The Best of the Christmas Crafts

I have been scouring the internet looking for the best, easiest and budget friendly Christmas crafts for you to enjoy! And (because this is Wildlifestyle) a few of them have a little nature twist too.

Growing Family‘s Pom-pom Pine Cones (ages 4-7+)

This is one of my favourite crafts because in all the craziness of Christmas, you have the perfect excuse to get outside with the kids and enjoy nature. It’s two great activities rolled into one – keep the kids engaged on a nature walk by hunting for pine cones, then spend a happy afternoon inside decorating them!

What you will need:

  • Pom poms, glitter (if you can deal with cleaning it up afterwards!), stickers, gems – any small decorations will do!
  • Paints
  • String
  • Pine cones

Older children can enjoy using the glue gun to stick on the pom poms (with adult supervision), but for the little ones, stick to the painting. Whilst the paint is still wet, sprinkle over the glitter and leave to air dry. Once dry, knot a length of string around the top of each pine cone and tie into a loop.

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 True Aim‘s Beaded Christmas Tree Decorations (all ages)

This activity is great for all ages. The little ones may be better using pipe cleaners and large pony beads as that is a little less fiddly!

What you will need:

  • Wire/pipe cleaners
  • Beads/pony beads (Tip: if you use thin wire, use little bead or the tree won’t hold it’s shape)
  • Card that you can shape into a cone
  • Ribbon

Bend the cardboard into a cone and wrap the wire or pipe cleaners around. Knot each end of the wire and thread the beads on. You could bend the wire into any shape you wish – stars, Christmas trees, baubles, mix it up! Once finished, loop the ribbon around your wire and knot it so you can hang your ornaments on the tree.

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Little Bit Funky‘s Thumbprint Reindeer Ornaments (all ages)

Another great activity for all ages!

What you will need:

  • Baubles (matte ones work best)
  • Brown paint
  • Black and red felt tip pens

All you do is paint your thumb and press it onto the baubles about 4 times (depends how big your thumb and the bauble are!). Leave the paint to dry and then with your black felt tip, draw on the eyes and antlers and pop on a red nose for Rudolf. You don’t need to stop at reindeer, you could use white paint and use the same technique to create a snowman, or Santa – the possibilities are endless!

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Krokotak‘s Toilet Roll Santas! (aged 7+)

This activity is slightly more complicated and may be suited to older children.

What you will need:

  • Toilet roll
  • A4 red paper (one A4 sheet for each toilet roll)
  • White paper
  • Glue stick
  • Black felt tip
  • String

Cut out a section of red paper large enough to wrap around the toilet roll once. Wrap the paper around the toilet roll and glue it down. Fold one end of the toilet roll (image 3). Do the same with the other end, but in the opposite direction – make sure the top fold is at 90 degrees to the bottom fold (image 5). Press the top ends together to make Santa’s hat. Fold out the bottom ends to make little feet and colour on Santa’s boots.

Next, cut out a triangle piece of white paper and draw on a little face. Stick this to the front of the body and draw on Santa’s black belt and hands. Finally, tie a loop in a piece of string and glue this to the back of Santa’s hat so you can hang your decoration on the tree!

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Ikea‘s Fingerprint Snowmen Ornaments (all ages)

Last (but by no means least!) is Ikea’s wonderful way to decorate baubles.

What you will need:

  • Baubles
  • White paint
  • Paper plate
  • Black and orange felt tips
  • Felt
  • Glue

Squeeze a bit of white paint onto a paper plate and cover your hand in paint. Place the bauble in the palm of your hand and grip it, pressing the paint onto the bauble. You can even dip the bottom of the felt tip in the paint and dot it all over the bauble to create snow. Leave your hand print to dry for a few hours. In the mean time, you could cut out little felt scarves for the snowmen. Once dry, you can draw on the eyes and carrot nose with your felt tips, and glue on the little scarves.

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So that’s it! Those are my favourite Christmas decorations for 2016. I would love to see all the crafts you do with your little ones this Christmas, so please upload a photograph to Instagram with the hashtag #wildlifestyle and tag my page, isabelkingsford.wildlifestyle and I will share my favourites!

Merry Christmas everyone!

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Image 1 + 2 reproduced from Growing Family's blog at http://growingfamily.co.uk/craft/homemade-christmas-decorations-pom-pom-pine-cones/ Image 3 reproduced from True Aim at http://www.trueaimeducation.com/homemade-beaded-christmas-tree-ornaments-for-kids/ Image 4 reproduced from Little Bit Funky at http://www.littlebitfunky.com/2011/11/20-minute-crafter-reindeer-thumbprint.html Image 5, 6, + 7 reproduced from Krokotak at http://krokotak.com/2012/12/toilet-paper-roll-santa/ Image 8 reproduced from Ikea Decoration at http://www.ikeadecoration.com/other/20-easy-christmas-decor-ideas-for-kids-to-make.html

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  1. March 13, 2017 / 11:40 am

    Very nice style and design and excellent content material, nothing else we need : D.

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