Easy Holiday Crafts for Kids

By JustMommies staff

The holiday season is a great time to get creative, and it’s even more fun when the kids are involved. Try a few of these simple crafts to get your whole family into the holiday spirit:

Personalized Reindeer

Ages 2 to 8 Skill level: Easy

Materials needed: Yellow construction paper, brown construction paper, pencil, scissors, glue, black marker, small red pom-poms

With a pencil, trace the outline of each of your child’s hands on the yellow construction paper. Cut out the hand shapes. Next trace the outline of your child’s shoe on the brown construction paper and cut out that shape. Using the brown shoe-shape for the reindeer head, position the yellow hands behind the top of the shoe-shape to serve as antlers. Dot a small amount of glue at the bottom of each antler (at the palm of the hand) and attach the antlers to the head. Use the black marker to draw eyes. Glue the red pom-pom to the very bottom of the reindeer head (the heel) for the nose.

Indoor Snow Flurries

Ages 4 to 12 Skill level: Easy to Medium

Materials needed: Plain white paper, scissors, silver elastic or white string, tape

Using a variety of circle patterns (try oatmeal box tops or small round plastic containers), trace circles onto the white paper. Cut out the circles. Fold the circles in half, then in half again, then in half again until you have a small triangle-shaped piece. Cut small snips, slits, and holes in the triangle (being careful not to cut all of the way across all of the folds). Unfold the paper to reveal a snowflake. Tie a length of elastic or string to the snowflake. Repeat until you have a large number of snowflakes. Then tape each string to the ceiling so that the snowflakes look like they are falling down from above.

Candy Cane Vase

Ages 4 to 10 Skill level: Easy to Medium

Materials needed: Wide cylindrical glass vase – should be approximately the height of the straight side of a candy cane, approximately 20-30 candy canes, large wide rubber band, glue, festive wire ribbon.

Place the rubber band around the vase at about the mid-point. Holding the candy canes upright, slide each one under the rubber band so that it stands up straight with the hook pointing outward. Repeat until the entire outside of the vase is covered with candy canes. Dot a few small dots of glue on the rubber band. Tie the ribbon around the vase so that it covers the rubber band. Fill the vase with roses, holly, evergreens, or some other red and green flower combination.

Gingerbread Man Placecards

Ages 4 to 10 Skill level: Easy to Medium

Materials needed: Plain brown paper bag or other sturdy brown paper, gingerbread man cookie cutter (optional), pencil, scissors, markers, construction paper, ric-rack, googly eyes, or any other decorating material.

Cut apart the paper bag so that you have a large, flat amount of paper to work with. Cut long strips of paper that are slightly wider than your gingerbread man cookie cutter, and slightly taller than twice the height. Fold the paper in half from top to bottom. Trace the cookie cutter (or draw a gingerbread man shape) on the paper, with the top of the head touching the fold. Cut out the gingerbread man outline so that you have two gingerbread men connected at the top of the head. They should stand up; fold their feet slightly at the bottom to create a more sturdy base if they need help standing. Decorate the two outer sides as a gingerbread man or woman, depending on who will sit at each place, using markers or construction paper or other garnishes. Write each person’s name across the front of the gingerbread man body.