Christmas Decorations You Can Make With Kids
Christmas is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate the season than to decorate with the kids.
Spending time together as a family makes for the most treasured of memories, so put some time aside to have fun crafting this holiday season. These three last minute projects are multi-purpose and can be used to decorate the house or give away as gifts.
Twig Star Ornaments
Bundle the kids up and step outside to gather some small twigs for this easy and green project.
Each star calls for raffia and five twigs that are about four inches long. Once the materials have been gathered, lay the sticks out like a star. Using the raffia ribbon, tie the sticks together about one half inch from each point. Be sure to wind the raffia around the twigs so that they stay tightly together. Tie a length of raffia from one point to make a loop for hanging. Attach the finished stars to Christmas packages, hang them on the Christmas tree, or create a length of garland by binding ten of them together side-by-side.
Flour & Salt Ornaments
These timeless treasures will last year after year and require only a few simple ingredients. Gather 4 cups flour, 1 cup salt and 1 1/2 cup water. Mix the flour and salt together in a large bowl and slowly add the water; mix well. When dough has formed, roll it out with a rolling pin so that it is about 1/4″ thick. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes and place them on an ungreased cookie sheet. With a toothpick create a hole near the top of each ornament for the hanging ribbon. Bake the cutouts for about 30 minutes at 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Allow them to cool completely and then create designs on them using acrylic paint. String a pretty ribbon through the hole and use the finished pieces to decorate the Christmas tree or to put on gifts for friends and family. If stored in a dry, airtight container these ornaments can last decades.
Cranberry & Popcorn Garland
Sometimes the simplest decorations are the most beautiful. This gorgeous garland is made using popcorn and fresh cranberries. It is the perfect Christmas craft activity to do with children, because snacking on the ingredients is just as much fun as creating the finished product. Using waxed dental floss on a sewing needle, string through ten pieces of popcorn followed by three fresh cranberries. Very young children may do better handing an adult the ingredients to string as opposed to using the needle themselves. Change the popcorn to cranberry ratio to create the desired look. Once completed hang the fresh garland on outdoor trees or bushes. Not only will the visual effect by stunning to passersby, it will be great fun for the children to peek out the window at the birds and squirrels nibbling on their creation. An alternate idea is to use dried cranberries instead of fresh fruit to create a longer lasting piece. If stored carefully in an airtight container, the dried cranberry and popcorn garland will be usable the following year.
Although children of all ages can help with the projects, adult supervision is needed. Creating decorations with a child is a wonderful gift of time and interaction. Including those crafts in the home holiday decor gives value and importance to a child’s creations. Enjoy the time spent away from the hustle and bustle of holiday crowds and spend precious time with the ones who mean the most.