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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
Roll out the dough until it gets to be about 1/4 inch thick.
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.
Bake at 25o degrees for 2 hours. Let them cool, then decorate with paint, glitter glue, or whatever you want.
Posted by Leslie