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!