With the school holidays upon us, what better way to spend time with your kids than by making homemade Christmas decorations? They add a personal touch, they’re inexpensive and your kids will love making them.
Here are four of our favourite DIY Christmas projects for kids:
Hand printed Christmas baubles:
These baubles are the perfect way to keep a sentimental record of your children’s handprints through the years. They’re quick and easy to make and you can keep these decorations for years.
What you will need:
- Paint brush
- White paint
- Coloured felt strips
- Permanent marker
- Large Christmas baubles
Step 1:Paint your child’s palm with white paint. Make sure there is a thick enough layer to leave a solid hand print on the bauble. Step 2: Carefully place their hand onto the bauble. Once the hand print is done, hang it up and allow the paint to dry completely. Step 3:Cut the felt strips into small pieces. Step 4:Each finger becomes a snowman. Use the felt to make scarfs for the snowmen. Step 5:Glue the felt using super glue. Step 6:With a permanent marker, make eyes, a nose and a mouth for your snowmen.
Pinecone Christmas tree:
These work wonderfully as table decorations and centrepieces for your Christmas Day table. Plus, they’re cute and very easy to make.
All you need is:
- Spray paint or paint
- Little ribbon bows
- Pearl beads
Step 1: Spray paint or paint the pinecones. Be sure to do this outside or have lots of newspaper on your table. This will help you to avoid making a mess. Step 2: With super glue, attach the decorations of your choice. We have suggested little ribbon bows and pearl beads, but you can use whatever you like.
Paper bag advent calendar:
This is always a hit with kids! Advent calendars mean sweets and chocolates, and what child doesn’t love those?
Here’s what you need to make it:
- 25 brown paper bags
- Pegs or sticky labels
- 25 treats of your kid’s choice
Step 1: Paint numbers 1 – 25 on the brown paper bags and let your kids decorate them as they wish. Step 2: Place treats and goodies in each one. Step 3: Fold the top of the bags over and seal with stickers or pegs.
DIY wrapping paper:
Homemade wrapping paper is inexpensive and adds a personal touch to Christmas presents. Your kids can go wild on the brown paper - paint, draw, colour - whatever they like! The more creative, the better your wrapping paper will look.
What you need:
- Brown paper
Step 1: Let your kids draw and paint to their hearts content. Step 2: Lay the paper out to dry if paint was used. Step 3: Wrap your present in beautifully, unique gift wrap!