Get crafty this Christmas

Get crafty this Christmas

Have fun with your little ones making decorations this season. Try your hands - big or small - at these inspiring ideas, including some delicious edible gifts.

 DSC 0047 copy copy

Reindeer thumbprint baubles - Little Bit Funky

Such a cute, Christmassy alternative to getting a print of your child's hand. For once, encourage your tot to get their messy, paint-plastered fingers all over the ornaments, and then you can add in the eyes, nose and antlers to make reindeer faces and finish off these lovely homemade tree decorations.

IMG 0020 copy copy

Bead and pipecleaner icicles - Happy Hooligans

These Christmas tree icicles couldn't be simpler - they're just pipe cleaners and beads! Even the tots can try their little hands at these. As Jackie says on her blog, crafts like these are a great motor activity for developing hand-eye coordination. Et voila! A quick family activity that doesn't need much time and won't make any mess (apart from perhaps the odd stray bead lost between the floorboards!).

IMG 3658ORN1 copy copy

Frosted pinecones - Flutter Flutter

These painted pinecones are minimum on effort, maximum on effect - and the messier and more haphazard the little one's painting, the better they'll look! You can then hang them from the tree, dot them around the house or pile them up as a centrepiece for Christmas Day dinner to help the children feel involved with the day's festivities.

img 4059 copy copy

Felt Christmas tree garland - Little Button Diaries

Children love felt, it's a great sensory experience for them. Let the kiddies loose with the safety scissors and green felt for this lovely mantlepiece or window decoration - you could even add to them with your own seasonal stitchings if you're a dab hand with the needle and thread yourself. 

img 5050 copy copy

Toilet roll reindeer - Happy Hooligans 

A fun, festive way to reuse your old toilet rolls. All you need is to paint the rolls, or cover them in brown wallpaper samples (just ask at your local shop), and then simply add pipe cleaners for antlers, googly eyes and a red button nose. 

ReindeerCookies 1 of 1 copy copy

Peanut butter reindeer cookies - Bakergirl

The best gifts are arguably the edible ones and these adorable peanut butter reindeer cookies are a fantastic idea for a rushed present job or contributing food to a group Christmas party that the little ones will love. Deceptively simple, nobody will know how easy they are to decorate - no piping bags required here! As long as you've got M&M's and chocolate pretzels, you're sorted. They also work just as well with sugar cookies or gingerbread.

Snowflake-Mobile copy copy

Snowflake mobile - Let's Do Something Crafty

This festive mobile doesn't take any time at all - all it involves is cutting out the snowflakes, threading through the string and attaching them to a line of wire or stick. If you do decide to hang them from a twig, you can even go out to the woods together and let them pick it. Fresh air, creative crafts, and a simple decoration you can crack out year after year.


Related Articles

Family days out this December 2015
Family days out this December 2015
Family days out this December 2015 Magical theatre and fluttering snowflakes -&...
Where to see real reindeer this Christmas
Where to see real reindeer this Christmas
Where to see real reindeer this Christmas Nothing says Christmas like real-life...
Christmas family traditions worth holding on to
Christmas family traditions worth holding on to
Christmas traditions worth holding on to What are your favourite family...
Do you re-gift presents?
Do you re-gift presents?
Do you re-gift presents? Stingy and mean or frugal and economical? How to avoid...

email block

are-there-homeopathic-remedies-to-help-you-stop-smokingFertility & Health

Are there homeopathic remedies to help you stop smoking?

Homeopathic remedies can help you or your partner stop smoking to improve pregnancy health.

How to have a hassle-free airport experience

Going on holiday but dreading getting there, here is how you can start your journey hassle-free.
can-exercise-prevent-pre-eclampsiaEating & Exercise

Can exercise prevent pre-eclampsia?

Pre-eclampsia can occur due to higher blood pressure with pregnancy, being overweight, or having diabetes, suitable exercises will help improve...

Win a Big Wild Sleepout kit worth £600

RSPB will once again be encouraging families across the UK to spend a night outdoors as part of its Big...

Take the plunge to win one of 10 brand new Splash About leak-proof swim nappies!

Over 150,000 UK babies swim each week wearing a Splash About Happy Nappy.

Win a month’s supply of Kiddylicious snacks!

We’re giving away a month’s supply of Kiddylicious snacks to three lucky winners.