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Free Christmas Craft Projects!

Enjoy spending time making some Christmas Crafts with your children, grandchildren, scout troop or classroom!  Free and easy to make crafts are a great way to enjoy time with the little ones!



Paper Plate Flower Craft
This simple-to-make poinsettia is made from a paper plate and a child's handprint cutouts.
Supplies needed:

A paper plate
Red, green and yellow construction paper
Glue (or a stapler)
Trace a child's hand on red and green paper construction paper.
Cut out the hand tracings.
Glue or staple a circle of green handprint tracings (fingers pointing outwards) around the outside of the plate.
Glue or staple a second circle of red handprint tracings (fingers pointing outwards) just inside the first circle.
Glue or staple a third circle of red handprint tracings at the center of the plate.
Glue a small paper circle in the center of the flower.


Create Your Own Christmas Wrapping Paper

Photocopy or scan and print multiple copies of their drawings, altering the size if needed. Or cut drawings apart and arrange them so they fit the box top, then tape the drawings to a sheet of paper and make a photocopy. Wrap the box with the paper. Tie the box with a simple narrow ribbon.

Another option is to take solid white (or light colored) tissue paper.  have the children draw, color, stamp or paint their own creations onto the tissue paper. Wrap the present sin this wonderful paper. Also works well with brown paper bags.



Make a Paper Wreath from Little Hand Prints
Make an adorable wreath from your child's handprints.
Supplies needed:

A lot of green construction paper
A piece of red construction paper or a red ribbon
Optional: Glitter or glitter glue
Trace the child's hand on a piece of green construction paper.
Cut out the hand print. Make about 10 paper hands for each wreath.
Glue the hand prints together in a wreath shape, with the wrists overlapping a little bit.
Glue on a red ribbon bow (or make one from red construction paper).
Optional: Decorate your wreath with glitter or glitter glue.

Popcorn Garland for the Christmas Tree

Use an air popper to make as much popcorn as you think you'll need (let popcorn cool thoroughly before handling).

Use a needle and thread (or dental wax) to string the popcorn together.

You can also alternate different colored jelly beans, jujubes, or cranberries to add color to your garland.

Drape this craft idea over the Christmas tree.



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Candy Train Craft
This candy train is made from a roll of hard candy (like Lifesavers), wrapped peppermint candies, a wrapped caramel, and a wrapped chocolate kiss.

Hot glue gun
A roll of hard candy (like Lifesavers)
4 wrapped peppermint candies
A wrapped caramel
A wrapped chocolate kiss
Optional - a short length of yarn or string
Using a hot glue gun, glue four wrapped peppermint candies to a roll of candy; the peppermint candies are the wheels of the train.
Glue a wrapped caramel to the top, at one end the train. Glue a wrapped chocolate kiss on top of that.
To use the train as a tree ornament, glue a small length of string to the top of the train.

Paper Reindeer
Dark Brown construction paper
Light Brown construction paper
Large googly eyes from a craft store
Small red pompoms
Trace Child's shoe on dark construction paper and cut out to make head.
Trace child's hands on light construction paper and cut out to make antlers
Glue antlers, eyes, and pompom (nose) to head

Christmas Windows
1 tb paint powder
1 tb liquid dishwashing soap
Mix together the paint powder and dishwashing soap.
Paint different Christmas designs on the window:  bells, Santa, reindeer, snowflakes, etc. on windows.
After the Christmas season, just use a wet rag to wash off your designs



Santa Clause Candy jar
Baby Food Jar
Black Felt (or googly eyes)
White felt or Cotton
Red Felt
Wrap a baby food jar in red felt, put on some black eyes made out of felt. Make a beard out of white felt or you can use the cotton for a more dimensional look. Create a beard/moustache combination. For the hat take some red felt cut it into a triangle glued it together put a cotton ball on the tip and glued on a white piece of felt for the band.



Christmas Place Mats
Scrap material (you sew together) to the size of a place mat
permanent magic markers
fabric paint
paint brushes
fabric glue
fabric to cut out
templates of Christmas shapes - could be cookie cutters to trace
glitter, sequins, ric-rac etc.
your kids imagination
Your children can make Christmas place mats easily. Use sturdy scrap material sewn double, preferably a solid color.
Provide each child with the materials above and let them go to it. You will be surprised at how creative they can be.

Christmas Cookie Cutter Ornaments
Make these quick and easy ornaments.
Salt Dough Recipe or Cornstarch Clay Dough
Christmas cookie cutters
permanent color felt tip markers
white glue
ribbon, yarn or colorful string
make one of the dough recipes above
roll out dough on a floured surface about 1/4" thick
cut with cookie cutters to make Christmas shapes
make a hole in the top of the shape for stringing a ribbon
place the shapes on a cookie sheet.
Bake the shapes at 225 degrees F (107 degrees C) for two or 3 hours. Turn them over occasionally to keep them from curling.
Remove shapes from oven and allow to cool for several hours.
Decorate the shapes with the felt tip markers, glitter and sequins. Many other materials can be used to decorate the shapes. Use your imagination.
Thread the ribbon, yarn or string through the hole at the top and hang!

Stained Glass Star
Black construction paper
Colored tissue paper
White glue
A template can be made of a star for tracing. Make out of heavy material such as card board.
Trace and cut out star edges and center
Cut some pieces of tissue paper to fit center of star and points
Put a line of glue on back of star and place tissue pieces on glue. The glue will dry transparent.
Tie thread to top of star
Hang as ornament on Christmas tree or in a window so light can shine through it.

Rudolph's Antlers
1 c    Semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 c  Butterscotch chips
3 oz   Can chowmein noodles
12     Maraschino cherries, halved
Melt chocolate and butterscotch chips together in a medium saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally. Remove the pan from heat. Stir in chow mein noodles.
Using two teaspoons, on a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet, shape about 1 Tb of the mixture in a V-shaped cookie about 2" wide to resemble antlers.
Press a cherry half securely in the center of each.
Repeat for remaining cookies.
Chill cookies on the cookie sheet in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours or till cookies are firm. Store the antlers in the refrigerator in a covered container.
These yummy Christmas crafts will last up to 5 days



Delicious Christmas crafts - Gingerbread House

1/2 c butter
2/3 c brown sugar
1/2 c molasses
1 egg
1 ts baking soda
1 ts cinnamon
2 1/2 c flour
Cream together the butter and brown sugar.
Mix in molasses, egg, baking soda, cinnamon, and flour.
Spread onto a cookie sheet to about 1/2" thickness.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes or until done (keep your eye on it).
When cool, cut into 6 rectangles.
Use icing to glue the house together.

Decorate with candies, sparkles, etc.



Sparkling Beaded Candleholder

Source: BHG

What You Need:

Beading wire (available in crafts and discount stores)

Wire cutters

Glass or plastic beads as desired

from Better Homes & gardensGlass votive candleholder

Hot-glue gun and hot-glue sticks



1. Cut a piece of wire approximately 36 inches long.

2. Place one bead on the end of the wire, threading the wire through the bead a second time to secure. String beads on wire as desired, securing last bead as for the first.

3. Wrap beaded wire around candleholder to determine the placement. If you desire more length, simply cut and bead an extra length of wire.

4. Secure one end of beaded wire with glue at the top edge of the candleholder. Wrap the beaded wire or wires around the candleholder, securing with glue about every inch.


More Ideas:

To cover a larger candleholder with beaded wire, simply make several lengths and glue in the same manner as for the small votive candleholder.

Try this same idea threading miscellaneous jewelry findings, shells, and shank buttons onto the wire.

If desired, select beads in seasonal colors. Add them to the wire in 6-inch lengths of one color, or mix them up for a mottled effect.


More Christmas Party Craft ideas can be found:

Christmas Open House
Christmas Office Party
Christmas Party
Other Christmas Party Ideas

Activities: Christmas Party Games for Kids - Christmas Games for Adults


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