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Ultimate Guide to Christmas Crafts for Kids

When I was a little girl, the days before Christmas were full of crafts and baking projects. Now that I’m a mom, I’m trying to make the same memories with my boys. As I’ve been searching for crafts to go along with some of our favorite Christmas books, I’ve found a few gems that I just had to share with you.

Ultimate Guide to Christmas Crafts for Kids

Nativity~

Truth in the Tinsel is an absolute favorite at our house. There are 24 crafts, one for each day, to help your little one learn the story of Jesus’ birth and countdown to Christmas. (It isn’t too late to start! There are alternative schedules for you.)

Baby Jesus Softie Playset | Grace Covers Me Using pantyhose, make a soft Baby Jesus with a manger and swaddling cloth to play with and act out the Nativity Story~Perfect for toddler play!

Baby Jesus in a Manger | Crafty Mama Using craft sticks and common household items, this craft is simple enough for even young tots

Popsicle Stick Manger Scene | Casa Camacho Similar to the one above, but different. Super Cute!

Nativity Craft | Confessions of a Homeschooler Make a permanent nativity display with flowerpots

Stained Glass Jesus Craft | Confessions of a Homeschooler  Use up your old crayons and make a beautiful stained glass display.

J is for Jesus Craft | Muffin Tin Mom An adorable reminder that Jesus is the reason for the season. Ties in very well with the book,  The Legend of the Candy Cane .

Coffee Filter Angel

Angels~

Coffee Filter Angel | Motherhood on a Dime Using simple materials you probably already have in your kitchen, children can make an adorable ornament or present topper

Sparkly Paper Plate Angel | Crafty Journal Use a paper plate to make an angel

Angel Ornament Craft | Amazing Moms Buy a pack of paper doilies to make this adorable angel and save the rest of the doilies for Valentine’s Day.

Handprint and Footprint Angel | Tots and Me Preserve those precious handprints and footprints with this simple angel craft

Christmas Trees & Wreaths~

Coffee Filter Christmas Tree | I Can Teach My Child

Pinecone Christmas Trees Ornaments | Mama Jenn Turn this craft an entire memory-making experience by taking a nature walk to gather the pinecones.

Birthday Hat Christmas Tree | JDaniel4′s Mom Use a leftover birthday hat and some felt to create a mini Christmas tree kids can decorate (without Mom rearranging the ornaments!)

Paper Plate Christmas Wreaths | With or Without Nap Using a simple paper plate and whatever you can find in your craft supplies, the kids can make a wreath for their bedroom door

Paper Strip Christmas Trees | Whatever Paper and glue…easy.

Fork Printing Christmas Trees | House of Baby Piranha We love printing with household objects dipped in paint. I love the textures from the fork on this craft!

Printing Holiday Trees | Creativity First Printing with toilet paper rolls to make a tree. Kids will love this!

16 Christmas Tree Crafts | NurtureStore  A collection of Christmas Tree crafts

Bubble Wrap Trees | No Time For Flashcards Who doesn’t love bubble wrap?

Christmas Tree Sewing Lesson | Pink and Green Mama

Paper Bag Gingerbread House

image credit: Motherhood on a Dime; used with permission

Gingerbread~

Simple Paper Bag Gingerbread House | Motherhood on a Dime   Sugar-free way to decorate gingerbread houses and let your tot’s creative juices flow. This craft could be used in imaginative play or the sensory box after it is finished.

Paper Bag Gingerbread House Craft | Little Wonders’ Days Different than the one above, and oh, so cute!

Marble Paint Gingerbread Man | Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas This is like two craft activities in one! Let your little one enjoy marble painting, then turn it into a gingerbread man.

Gingerbread House Greeting Card | Hands On: As We Grow (guest post by Red Ted Art) Make as a card or a stand alone project. No matter what you decide, you’ll love this gingerbread house that will stand the test of time. The best part? Less mess!

Candy Canes & Peppermints~

Christmas Marble Painting Candy Cane | Crafts and Art for Children Let the kids marble paint and then turn it into a peppermint or candy cane

Candy Cane Crafts | Crafts and Art for Children A collection of links to Candy Cane Crafts

Puzzle Piece Candy Cane Ornament | Anders Ruff Use a puzzle that’s missing pieces and turn it into an adorable candy cane ornament

 

Handprint Snowmen Ornament

Snowmen~

Handprint Snowmen Ornament | Happy Brown House

Plastic Plate Snowman Snow Globe | Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational  Kids can make and preserve their own snow globe scene with a simple clear plastic plate

Jingle Bell Snowman Ornament | Ramblings of a Crazy Woman I love this simply adorable craft. The snowman in his pom-pom earmuffs is too cute!

Puff Paint Snowman | House of Baby Piranha Kids will love messy crafting with the puffy paint! We’ve done this before, and Jonah loved it!

Easy Peanut Butter Jar Snowman | Mama Jenn Even tiny tots can help with this one by stuffing the jar with the fiberfill or cotton balls! I think my youngest would love this one.

Glue Snowman Ornament |Pink and Green Mama Kids love to mess with glue. This looks so easy and fun!

snowflake

Snowflakes~

Coffee Filter Snowflakes | Happy Brown House No need for fancy folding techniques, use a coffee filter instead!

Puzzle Piece Snowflake Ornament | Lisa’s Craft Blog Use an older puzzle that is missing a few pieces to make an adorable ornament.

Snow Globe | Vanilla Joy  Kids + Glitter…need I say more?

Beaded Snowflake Ornament | Confessions of a Homeschooler This one is better suited for older kids that can handle a sharp pin.

 

Other Crafts~

Pine Cone Elves | Pink and Green Mama These are adorable! Dare you to only make one.

Drinking Straw and Bead Stars |Pink and Green Mama

 

Santa~

Our family does not celebrate Santa, but I know most people will be expecting to see him on this list. I found a link to a round-up of Santa & Reindeer crafts to help get you started.

15 Santa Crafts for Kids | Life in Texas

15 Reindeer Crafts for Kids Life in Texas

 

Craft Supplies

Want more Christmas Crafts for Kids? I’ve set up a Pinterest board for them and will continue to add to it. Feel free to follow!

Happy Crafting!

This post is a part of the iHomeschool Network’s 25 Days of Christmas – Ultimate Blog Hop. Be sure to click on the calendar to see all the other Ultimate Christmas links!

 

{ 8 comments… add one }

  • Rebecca December 7, 2012, 7:49 am

    Thank you thank you! I have been so wrapped up in a few projects, I have not had time to find crafts for my children. I woke up today determined to find something to do and have some fun with….and you did all of the research for me! Thank you! I will be sharing this EVERYWHERE!

    • Sara December 12, 2012, 8:23 pm

      You’re welcome! Hope this helps you get right to crafting and having fun!

  • Marci December 7, 2012, 9:48 am

    Sara- I’ve been looking for just such a list for my kids! So happy you included the nativity crafts! Thank you!! BTW–I linked to your etsy shop on Overcoming Busy’s fb page yesterday and professed my love of your coffee cozies! :)

    • Sara December 12, 2012, 8:22 pm

      Thanks for the compliment and for the links! Hugs, my friend!

  • JDaniel4's Mom December 9, 2012, 3:35 pm

    I love the handprint ornament!

  • Shonda December 10, 2012, 9:54 am

    What a great list! I was wondering how to do a gingerbread house. Love the paper bag idea. Pinning this post!!

  • Meredith December 10, 2012, 2:14 pm

    WOW – thank you for this craft post. It is fantastic! I think the pinecone trees are going to be our next project! :)

  • Kara @ The Chuppies February 5, 2013, 12:54 am

    Yeah…I can’t believe I missed this.
    Would’ve been AWESOME back in December when I-pretty-much-quit-reading-much-of-anything-online.
    But still–I’m pinning to Christmas for next year :)

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