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Old School Christmas Crafts to Make with Kids

Old School Christmas Crafts to Make with Kids

Even though Christmas is less than a week away, there’s still time to enjoy making holiday crafts with your kids – especially these 5 ideas, because they don’t require elaborate ingredients or specialized skills and tools. An added bonus — you may remember these old school crafts from your youth.

The popcorn garland

To make this craft even simpler, I used plain Microwave popcorn. You do have to use a sharp needle though, so your children should be old enough to handle one. That said, I’m the one who ended up needing a Band-Aid.

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Pipe cleaner snowflakes

These pipe cleaner snowflakes are easy-peasy. You’ll need to demonstrate how to make one first and then the kids will enjoy cutting the pipe cleaners and twisting them into cool-looking snowflakes – no two alike. We hung ours in our window.

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pipe cleaner snowflakes

Paper snowflakes

These are even easier. Just fold a square piece of paper on the diagonal and then fold again in half. Next, fold again in half and then cut off the uneven edge. Cut out simple shapes – triangles, curves. You can cut the entire folded paper into a circle too. Open and marvel at your lovely snowflake! (If you want to get really crazy, this site shows some beautiful 6-pointed snowflakes and shows you how to make them.)

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Hand-decorated wrapping paper

We’ve been doing this for years, although I must admit, I didn’t do this as a child. (As the youngest of four, I got paid for wrapping gifts for my siblings with rolls of store-bought paper, for a paltry few cents per gift.)

I spread out a few brown grocery bags and let the kids do their thing with paint, stamps, and markers. We also decorated the backside of their used easel paper.

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Baked Christmas ornaments

These are a classic ornament Katie remembers making as a kid. Before you begin, preheat oven to 250 degrees. Mix 1 cup of flour with 1/2 cup salt. Gradually add 1/2 cup water. Stir and then transfer to a floured work surface and knead until a dough forms. If it’s too sticky, add more flour.

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Roll out the dough until it gets to be about 1/4 inch thick.

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Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes and then place on a cookie sheet. Make sure to cut a hole at the top for string to hang from your tree.

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Bake at 25o degrees for 2 hours. Let them cool, then decorate with paint, glitter glue, or whatever you want.

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Posted by Leslie

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