Creative Holiday Crafts for Kids

Posted by Treetops on Monday, 11 December 2017 in News

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One of the best parts about the holiday season is making memories as a family. A great way to spend some quality time with your kids is by making fun festive crafts together. Here are a few of our favourite Christmas craft ideas.

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This classic craft takes just 20 minutes to create, but the memories can last a lifetime. Mix 4 cups of flour and 1 cup of salt in a bowl. Then add water gradually and keep mixing until you have a nice, thick but pliable consistency. Lightly grease a cookie sheet with oil and then roll out individual circular ornaments. Now have your kids press their hands firmly into the dough, write their initials using their finger or any other craft design they can think of. Once they’re content with their work use a drinking straw to make a hole at the top of the dough that you can run a ribbon through later. Then either bake in the oven for 1 hour at 150 degrees Celsius or let them air dry for 24 hours. For an extra special touch have your children paint the hardened ornaments and then run a piece of ribbon through the hole. Hang them up on your tree or pick some out as a family to give as special gifts.


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Your kids can really let their creativity shine with this holiday craft. All you need to get started is a mason jar and lid; but old spaghetti sauce jars or pickle jars work too! Next have your children start collecting the materials for their preferred winter scene. You can use evergreen cuttings from trees in the yard, small toys, family photos, or anything else you can think of. Once they have their items selected, use a hot glue gun (little ones will need help with this step) to fasten them to the inside of the jar lid. For an extra special touch consider purchasing some artificial snow or translucent glitter and place it inside the jar before sealing. If you’d like to add water, you can do so, but we suggest adding a small amount of glycerine, baby oil or light corn syrup to the water as it will make the “snow” fall a little more slowly.


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A card garland is a beautiful and simple way to show off all your holiday cards and get your children in on the experience! All you need is a length of string, ribbon or garland, markers, paint or construction paper, and some clothespins to get started. Have your kids decorate the clothes pins in a festive motif with markers, glitter, etc. and fasten the clothespins along the string. Now, hang your garland on your banister or mantel and your kids can enjoy pinning up each new holiday card as it arrives.

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Create charming personalized wrapping paper with a little festive coloured acrylic paint and a few potatoes. First, cut your potatoes in half. Then, have your kids pick out some holiday shapes that they love and draw them on the face of your potato. Now use an X-acto knife to cut around the design approximately 1/4 inche deep. Once you’ve cut out the shape, use a chef’s knife to cut the excess potato around the edges, making sure not to cut through the shape itself. Now your kids can dip their holiday stamps into paint and press them into craft paper to make beautiful, homemade wrapping paper!


Do you have any favourite holiday crafts? Share them with us on our Facebook page.


From all of us here at Treetops we wish you the best this holiday season and a Happy New Year!

Please note that the Treetops Presentation Centre will be closed from Monday December 4 through the holidays and will reopen on Saturday January 13. We look forward to seeing you in 2018!


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