Family Craft Projects for the Holidays
When you're preparing to decorate your home for Christmas, you can save money and make memories by crafting some DIY décor with your children! Most of the projects featured in this article use basic craft supplies, like paint, glue and fabric. You can buy many of the supplies at your local dollar store, too! Enjoy some seasonal family fun by trying one of these projects. As an added bonus, you'll be creating keepsakes that you can use year after year!
Kid-Friendly Christmas Arts and Crafts
- Christmas Popsicle Stick Crafts
- Footprint Art for Christmas
- Christmas Rock-Painting Ideas
- Homemade Decorations for the Christmas Tree
- Creative Snowman Crafts
- Christmas Classroom Doors
- Fishbowl Snowmen
- Cute Christmas Wrapping Paper Ideas
- Wooden Christmas Signs
- Lightbulb Snowmen
- Santa Candy Sleighs
- Wine Cork Christmas Trees
- Lighted Snowman Grapevine Wreaths
- Deco Mesh Wreaths
- Candy Bouquets
1. Christmas Popsicle Stick Crafts
Cure boredom over the holidays with these fun popsicle stick crafts for kids of all ages. You can buy craft sticks by the bag at a craft or DIY store, so these projects are inexpensive. All you need to do is grab a bag of sticks, some glue, some paints and other basic craft materials, and you're good to go!
Scroll through the photos below to see some fun shapes you can make with popsicle sticks, like doors, houses, stars, creches and sleds!
2. Footprint Art for Christmas
These crafts are a great way to make keepsakes out of your baby's tiny footprint. They can also be turned into gorgeous Christmas cards that grandparents will especially love!
Scroll through the photos below for a bunch of creative ideas. You can turn the footprints into Christmas trees, angels, snowpeople, elves and even cute mice! Try using your baby's handprint, too.
3. Christmas Rock-Painting Ideas
Painting rocks is so much fun! If you've never done it before, follow the awesome video tutorial above. Then, gather all your little ones around the table, and let the painting begin!
Scroll through the photos below for some examples of Christmas-themed painted rocks. These examples may be too complex for kids, but they can use them for inspiration to create their own versions! Try painting a reindeer, snowman, penguin or even Santa Claus himself.
4. Homemade Decorations for the Christmas Tree
How will you deck your halls this year? With the average American family spending a lot on Christmas gifts (approximately $280 per child, according to Yahoo Finance), it makes sense to save money by crafting homemade decorations instead of buying them.
You can turn pipe cleaners into star-shaped ornaments or make paper Santa decorations—the possibilities are endless. Plus, it's great fun for the whole family and will keep the kids entertained. Get them to make extra decorations for Grandma and Grandpa and wrap them up as special Christmas presents that your folks will love. Then you're saving money on both decorations and gifts!
Below are a variety of fun ways to decorate your Christmas tree with both store-bought and homemade items. Remember to check the dollar store for deals on supplies like ornaments, garlands and ribbons!
5. Creative Snowman Crafts
Snowmen make great seasonal decorations because they're not specific to Christmas—you can leave them up all winter long! Kids love snowmen, too, whether they're made out of snow or craft supplies. In fact, you can make snowmen out of anything, even the doors in your house (yes, really). You might need to help the kids with the finer details, like painting the faces and cutting fabric to make scarves and hats.
Scroll through the photos below to see some amazing upcycled, repurposed and redecorated snowmen crafts!
6. Christmas Classroom Doors
If you're a teacher, get your students to help you decorate your classroom door for the holidays. While these ideas were inspired by actual classrooms, you can also use them in your home—think how cute it would be to turn your kids' bedroom doors into gingerbread house doors!
Scroll through the photos below to see how you can give your door a Christmas spin, whether you're decorating it like a reindeer, a snowy Santa's workshop or a gingerbread house.