Christmas is one of our family's favorite holidays. With all the shopping, parties, and just plain running around that goes along with this holiday, we like to try to set aside some quality time with each other and our daughter to make some Christmas crafts. Sometimes the crafts are gifts, sometimes decorations, and sometimes they are just a fun way to spend an afternoon! We've tried to include crafts here that are appropriate for a variety of ages and skill levels. All of these Christmas themed crafts were made in our own home so we know that they are fun and child-friendly.
Our Rudolph the Reindeer gift bag craft makes the perfect wrapper for a child's present to a teacher, caregiver, coach, or family member. The tag line "thank you for guiding the way" coupled with your child's handprints makes whatever you place inside the bag that much more special.
This peppermint candy cane craft is a wonderful way to engage the sense of smell while doing a craft. The addition of peppermint extract to the paint used immediately grabs a child's attention and turns a basic craft into something special for the holiday season.
Turn your child's handprint into a beautiful Christmas tree and a keepsake for years to come. This is a very simple paper craft that they will enjoy putting together and decorating. Our handprint Christmas tree craft would make the perfect gift for grandparents or family too since it was made by little hands.
Our paper poinsettia craft is a very easy way to decorate your home for Christmas. This craft goes together quickly and our provided template for the leaves makes it that much simpler to put together.
Our felt Christmas tree craft with removable ornaments is a fun Christmas craft for kids. It has many uses, from being a reward chart to being a fun holiday decoration! We've used this tree to practice counting and color matching as well with our toddler daughter.
With paper plates, paint, lots of glue and cotton balls kids will love making our fun cotton ball Santa craft. This craft was created because we found that it can be hard to find a good Santa Claus craft that younger children can do. It has a bunch of fun textures and makes a great exercise in following directions and your children will love the end result.
This craft is a wonderful preschool craft to make for the holidays. Our three year old daughter was able to decorate her tree all by herself and she had a blast doing so. All you need is some green icing, sugar cones, and some candy decorations and you can make this fun craft with your kids.
Our tissue paper wreath craft is a great one to do with younger children. With lots of glue (enough to paint with a paintbrush!) and lots of crumpled tissue paper this is a simple craft that turns out great every time! It makes a fantastic homemade Christmas decoration for your home.
Turn a few simple shapes into a beautiful Christmas tree. Our provided template makes this simple paper craft that much easier to do. This is a great craft for preschool age children and a fantastic decoration for the holiday.
Have your children try their hand at lacing up their own stocking. This is a simple craft that lets children work on their fine motor skills while making an adorable Christmas decoration which will look great on the mantle (or anywhere else you want to display it).
Who knew tissue paper could make such perfect Christmas tree lights? Print out our provided template, punch some holes and glue on pieces of tissue paper to create this fantastic Christmas tree craft.
Our handmade ornament craft makes a beautiful homemade gift for the special people in your child's life. Filling a plain ornament with glitter adds sparkle to the tree or adding tissue paper makes for a cool affect and both are a lot of fun to do with your kids.
By stacking the foam stars you can create a perfect Christmas tree. This craft is a great way to teach your kids to look at something familiar in a whole new way.
This handprint reindeer is one of our favorite crafts for Christmas. Made from your child's footprint and handprints it's a great way to capture a memory of when your children are small. It is easy enough for even very young children to do and makes a great homemade gift or even Christmas card for grandparents and family.
To make this adorable craft with your kids all you need to do is to string some beads onto a pipe cleaner, bend it into a candy cane shape and then hang it on the tree! This is a great Christmas craft for your toddler or preschooler.
Need a homemade Christmas decoration? Try making a beautiful wreath for your front door out of a paper plate and some paper holly leaves. Our Holly Leaf Wreath craft is simple to make and made with materials you most likely have on hand.
Turning a handful of colorful pom-poms into a beautiful Christmas tree is a great way to spend a December afternoon with your child. This craft is great for kids of any age, and our tips and template make it that much easier to do with the younger set.
Make a beautiful handmade Christmas ornament that your children can give as a present or that you can use to decorate your own tree. You can make this ornament using thumbprints to add sentimental value as well. All you need is a plain plastic ornament, white paint and a little white craft sand.
This craft is an easy handmade present that even the youngest child can make themselves. When the craft is done you can either glue a magnet to the back of it, which is great for teachers, or you can glue ribbon to the back of it to turn it into an ornament. Our gifts were then wrapped up with the saying "Thank You for Helping Me Shine!" and handed out to teachers and caregivers.
Our styrofoam Christmas tree craft has a variety of new textures, materials, and techniques that are appealing to kids. Kids get to paint over styrofoam with glue, rip apart tissue paper, and play with glitter and in the end they will have created a beautiful craft that is even worthy of being given as a gift.
Holidays are full of memories, and with this cute picture frame, now you can hang memories of Christmasí past on your tree year after year. Made from our template, construction paper and any decoration you have on hand, this craft is an easy Christmas craft for kids to make.
This styrofoam Santa craft was created because we needed a new homemade decoration for our mantel! Coupled with the styrofoam reindeer craft, it's a fantastic decoration. With a styrofoam ball, felt, cotton balls, paint and glue your kids can make this craft too.
With handprint antlers and a simple paper plate head, our paper plate reindeer is a great one to do on a cold winter afternoon with materials you most likely already have on hand. It is a cute, simple craft that is great for the younger set.
Our styrofoam reindeer craft is a one for kids to do using some different materials like styrofoam and pipe cleaners which have great textures. The addition of a jingle bell collar makes this craft even cuter! When set next to the styrofoam Santa craft above, this craft makes a fantastic decoration for your mantel.
Use our template to create a foam gingerbread man. We decorated our gingerbread man traditionally, but encourage your kids to use their imaginations and decorate their gingerbread man or woman however they would like. Add a hat, a skirt, or even shoes - anything to make it fun. This craft is very toddler friendly as well.
We are always looking for new ways to pass out our daughter's photo at Christmas time. This fun idea was made from a wooden "tag" bought at a craft store, but we've included a template of the craft so that you can make it out of any material you'd like.