Kids Christmas Crafts

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Reindeer Food

Uncooked Oatmeal
Glitter (any color)
Ziplock lunch bag
Pour approximately 1/2 cup of oatmeal in zip lock lunch bag. Add glitter. Close bag. Sprinkle on lawn Christmas Eve.

You can give these as gifts by slipping a note inside the zip lock bag which says: On Christmas Eve, sprinkle this wonderful Reindeer Food on your lawn or on the entrance to your apartment. The shiny glitter will sparkle in the moonlight and the smell of oats will guide Rudolph to your home.

Home-made "Clay" Ornaments
Clay Supplies:

2 cups (500 ml or .5 liter) flour
2 cups (500 ml or .5 liter) salt
About 1 cup (250 ml) water

"Cookie" Supplies:

Christmas cookie cutters
Permanent markers or acrylic paints
Glitter and Sequins
White glue
Ribbon or yarn

Mix flour, salt, and water to make a stiff mixture. Knead for about ten minutes to dissolve salt. Clay is ready to shape.

Roll clay on a floured surface until 1/4" thick. Cut with cookie cutters to make Christmas shapes. Make hole (try a straw) at top of the shapes for stringing a ribbon through. Place shapes on cookie sheet, then bake in oven at 225 degrees F (107 degrees C) for 2-3 hours. Turn them over occasionally to keep them from curling. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. Decorate each ornament with markers or paint. After they are dry, apply glitter and sequins as desired. Thread ribbon or yarn through hole at top. Hang on your tree!

Arm & Hammer's Play Clay Recipe

1 lb box (2 Cups) ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda
1 Cup ARGO® or KINGSFORD'S® Corn Starch
1¼ Cups cold water (add food coloring to color clay)

STIR together Baking Soda and Corn Starch in saucepan. Add water and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture reaches consistency of moist mashed potatoes (approx 10-15 minutes). If clay is cooked too long, finished crafts may crack. REMOVE mixture to plate and cover with a damp cloth. When Play Clay is cool enough to handle, pat until smooth. Now you're ready to make fun shapes! Note: In cooking, cutting and baking Play Clay, adults should assist young children.

Air: Placed finished, decorated objects on wire rack. Dry overnight (8 hours).
Oven: Pre-heat oven to lowest setting. Turn oven off , then place finished, decorated objects on a cookie sheet in oven for 10 to 15 minutes.
Microwave: Place finished, decorated object on paper towel. Bake at medium power for 30 seconds; turn crafts over and bake for 30 seconds more. Repeat until Play Clay is completely dry. Let cool before handling.

Colored Clay -- When mixing Play Clay recipe, substitute food color for some of the water to create fun, festive colors.

Paint -- Paint dry pieces with water color, poster or acrylic paints. Apply glitter to wet paint. Use felt-tip pens or waterproof marker for drawing and glue to apply details.

Decorative Elements -- Many objects found around the house and yard will help create unique Play Clay crafts. Use buttons or coins to imprint a pattern on a craft. Or accent a design with beads, macaroni, leaves, shells or bark. Either place the decorations on Play Clay while it's soft or apply with glue to dried craft.

FINISHING: Protect finished Play Clay objects with clear acrylic spray or clear nail polish.

STORING: You can store any unused Play Clay for up to one week. Simply place in a tightly sealed plastic bag or container and refrigerate. Do not freeze. Bring to room temperature before using.

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Pretzel Wreath

Little Pretzels
Glue pretzels together to form a circle for the wreath. Then, glue a second layer on top of first level making sure the pretzels on this layer meet in the center of a pretzel on the bottom layer. Tie a 4-6" loop of colored ribbon or yarn. Hang on tree!

Glitter Snowflakes:

Construction paper
On your construction paper, draw a snowflake with the glue. Sprinkle glitter over the glue. Makes a pretty and easy snowflake!

Rice Krispy Trees

5 cups rice krispies
1/4 cup margarine/butter
4 cups mini-marshmallows or 6-10 oz bag of regular marshmallows
10-12 regular size marshmallows (and toothpicks)
Green food coloring
Red cinnamon candies and other colorful candies
Melt margarine in large saucepan. Add 4 cups marshmallows and cook over low heat stirring constantly till syrupy. Remove from heat, add green food coloring till a fairly dark green color. Add cereal and stir until well coated. Shape into cones with buttered hands (if kids do this (and they love to), make sure it isn't too hot). Cool completely. Stick a toothpick through a marshmallow and stick into the bottom of the tree to serve as the tree's base. Decorate with colorful candies.

Christmas Puppets

Lunch size or smaller Paper Bags
Construction Paper
Decorating items, i.e. beads, craft jewels, various colors of felt scraps, cotton balls, red, green and black pompoms of various sizes, buttons, wiggly eyes, pipe cleaners of various colors, etc.
Use your imagination to make Christmas people and animals! Be creative! Make Santa and Mrs. Claus, elves, reindeer, etc.

Vegetable Gift Paper

Various fruits and vegetables
Butcher's paper, tissue paper, rice paper, or shelf paper
Tempera paints
Set out paper towels. Cut mushrooms and cauliflower cutlets from top to bottom. Cut apples crosswise (remove seeds). Allow vegetables and fruit halves to dry on paper towels for an hour. (You can use oranges and lemons, but you have to precut 2 days before. Cut in half and then set them out to dry.)

Cover your work space with newspaper. Put your butcher (or other) paper on top of the newspaper. Put paintbrushes in a jar of water. Set up tempera paints.

Brush surface of vegetables and fruit with tempera paint. Print by pressing firmly on the paper. You should be able to make three impressions before you need to repaint your vegetable.

Make random patterns using fruits and vegetables, or make rows of the same vegetable and fruits in different colors. Dry paper completely before using or giving as a gift.

Shredded Wheat Wreath

Plastic Lids
Shredded Wheat
Green Food Color
Red Hots
Crumble shredded wheat. Mix in enough glue and green food coloring to coat the shredded wheat. Press into plastic lids and shape to look like a Christmas wreath. Press in red hots for the Christmas berries.    Let dry.

Applesauce-cinnamon ornaments:

1 4 oz can ground cinnamon
1 TBS ground cloves
1 TBS ground nutmeg
3/4 cup applesauce
2 TBS white glue
Cookie cutters
Straw (for making hole in ornament)
Wax paper
1/4 cup clear glue stick
Combine dry ingredients, mix well. Add applesauce and glue. Knead for 2-3 minutes until dough is smooth. Dough should be thick like cookie dough. If it becomes too stiff to work with, add a tiny bit of water until workable. Knead dough, then put back in bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for at least 30 minutes). Knead again, then roll the dough between waxed paper until it's 1/4" thick. Cut shapes with cookie cutters. Use straw to punch a hole for the ribbon to hang. The circle of dough will pull out with the straw. Gently place the shapes on a piece of clean wax paper.
    They will take 3-5 days to dry, and you will need to turn them over a couple of times a day for them to dry evenly and flat. When dried and cool, (if you want) you can use clear glue tube to place thin bead of glue on ornament, then sprinkle with glitter. Put ribbon or yarn through hole.
Stir dry ingredients, in medium bowl, to combine. Add applesauce and glue. Work with hands for 2-3 minutes till dough is smooth. Divide dough into 4 portions. Roll out each to 1/4" thickness and cut with cookie cutters or into desired shapes. Using straw make a hole for ribbon. Dry on racks for several days, turning daily. (may be dried in a dehydrator).


Large craft sticks
Crayons or markers or paint
Craft "jewels"
1/2 to 1 inch Styrofoam block or 8"loop of yarn or ribbon
Color, draw or paint faces on large craft sticks to make wise men figures. Draw robes on body and crown on head. Glue small shiny craft "jewels" on wise men robes or crowns. Either place stick figures into Styrofoam into a small piece of Styrofoam or loop 8" of yarn or ribbon and tape to back of craft stick to hang on Christmas tree. Kids get a kick out of using their "wisemen" when hearing the story of the nativity.

Christmas Placemats

Used Christmas Cards
Crayons, Markers, or Paint
Clear Contact Paper
Cut the pictures from the Christmas cards. Glue the pictures on the card pictures. (Let dry). Cover both sides with contact paper.

Glitter Bells

Ziplock bag
Lightweight cardboard (like a cereal box)
Foam paint brush
Ribbon or Yarn
Miscellaneous Craft Items - beads, craft jewels, buttons, etc. (optional)
Put glitter in a Ziplock bag. Cut bell shapes out of cardboard. Brush glue lightly onto the bell shapes. Place each bell into the Ziplock bag and shake until coated. Let the bells dry. If you want, you can also decorate with craft items. Poke a hole in the top (an office hole punch works great). Make a loop of ribbon or yarn and string through hole.

Ice Cream Cone Christmas Trees

Sugar Cones
Green Frosting
Misc Candies: Red hots, lifesavers, etc.
Turn sugar cone upside down and ice with thick, green frosting. Decorate with candies!
Good to look at ....better to EAT!

Pine Cone Christmas Tree

Pine Cones
Green Paint
Foam brush
Misc Craft Items - such as bright colored yarn, beads, craft jewels, buttons, ect.
Cover the work area with newspaper. Paint pine cone green. Dry thoroughly. When paint is totally dry, glue on craft items to decorate!

Decoupage Ornaments with Elmer's Glue

Old Christmas cards
Colored Cardboard or tagboard (…cut into a variety of 2, 3, and 4" circles
Elmer's Glue
Foam Brushes
Cut out pictures on the Christmas Cards. Brush on a thin coat of glue on Cardboard circles with foam brush. Place Christmas pictures on cardboard, being careful to smooth out wrinkles and air bubbles. Let dry. When it is mostly or all dry, brush on a thin coat of glue to seal picture. You may have to wait for coat to dry and reapply to get a good finish.

Fruit Loop Christmas Tree

Green construction paper
Yellow construction paper
Elmer's glue
Fruit loop type cereal
Fold a green construction paper in half lengthwise, draw a triangle with base (1/2 of a Christmas tree) then cut (tree) out with zigzag edged scissors (pinking shears). Trace or cut a star shape from the yellow construction paper. Glue star on the top of the tree. Have children place dots of glue on tree and place fruit loops on the trees. Lay flat to dry.


White paper
Plate to trace around
Glitter (optional)
Make a circle by tracing around a plate. Cut out circle. Fold circle in half, then fold into thirds. Fold triangle in half once again. Make small cuts along the edges. Do NOT cut all the way across folds. If you want, you can add glitter for more dramatic snowflakes.