Tis the season to be jolly and bright! 🙂 We can’t forget how holiday crafts can bring happiness and fill the house with warm laughter! I just love this time of the year. Yes I know it’s cold, but you just can’t get any better than family, friends and lots of love. One way that we love to celebrate the holiday season is by gathering around the kitchen table getting glitter, glue, ribbon and sequins all over the place. So here are a few holiday crafts that we have done this year!
- hot water
- empty water/soda bottle
- glitter glue
- (extra) fine glitter
- buttons, sequins, beads
- super glue
First you want to make sure your bottles are clean and stickers are taken off and you have your supplies laid out. I ran my bottles under hot water and scrubbed with the sponge to get the sticky glue off from where the labels once were and placed an old table-cloth over the table to catch any spills or messes that may happen.
Fill you bottles 3/4 full with hot water and add your glitter glue. I had smaller glitter glue bottles and I ended up using 2 of them in each bottle. Now add your (extra) fine glitter. Your glitter glue will sink to the bottom and your fine glitter will remain on top until bottle is shaken.
Cap the bottle and SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE until the glue from the glitter glue is dissolved. You can add more glitter glue for slower glitter fall or add more water for faster glitter fall. It depends on how slow or fast you are wanting your bottle to look. I then let the kids pick out buttons, sequins and beads to put in their bottles. They loved this part!
Once finished, apply super glue to the top and place the cap on tight. The kids just love these and enjoy hearing the rattling noise it makes and watching the glitter fall to the bottom, just so pretty.
Hand Printed Santa
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/4 cup water
- red, white, black and peach paint
- child or grandchild required 😉
The fun part is mixing the dough together and getting hands a little dirty! So mix the above ingredients together to create your dough and once all is combined and kneaded together, have the kids take a chunk off.
Lay the patted piece of dough down onto the foil and press in your child’s hand. Pick up the foil piece and place it onto your baking sheet and then cut around the hand print, leaving a little bit of an edge and a small hole at the top.
Bake them in the oven for 3 hours at 250 degrees. Once finished, allow them to cool down and then cut the foil off or simply cut around the hand. We had left the foil on for a shimmer on the bottom.
Now you can start to paint. My kids were pretty much able to paint them all by their selves. I told them which colors and where, then they were good to go! I love these and I can’t wait to hang them on my Christmas tree each and every single year.
Painted Pine Cones
- pine cones
- any color paints
- hot glue
These pretty much have no major rules except have fun and use your imagination. Get paint and glitter all over the place and wear it with a smile. 😉 Hot glue your ribbon onto the top of your pine cone when you are finished painting and hang it on your tree. Once again, another kids craft that the kids love and get to paint where they want, glitter where they want! Who wouldn’t like that!
For something simple and easy, you can also pick up these cute kits at Wal-Mart for $4.95. We had the Santa kit which comes with 12 ornaments to assemble and the Snowflake kit which has 24 ornaments. They are self adhesive foam pieces that are great for kids to assemble all by themselves! My Robbie did the above with no help from me at all, making them great for our home school craft time.
We hope that everyone enjoys this Holiday Season with some fun crafts and wonderful family and friend time together. All of our above projects were perfect for our home school art time. The kids had so much fun and enjoyed putting projects like these together. Plus I have a beautiful tree full of home-made ornaments that I will cherish forever!
Happy Holidays and Enjoy our inRandom crafts.