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They’ll have a blast crafting these homemade Christmas gifts

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They’ll have a blast crafting these homemade Christmas gifts

Looking for things for your children to do at home? Happily, there’s no shortage of kids' art and craft ideas inspired by the festive season. So whether you’re keen to put the kids to work on homemade Christmas decorations or DIY presents, or just looking for a way to keep them entertained that doesn’t involve a screen, you’re covered. Ahead, you’ll find 4 simple activities guaranteed to buy you an hour of quiet. Pick up the supplies at Westfield Woden and you’re all set. For art and craft supplies, try Big W, Lincraft, Homebase or Smart Dollar and for ingredients, try Woolworths, Coles or Naked Foods.

Ping pong ball snowman ornaments

These charming snowman ornaments from @crafty_morning make for a lovely homemade Christmas gift. Plus, they’re fun for kids. If yours are on the younger side, you’ll need to help out with the hot glue gun. But decorating is all on them. Set up a station with markers, pom poms and bits and bobs and let them go wild.


Image source: @crafty_morning

What you’ll need:

  • 3 white ping pong balls per snowman
  • Hot glue gun
  • Small pom poms
  • Pipe cleaners, cut into 5cm lengths
  • Permanent markers
  • Fabric scraps
  • Twigs (for arms – optional)

Instructions:

  1. Hot glue 3 ping pong balls together with the ball seams facing the sides.
  2. Bend a piece of pipe cleaner into a half circle shape for the ear muffs.
  3. Glue the pipe cleaner in place then glue one pom pom onto each side.
  4. Use the markers to draw a face and buttons on the top and middle balls.
  5. Use the markers, fabric scraps and twigs to decorate in any way they like.

No-bake Christmas light cookies

@firefliesandmudpies might just have come up with the ultimate edible kids craft activity – decorating biscuits. A sweet pre-Christmas project, you’ll more than likely already have everything you need at hand. Don’t like baking? No need. Pick up a packet of plain biscuits on your next grocery run and you’re golden.


Image source: @firefliesandmudpies

What you’ll need:

  • 1 packet of plain biscuits
  • 3 cups icing sugar mixture
  • 115g unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 tblsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Black food colouring
  • Piping bag
  • Mini candy-coated chocolates

Instructions:

  1. Add icing sugar mixture and butter to a stand mixer and beat until fluffy.
  2. Add milk and vanilla extract and beat again briefly until completely smooth.
  3. Divide icing into two bowls. Add black food colouring to one bowl and mix.
  4. Use a flat knife to evenly spread the white icing onto each biscuit.
  5. Spoon black icing into a piping bag, then pipe a border onto biscuits in a circle.
  6. Use candy-coated chocolates to decorate, mimicking holiday lights.

Handprint wreaths

If all you have hanging around the house is cardboard or paper, consider crafting this spin on a traditional Christmas decoration from @mynameissnickerdoodle. Big kids will be able to follow the directions solo but littlies will need a helping hand. For extra decorating fun, pull out the glitter, stamps – whatever you’ve got.


Image source: @mynameissnickerdoodle

What you’ll need:

  • Pen or pencil
  • Cardboard (recycled works a treat)
  • 6-8 pieces of green card or paper
  • Red card or paper
  • 1” circle punch
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Dinner plate
  • Small bowl (with a circumference a few cm smaller than the plate)
  • Ribbon

Instructions:

  1. Trace your child’s hand onto the cardboard to make a template then cut it out.
  2. Trace the dinner plate onto a piece of green card to form a circle then cut it out.
  3. Place the bowl in the centre of the circle, trace, then cut out to form a green donut shape – this will be the base of your wreath.
  4. Using the hand template, trace and cut out about 25 hands from the green card.
  5. Use the glue to stick them onto the base of your wreath, overlapping them a little as you go.
  6. Cut out circles (“berries”) from the red card with a circle punch or scissors if you don't have one, then glue on.
  7. Tie a ribbon around it for a hanger – the middle of your front door is a classic spot.

Salt painted Christmas cards

Instead of purchasing stock standard Christmas cards this year, why not let the kids make them? This DIY from @bestideasforkids is simple and doesn’t require much in the way of materials. Better yet it works with any design, so you can repeat the activity for birthdays and other holidays.


Image source: @bestideasforkids

What you’ll need:

  • Plain white folded cards
  • Pencil
  • White craft glue
  • Table salt
  • Liquid watercolour paint or food dye
  • Paintbrushes
  • Anything you’d like to decorate with

Instructions:

  1. Use a pencil to draw a Christmas tree or any other festive design on each of the cards.
  2. Working with one card at a time, trace the design with the craft glue.
  3. Sprinkle table salt over the glue to cover it then shake off the excess.
  4. Use the watercolours (or food dye) and paintbrush to ‘paint’ the design.
  5. Leave to dry then decorate with anything from stickers to sequins.

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