Winter has well and truly hit over the last couple of weeks. The weather is getting colder, and as we head into December, there’s no escaping Christmas. With the school holidays just around the corner, and lots to do to prepare for the big day, you may be wondering how to keep your kids busy over the next few weeks.
Doing some Christmas crafts with your children is an easy way to both entertain them (and yourself – who doesn’t love getting crafty!) and get everyone in the festive spirit. And it’s even better if you can get the kids to create things you can use to decorate your house! We’ve put together a few ideas to get you started.
This is a really simple decoration to make: Just cut mouth and eye shapes out of black paper, and nose shapes out of orange or patterned paper. Then glue them to paper plates to make a row of snowmen. Use a hole-punch and some string to thread them together, and hang your garland where everyone can see it!
Potato Print Wrapping Paper
This craft is a little trickier, but when you’re done you’ll have some great wrapping paper you can use for gifts to family and friends. You’ll to cut a potato in half, and blot it dry with kitchen roll. Then cut a Christmassy design into your potato halves, and give them to the kids to print with: they’ll need to paint their potatoes with acrylic or poster paint (water-based paints won’t work) and then press them into brown paper to create a print. Repeat with different colours and patterns to create festive wrapping paper, and don’t forget to leave it to dry before actually using it!
Wrapping Paper Bauble
These baubles are a great way to add a bit of personality to your tree. First off you’ll need to cut rectangles of wrapping paper (or other coloured/patterned paper) – as if you were going to make a paper-chain, and then put them in piles of 8, using alternate colours/patterns to make them a multicoloured. Punch a hole in the middle of the strips, and fasten with a paper-fastener. Then punch holes in the top and bottom of the strips, and join together with another paper-fastener. Fan your looped strips out into a bauble shape, and tie string to one of the paper fasteners so that you can hang your decorations on the tree.
Liberty is a content writer working on behalf of Lifestyle Blinds.