6 Homemade Christmas Crafts

One of the funnest parts of the holiday season is decking out your home in fabulous decorations and holiday decor. But sometimes the amount of decorating you’d like to do can surpass the amount of decorating your wallet will let you do.

But there is lots you can do with stuff you have around the house or can pick up for just a little bit of extra money. Plus these are fun and easy crafty things you can do with the kids that will add a ton of decor to your home.

1. Salt Dough Ornaments – These can be a really beautiful addition to your tree or mantel or string them on fishing line and drape them across a wall or anywhere you’d like to hang them. Plus they can make wonderful handmade gifts.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup warm water

Instructions

  • Mix together flour and salt.
  • Then mix in the warm water.
  • Mix until you have a dough that is similar in consistency to pie crust.
  • Take the dough and place it on a floured surface.
  • Roll out the dough until it is about 1/4 inch thick.
  • Use Christmas cookie cutters to cut out shapes. If you don’t have cookie cutters you could use a glass to cut circles.
  • Put the shapes on a cookie sheet.
  • Then take a sharp object (I used a meat thermometer) to put a small hole in each shape where you will insert the ribbon. Make sure the hole goes all the way through the dough, because it will close up slightly while baking.

Bake the salt dough ornaments for 4 to 6 hours at 200 degrees or until hardened.

Then decorate, as you’d like. Paint, glitter, sequins, googly eyes, whatever you have on hand or can pick up from the craft department at Target or Walmart.

2. Stuffed Ornaments – If you can do a basic stitch with a needle in thread you can do these simple craft ornaments. And like the salt dough ornaments you can put them on the tree, display them around the house or use them as gifts. Use any material you like. You can purchase something form a fabric store or simply use an old sheet, blanket or anything that has a cute pattern or color you like. You’ll need to purchase a little bit of stuffing for the ornament which you can get in any craft section of a store or form a fabric or craft store (though if you use your imagination maybe you can find something around the house you can use).

Use your Christmas cookie cutters and a pencil to outline the shapes of your choice on the material. Fold the material over and cit out the shape out (you need to pieces of material per ornament.

Match the two pieces up and start sewing (inside out!) them together.  Sew to a point and then leave an opening big enough for you to turn the ornament right side out and then fill with stuffing and sew the last part together.

3. Reuse old Christmas Cards – Do you save your Christmas cards every year? There are so many things you can do with them!

Use some of your favorite and make them into ornaments to hang on the tree.

Frame some of your favorites and simply display around the house.

Pick out some of your favorite holiday photos and use the old Christmas cards as frames.

Make them into holiday recipe cards and give them away as gifts.

4. Make a Wreath – One of my favorite children’s craft sites is DLTK .com. And they have an entire section devoted to holiday wreaths. (http://www.dltk-holidays.com/xmas/wreaths.html). You can easily find at least one or two wreath activities you can make from items around the house to do with the kids.

5. Christmas Chain – This is so old school, but with enough red and green construction paper you can turn your house and tree into a Christmas wonderland. There isn’t a simpler Christmas craft out there. Simply cut as much red and green paper into strips as you want. Take a strip and fold it over so that it makes a ring and staple or glue the ends together. Then take another color (you can use any colors or pattern that you’d like) and this time pull it through the first ring. Continue to do so to make the chain as long as you’d like. Put your chains on the tree or hang them around the house.

6. Paper Snowflakes – Take a ream of white paper and sit down with your kids and create your own winter wonderland. Once your kids get the idea of how to make paper snowflakes they’ll go to town and you can hang them all over the house.

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