3 Simple Christmas Crafts

3 Simple Christmas Crafts

Can you hardly believe it’s almost Christmas? A whole 11 days away! Are you able to spend the month with joy or has it been frustrating?

With an overwhelming to-do list, the ideal Christmas can seem impossible. How do we manage to get it all done? And after all of that, how can we enjoy the sentiments of the holiday?

So with that said, here are 3 Simple Christmas Crafts, that really don’t take much of your time. And to be honest, you probably have all of these materials at home. Enjoy some quality time with your kiddos making one or all of these!

#1 Construction paper and paper roll tree

This makes a kid friendly centerpiece or even a little nightstand decor for their room.

 

You need:

  • Paper rolls (paper towel, toilet paper, or even wrapping paper tubes to cut)
  • Green and yellow construction paper
  • Green and white crayons (or various colors)
  • Scissors
  • Tape

Step 1:

Using green crayon, draw the tree branches in the above pattern, then using your white crayon create your snowflakes or ornaments.

Step 2:

Wrap green paper in a cone shape and tape. Then cut off excess paper.

Step 3:

Trace star, cut, and tape on top of tree.

Step 4:

Place on paper roll. Small trees would do well on shorter tubes, and larger trees with larger tubes.

 

#2 Santa Ornament

If you have felt and ribbon scraps laying around, you probably have the rest of the materials needed for this one. I love this ornament the most! He’s a cute Santa if I do say so myself!

 

You need:

  • Cardboard sheet
  • Red felt
  • Tan or brown construction paper for face
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Glitter glue or substitute nail polish
  • Cotton balls
  • Ribbon

 

Step 1:

Draw tear drop shape on cardboard sheet. Here I used a graham cracker box that we happened to have. Then cut the shape out.

Step 2:

Trace construction paper on tear drop and cut for a face. Then trace top of tear drop onto red felt, creating a triangle hat shape. (Also while you have the red felt nearby, cut a small oval nose).

Step 3:

Tape your ribbon onto the tear drop cardboard before adding any pieces.

Step 4:

Glue Santa’s face and hat. Then lightly pull apart a piece of cotton ball to make 3 parts; a small fluff ball for the top of his hat, trim around his hat, and a giant beard. Bonus points if you are able to shape a mustache! Don’t forget to glue his nose!

Step 5:

Using your glitter glue or nail polish, create eyes, and rosy cheeks. And let dry before hanging!

 

#3 Baby Jesus Ornament

Little reminders of the reason for the season are important. This craft was actually inspired by a little foam sheet cutout ornament that the kids made from church last year. I happened to have burlap ribbon and when I saw it, immediately thought of the manger scene. The texture resembles straw or hay. Its just a reminder that Jesus humbly came into the world.

 

You need:

  • Cardboard sheet
  • Burlap ribbon
  • Ribbon for hanging
  • Felt
  • Tan or brown construction paper
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Glitter glue or nail polish

 

Step 1:

Cut cardboard, burlap ribbon, and construction paper all same size and rectangular shape.

Step 2:

Cut ribbon, and tape to cardboard. Overlap construction paper and burlap ribbon on to the front of the ornament.

Step 3:

Cut oval felt piece for swaddle. and construction paper into a circle for head. Glue these on top of the burlap ribbon.

Step 4:

Draw little “C” shapes for eyes to look like a sleeping baby Jesus. A little black dot for a mouth. And light pink glitter nail polish for rosy cheeks.

 

 

That’s all! What other ways will you fill your December with sentiment?

 

Nativity Craft

Nativity Craft

Earlier this week I listed 20 ways the whole family can Keep Christ in Christmas. One activity for younger kids was to “craft your own nativity scene.” So here is one super cute and easy way to make your own.

Do you have toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls? Great! Let’s get started!

You will need about 45 minutes to prep and create!

I know, I know, if you have multiple kids that’s nuts! But, think about it this way, if you can sit down with your kiddos and keep them busy, that is like gold! Or get some one-on-one time with one of your kids that likes to draw or color, because this project is perfect for them!

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You will also need:

  • At least 6 toilet paper tubes (Mary, baby Jesus, Joseph, and 3 Wise Men, extras for animals, shepherds, an angel…)
  • Box for your barn
  • White paper and construction paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Crayons or markers

Step 1: Cut the Paper for your paper rolls

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Lay your paper roll on the paper and lightly mark with extra length for overlapping ends. (Marking woodworkers style). Use a straight edge like another pencil to connect the markings. Cut. And done! That was easy!

Step 2: Sketch people for your kiddo to color

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I stopped what I was doing at one point to watch him color. Oh my gosh! He was so cute! He was making silly faces as he focused. (And yes, that is a Halloween pumpkin shirt!)

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I couldn’t help myself from a little coloring. But basically this is the idea of the drawing.

You could also use the construction paper to make little clothes. Even scrap fabric, stickers, felt, ribbon, glitter glue…. Go nuts!

Step 3: Glue

You’ll then want to take those pretty colorful drawings and glue them onto your paper roll.

Here I am using the regular glue. Although this is messy, I can’t handle how stick glue doesn’t bond well.

Step 4: Turn your box into a barn

While letting your people dry, just glue some construction paper onto your box. Then add your star. Our star is flat on top to keep from getting torn with play.

You could even add popsicle sticks inside to make separate animal stalls. You can even think about adding natural elements from outside to make it feel more real. Twigs, straw, small rocks…

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Step 5: Let Dry & Then Play!

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One of the best parts is you can store the whole thing just like this:

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This is also great for teaching bible school!!

And parents, here is your kid’s newest toy!

Great for playing at the table with while you’re cooking lunch/dinner. Goes well with teaching the nativity story!