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Fun Christmas Crafts!


Merry Christmas! I thought I would highlight my favorites of some of the fun Christmas crafts my kids brought home this year! They were all made by Johnny (6 years old) or Lily (4 years old). The nativity scene above is one Lily made with her very wonderful Sunday School teachers! Apparently she was offered materials to make wise men, shepherds, and sheep, but true to her minimalist self she opted for simplicity with Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus. The result is a very sweet scene!

All of the other crafts were made by Johnny and Lily during his kindergarten Christmas party! Lily was lucky to be the only four-year-old there, and his teacher let her make all of the crafts with the kindergarteners. Needless to say, she was thrilled! I really appreciated his teacher inviting me to bring Lily and Anna so I could come in the first place, and for then letting Lily participate in the entire party!


I love this simple star craft! The kids cut a spiral (just try to cut a set distance along the previous cut in a circle, glued the star on, and decorated it! Lily’s is the decorated star – she decided she didn’t have to be quite so minimalist with this craft! Then they threaded the loop through the hole (with help) and their ornament was ready to hang!


I had never seen this Rudolph craft before – it’s adorable! Glue googley eyes and a pom pom on for the face, and then thread a bell and a loop of ribbon for hanging on a pipe cleaner.


Twist the ribbon and bell in place in the center of the pipe cleaner, and then thread both ends back through, create loops for horns/ears, stick the ends back in, and twist in place. This is a high-parent-involvement craft, but very cute!


These cheese stick snowmen were super easy for even Lily to make. Glue the (pre-cut) foam pieces on, and add a face with a Sharpie!


Lily and Johnny both focused a lot on making their candy cane ornaments. I didn’t find Johnny’s when I was taking photos, but he did a very careful red-white-red-white pattern. Lily was less conventional, but equally pretty:




Johnny was also able to decorate a gingerbread house with his class on another day using the very effective “ice graham crackers onto a milk carton” method. His teacher sent home extra icing for Emma and Lily, and Johnny actually pulled candy off of his house so that they would have more candy to decorate their own – which they ate immediately after making (while I was putting Anna down for a nap) – and that I therefore have no pictures of.


We didn’t do much crafting beyond our model magic ornaments at home, so I’m glad that my middle kids at least got to make some fun crafts with help from other wonderful adults in their lives!

Emma and Johnny did come home from school and use the left over model magic to make some crafts of their own, so they weren’t left out of our in-house Christmas crafting! They were left with only white and red, and they rose to the challenge! Emma made this neat star-inspired ornament:


Emma also made a candy cane which got broken, and a red and white ball that is off in her treasure collection. Johnny used all of his clay to make a handprint ornament – I like  the way he mixed the red and white together!


What cute crafts did your kids make this Christmas?

MaryAnne lives is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

14 thoughts on “Fun Christmas Crafts!”

  1. Great crafts! Anna’s school crafts are mostly 2D cut and assemble kind. At home we made some clay ornaments, which we finally managed to paint just before Christmas :)

    1. I was very impressed that Johnny’s kindergarten teacher was willing to have a classroom full of five- and six-year-olds decorating gingerbread houses! She had everything very well-organized, so it went pretty smoothly!

  2. What a great variety of crafts! Kudos to Johnny’s teacher for involving Lily and letting Anna come to the party, too! :)

    Our wooden nativity set was our main Christmas decoration this year. This year we had the various wooden people travel in from appropriate points around our house.

    We finally got our tree up on Christmas eve, with our “snow” garland, white lights, and zero ornaments. The kids didn’t mind one bit! Hurrah for an easy Christmas setup this year. :)

  3. Aw, adorable MaryAnne. I like the reindeer ornament! My preschooler made a cute snowman one from school that has a picture of him. Priceless! I look forward to hanging it up next year. Merry Christmas too! I hope you guys had a great day.

  4. These are so cute! I especially love the Rudolf and the gingerbread house! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

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