Keep little hands busy these school holidays with easy crafts that will inspire their creativity!
When it comes to school holidays do you always run out of ideas to keep the kids busy? With Christmas approaching, it's the perfect time to get your kids involved in crafty activities. Plus it will also deck your house out with Christmas cheer!
1. Make Snowflakes with a Glue Gun
This is a great craft for older kids. Print a few examples of snowflakes, and put the paper under a plate of glass. Then, using the pattern as your guide, glue gun straight onto the glass. Sprinkle with glitter or leave as is while the glue is still tacky, then let dry (should take around 10 minutes.) Attach to a hook and hang on the dress or stick to a window!
2. Make your Own Snow Globes
Such a simple and fun idea – and a great use for those smaller plastic toys your kids don’t play with anymore. Simply use strong glue such as araldite to glue your toy to the lid of a jar. Fill jar with water (add a bit of glycerine so the glitter doesn’t clump) and screw the lid on (tight!). You don’t have to use glitter – you could try beads, sequins or bits of white plastic.
Get my full tutorial here.
3. Jolly Elves
These jolly elves will look great on any tree – and the kids will love making them. All you need are two pipe cleaners, a coloured bead for the centre, and a large wooden bead for the head! Full tutorial HERE
4. Wrapping Paper
The kids will love creating wrapping paper. Just buy a few metres of brown butcher’s paper – or you could use newspaper – and let their imagination go wild! You could cut out Christmas stencils on a potato, use little feet and hands or stamps.
5. Having a Ball
Buy some clear ornaments and then squeeze paint or nail polish into the inside for a swirly effect!
6. Upcycled Ornaments
Got some tired looking ornaments from last year’s tree? Let the kids get their hands dirty and create these fun snowmen globes.
7. Popsicle Stick Ornaments
Raid your craft draw and let the kids go wild with paint, sequins, glue, glitter, buttons, ribbon, wool – and anything else you can find!
8. DIY Sharpie Mugs
The kids will not only love creating these, they also make great gifts! You can buy plain white mugs, or why not upcycle ones you already have? You can also use gold and silver pens and sharpies – just make sure they’re oil based sharpies, and bake in the oven at 180 degrees for half an hour.
9. DIY Santa
Cotton balls, red cardboard, some pens and paper plates is all you will need to create this Santa! A great craft for toddlers.
10. Magazine Christmas Tree
Guaranteed to keep them busy for at least a few hours! Using an old magazine and a simple folding technique, you can then spray paint any colour you like.