Homemade Christmas Decorations Your Child Can Make {Guest Post}

I know we aren’t quite in December yet but I have already started to gather some Christmas crafts for us to get our home ready for the festive period. Today I’m featuring a lovely article by Galt Toys with some fantastic ideas for homemade Christmas decorations. We’d love to have a go at the Christmas Pudding Cookie Plate, we might even have a practice run with the cookies too!

Transforming your home into Santa’s grotto might not be your idea of fun, but getting the kids making decorations certainly will keep them busy. Here are a few quick, easy ideas from Galt Toys to try to prepare for Santa’s visit and get the house looking amazing!

Christmas Pudding Cookie Plate

Leaving Santa a cookie, and a carrot for Rudolph? Make a Christmas Pudding Cookie Plate!

You will need:

One paper plate
Galt Toys Paints
Paint Brushes
Green Felt
Two Red Buttons
A pencil
Glue
Sharp scissors (ask an adult to help you)

Take your pencil and draw a wiggly line across the plate, dividing it into two. Using brown paint (made by mixing red and green), paint half of the plate brown, leaving half white. Leave it to dry. Use your pencil to mark out two leaf shapes on the felt. Ask an adult to use the scissors to cut out your leaf shapes, then using some glue, stick them both close together at top of the white side of your plate. Take your two red buttons, and stick them next to each other where the leaves are. Your cookie plate is now ready for Santa!

Simple Baubles

You will need:

A plastic tumbler
White paper
Glue
Tissue Paper
Glitter
Ribbon
A pencil
Safety scissors
Tape

Using the pencil, draw around the tumbler or cup to make circles on your white paper. Cut them out carefully and place them on your craft mat or protected surface. Next, spread some glue on one of your circles and decorate as you please with strips of tissue paper, glitter, or anything else you would like to try. Leave to dry, then take a piece of ribbon, make a loop in it and tie a knot, and then tape it to the back of the bauble. It is now ready to be hung on your tree! Repeat with different shapes, sizes and patterns to make some beautiful decorations.

Pipe Cleaner Snowflakes

You will need:

Silver, white or blue pipe cleaners

Take two pipe cleaners and twist them together in the middle to make a cross. Take two other pipe cleaners and twist them with the first two, creating an eight-pronged star shape. Now you can add some shape, colour and structure. Snowflakes are always symmetrical, so try and do to one side what you would do to the other. Be as creative as you like. If you feel like it, use lots of different colours. These look great hung from trees or stuck to windows.

Christmas Stockings

You will need:

Red felt
White felt
Glitter glue suitable for use on fabric
Fabric glue
Beads, sequins and other decorative bits and pieces
A needle and thread

With an adult, cut out two large sock shapes from your red felt, both exactly the same size. Ask your adult to help you stitch them together leaving a 1cm border, then turn the stocking inside out. Use white felt to create a trim around the top of the stocking, and stick it in place with fabric glue. Now you can decorate! Use glitter glue to write your name on the white felt, and use fabric glue to stick on your other decorations. Leave to dry. If you wish to hang it, you will need to make a felt loop and have it sewn to the top of your stocking. All that’s left is for Santa to fill it full of gifts!

About the Author

This article was written on behalf of Galt Toys who have 175 years’ experience in toys and education. Galt know a thing or two about designing toys & craft activities to encourage children to learn through play…and also have fun!

 

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