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We enjoy making our own Christmas tree ornaments every year and this year is no exception. We used our yarn stash to make these colorful and fun ornaments. Because we used the glue gun, this is a wonderful project for older children or for adults and children to work on together!

Start with:

  • Paper Cups
  • Glue/Glue Gun
  • Yarn
  • Twine
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

Create it!

Step 1: With pencil, punch two holes on the bottom of one paper cup.

Step 2: Cut a piece of twine, loop in the two holes and tie a knot to secure.

Step 3: Glue second cup, rim to rim, to the first cup.

Step 4: Place glue on the cup and wind string around it.

With so many bright colors and interesting textures, there are so many fun ways to decorate these ornaments. Perfect for those after school playdates or even for a family craft night!

Decorating gingerbread houses and cookies are so fun this time of year. This Christmas craft - a gingerbread girl necklace - is one that can be worn to make every outfit look festive!

Start with:

  • Cardstock (white, red, black)
  • Cupcake Wrapper
  • String
  • Paper Straws
  • Scissor
  • Glue
  • Single Hole Paper Punch

Create it!

Step 1: Fold a piece of paper or cardstock in half and cut a general gingerbread girl shape to use as a template to trace and cut the gingerbread girl from cardboard.

Step 2: From cardstock, cut out eyes, buttons and strips to decorate the arms and legs.

Step 3: Glue items from Step 2 on to the gingerbread girl.

Step 4: Cut the cupcake wrapper in half. This will form the skirt. To top of wrapper, add a band of cardstock and glue to the gingerbread girl's waist. Cut a bow from red cardstock and glue to the gingerbread girl's head to add a festive little accessory!

Step 5: Punch holes into each of the gingerbread girl's arms and thread string through.

Step 6: Cut straws into pieces.

Step 7: Add the straw pieces to each side of the arms and tie the loose ends of string to create a necklace!

So many different variations to dress up the gingerbread girl - perfect for any fashion loving little maker and would be a hit for any holiday party or playdate! If making holiday necklaces is your thing, be sure to check out this Reindeer Necklace and this Christmas Tree Necklace!

Do you have a favorite holiday candy? Candy canes and peppermints in general are a favorite around here at Christmas! We also love the classic red and white combination and incorporated them into this fun Peppermint Candy Crown.

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Paint¬†
  • Paintbrush
  • Stapler
  • Cardstock (optional)

Create it!

Step 1: Create a band from white cardboard or paint the cardboard white after securing with staples.

Step 2: Cut circles from cardboard. We used some different sized circles to trace.

Step 3: Paint circles white and allow to dry. Or, glue white cardstock to the cardboard circles.

Step 4: Paint red stripes to the white circles and allow to dry.

Step 5: Glue three circles to paper straws.

Step 6: Glue circles and circles on straws to the crown.

How fun would these be for holiday parties or playdates?! 

This activity combines art, scissor practice, sensory play, threading and color sorting all in one festive Christmas tree! Whew - that is quite a bit, but there are so many fun things to learn with this activity!

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Paper Straws
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Single Hole Paper Punch

Create it!

Step 1: Paint cardboard green and allow to dry. Cut strips from cardboard, each a bit shorter than the last.

Step 2: Punch holes in each strip, even numbers allow for the pipe cleaner to start and end in the back of each strip.

Step 3: Cut paper straws into small pieces and add them to the pipe cleaner while threading through each stripe.

Ste[ 4: Continue threading pipe cleaners in each strip of cardboard.

Step 5: Bend a pipe cleaner into the shape of a tree and add to the top of the tree shape.

Count the colors, paper straw pieces, cardboard strips or use a ruler to measure each of the strips - learning is so much fun!