Tired of the paper-plates and salt-dough hand print crafts? Tell me about it! Well, worry not… there are some fantastic ideas out there. Of course, with everyone in holiday prep mode – who’s got time for trawling the internet, right? Well, somehow, i managed to squeeze in just enough screen time to track down 10 of the best, most original holiday crafts out there (stuck the kids in front of netflix for a bit, actually 😉 ). I hope you enjoy!
1. Snow Globe Ornaments by The Scrap Shoppe Blog
I love how easy these snow globes are to make – with a little help, even a toddler could manage! The end result is beautiful and would look stunning hanging up on the Christmas tree, or even displayed on a sideboard or mantle. Head on over to Tatertots and Jello to get the details from Michele (The Scrap Shoppe).
2. Snow Slime by No Time For Flash Cards
Who doesn’t love slime!? And just look how pretty this slime is… Head on over to No Time For Flash Cards for all the details. Now – if you, like me, live in an area where you can’t find liquid starch, don’t worry. There are a few alternative options available. Here is a truly fantastic post by a British blogger (with a bit of a background in chemistry) that nicely explains how the reactions work, and what you can use if you can’t find liquid starch… the answer is actually quite simple. She even has brand specific suggestions for a whole bunch of countries. Head on over to her page (Fun At Home With Kids) and check out her recommendations for your country.
3. Birdseed Ornament – EHow
Turn your garden into a beautiful, bird-friendly extension of your indoor celebration with these festive, all natural bird-feeders. After all, Christmas is the time of giving – send some love our feathered friend’s way too! Get all the details here (ehow).
4. No-Sew Penguin – Easy Peasy and Fun
This is super cute craft for older kids and functional too – my daughter’s always leaving her window open and forgetting to use her little door wedge, perhaps a cute little penguin door stop (or whole collection of Christmas cuties – there’s a snowman and Santa too) will help with all the door banging. Head on over to Easy Peasy and Fun for all the details.
5. Flower Pot Wind Chimes – Patricia’s Pots
Aren’t these just stunning? I love how festive and creative they are… well, truth be told, i’m a sucker for a set of chimes! Not so much for me, but if my little one’s upset, all i need to do is take her over the the ones on our patio and pick her up to brush her fingers through the chimes – problem solved! Happy camper! Patricia’s Pots has many options – my favorite were these four. Head on over there for all the details. Go on, you know you want to!
6. Easy Gingerbread House – Cooking With My Kids
My sister does a gingerbread house with her kids every year (a proper one – pretty impressive, really 🙂 ) but, if you’re like me, and looking for a slightly more ‘do-able’ option, then head on over to Cooking With My Kids for a full tutorial on how to whip up your very own graham cracker creation. The kids are sure to have a blast, and they look fantastic, don’t they!
7. Crystal Christmas tree – Playdough to Plato
Just because it’s the holidays, doesn’t mean our brains need to to go on vacation! Get the kids excited about science with this super cool holiday science project from Playdough To Plato and watch their faces light up as they see their very own crystals grow! Aaahh… there definitely IS magic in the air… 😉 !
8. 52 Reasons I Love You
What a lovely, thoughtful craft – and a fantastic gift for a special friend or a favorite aunt or grandparent. There are so many ways to personalise this activity, i’ve gone and taken a couple of pictures from all over the show, but the tutorial i decided to go with is this one (instructables.com). This one has a free printable template – if you’d like, you could always just check it out for inspiration and hand-write the messages yourself.
9. Candy Cane Reindeer – HGTV
I love adding candy canes to the Christmas tree, but i’ve got to admit – this is better! Layla from HGTV knocked it out of the park with these super cute little guys! Her tutorial is super easy, and will add an extra (cute, and yummy) dimension to any tree.
10. Shrinky Dink Christmas Ornaments
This recycled shrinky dink Christmas craft is so much fun, and good for the environment too! Head on over to Life of a Homeschool Mom for all the instructions and plenty of other great shrinky dink ideas. (I love the rolling shrinky dink truck!)
So many fun, unique ideas! What’s your favorite?