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.
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.
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 Angel Egg Carton Craft | Meaningful Mama Super cute way to recycle egg cartons and decorate the tree!
Canning Lid Angel Ornament | Kix Cereal Blog Bet you have everything you need for this super easy angel ornament!
Christmas Trees & Wreaths~
Scrap Ribbon Tree Ornaments | Fireflies & Mudpies Ribbon and a twig–so simple!
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?
Easy Christmas Tree Ornament | Ginger Snap Crafts It doesn’t get any easier than popsicle sticks and buttons.
Lacing Tree Ornaments | Happy Hooligans Great way to practice lacing for a fine motor Christmas craft double whammy.
image credit: Motherhood on a Dime; used with permission
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!
Paper Bag Gingerbread Ornament | The Educators’ Spin On It So simple, but so cute!
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
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!
Quick & Easy Snowman Ornament for Kids | Crazy Little Projects So stinkin’ easy. I knew I saved baby food jars for a reason!
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.
Pine Cone Elves | Pink and Green Mama These are adorable! Dare you to only make one.
Toy Soldier Ornament | Fireflies & Mudpies How many times can I say adorable in this list? ADORABLE.
Clay Christmas Owls | Paging Fun Mums Owl lovers will think this is a hoot! (I couldn’t resist.)
Egg Carton Jingle Bell Flowers | The Crafty Crow Gotta love egg cartons. Who knew there were so many things to make with them?
Candle Ornament | Silly Eagle Books Perfect for toddlers and preschoolers!
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.
Toilet Roll Reindeer | Happy Hooligans Two words: googly eyes.
Bottle Cap Reindeer | The Country Chic Cottage We may not “do” Santa, but these would be on my tree if we did.
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!