DIY projects are a great way to keep children motivated whilst building excitement for the upcoming festive season. Try out these fun and creative DIY Christmas decorations that you and your child will love crafting together.
Sewing Card Christmas Ornament
If you’re looking for a fun DIY project that will also help little ones learn important skills, such as precision and concentrations try making sewing card ornaments. Sewing is not only great for developing fine-motor skills, but can lead to many more creative DIY projects for kids once they have mastered the basics. Simply trace a few simple Christmas shapes on coloured cardboard, cut out and punch holes. Have your little ones lace along the edges or create patterns using a kid-friendly sewing needle that can be picked up at most craft stores with coloured ribbon or yarn, using some to create a loop for easy hanging on the tree.
Button Christmas Tree
Along with craft time often comes mess, so finding a no-mess DIY activity is always a bonus for parents. Button Christmas Trees are a simple and mess-free activity that children will love crafting and will serve as fun decorations for many years to come. These button trees are easy for pre-schoolers and older children and only take a few minutes to make, plus they have the added benefit of motor skill development. All you’ll need is a thin green pipe-cleaner and a series of buttons that progressively get smaller; having little ones separate these is great for mathematical learning. Thread onto the pipe cleaner and bend to form a hook which can then be easily hung on your tree.
Salt Dough Hand Print Ornament
Great for gifts or as a cherished keepsake, these dough hand print ornaments are easy to make and great fun for the kids! Simply combine flour, salt and food colouring into a large mixing bowl and add water to gradually blend into a dough. Grease and line a baking tray rolling your dough into pancake shaped forms, approximately 2cm thick, ready for your little one to press their hands into. After your little ones have left their handprints use a straw to make a hole in the top of the dough to hang later. Finish by baking at 150 degrees for an hour or simply allow to air dry for 24 hours.
Not only will these craft ideas allow you to spend quality time with your kids, but they will act as treasured keepsakes for years to come.
In case you missed it, make sure you read Part 1, where we covered Christmas-themed household decorations to craft with your little ones during the holidays here.