Christmas is a wonderful time to get creative with your children! Why not plan some fun craft activities with the children this year?
We’ve rounded up our 5 favourite Christmas crafts for you and your little ones to enjoy. Read on and use our handy step-by-step guide to create your very own Christmas decorations.
1) Paper cone Christmas tree
Create a lovely paper cone Christmas tree, decorate it with some gemstones and display with your Christmas crafts.
- Coloured craft paper in green
- Plastic jewels and glitter stars stickers
- Glue or double-sided tape
- Draw a large circle on your green paper
- Cut out the circle, fold it in half and cut along the fold so you have 2 semi-circles
- Take one semi-circle and fold it round into a cone. Secure it with glue or double-sided tape.
- Decorate your tree with plastic jewels and stickers
- Your Christmas tree is ready!
2) Handprint Christmas tree decoration
Make homemade Christmas tree decorations with your little ones. This is a simple, low mess craft and looks so lovely!
- 3 pieces of green card
- Glue dots
- Empty toilet paper roll
- Pipe cleaners
- Pom poms
- Foam stars
- Trace your child's handprints on green card stock and cut them out
- Cut a trunk shape out of a toilet paper roll
- Overlap the handprint shapes and glue together, then glue onto the tree trunk
- Stick a foam star at the top of the tree
- Decorate the tree with pipe cleaners, sequins, and pom poms
- Cut a pipe cleaner in half and shape one of the halves into an oval for a hanger. Secure it to the back of the tree
3) Christmas wreath
Crafting your own lovely festive decorations with the help of your children is so much fun! Read on for our step-by-step guide to making a Christmas wreath.
- Wreath base – bought or follow instructions below.
- Lightweight florists wire or similar
- Evergreen branches – e.g. ivy, holly, fir
- Decorations: you can use anything you like such as cinnamon sticks, pine cones, Christmas baubles, ribbon, holly, rosemary, dried citrus fruits, etc.
To make a Christmas wreath first, you’ll need a wreath base. There are so many options you can choose from. You can buy a base, wire ring or a fresh spruce wreath from your local garden centre but it’s so much more fun to make your own!
1) Make your own wreath:
- Bend some thick wire or a metal coat hanger into a circle or any shape you prefer. You can shape your wreath into different shapes. Try a star, a heart or even your initials.
- To build your wreath, start by securing the evergreen boughs to your base. Lightweight florist’s wire works wonders to help you attach the greenery to the wreath. Lay a small bundle of greenery on the base and wrap the wire tightly around the stems a few times. Don’t cut the wire yet. Instead, add another bundle, overlapping the previous one by half and wrap some more wire around stems.
- Overlap the stems as you go to cover your base avoiding gaps. Keep adding stems until the wreath base is fully covered, then tie off the wire, cut it and tuck the end away.
- Once you’re done attaching the stems, you can then use some natural twine to securely bind everything to your base. Twine holds really well so it can help your wreath last longer.
- Decide how you will decorate your wreath. You can use just about anything to follow your taste or to incorporate the theme from your other festive decorations. You can try a natural look using cinnamon sticks, dried orange slices (your children can help you prepare these), holly, ivy or pine cones.
- For a more modern look, you can add glass baubles, glittery lights, sparkly stars or bells. You can also try more unusual decorations. Buttons, flowers, pegs, children’s drawings can make an alternative festive wreath.
4) Christmas potpourri
Bring the scent of Christmas into your home with this Christmas potpourri – and have fun combining and stirring the ingredients and experimenting with the smells in the process!
- Star Anise
- Cinnamon sticks
- Pine cones
- Cellophane bag
- Cut the orange into slices. Arrange on a baking tray and place in the oven on the lowest setting for approximately 4 hours until they are completely dried out.
- When the orange is cool, mix some slices with some pinecones, a small handful of star anise and 2 or 3 cinnamon sticks cut in half.
- If giving as a gift, fill a cellophane bag, arranging the slices of orange around the edges, and tie the bag with some beautiful festive red ribbon.
5) Mini Christmas tree decorations
Head outdoors and collect materials to make your very own mini twig tree. Super simple and pretty, you will love making these decorations with your little ones.
- Twigs of different sizes
- Twine or string
- Glue/ glue gun
- Collect as many different sized (longer and shorter) sticks and twigs as you can. Find a longer, flat stick for your base.
- Stick your twigs to your base: Use your longer twigs at the bottom and then shorter ones as you move up the base.
- Tie your twine/string into a loop that is big enough to hang from your tree. Attach this to your base with glue.
- Finish by decorating with glitter or paint