With so much time off school, cold weather outside and spirits high, the Christmas holidays is the best time to get crafty with the kids. There are so many practical festive decorations you can produce so give your home a DIY Christmassy vibe. What’s more, you don’t have to be a craft expert to achieve some really fun and great looking designs. Here are a few ideas for you to get crafty with this Christmas.
Toilet Roll Tube Characters
Carol singers, snowmen, Santa and Rudolph; Christmas there is no shortage of Christmas characters to create with this simple idea. Use colored paper, tissue paper or felt to add the clothing and facial features of these fun fellows and stand them up on a window sill or fire place.
Pine Cone Decoration
There’s something very festive about the humble pine cone, but that’s not to say you can’t turn it up a notch by painting and sticking to the cones. Colour different pine cones green, red and white paint for a bold and simple collection. If you do not want to stop there, add glitter, ribbons and miniature tinsel.
Create your own cards and pictures for your kids to colour in or pick up a painting by numbers set to give them something to work on into the New Year. This is a simple activity which encourages discipline and can create some wonderful results.
Decorate Christmas Tree Baubles
To achieve truly unique decorations for your Christmas Tree why not customise your existing baubles? All you need is some plain baubles, poster paint and perhaps some sequins and PVA glue and you can create all kinds of crazy Christmas designs.
This simple and classy decoration combines a natural look with the traditional Christmas colours. Just find a small twig (perhaps 10cm in length) and tie off cuts of green, red and gold ribbons around it. For a Christmas Tree effect, arrange the ribbons in an ascending order of size to get a triangle shape.
This activity combines arts and crafts with English. Choose some popular Christmas phrases such as ‘Deck the Halls’, ‘Jingle Bells’ and ‘Let It Snow’ and using discarded scrabble letters, spell out the phrases by sticking them together. Add some string to dangle the phrase from the tree or give them a base to make a freestanding ornament.
If you want your kids to have a blank canvas and create whatever they want, hand them a pre-folded piece of plain card (or stick a white sheet of card onto a red or green folded card) and let them stick glitter, draw Santa or write Christmas messages on the front.
Use pine cones, tangerines and candy canes to create a nice Christmas table topper that the kids can proudly show off to the rest of the family.