crafts are for the younger kids. For the older kid's and adults you
will find more ideas here.
Parents and teachers may enjoy these ideas. Best of all, all are
cheap, fun and will allow the child to take pride in something they
For the Tree
Paper Chains - colored construction
paper strips looped and glued or stapled together. You could also
the strips before putting them together (markers, paints, glitter,
Hand & Feet Reindeers
You may use brown paper bags, construction
board for this project.
Trace of of the child's shoes and both
hands onto the
paper, then cut them out.
Using the shoe
for the reindeer's head, glue on the hands
to make the
You may do the nose by gluing either a red pom-pom, piece of red
construction paper, or it may be drawn with colors.
Now have the child
finish it by drawing on eyes and mouth.
Hand print Christmas Tree
You will need 1 poster board, green paper,
glue, and scraps of craft items to decorate with
- Trace and cut out ten hands
on green paper
- Cut out one star from yellow
- Start gluing with one hand at
the top of the poster board,
with the fingers pointing down. This will be the top of the tree.
- Glue remaining hands fanning
out to make a triangle shape
- Glue star on the top
- Decorate with you choice of
items. (scrap paper, beads, pom-poms,
Things to String - colored
macaroni, Fruit Loops cereal, or pop corn
1 cup cheap cinnamon (Wal-mart 2 bottles
for a dollar)
1 tablespoon cloves
1 tablespoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons white glue
3/4 cup applesauce (Let drain in a
strainer for several
- Mix cinnamon, cloves &
nutmeg add applesauce & glue.
- Work mixture with hands until
smooth and well mixed.
- Roll out to 1/4 inch
thickness cut with cookies cutters.
- Use straw to make hole for
- Put on wire rack to dry at
room temp for several days.
- Turn twice daily so they
- Use ribbon to hang.
Play Dough Ornaments
1 cup flour
1 cup warm water
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon oil
1/4 cup salt
Mix all ingredients, adding food coloring
over medium heat until smooth about 3 to 5 minutes. When mixture forms
a ball in pot, remove from pot and knead until blended smooth. Let
Can be kept in airtight container until ready to use.
Same as above use dry Kool-Aid
in place of food coloring.
Take different sizes of paper
cups, wrap outside of each
one with foil. Turn up side down, hang with pipe cleaners.
Using small styrofoam balls and
tissue wrapping paper,
have kids wrap tissue paper around the balls, gathering it at the top.
Leave about three extra couple of inches at the top. Secure with rubber
band or pipe cleaner. If using a rubber band, tie a nice ribbon around
to cover. Tip if younger kids age 7 or less, you may wish to pre-cut
Pattern, White glue
- Make pattern by drawing or
tracing simple designs on to paper
(bell, star, tree, etc.)
- Place a sheet of waxed paper
- Trace pattern with white glue.
- Fill in design
completely or partially with a dots,
- Sprinkle on glitter, let set.
- Shake off extra glitter
- Let dry completely
- Cut off excess waxed paper
- Decorate back same as front
- After drying
Punch hole and hang with ribbon, thread,
or fishing line.
This great idea came from: Angela in
All you need is a sheet of wax
paper, glue, and little
doodley-dads or ribbon that you might want to add. This'll make
decorations that look like glass.
Roll out a sheet of wax paper
and put something heavy
on the four corners so it won't roll up on you. Pour some glue out in
shapes, and you can use cookie cutters to make them. (Stars are easy to
do) Put on any beads, ribbon, glitter, whatever and let it dry for a
days. If you used the colored glue they'll dry in a solid color. But
if you used white glue they'll dry clear. After they're dry carefully
them off the wax paper and there you go. If you want to hang 'em
after they sit for one night poke a hole in them.
Pipe Cleaner Ornaments
Using one red and one white,
twist the red one around
the white on. Then bend top over to make a candy cane shaped.
Pine Cone Ornaments
If you are lucky enough like me to live
where there are
many pine trees, the kids can go on a "nature walk" and pick their own
pine cones. However if you aren't so luck they can be bought in craft
Cover the work area with a
plastic table cloth, or at
least newspaper or waxed paper!
Cover the edges of the pine cone with glue
glitter over glue. GENTLY shake off excess glitter, and allow to dry.
Pine cone are normally light enough to sit
on tree branches.
They can also be used in holiday center pieces.
A second idea is to paint the
pine cones green, and glue
on bead, ribbon, etc. to make miniature Christmas trees.
Things for the House
Felt Magnets (this great idea
was e-mailed from the Franklin Community Center)
felt, many colors
christmas patterns( such as a tree or
Cut patterns from the felt, then
glue each peace together
with the tacky glue let dry, then add the magnets, let them dry and
Get a bunch of sponges and cut
them into shapes like trees,
bells, stars etc. Dip them into paint and pressed them onto to paper.
Kid Stain glass
Shred and tear up colored paper
and ribbon Get a small
clear acrylic frame from a discount store and press the paper scraps
the frame and the cardboard backing.
Make their own "village" out of
small boxes. Have them
paint, or color one building each day.
All you will need is some pasta
(can be elbow macaroni,
or a mixture of different types of pasta), spray paint, white glue, a
paper paper plate, and a piece of ribbon
Cut out the center of the paper
plate, leaving only the
Punch hole in rim, and tie yarn through.
(to hang wreath
Glue on pasta, covering rim completely
Let glue dry completely. Than take outside
Make a bow with ribbon, glue onto wreath.
Bees Wax Candles
This is a great project for
little ones who aren't old enough
to work with hot wax. Sheets of bees wax can be purchased at most hobby
stores, along with a small package of wicking.
can be found on the adult's Craft page.
Egg Carton Tree Wall Hanging
You will need:
2 Egg Cartons
poster board or heavy paper
Items to decorate tree with (scraps of
fabric, buttons, glitter, etc.
Cut the egg cartons so you have
one row of 6 cups, one
row of 5 cups, and so on
Paint the outside of the egg cup
green, expect for one
of the singles which will be the base it should be red or brown
After the paint has dried, glue them on a
of paper as follows:
Near the bottom the row of six
Directly below and in the middle, the odd
Directly above (centered) the row of six,
the row of
Then continue in the same way with the
After glue has dried decorate
The background may be either cut
away, or you may wish
to decorate. One favorite is to wrap miniature boxes (match or ring
do well) and glue them under the tree.
Ice Cream Cone Christmas Trees
Using the cone shaped sugar cones, some green icing, and holiday
sprinkles, the kids will have a great time!
Turn the cone upside down, have the child cover it in icing, then
<>Hand paper weight - I made mine 45
years ago, and my mother still has it.
- <>You can use most
any type of clay. However remember baked clays will last longer.>
- <>Roll clay out
with a rolling pin, until about 1/2 inch thick.>
- <>Cut clay with a
butter knife. (saucer or sandwich plate make great templates)>
- <>Gently press hand
into clay to make imprint.>
- <>Gently turn over.
Using a pencil, carefully write child's name and date.>
- <>Allow clay to
cure or bake (follow directions for the clay you chose)>
- <>In the old days,
you would use a glass baby food jar, but these are getting harder to
find. So any small glass or jar made of glass that will hold either a
tea light candle will work.>
- <>Cut or tear
different colors of tissue wrapping paper into small pieces.>
- <>Take some white
glue, but it slightly with water.>
- <>Paint glue onto
jar, and press the pieces of tissue paper on.>
- <>TIP: Gently press
out any air bubbles from a single piece, before adding the next piece.>
- <>Turn upside down
on wax paper and allow to dry for at least a day.>
- <>TIP: If you want
it a bit fancier, you can sprinkle on a little glitter, add a ribbon or
just use your what ever you have laying about.>
For New Years Eve
New Years Hat
Buy a cheap painters hat (about
a dollar) let the kids
use markers, glitter, feathers, etc. For New Years
Other Fun Stuff to play with
Homemade Silly Putty
1 cup Elmer's glue
1 cup liquid starch
Put glue and coloring in plastic
container. Add starch
a little at a time, stirring constantly. Keep stirring until mixture
together like putty. Test with your fingers, if too sticky, add more
in small amounts until mass is smooth and rubbery. Have fun pulling,
bouncing and taking transfers off of the Sunday comics, etc. Store in a
plastic bag or airtight container.
1/2 cup cornstarch
2 cups boiling water
1 cup cold water food coloring
1 package un-flavored gelatin
In saucepan, mix cornstarch with
3/4 cup cold water to
a smooth paste. Soak gelatin in 1/4 cup cold water. Set aside. Pour
water slowly over cornstarch mixture, stirring. Cook over medium heat,
stirring constantly, until mixture boils and clears. Remove. Stir in
Cool and divide into separate small screw top jars. Add color.
to store. Paint is transparent, strong and durable with high gloss
May be used on dry or wet paper.
Edible Fun Dough
1 cup peanut butter
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
Add more powdered milk
to make a more workable dough if needed. This dough is great for little
ones who put everything into their mouths. Form the dough into shapes,
eat for snack.
1 cup honey
2 cups powdered milk (use just the