Anyone who knows me well knows how rubbish I am at crafting. I try my best but the reality is never like the image I want it to be, however the kids don’t seem to mind and the girls in particular absolutely love getting their hands on the craft cupboard. I thought it’d be nice to put together some simple Christmas craft ideas that you can do with your little ones on the lead up to Christmas. They are a far cry from my toilet roll penguins that is my speciality.
A while back, we did make our own penguin finger puppets that would be perfect for some Christmas themed fun. You can read how we made them on my penguin finger puppet craft blog post, which has a step by step guide on how to make them; perfect for a novice like me!
Sarah from Kippers and Curtains shared her wonderful dry orange slice decorations. These would be great for your little ones to decorate and hang on the tree. I remember feeling so proud looking at the Christmas tree with my hand-made decorations on as a kid and these can also be made on a budget, which is always music to my ears as December creeps forward.
Megan from Truly, Madly, Kids is the Christmas queen and shared three of her excellent creations with me. She made her own Christmas wreath (below)cute homemade reindeer craft, super tasty Christmas chocolate bark. I am a sucker for anything cholate-y so I think this one needs to be bookmarked – surely Slimming World doesn’t count over Christmas?!
Catherine from Growing Family shared her homemade Christmas pom pom decorations to hang on the tree. I absolutely love the colours on these and I know my kids would love to make these. They love finding big pine cones when we go out walking at the weekend, so we will definitely be trying this one out.
Clare also shared a great idea for using festive pine cones with her green glitter pine cone craft, which like Catherine’s, are super easy and give your kids free rein on to design them as they like.
Lucy from White and Green Beans also made some DIY baubles with her three year old. I love the idea of making your own decorations as I remember my own Mother fondly placing our childhood handmade decs on the tree; she adored them and it was her little tradition. I’d like to think that I will do this with my own three and these baubles look really chic.
Jane from Hodge Podge Days kindly shared a few of her brilliant craft blog post with me. She also has a gorgeous glitter tape baubles post along with two handy make your own blog posts. She shares how she made her own Christmas cards and also this fantastic DIY Christmas snow globe! Even better is that it only needs six things to make them – bonus! As a kid, I was obsessed with snow globes so this would have been perfect for mini me.
If you are looking for a more traditional craft, Sarah from Let Them Be Small has a great really easy baby Jesus craft for little ones to get stuck into. You could get all creative by making the star different colours or adding glitter perhaps. I like the idea of perhaps making various people/animals from the nativity and adding them on a bunting to hang up.
For younger kids, I love this idea of a hand print Christmas tree. I remember my girls absolutely loving painting when they were smaller and if ever I let them paint on their hands then it was like Christmas Day there and then. This brilliant post from Clares Little Tots shows how cool handprints can be and would easily fill an afternoon with festive fun.
She also shared two more fun activities to get you in the Christmas spirit; she has lots of paper plate Christmas crafts including the main man himself and also an easy paper wreath which Charlie made at school last year.
Finally Clare’s sticky contact paper Christmas tree would be great to have on the fridge or bedroom door where you can encourage the kids to add whatever festive decorations they want to it. I love how easy it is to get the kids involved and help get everyone in the mood. With under six weeks until the big day, why not kick-start Christmas and have some simple Christmas crafts fun with the kids along the way?
Thank you to all the bloggers who kindly let me use their images and recipes. The links included are all to their original Christmas crafts posts