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We've been studying snowflakes recently and it truly is amazing how each has a unique design. Help your little artist create their own masterpiece with this nature inspired process art snowflake craft!

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Sticks
  • Glue
  • Pom Poms

Create it!

Step 1: Paint a piece of cardboard and allow it to dry.

Step 2: Rip off a small portion of bubble wrap and use it as the paintbrush to lightly paint over the original paint. Allow the paint to dry.

Step 3: Gather some similar sized sticks - small enough to be able to break to needed size. Glue the sticks to the cardboard in the shape of a snowflake.

Step 4: Paint the stick snowflake and allow it to dry.

Step 5: Finish the snowflake with a little color added by gluing on pom poms.

Any craft that starts with a nature walk to find sticks and ends with beautiful artwork sounds like a fun way to enjoy the best of both worlds during winter - inside and out!

 

Loose parts and cardboard combine to make a really fun and super easy to set up invitation to create!

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Bowl
  • Pencil or Pen

Create it!

Step 1: Using a bowl, trace circles on cardboard and cut them out.

Step 2: Paint the circles white and allow them to dry.

Step 3: Set out loose parts - we used colorful wooden pieces - but buttons, pom poms, blocks or any number of items would work well too!

 

This is an activity that can work well for children of multiple ages (as long as the size of loose parts is age appropriate) and can easily be stored for using again and again!

Although we do like to make cookies at Christmas time, we also like decorating this fun cardboard version of gingerbread people - and it makes the perfect festive garland!

Start with:

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Cardboard Cereal Box (we used a large family sized one)
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Cardstock
  • Glue

Create it!

Step 1: We started by cutting a gingerbread person template from a piece of paper and then tracing it to the cardboard box - making sure the hands and feet touched the next one to form the garland.

Step 2: Cut out the gingerbread people. The cardboard is a bit thick so this part is best done by an adult.

Step 3: Paint a white border around the edges of of the gingerbread people bodies. 

Step 4: While the paint dries, cut clothes and accessories from cardstock.

Step 5: Glue the outfits and other details. For the eyes, we used a single hole punch and a 1 inch paper punch.

A single family sized cereal box should make four gingerbread people. Add another cereal box or two to make the garland even longer!

Holly is such a pretty and classic Christmas decoration. We used it for inspiration for our Cardboard Christmas Holly Crown!

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Stapler

Create it!

Step 1: Cut a strip of cardboard for the crown band.

Step 2: Secure the ends of cardboard together with a stapler to create the crown band.

Step 3: Cut out holly leaves from cardboard and paint green. Allow to dry.

 

Step 4: Cut out circles from cardboard for the holly berries. Paint red and allow them to dry.

Step 5: Glue the holly leaves together.

Step 6: Add the holly berries to the center of the holly leaves.

Step 7: Glue the holly to the crown band to complete.

Fun for a Christmas tea or for a festive dress up option!