Easy Christmas crafts and activities for kids
- Cover a cardboard tube with patterned paper.
- Cut a triangle head and two large and two small oval ears out of paper.
- Glue the smaller ears inside the larger ones and fold in half. Glue to top of triangle.
- Cut felt circles for eyes. Glue googly eyes to felt. Add pom-pom nose.
- Glue the triangle to the top center of the tube.
- Use straws and pipe cleaners to make antlers.
- Cut a sock shape out of two pieces of felt.
- Staple the edges together a half inch from the sides, leaving the top open.
- Glue rickrack over the staples to cover them.
- Add a felt loop to the top corner of the stocking for hanging. Decorate with felt and buttons.
A wee tree and accessories
- Cut five 18 x 24-inch triangles from cardboard.
- Score the center of each triangle to make it easier to bend.
- Fold each triangle in half and glue together.
- Use clothespins to keep the pieces together.
- Paint the tree white.
- Roll corrugated paper around a cardboard tube to make the tree base.
- Cut a star from felt.
- Add a wire to the bottom of the star to attach to the tree.
- Cut two yards of string.
- Every few inches, place a sticker on the string and then press another sticker back to back.
- String around the tree.
- Trim the edges of a two by two-foot piece of felt to make a circle.
- Glue rickrack to outer edge of the circle.
- Decorate with felt circles.
- Place under mini-tree.
Twin trees and a jolly ol' Santa
- Paint two cone water cups green.
- Wrap rickrack or ribbon around one.
- Decorate with pom-poms.
- When the paint dries, apply a thin layer of glue to the second cup and cover with glitter.
Jolly Ol' Santa
- Paint a cone-shaped water cup red.
- Cut out a circle face shape from felt and snip top of face to make it flat.
- Cut a felt beard and mustache and glue to face. Add black dots for eyes.
- Wrap pipe cleaner around the point of the cup and the middle of the cup to make the hat and jacket trim.
- Glue the face to the front of the cone. Add a small pom-pom for a nose.
- Glue paper feet to the inside of the cone.
- Cut snowman shapes out of felt.
- Decorate each snowman with a felt top hat.
- Punch a hole on each side of the snowman.
- String with baker's twine.
- Cut two circles out of paper.
- Bend one in half and glue one side to the second circle.
- Cut and glue a paper ornament topper to the top of the circle.
- Glue a piece of string to the back of the topper.
- Glue to cardstock.
- Pull the string tightly and glue to the back of the card.
Give peace a wreath
- Paint clothespins and an embroidery hoop.
- Glue clothespins onto the hoop.
- Cut two felt leaves and glue near the top of the hoop.
- Glue small felt circles and buttons to the leaves.
- Thread a string through the top of the hoop.
- Cut a dove shape out of felt. Glue a teardrop wing to each side. Decorate with feathers.
- Add a black-marker dot eye to dove.
- Pierce the beak of the bird with a scissor tip and slide a one-inch piece of white floral wire through the slit to make an olive branch.
- Attach two felt leaves to each end of the wire.
- Glue dove to the wreath.
- Cut circle shapes from a new kitchen sponge. Make “stamps” by hot-gluing a non-sharpened pencil to one side of each circle.
- Dip circles in paint and decorate wrapping paper, newsprint, or scrap paper with cheery dots.
Tag, you're it
- Trace a cookie cutter on a piece of felt and colored paper.
- Cut out shapes and glue together.
- Punch a hole at the top center of the tag.
- Add a string to attach to a gift.
Cut it up
It's not officially winter until you make a paper snowflake. Learn the folding tricks online at snowflakes.barkleyus.com (we challenge you not to spend at least 15 minutes with this tool). Once you've got a bunch, string them up to hang on the tree, the mantel, or over a doorway. Have a toddler? Let him "decorate" the paper with crayons, markers, or stamps before you make the cuts.