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paper Santa hats piled up

Looking for some unique and inexpensive last-minute Christmas decorations?
These crafty activities are easy and fun for all the family!

Christmas Tree Bauble

a homemade christmas bauble with shreds of brightly coloured paper

Those party paper plates you’ve got left over sure do come in handy! Here’s how to make your homemade Christmas bauble.

Grownups, please supervise children when using glue and scissors.


All you need is:

  • Paper plate
  • Pieces of tissue paper/wrapping paper – ideally different colours
  • A bit of card
  • Ribbon (around 3 inches long)
  • Glue
  • Scissors

What you need to do:

  • Cut or tear shapes from your paper.
  • Once you have your shapes glue them onto your plate to decorate it.
  • Cut a small piece of card in the shape of a square for the ribbon to stick to.
  • Glue the square onto the top of your plate.
  • Then, get your ribbon and make a loop with it.
  • Glue the end of your ribbon to the back of the square card at the top of your plate.
  • Let it all dry before you proudly hang it from your tree.


Don’t forget to show us your bauble on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using #Craftmas!

Information for the grown-ups – how this helps:
By providing a variety of coloured paper and tissue, you are allowing your child’s creative side to really shine, as they use the materials to create different effects on their very own Christmas bauble. You can also use this activity to talk about the shapes, colours and textures both you and your child can identify, which encourages them to express their thoughts and ideas confidently.

 

Christmas Tree Angel

a homemade angel with lots of glitter

Easy and fun to do!

Grownups, please supervise children when using glue and scissors.

 

All you need is:

  • Paper plate (or download our paper template to print and cut out!)
  • Card
  • Glue
  • Felt tip pens or crayons
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Optional: glitter (we love glitter!)

What you need to do:

  • Decorate both sides of your plate however you like. Draw a nice pattern with lots of pretty colours or colour the plate in one colour. Whatever you like, goes.
  • Once your plate is decorated you need to fold two sides towards the middle, overlapping each side a little bit. Once folded you will have made a triangle shape. Dab a bit of glue onto the overlapping sections just to keep them in place. This will be the body of your angel.
  • Then, now this is lots of fun, grab a piece of card and a pencil. Place your hand on the card, and draw around your hand. Do the same again so you have two hand shapes. These will become the wings of your angel.
  • Cut out your two shaped card hands. Be careful and take your time to cut around those drawn fingers.
  • Once you have two card hands simply dab some glue at the bottom of the paper hand and stick them on the back of your angel’s body.
  • Now, draw a circle on your piece of card. Cut around the circle. Once cut out, draw your angel’s face on the circle.
  • Once your angel’s face is drawn dab a bit of glue on the back and stick it on the top of the triangle.
  • Ta da! You have now got a beautiful Christmas angel to place on the top of your Christmas tree.
  • For an extra bit of Christmas sparkle, you can always put a bit of glue on your angel and shake glitter over.


Don’t forget to show us your angel on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using #Craftmas!

Information for the grown-ups – how this helps:
The fiddly bits of this activity, like folding the paper plate, holding coloured pencils and drawing around their hand, will help to improve your child’s grip and dexterity, which are vital as they learn to write and do more things for themselves at nursery, school or at home. Encouraging your child to ‘have a go’, and praising them when they succeed, also helps to build a sense of pride in their work, which in turn improves their confidence and helps to make them feel happy!

Have you and your family all been assigned your Secret Santa code names yet? Try our name generator!

 

Christmas Wreath

a homemade christmas wreath with green card leaves and red berries

A handy – literally – decoration that will show how big the children have grown over the years.

Grownups, please supervise children when using glue and scissors.


All you need is:

  • Lots of card – preferably green to give it that authentic look, but if you want to go colourful, go for it!
  • Red card
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Pencil

What you need to do:

  • On your green card, using your pencil, draw around your hand.
  • Then do this another 20 times (will keep you busy!) or for a sneaky short cut, fold over the card under your hand and cut around your drawn hand several sheets at a time.
  • You should have 20 paper hands now. If you are doing this as a group make sure you have about 20 paper hands. Slightly overlap them and stick them to each other in the shape of a circle.
  • Cut out small circles from the red card and stick them onto your wreath, these will be the berries.
  • Make a loop with the ribbon at the top of your wreath and tie in a bow.
  • Once dried hang proudly from the ribbon!


Don’t forget to show us your wreath on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using #Craftmas!

Information for the grown-ups – how this helps:
This is a great opportunity to encourage your child to develop their numeracy skills, as you support them to count how many paper hands they need to make their wreath. They will also learn important team work and cooperation skills as you work together to create a lovely decoration you can both be proud of for years to come!

 

Christmas Card

a handmade christmas card with a santa hat and a handprint

A totally unique card that’s simple to make.

Grownups, please supervise children when using glue and scissors.


All you need is:

  • Card – any colour will do (but we need to have one red piece for Santa’s hat!)
  • White paint
  • Cotton wool or white card/paper
  • Black felt tip pen
  • Optional: sticky goggly craft eyes but grown-ups, please keep a close eye on the children with these.


What you need to do:

  • Fold an A4 piece of card in half.
  • Paint your whole hand with white paint. Then gently place your painted hand on the front of your card, don’t move! Make sure you have enough space for his face and hat.
  • Then quickly go and wash your hand!
  • Then add Santa’s face just above the top of your palm with two eyes, cut three circle shapes out of your card and glue it on for his nose and cheeks. For his mouth draw a circle with the black pen.
  • Cut – with the help of an adult – a hat shaped triangle and glue it on the top as his hat.
  • Stick cotton wool as his bauble and rim of his hat.
  • Wait for it to dry before writing your Christmas messages inside and posting to your loved ones.


Don’t forget to show us your Christmas card on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using #Craftmas!

Information for the grownups – how this helps:

This is a great sensory activity for children and their grown-ups! Ask your child to describe what it feels like as they paint their hand, or paint each other’s hands for a shared experience which will encourage their language development, and give them a real sense of achievement when they produce cards to send to all their family and friends.

Have you and your family all been assigned your Secret Santa code names yet? Try our name generator!

We know Christmas can be a difficult time for some parents and families so if you feel you need support or advice, you can talk to our Family Support Workers online.