3 Christmas crafts you can make with your kids

Nov 22, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. ET

Get into the spirit of the season with these gorgeous Christmas crafts. They’re not only fun to create with your kids, but they also make great gifts for teachers, aunties and uncles, cousins and grandparents!

Homemade Christmas card holder

Homemade Christmas card holder

What better way to brighten the room with a little Christmas cheer than by hanging your Christmas cards in a prominent place?

Homemade Christmas card holder

Materials:

  • 3 metres of plain-coloured ribbon (5 centimetres wide)
  • 3 metre roll of patterned/Christmas coloured ribbon (1 centimetre wide)
  • 1 packet of wooden clothes pegs
  • Heavy-duty masking tape
  • Craft glue

Instructions:

  1. Cut a wide ribbon in half so you get two lengths of 1.5 metre ribbon.
  2. Find a good place to hang them, such as over the back of a door.
  3. Secure in place at the top of the door with heavy duty tape.
  4. Cut the 1-centimetre ribbon into 7-centimetre lengths (or the exact length of each peg).
  5. Glue the length of each peg and attach the 7-centimetre strip to each outer side of each peg.
  6. Once dry, attach each Christmas card to the thicker ribbon with a peg. Voila!

Source: Amy, Grown from Scratch

Clay Christmas decorations

These pretty Christmas tree decorations can be created in simple, elegant white or coloured with a dash of food colouring. Alternatively, decorate with a little glitter before baking, or paint once they come out of the oven. The options are endless!

Clay Christmas decorations

Materials:

  • 1/2 cup of cornflour
  • 1 cup of baking soda
  • 3/4 cup of water

Instructions:

  1. In a medium pot combine the cornflour, baking soda and water. With adult supervision, the kids can stir this mixture over medium-low heat.
  2. After a couple of minutes, the mixture will begin to thicken. When it resembles smooth mashed potatoes, remove the pot from the heat.
  3. Spoon the ball of dough into a bowl and cover it with a damp cloth to cool. Once cool, knead it on a smooth surface, adding a little more cornflour if it feels sticky.
  4. Preheat the oven to 80 degrees Celsius and line a cookie sheet with baking paper.
  5. Knead clay well to avoid cracking and air bubbles. Roll out clay to half-a-centremetre thick on a surface that has been lightly dusted with cornflour. Note: Don’t roll them too thin or the edges will curl.
  6. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Use a straw, skewer or rubber stamps to create interesting patterns and decorations on each ornament, then transfer the shapes to the prepared baking sheet.
  7. Use a straw to poke a hole through the centre/top of each decoration (get your kids to blow out the small piece of clay — they love this task!).
  8. Bake in the oven at 175 degrees Celsius for an hour or so, turning them over halfway through cooking.
  9. Paint or decorate and thread a piece of ribbon or yarn through the holes. Hang on your Christmas tree or thread several decorations along one string to create a pretty Christmas garland.

Source: Carmen Swaine

Christmas plate

A great craft activity to do with the kids' help with, this Christmas plate project is ideal for creating place setters for Christmas Day — or pile cookies on top and give it to the neighbours for Christmas!

Christmas plate

Materials:

  • Plate from an op shop or dollar store
  • Plain white A4 paper
  • Permanent markers in chosen colours (or Porcelaine 150 pens if you are really serious!) 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. As a dry run, trace the outline of the plate on paper and sketch your design using permanent markers (be sure to place newspaper or a book underneath). We chose a Christmas carol and looked for a clip art picture online; you could create a whole set in one theme for a polished Christmas Day look.
  3. Once you are confident that your design is right, put pen to plate and carefully draw your design. If you make any mistakes you should be able to rub it off before it dries (or use methylated spirits if it has dried already).
  4. Put the plate in the oven for 30 minutes, then allow it to cool. Simple!

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