Ho, ho, ho! Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and hopefully you’re reading this just in time to get crafty for Kwanzaa, too! Show off your holiday spirit with these easy Christmas crafts for kids and other fun ‘n festive cold-weather activity ideas. From homemade stockings to hot cocoa stands, we’ve rounded up a bunch of creative Christmas projects for kids to look forward to this holiday season.
Christmas and Holiday Crafts for Kids Stocking
Stunning Christmas Stocking
When it comes to easy Christmas crafts that are also really cool, look no further than this colorful stocking. Hang it as a decoration, then, on Christmas Eve, fill it with small surprises for your little one.
- Cut a sock shape out of two pieces of felt.
- Staple the edges together a half inch from the sides, leaving the top open.
- Glue rickrack over the staples to cover them.
- Add a felt loop to the top corner of the stocking for hanging. Decorate with felt and buttons.
Stunning Christmas Stocking Creatology Felt Sheet Pack ($9; michaels.com)
Felties® Rickrack Trim ($16 for 12-pack; michaels.com)
Blumenthal Lansing Favorite Findings Buttons, Multicolor ($3; michaels.com)
Christmas and Holiday Crafts for Kids Snowmen
You don’t need snow, charcoal or carrots to make these adorable Christmas crafts, which are easily assembled with felt and a string of twine.
- Cut snowman shapes out of felt.
- Decorate each snowman with a felt top hat.
- Punch a hole on each side of the snowman.
- String with baker’s twine.
Creatology Felt Sheet Pack ($9; michaels.com)
Darice Natural & White Baker’s Twine ($32 for 12; michaels.com)
Christmas and Holiday Crafts for Kids Gift Tags
Tag, You’re It
These colorful Christmas crafts are the perfect finishing touch for any present.
- Trace a cookie cutter on a piece of felt and colored paper.
- Cut out shapes and glue together.
- Punch a hole at the top center of the tag.
- Add string to attach to a gift.
Wilton Cookie Cutter Set, 3-Piece ($4; michaels.com)
Creatology 9″ x 12″ Construction Paper, Assorted Colors ($3; michaels.com)
Elmer’s CraftBond Fabric & Leather Adhesive ($10; michaels.com)
Loops & Threads Embroidery Floss ($1.50; michaels.com)
Christmas and Holiday Crafts for Kids Snowflakes
Cut It Up
It’s not officially winter until you make a paper snowflake. Learn the folding tricks online, then once you’ve got a bunch, string them up to hang on the tree, the mantel or over a doorway. Looking for Christmas crafts for toddlers? Let them “decorate” the paper with crayons, markers or stamps before you make the cuts.
Crayola® Crayons, 120 Count ($8; michaels.com)
Staedtler Johanna Basford Duo-Colored Markers ($25; michaels.com)
Inkadinkado Stamp Set, Holiday Sprigs ($8; michaels.com)
Christmas and Holiday Crafts for Kids Cookies
Be A Smart Cookie
Here’s one of our favorite Christmas crafts for preschoolers and toddlers: Roll out a tube of premade sugar-cookie dough, have the kids cut out shapes, then bake. When cooled, let the crew decorate. Don’t have frosting on hand? Any nut butter or cream cheese will do the trick.
Pillsbury Sugar Cookies, 16 oz. Bag ($3; amazon.com)
Wilton Cookie Cutter Set, 3-Piece ($4; michaels.com)
Chocolate Hazelnut Butter by Justin’s, Organic Cocoa, 16 oz. ($8; amazon.com)
Christmas and Holiday Crafts for Kids Dreidel
Spin the Hanukkah Dreidel
Learn how to play dreidel, and use M&M’s or chocolate coins (“gelt”) for the pot. For younger kids, pass a dreidel around a circle while you play music. Whoever’s holding it when you stop the music is out.
M&M’S Milk Chocolate Candy Family Size 19.2 oz. Bag ($15; amazon.com)
Rite Lite CH-GELT-48 Chanukah Gelt Milk Chocolatey Coins, Pack of 48 ($33; amazon.com)
Medim Wooden Dreidels with English Translation, 100 pack ($30; amazon.com)
Christmas and Holiday Crafts for Kids Kwanzaa Unity Cup
Make a Kwanzaa Unity Cup
Here’s a holiday craft for kids to mark the first day of Kwanzaa, Dec. 26: Pick out a large, stemmed glass. Get some red, green and black paint and let your kids decorate it. Next, everyone takes a ceremonial drink from the Unity Cup.
Essential Extra Large Wine Glass, Set of 2 ($17; amazon.com)
Craft Smart Acrylic Paint Value Set ($14; michaels.com)
Christmas and Holiday Crafts for Kids Hot Chocolate
Hot Cocoa Stand
Forget lemonade, set up a hot chocolate stand! On a mild afternoon when families will likely be outside, offer cups of hot cocoa, along with candy canes for stirring. Donate the proceeds to a charity of your child’s choosing. Christmas crafts that give back are the best kind!
Swiss Miss Classics Hot Cocoa Mix, Milk Chocolate, 58.4-oz. ($17; amazon.com)
Glowcoast Disposable To Go Coffee Cups with Lids, 12 oz., 110-Pack ($28; amazon.com)
Peppermint Candy Canes 6-18 Count Boxes ($22; amazon.com)
Christmas and Holiday Crafts for Kids Snow Paint
Fill up a few spray bottles with water and various shades of food coloring, then send the kids out to create their masterpieces in the snow. It’s one of the most creative and easy Christmas crafts for children.
BPA Free Pack of 3 Empty Plastic 12-oz. Spray Bottles ($12; amazon.com)
Food Coloring Liqua-Gel – 12 Color Variety Kit ($17; amazon.com)
Christmas and Holiday Crafts for Kids Snow Globe
Make a Snow Globe
Here’s a festive Christmas craft for kids: You’ll need a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid; a plastic figurine; waterproof glue; distilled water (you can also use boiled and cooled tap water); liquid glycerin (available at crafts stores); glitter. Let your child pick out the figure, then glue it inside the lid and let the glue dry. Fill the jar with water, a squirt of glycerin (it helps the glitter swirl) and the glitter. Screw on the lid tightly, then flip!
10 Count 4 oz. Plastic Mason Jars by Craft Smart ($5; michaels.com)
Surebonder Flora Bond Clear Waterproof Adhesive ($3; michaels.com)
Crafty Bubbles Liquid Glycerin 16 oz. ($5; michaels.com)
Fine Glitter Stacker by Creatology ($4; michaels.com)
Christmas and Holiday Crafts for Kids Menorah
Celebrate the Hanukkah Festival of Lights
Have your little one make a hand-print menorah as a holiday craft: Dip each hand in paint; ask your child to overlap his thumbs (this will create the center candle) and then press his hands, with fingers spread, onto paper. Wash hands, then have him dip a finger in yellow paint and dab the top of each candle to create flames.
Crayola Washable FingerPaints, 6 Count 8 oz. ($18; amazon.com)
Creatology 9″ x 12″ Construction Paper, White ($2; michaels.com)
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