Then run up to Christmas is a wonderful time to get crafty with the kids – I personally have a lot of wonderful childhood memories of crafting at this time of year and I am keen to create similar memories for my kids!! The days are colder, the afternoons are darker. Perfect for staying in doors and creating.
I would love to share some of our favourite Christmas crafts with you.
Why not “give the gift of creativity” this Christmas? You can put together a craft box for your children, add a craft book for inspiration and off you go – much better than adding to your toy mountain. If you need inspiration of what to put in your craft box, click through!)
5 crafts to get you going!
DIY Gift Wrap
First off, I would love to inspire you to have a go at making your own Wrapping Paper – it is easier to do than you think and a great way to involve the kids! We have 12 different ideas for you here. From potato printing, to stamping, to fingerprints etc. You are sure to find some inspiration.
Simple Christmas Cards
Once your wrapping is done, you will need a lovely card to go with it. Make your own Christmas Cards. These Bauble cards are super duper easy and involve kids for all age groups. I know family and friends will love the personalised touch. They are great for keeping young kids busy and they can get on with it on their own. You just need to help them assemble the card at the end.
Check out our easy and reliable Salt Dough Recipe and make Christmas Decorations with them. We made some simple hearts using cookie cutters. But the possibilities are endless (or at least as endless as the number of cookier cutters you have at home!). We have used all sorts in the past – from Christmas Tree cookie cutters to Gingerbread men cutters. Cute!
No Bake Gingerbread Houses
After all that crafting, you will need a snack! Love Gingerbread Houses? Always wish you were the “parent that made these”, but in reality don’t have the time (who does?!). These MINI No Bake Gingerbread House, will DELIGHT the kids, are seriously easy to make and will make you king or queen of the holiday (no) baking!! We are so going to make more of these over the years to come. Great for playdates too!
No Knit Knitted Stocking
Feeling all festive? Want to make Christmas a little more special? Make your own No Knit Knitted Stocking. Yes, a contradiction in terms… but yes, you really can…… again, relatively easy to make and get the kids involved in designing the initials and details!
So, I do hope that these crafts have inspired you to have a go!
Alternative Christmas Gift
This year we are going to give “The Gift of Creativity”. The idea is to create “Basic” and “Jazzed up” Craft Kits that you can put together yourself – and then, if you wish, add a copy of Red Ted Art the book and you will have a fabulously creative gift – both original and different! What do you think? You don’t need much in a basic craft kit, especially if you add recycled materials and finds from nature…. I love to add pinecones, stones and recycled fabric to our basic craft kit to get the kids think creatively about things they can find and reuse.