Homemade By Katy: Christmas Crafting

Homemade By Katy: Christmas Crafting

Homemade by Katy

By Katy Wise

Contributing Writer

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is all of the little things that go with it. The baking, the Christmas music, the decorating, making seasonal decorations and crafts…

I think that everyone who loves Christmas can attest to the fact that it isn’t just that one specific day that they love, it’s everything, and the entire season surrounding it.

It’s especially easy to enjoy making Christmas crafts when you have little ones to make them with you.

Our three love crafts. The majority of the time nowadays, you can find at least one of them sitting at the kitchen counter drawing or creating something.

Throughout the past six or seven years of making crafts as a parent, we have gone through our fair share of ideas.

Some of them, with our oldest son, were even before I had ever heard of Pinterest.

Imagine a world without ideas similar to those on Pinterest or Facebook, or any social media now. I consider that quite often, to be honest.

It would be far simpler and quiet.

To be clear, I’m not hating on Pinterest exactly, because there are definitely benefits to this kind of resource.

This is a true Pinterest fan speaking over here.

The crafts that I’m going to share with you today came from none other than Pinterest, which is exactly what brought this thought up.

If not for Pinterest, we probably would have made the same crafts for the past years, at least.

But when you get that many ideas together in one place… there’s just so much more to pick from!

Sometime we should count just how many times I’ve used the word, ‘Pinterest,’ throughout my years of writing this column.

I’m sure it’s a pretty high number.

On to the point of all of this.

Here are some fun, and simple craft ideas. To give you a nice variety, there’s one super messy one, and two low-mess crafts. Two that are definitely leaning towards the kid target audience, and then one that I personally enjoy very much as an adult.

As always, thanks for reading and happy crafting from HBK!

Popsicle Trees

Mess level: low-moderate

Materials needed

  • 5 green popsicle sticks, per tree
  • 1 popsicle stick of any color, per tree
  • glue dots or regular Elmer’s glue
  • scissors
  • stickers (optional)
  • markers (optional)
  1. Cut green popsicle sticks to various lengths, trimming rounded ends. We used jumbo, already colored popsicle sticks, but you could use regular sized and paint or color them green.
  2. Arrange cut popsicle sticks to form a triangle (tree) shape, and glue onto remaining popsicle. We used the kid’s favorite colors, but you could definitely use green or a plain colored popsicle stick for wood.
  3. If using Elmer’s glue, or a hot glue gun, allow to dry before decorating. With glue dots you can decorate immediately.
  4. Using markers or stickers, arrange ‘ornaments’ on your tree to your heart’s content.

Finger Snowmen

Mess level: high

Materials needed

  • White paint
  • Construction paper, dark colored
  • Black Marker
  • Orange marker
  • White or silver glitter, optional
  1. Prepare your kids in painting smocks or old clothes, put white paint on a paper plate, large enough for handprints.
  2. If making five snowmen (we made five for the number of people in our family) stick hand directly in paint. You can also make just one snowman by painting only one finger.
  3. Put handprint or finger print on paper to transfer paint.
  4. If adding glitter, you can do now while paint is still wet.
  5. Let dry.
  6. Once paint is completely dry, you can draw faces and hats on your snowmen.

Paper Snowflakes

Mess level: low

Materials needed

  • White paper
  • Scissors
  • Pen or pencil
  • Printer (optional)
  1. You will needed to start with a square piece of paper. You can either measure the square yourself, or print out a template. Firstpalette.com has blank templates for creating your own template, and a variety of already created printable patterns.
  1. If using a template, fold along the lines. If making your own, fold your square from corner to corner (like a taco shell) and keep folding until you have a small triangle. You’ll know you’re done when you can’t easily fold anymore, but can still maneuver scissors easily through the paper.
  2. Cut along the lines and unfold when done! This craft hardly needs instructions, because it’s so easy!

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