A Xmas Tree Crown

8 Xmas Crafts for Children That Will Keep Them Happily Busy

Dec 03,2022read

Who doesn’t love Christmas crafts? Even the grumpiest, most miserly Scrooge loves something about Christmas – and that’s the crafty side of things.

8 Xmas Crafts for Children That Will Keep Them Happily Busy


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When you think of crafting at Christmas, visions of twee little snowmen, elves and gingerbread men come to mind. But let’s get real here for a moment… Who wants to spend their time making teeny tiny versions of anything when there are so many other much more awesome things to do? Exactly! Which is why we have compiled this list of the top 8 Christmas crafts for kids that will keep them happily busy.

Don’t forget to make a Christmas tree crown

If you’re anything like us, you may have a small child who is bouncing off the walls with excitement and will not stop singing about ‘the Christmas tree’ and ‘the baubles on the tree’. The tree and all its decorations have been pretty much all they have talked about for weeks. Whilst we love their excitement, it can get a little tiring after a few days of hearing about it non-stop. That’s why we recommend taking a break from the Christmas tree for a day or two and teaching your kiddo how to make a tree crown. We promise this craft is just as festive as making a Christmas tree and will keep them happily creative and occupied for hours. A tree crown is easy to make, festive and wearable too, so there’s no reason not to make one. Simply get your kiddos to decorate a stick with different textures and materials, and then they can use ribbons to tie them to their head.

A Xmas Tree Crown

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Paper chain wreath

If your kids love Christmas decorations, chances are they’re going to want to make their own. But what do you do if you have very little money or space for new ornaments? Well, we recommend taking a trip down the paper aisle at your local store. There you’ll find lots of paper chains, baubles and other paper decorations that can be used to make your own fantastic decorations. If your kids love making chains, they will love making a wreath out of paper chains. Simply take a piece of cardboard, tear strips of paper and staple them on to make a chain, and then use these to decorate your wreath. Here’s another idea if you want to make a paper chain wreath but don’t have any cardboard to spare. Simply take toilet rolls and cardboard boxes and use them in place of cardboard. Your kiddos can help out with this one, but it might be best for younger ones who can’t reach the height of the wreath.


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Giant cardboard snowflake

This one is a little different from the others on this list. It’s not something you make, but rather a decoration that you make out of cardboard and then decorate. You can use this decoration as a Christmas decoration or even as a decoration for a birthday party. All you need for this one is some large pieces of cardboard (enough to cut out 5-6 snowflakes), scissors, glue, paint and glitter. Your kids can use the cardboard to make 5-6 giant snowflakes, and then they can decorate them however they want. These make great decorations and are great to give as gifts too. Just put them in gift bags and bows, and you’re good to go.


Decorate your own advent calendar

If you have a small child who needs to be kept busy, they may need something to do on those days that they have to stay home and miss school. If you’re in need of a few ideas for activities to do with your kid(s) when they are stuck at home, why not make an advent calendar together? There are lots of different advent calendars available, but nothing compares to one made by you and your kid(s). This one is easy to do, and your kid(s) will love seeing their creation grow each day. You can use anything you have around the house, but for a quick and easy solution, use a calendar. Simply print out the dates and then use your calendar as a template to create the rest of the advent calendar.


a homemade advent calendar

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Decorate your own festive gingerbread house

Another great craft to try with your kids is the Christmas gingerbread house. Kids love to make and smash things, and this is the perfect gift for all their destructive needs. You can buy gingerbread kits that come with complete instructions or create your own unique house by using sweets that you have around the house. The best part about this craft is that you can make it as creative as you want. You can make the gingerbread house out of whatever materials you have around the house, such as card, paper, boxes, etc. Once you’ve made your house, you can use lots of different materials to decorate it, such as candy, buttons, paper, fabric, etc. This is a great project for both kids and adults, and it’s also a great gift for friends and family.


a decorated gingerbread house

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Turn a shoe into a holiday craft

If you have a lot of shoes and really want to repurpose them, why not turn a shoe into a holiday decoration? It’s perfect for those who don’t have a lot of room for holiday decorations and can be made in just a few minutes. This is a great Christmas craft for kids to make as a gift for teachers, grandparents, and even friends. To turn a shoe into a holiday decoration, you will need: - A shoe- Any shoe will work! - Fabric, paint, or felt- To decorate the shoe. - Ribbon- To tie the shoe to something. - Craft glue- To attach the ribbon and decorations to the shoe - Twine or string- To tie the shoe to the gift - Gift- To put inside the shoe

Make some fluffy felt reindeers

Reindeers are a central part of the Christmas tradition and are often the focus of lots of festive activities, so we thought we’d include this craft. It’s something that can be made in advance, stored in a bag or bin and brought out on Christmas Eve for hours of festive fun. Make these reindeers from scratch and you’ll have a truly unique and individualized gift for your loved ones. You can even decorate them with buttons, ribbons, and other materials so that each pair is truly one of a kind. Your kids will have hours of fun playing with their reindeer, and once Christmas is over, they can be repurposed for other play ideas too.


felt reindeer shapes cut out

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Make an easy peasy paper mache Xmas tree

If you want to create a festive decoration but don’t have a lot of space or money, try making a paper mache Xmas tree. This is a great project to do with the kids, and they can decorate it however they want. To make a paper mache Xmas tree, you will need: - Paper towels or toilet paper rolls- The thinner the paper, the better! - Water- To moisten the paper and create paper mache - Glue- To hold the tree together - Paint- To decorate the tree - Ribbon- To tie the tree to something - Decorations- To put on the tree When it comes to Xmas craft, we’re all about keeping things simple, festive and fun.

So, grab your kiddos, get creative and make the best Christmas ever.

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