DIY Holiday Decorating with Kids

DIY Holiday Decorating With Kids

As I’ve men­tioned before, I’m an advo­cate for crafts that are both sim­ple both in approach and in mate­ri­als. Work­ing with lit­tle ones you want to min­i­mize the steps and max­i­mize grat­i­fi­ca­tion. Bonus, by elim­i­nat­ing steps you can have a ros­ter of projects that will cater to a wee atten­tion span whether it be yours or you child!

Read on for a col­lec­tion of clever hol­i­day crafts that you can cre­ate with your children.

DIY Sheep Gift Tags

Sheep Gift Tags

via pen­nyver­tone on dewanda

These tags are the bah­h­hhh with­out the hum­bug. Cre­ate a basic sheep sil­hou­ette using a clip art for the sten­cil. Cut out of thick card­stock in shades of linen, wheat, or cloudy grey and wrap with cor­re­spond­ing wool yarn or roving.

DIY Paper Doll Ornament

Paper Doll Orna­ment

via pous­siére de grenier

Scour flea mar­kets for vin­tage paper dolls or snap up some Tom Tier­ney paper dolls if you’re less of a vin­tage hound. Punch a hole at the top and add pretty twine. So sim­ple, right?

DIY Paint-Dipped Pinecones

Paint-Dipped Pinecones

via fac­tory direct craft

Take your child on a neigh­bor­hood adven­ture, armed with a knap­sack and a ther­mos of hot cider, and col­lect pinecones both big and small. Cover an area with news­pa­per or a drop cloth. Dip the pinecones in a bucket of white house paint to cre­ate a porce­lain look. Dis­play in a pretty bas­ket or under a glass cloche.

DIY Mason Jar Snow Globe

Mason Jar Snow Globe

via hon­ey­comb cre­ative co.

Search your local antique stores for blue mason jars or visit a hard­ware store and pick up a case of clas­sic ball jars. insert bot­tle brush trees, wood­land fig­urines, or even tiny orna­ments. add a healthy dust­ing of iri­des­cent arti­fi­cial snow. Instant magic!

DIY Magnolia Leaf Garland

Mag­no­lia Leaf Gar­land

via design*sponge

Another out­door craft­ing expe­ri­ence with your child! This could also be done while col­lect­ing those pinecones :) Take gath­ered mag­no­lia leaves and punch out shapes with a craft paper punch. Using a sewing machine or a nee­dle and thread, string the gar­land together and hang on your man­tle for a fes­tive and nat­ural dec­o­ra­tion. For full instruc­tions by the tal­ented BBB Craft Sis­ters click on over to Design*Sponge.

DIY Glitter Menagerie

Glit­ter Menagerie

via sweet paul

For a shiny and sim­ple tuto­r­ial, pop on over to Sweet Paul.

DIY Glitter Acorns

Glit­ter Acorns

via stacey win­ters on etsy

Add this to your out­door excur­sion with your child. Col­lect fallen acorns and glit­ter the caps. Add a touch of hot glue and some baker’s twine to the cap for a mag­i­cal ornament.

DIY Cranberry Heart

Cran­berry Heart

via about gar­den

For a twist on the tra­di­tional cran­berry gar­land, cre­ate cheer­ful hearts with a lit­tle bit of thin wire and either fresh or dried cran­ber­ries. Could even be a treat for the birds and squir­rels in your yard!

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  • https://twitter.com/flutterflutters Rosa Pear­son

    The sheep gift tags are so cEWEte! ;) Love get­ting the kids involved with hol­i­day decor! I posted a super sim­ple DIY idea: http://flutterflutter.ca/2012/12/04/pinecone-ornament-diy/

  • http://thisislemonade.wordpress.com/ this is lemonade

    The diy sheep gift tags are my favourites too! They are lovely because of the cosy wool they are made with. I knit a hat with gor­geous thick and thin Merino recently. This is a per­fect way to use up the lim­ited scraps I have left­over! Thanks for sharing :)

  • Melissa Kojima

    Wow. I love all these DIY orna­ments and Christ­mas crafts. The sheep got me curi­ous. They are so cute. I think you could also use cot­ton balls. I’d use them as orna­ments instead of gift tags or make a lot and string them together into Christ­mas garland.

  • https://twitter.com/aboutgarden ABOUTGARDEN

    Hello Char­lotte

    I’m glad you liked my heart on hips … thanks for shar­ing it!

    I imag­ine your beau­ti­ful farm … I lose hours read­ing your blog!

    un saluto dall’Italia

    simon­etta

  • Jana Buri­anová

    Thank you for inspiration♥

  • Sarah K

    Thanks for this post..The mason jar idea is pre­cious and I think it would make a cute gift idea for my girls friends.

  • Tess @ Tips on Life and Love

    The cran­berry heart is pre­cious, and I love the sheep gift tags. Do you think I could also use the sheep tags as orna­ments to hang of the tree?