Deck the Halls with These Festive Holiday Crafts

Guest author Marcela De Vivo has found some wonderful Christmas crafts for us to make this year!  She contributes to the Candy Concepts Inc. blog. Follow her on Twitter for more!

As if your kids aren’t already excited enough for the coming of the Christmas season, they’ll be even more excited when they help make crafts to decorate your home with. These crafts will also help to provide them with some engaging and skills building fun. You’ll promote fine motor skill development, language skills, and you’ll also help to instill a sense of pride in your little ones, as they will be proud seeing their creations displayed around the house.

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Here’s a look at some simple, yet fun and festive holiday crafts for you and your kids to enjoy making together.

Handprint Wreaths

This festive wreath doubles as a keepsake. You’ll need:
●   A paper plate
●   Green paper
●   Scissors
●   Glue
●   A ribbon

Start by cutting the center out of a paper plate, as this will serve as the base of the wreath. Next, trace your children’s handprints several times onto the green paper. Let them help you cut the handprints out and then glue them around the remaining portion of the paper plate. Complete this craft by tying your ribbon into a bow on the top or bottom of the wreath. Hang the wreath on a door, a wall, or a window. Your child will love showing off his “handy” work and you’ll love that you’ve captured his tiny handprints forever.

Sparkly Snowflakes

This decorative craft is also a fun science experiment and will look beautiful displayed in your home! To make it, you’ll need:
●   Borax
●   Boiling water
●   A glass jar
●   Blue food coloring
●   Pipe cleaners
●   Thread
●   A pencil

Begin by filling your glass jar with 3 tablespoons of borax and one cup of boiling water. If you like, you can add a drop of blue food coloring to the mixture, as well. Next, form pipe cleaners into the shape of a snowflake (you can get creative!). Tie one end of a piece of thread to the center of the snowflake, and tie the other end to the center of your pencil. Place the snowflake into your jar, using the pencil to keep it suspended. Let it sit overnight, and in the morning, you’ll have a beautiful crystal snowflake decoration!

Beaded Candy Cane Ornament

Trim your Christmas tree with these handmade candy canes! Every year when you pull them out to decorate the tree, you’ll be reminded of all the fun you had making them. For this craft, you need:

●   Pipe cleaners
●   Tri-cornered beads (red and white beads will make a traditional candy cane, but you can use beads in any color you would like)

To make the candy cane, tightly bend one end of the pipe cleaner to make sure that the beads don’t fall off. Next, arrange the beads on the pipe cleaner however you wish. Fill the pipe cleaner with beads, leaving about ½ inch free of beads at the end. Fold the bare end of the pipe cleaner in half – again, this prevents the beads from falling off. Shape the beaded pipe cleaner into the shape of a candy cane. Hang the completed craft on your tree to add a little shimmer!

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With these crafts, you and your kids will enjoy some great bonding time while making crafts that you’ll love to display and they’ll be proud to show off.

Guest author Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer in Southern California. As the mom of three, she loves getting her kids involved in fun crafts at home. Her content covers everything from healthy to decorating to technology, and she contributes to the Candy Concepts Inc. blog. Follow her on Twitter for more!

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