Christmas Crafts for Kids, Toddlers, and Babies

Because Christmas is coming around the corner and we’re all trying to figure out what to do, I thought I would throw out some suggestions of things I’ve done in the past with my boys.  Some of these can be down with babies as well as older children.  In a week or so, I’ll make some new holiday gifts with the boys, and I’ll post those too.

 

Paper Ornaments

(Nothing is better than home-made ornaments.  These are simple and easy.  Perfect for toddlers.  For older children, use glue and glitter to decorate.  Grandparents are suckers for these sort of things.  Evan loved doing this last year.)

 

Things you need:

 

  • Construction paper
  • Christmas cookie cutters
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Hole puncher
  • Ribbon
  • Crayons, markers, glue, glitter (whatever you want to decorate with)

 

Trace the cookie cutters with a pen on the construction paper.  Cut the shape out.  Have the child decorate the shapes.  Punch a hole in the top and string with ribbon.  Don’t forget to mark the year and the child’s name on the back.

 

 

Lid Ornaments

(I haven’t done this with Evan yet, but I remember doing them when I was four and loved it.  My mom still has mine hanging on the tree every year)

 

Things you need:

 

  • Plastic lids (from butter containers or sour cream containers or any top)
  • Hole puncher
  • Old Christmas cards or magazines
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Glue

 

Have the child cut out (or if it is a toddler, cut it out for the child) a picture of Christmas.  Let the child glue the picture on the lid.  Punch a hole in the lid and string it with some ribbon.  Don’t forget to mark the year and the child’s name on the ornament.

 

 

Footprints and Handprints

(When Evan was a baby, I inked up his feet and put down footprints that I decorated and framed for my parents and in-laws.  They loved it.  You can either frame the footprints or handprints or you can make them into ornaments.)

 

Things you need:

 

  • White paper
  • Washable ink pad
  • Wet wash cloth or wipes
  • Hole punch, scissor, ribbon (if you make the ornament)

 

Just ink the feet or hands (on young babies, hands are difficult).  Then place the inked hand or foot onto the paper.  Wash the hand or foot right away for nothing else gets decorated. 

 

 

Handprint Shirt

(The last time we did this, Evan loved it, and Sean was too little to remember, but we plan on doing it again.  I looked online for clever shirt sayings.  Our favorite: “You’re the best (fill in here)!  Hands Down!”  We also put the ages and names of the boys underneath their hand prints.  My dad loves his shirt.)

 

Things you need:

 

  • Shirt
  • Fabric paint
  • Cardboard
  • Wipes

 

(If you don’t like the raise look of fabric paint writing, water down the fabric paint a little bit and use a brush or pencil to write the saying.)

 

Place the cardboard inside the shirt to keep the paint from bleeding through.  Write the clever saying with the fabric paint.  Allow it to dry.  Then dip the child’s hands into the paint, making sure it’s nice and even, and place the hands on the shirt.  Wipe the child’s hands immediately.  Allow the hand prints to dry, and write the name and age of the child.

 

Picture Frame

 

(I did this for a gift.  The boys loved painting the frame and showing it off later.  I used the black paint as the background color.  I had them paint on newspaper on the floor.)

 

What you need:

 

·      Unfinished thick picture frame (the thicker the better to give room for toddler creativity)

·      black or white paint

·      finger paints

·      paint brushes

·      sealer or top coat

·      sand paper

·      smock

 

First sand and prep the picture frame.  Next paint the background color with white or black paint.  Once the background paint is dry, have the child paint the frame.  After the painting is dry, paint the sealer or clear top coat to protect the painting.

 

Check out these posts for more Christmas and winter craft ideas:

More Christmas crafts

Winter and Christmas crafts

Christmas Crafts for kids, preschoolers, and toddlers part 2

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13 Responses to “Christmas Crafts for Kids, Toddlers, and Babies”

  1. badmommymoments Says:

    yay! you always post these just in time…for crafts at my house, anyway.

  2. outside voice Says:

    Ooooh, I needed this! Many thanks!

  3. faemom Says:

    I plan to have a few more up in a week or two; once I get the supplies to start this year’s gifts.

  4. Artist Anika Says:

    You have some great ideas and…I know this is a little off topic, but I have to say that I love your icon image with the mother and child faries! That is beautiful and adorable!

    Thank you for the craft ideas!

  5. faemom Says:

    Your welcome and thank you. I can’t take any credit for the icons as I lifted them off of google pics. But I love the icon one; I’m still trying to hunt done the artist of it. Any ways, I hope you check back for more craft ideas.

  6. Denise Says:

    I LOVE the handprints and footprints craft idea. My son is 14, and I still have his handprint hanging on my kitchen wall. :)

    If you’re looking for more easy Christmas activities you can do with your kids, there are some in my Christmas ebook, Saving Christmas. If you’d like a free sample of the book, you can get it at my website (no strings!).

  7. faemom Says:

    Denise: Thank you for the comments, and I’ll have to go check it out!

  8. Betty Says:

    I still have hand made ornaments on my Christmas tree from when my grandchildren were small (and more fun at Christmas)They love to look back and see what they looked like. My favorite is a paper wreath with sequined ornaments and the center filled with each child’s picture.

  9. faemom Says:

    Those paper wreath ornaments must be so cute. Thank you for mentioning them.

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