7 Super Clever Christmas Crafts to do with the Kids

Christmas crafts. A must during the December school holidays! Not only are Christmas crafts fun for the kids to make but these gorgeous ones below are pretty enough to put on display too. That’s right – no ugly Christmas-themed pasta necklace here, folks.

Check out our new batch of Christmas crafts to jingle their creativity bells, thanks to our friends over at Spotlight.

1. Personalised ornament

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Source: Spotlight

You need: 

  • Crafters Choice acrylic blanks in different shapes
  • Acrylic paint and paintbrushes
  • Ribbon and scissors

How to make one:

  • Step 1 – Remove the plastic film from the acrylic blank decoration.
  • Step 2 – Decide on a colour palette for your Christmas decorations and choose paint colours to match.
  • Step 3 – Working on one side of the acrylic decoration at a time, paint brush strokes and paint splatters to decorate the back of your ornament. Repeat across all the acrylic blank shapes.
  • Step 4 – Leave paint to dry completely before working on the other side.
  • Step 5 – Once paint is dry, turn the ornaments over and using a thin paint brush and some white paint add detailed letters or words to the front side. Again repeat on all the different shapes and sizes and allow to dry.
  • Step 6 – You could also use stickers or a Cricut machine to cut out vinyl and stick on the front of your decorations, use your imagination, and create your own unique version.
  • Step 7 – Once all the paint is dry, cut piece of ribbon and thread them through the hole at the top of each ornament to finish!

2. Christmas Canvas Photos

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You need: 

  • 3 x canvases to desired size
  • Scalpel
  • Colour paper
  • Glue
  • Pencil

How to make it: 

  • Step 1. Draw a design on the back side of canvas remembering it will be mirrored on the front side.
  • Step 2. Shade with pencil sections of the design that are being cut out to eliminate any mistakes.
  • Step 3. Carefully use a scalpel to cut out design.
  • Step 4. Using glue, stick coloured paper to the back of the canvas to create the coloured sections.

3. Christmas Sack

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You’ll need

  • 850cm x 1m Christmas Fabric
  • 25m x 6mm rope
  • Matching thread

How to make one: 

  • Step 1 – Fold the fabric in half with right sides together so that your shape measures 850cm x 50cm.
  • Step 2 – Using a straight stitch 1cm from the edge, sew down the long side of the fabric, pausing 1cm before the end. With the needle down, lift the sewing machine foot and turn fabric ready to sew across the bottom. Foot down, sew to the edge of the fabric and secure.
  • Step 3 – Use a zigzag stitch to sew along the edges of the fabric where you have just sewn.
  • Step 4 – Fold over 5mm of fabric at top of bag and press with an iron. Fold over another 2 cm and press with an iron. Stitch close to the first fold, around the top of the sack, leaving a 3cm gap to thread your rope through later. Secure both ends of stitching.
  • Step 5 – Turn the bag the right way out and press with an iron. Thread the rope through the 3cm gap at the top. Tie both ends of the rope together.

4. Fillable Baubles

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You’ll need:

  • Clear fillable baubles
  • Spray adhesive
  • Glitter
  • Bauble fillers and scatters

How to make them:

  • Step 1 – Set up supplies in a well-ventilated area, and on a protected surface. A recycled cardboard box makes a great working surface for this project, as it catches loose glitter and any overspray from the glue!
  • Step 2 – Open a clamshell bauble, and lightly spray the inside of the bauble with the spray adhesive to cover the entire inner surface. Do not allow lots of glue to pool on the inside.
  • Step 3 – Sprinkle glitter over the glued surfaces – use one colour or mix it up for a different look. Gently turn and shake the bauble halves to distribute glitter over the whole surface.
  • Step 4 – Make sure the edges of the half baubles are free from any big clumps of glue or glitter, secure the two halves together. Ensure sure the hanging loops are aligned at the top.
  • Step 5 – Leave the baubles as is or use our range of different bauble fillers for different effects. Try using pinecones and fake snow for a “winter” Christmas look, or use glue to stick confetti or glitter to the inside to add a little sparkle.

Tip – Try a strip of ribbon around the join and a bow at the top, or some vinyl lettering to personalise it with a name or greeting.

5. Christmas Word Garland

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You’ll need: 

  • Sculpey III bars in colours of your choice
  • Alphabet & Numbers Cookie Cutters
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Baking paper
  • Twine
  • Pom poms
How to make one:
  • Step 1 – Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and place a sheet of baking paper onto a baking tray.
  • Step 2 – Roll out the Sculpey to roughly 5mm thick then carefully cut out the letters using the Cookie Cutters.
  • Step 3 – Place cut out letters onto a prepared baking tray and cover with another sheet of baking paper.
  • Step 4 – Place in the oven and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  • Step 5 – Once numbers have cooled, you can begin to assemble your garland. Be sure to double-check the spelling before assembling your garland.
  • Step 6 – Cut a long piece of twine and lay it next to your letters. Use the hot glue gun to glue the top of each letter onto the twine.
  • Step 7 – To finish, decorate your garland by gluing pom poms in position along the twine.

6. Pom Pom Tree

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You’ll need: 

  • Decofoam trees x 3
  • Multi-coloured pom poms
  • Pom Pom Garland in various colours
  • Chenille Sticks
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks

How to make them: 

  • Step 1.Use pom poms, chenille sticks and pom pom garland to create a colourful design over the decofoam tree.
  • Step 2. Use the glue gun to glue down your design.
  • Step 3. Allow to dry completely before standing up right.

7. Glitter Christmas Jars

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You’ll need:

  • Jars
  • Glitter, pom poms, felt sheets and googly eyes
  • PVA Glue and paintbrush
  • Scissors and pen
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks

How to make them:

  • Step 1 – Decide on the characters you want to create with you jars and choose the colour glitter you want for each jar.
  • Step 2 – Remove cork lid from jar and paint a thin layer of PVA glue on the inside of the jar, covering all the glass completely.
  • Step 3 – Before the glue dries sprinkle a tablespoon of your chosen glitter inside the jar and put the cork lid back in. Hold onto the lid and give the jar a good shake to move the glitter all around the bottle. Ensure that the entire inside is covered and leave to dry.
  • Step 4 – Once glue is dry, open jar and shake out any excess glitter.
  • Step 5 – Now you can work on decorating the outside of you jars! Use a pen and scissors to draw and cut out shapes from the felt. Then use the hot glue gun to glue these shapes along with joggle eyes and other decorative touches like pom poms to bring your characters to life!

More Christmas crafts and baking ideas!

Looking for a few more things to do with the kids in the lead-up to Christmas? Check out some of our previous Christmas crafts and easy kids’ baking recipes:

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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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