With a busy schedule of shopping, wrapping, baking, and party planning, you may find it hard to keep your little elves busy this holiday season while you make your way through your to-do list. Luckily, arts and crafts always provide great distraction on the chilly days leading up to the 25th (not to mention they’ll keep your kids away from the TV, out of trouble, and far away from Santa’s naughty list!). Here’s Real Style’s guide to some exciting arts and crafts ideas:
Paper bag reindeer: Who would have thought that a simple brown lunch bag could easily become a too-cute reindeer? Trace your little helper’s hands on red construction paper (these will be the reindeer’s antlers) and cut out the handprints to use later. Mark the corners of the bottom two edges of the paper bag and fold them inwards to create the shape for the reindeer head. Next, glue those hand cut-outs behind the head and have your little one decorate the bag with eyes, a mouth, and a big red nose! You can use some extra construction paper for the nose, and save the rest for another craft idea later.
Handprint wreath: Using green construction paper, trace those little hands and aim for about ten hand print-outs. These will be used to create your “hand” made wreath! Once you’re done tracing and cutting, you’ll then help him or her glue the cut-outs together, in a circle to form sort of a wreath. Once your glue has dried, you can decorate with ribbon, glitter, or stickers!
Mini water cone Christmas trees: Cone-shaped paper water cups may not be the best for storing liquids, but they make excellent craft ideas! Use green acrylic paint to paint two cones a bright evergreen-inspired shade. Turn them upside down and then decorate with whatever you like! Ribbon and pom poms make excellent Christmas decorations for a mini tree. You can even have your kids add glitter, or cut out a paper star for the top.
Paper doll snowmen: Chains of paper dolls are fun to make all year round- this chain of snowmen is a holiday twist on a classic. Using a pencil, trace a few snowman shapes on white felt or paper, with a coloured top hat to complete the look. Cut them out and use string to create a homemade Christmas decoration your kids will be very proud of!
Cookie cutter photo frame: Use aluminum cookie cutters in any shape you like (animals, stars, hearts, etc.) to make a homemade photo frame decoration for the tree. Have your kids pick out a fave photo (it can be a family photo, school picture, or funny shot of all the siblings hanging out) and place it under the cookie cutter, before helping them cut it out in the right shape. Gently glue the edges to the cutter, and use ribbon or string to create a loop at the top. All done!