5 Kid-friendly Holiday Crafts

5 Kid-friendly Holiday Crafts

Make the most of your time indoors this season with these 5 fun crafts.


By: Emily Power

1. Candy Cane Play Dough
This will be a fun gift for your little one to make and give to friends (and keep some at home, of course!) Make two batches: one for red and one for white.

Ingredients (per batch)
2 1/2 cups water
1 1/4 cups salt
1 1/2 tablespoons cream of tartar
Red food coloring (eyeball it)
5 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 1/2 cups flour

Instructions

  1. Mix water, salt, cream of tartar and red food coloring (eyeball it to get the color you want)
  2. Cook on medium-low heat, stirring until hot
  3. Add vegetable oil
  4. Gradually stir in flour and mix until dough pulls away from pan and is no longer sticky.
  5. Place dough on counter, let cool, then knead

To make the candy cane, place alternating colored balls in mason jars and tie with string!

2. Felt Winter Characters
Cut out familiar winter objects and characters like Santa, snowmen, a tree, Rudolph's nose, elves and wrapped presents from colored felt, and glue on googly eyes wherever you can. Use tacky glue to affix the artwork to wooden craft sticks.

My daughter thought the Rudolph nose was a riot, so I'll be making one for every member of the family.

3. Jingle Bells
Jingle bells, jingle bells! Make a lovely instrument for your little one. Adhere double-sided tape to old shower curtain rings or an old bracelet. Secure the middle of a 4-foot length of ribbon around the circle, and start wrapping. Slide small jingle bells onto the ribbon at various distances. Tie off the ribbon when the two ends meet and add some more jingle bells here, too.

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4. Photo Snow Globes
Wondering what presents to give the grandparents? Your kids will have a blast making these personal snow globes with their photos inside — and their grandparents will treasure the gifts, too.

You’ll need a glass jar with a screw-on top, glitter, packing tape, a photo that fits inside and glycerin or clear corn syrup. Laminate your photo by applying the packing tape to both sides. Stick the photo in, add some water, sprinkle in some glitter, add a cap full of glycerin or corn syrup, fill the rest with water, screw the top on tight (as tight as you can!) and shake it up!

5. No-sew Door Hangers
Add decorations to all the rooms of your house! Cut out various sizes of hearts from felt and use tacky glue to attach a smaller heart on top of a larger one. Then, glue ribbon on the back of the heart to form a loop. Once dry, hang from your doorknobs. You can also play around with other holiday shapes like trees, stars, gingerbread men, elves and so forth.

Your little ones will love this touch of the holidays in their own bedrooms.

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