Christmas decoration crafts

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There’s something about Christmas that seems to cry out for homemade crafts and they can be a lovely addition to your Christmas celebrations. Whether you’re a total craft-a-holic or just a keen beginner, we’ve put together some great Christmas craft ideas for you.

Polystyrene Christmas tree decorations : Handprint Christmas tree : Paper Angels : Festive crackers : Candy garland : Useful sites 

 

Polystyrene Christmas tree decorations

There are thousands of ways to create beautiful Christmas tree decorations but one of the easiest is to take a trip to your local craft shop and buy a pile of polystyrene balls. The possibilities are endless and you can create your very own personalised decorations. Use some string or ribbon attached with glue or pins to hang the ball and you’re away! Here are some ideas for decorating polystyrene balls:

  • Use small headed pins or a hot glue gun to stick sequins onto the balls
  • Wrap some festive ribbon around the balls and glue into place
  • Use tinsel to wrap the balls. Stick it down using a hot glue gun
  • Spray paint the balls or get your children to paint their own picture onto C
  • Cover the ball with glue and then stick something textured such as rice, pasta, buckwheat or another kind of grain to the ball. Spray paint or paint the ball
  • Wrap string or wool around the ball in patterns then spray paint or paint the whole ball

Paper angels

You’ll need: 

  • 2-3cm wood circle or stiff piece of cardboard
  • 10cm x 25cm piece of white fabric – tulle works well but any fabric will do! Alternatively, you could use white tissue paper.
  • 10cm x 15cm piece of patterned card
  • 6cm piece of gold chenille or yellow pipe cleaner
  • 18cm piece of white ribbon
  • Black fine tip marker
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors
  • Stapler

 

Instructions: 

  1. Draw eyes and mouth onto the face with a black marker.
  2. Starting at the 10cm end, fold up the patterned card accordion style. When finished, pinch one end, leaving the other open like a fan. Staple the pinched end closed.
  3. Gather the tulle fabric in the center to create your wings. Tie the white ribbon around the tulle in the center
  4. Tie the open ends of the white ribbon together to create the hanger for your ornament.
  5. Bend the chenille or pipe cleaner into a halo and hot glue it to the back of the wooden circle.
  6. Glue the wings to the back of the paper body. Glue the face to the top of the paper body.

Handprint Christmas tree

This is a lovely craft activity to do with your children and could be a wonderful gift for grandparents.

You’ll need: 

  • Stiff green paper
  • Brown card
  • Glue
  • Glitter or coloured paper for decorations

Instructions:

  1. Trace the child’s hand on a piece of green paper. You’re going to need quite a few hands so you could photocopy the outline or cut several pages together to get multiple hands. You can either use all the same hand or use hand prints from different children.
  2. Once you’ve cut out the hands, fold over the wrist so that you have something to stick onto the tree.
  3. You might like to get your children to write something on the hands- it could be a Christmas message to the person you are giving it to or a Christmas thought or wish.
  4. Draw a triangle on a large sheet of brown paper. This will be your tree.
  5. Cut out a rectangle of brown paper. This will be the trunk. Stick this to the bottom of the tree.
  6. Glue or tape the hand prints together in a tree shape, gluing the folded part of the wrist to the background. Start at the bottom of the tree. Starting with the second row, make the fingers overlap the next hand a little bit.
  7. You may also like to decorate the tree with glitter or paper decorations such as a star on top.

From: www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/christmas/handtree

Festive Crackers

You’ll need:

  • cardboard tube (toilet paper tube)
  • festive wrapping paper
  • ribbon
  • glue or tape

Instructions: 

  1. Take a piece of wrapping paper approximately 20cm longer than the paper tube and wide enough to be wrapped around it.
  2. Wrap the paper around the tube and secure with tape or a dab of glue.
  3. Gather the ends of the paper and tie with ribbon.

If you wish, use a different kind of wrapping paper to decorate the cracker.

Option: you can use the cracker as a gift packaging for a small item or a treat (slide the gift inside the paper tube before tying the second end).

You can also buy Christmas cracker sticks from most craft shops.

From: www.yourspecialtee.com/Crafts/ChCracker.html

Candy Garland

You’ll need:

  • 
Individually Wrapped Hard Candy
  • Pretty yarn, wool or string (the brighter, the better!)

Use up your stash yarn for this! No need to buy new yarn (unless any excuse will do!)

Instructions: 

  1. Crochet a chain to start your garland. If you don’t know how to crochet, this is the most basic stitch in crocheting, and truly anyone can learn how to do it in a matter of minutes.
  2. Start with with thirty chains.
  3. When you’re ready to attach the candy, slip the yarn off your crochet hook and around the twisted part of one side of your candy and tighten. You can add another knot here if you want for security.
  4. Take your yarn and twist around the other side of the candy.
  5. Put your hook under the yarn that is stretched across the candy and yarn over the hook (like with a regular chain stitch) and pull through, wrapping loop around end of candy. Continue to chain (about 15 stitches between each candy), and repeat.

 

Useful sites:

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/christmas/

http://crafts.kaboose.com/holidays/christmas/christmas-crafts.html

http://www.allfreecrafts.com/christmas/index.shtml

http://www.craftbits.com/christmas-crafts

http://www.marthastewart.com/275615/easy-christmas-crafts

http://www.thecraftycrow.net/christmas/

http://www.yourspecialtee.com/Crafts/Christmas-crafts.html

Rochelle Gribble

Rochelle is mum to three gorgeous daughters. She wishes she had more time to garden and read the newspaper in peace!

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