top of the paper stocking.
- Decorate the stocking with sparkles, cotton balls, star stickers, or polka dots. You can use other materials to decorate the stocking.
5. Ornament Snow Family
- Place the child’s hand in the white paint and press the hand on the bottom of the plain red or blue ornament.
- Once the paint is dry, draw stick arms, top hats, coal eyes, mouth, and triangle nose with a black permanent marker.
- Make sure to print the year along the top of the ornament.
6. Homemade Wrapping Paper
- Using butcher-block paper, have the child decorate paper for wrapping presents.
- Parents can cut Christmas trees or candy canes out of sponges. Children can also use various fruits and vegetables to create stamps.
- A child can work independently dipping the sponge or vegetable in paint and stamping the designs onto the paper.
- Once dry, the paper is ready for wrapping presents.
These fun crafts are easy to create. Not only do they decorate the house fantastically, but some of them also make perfect Christmas gifts.
Whether it is a handprint wreath or a snow family ornament made especially for Grandma, these simple craft projects will keep little hands and minds busy this holiday season.
With a few supplies already available at home, the kids will have lots of activities to do during their downtime this Christmas.