We are officially in the home stretch coming up to Christmas and whether your child is an infant or they’re in grade school, you may be looking for some ways to pass the time in the next week. We have pulled together a few mom-tested crafts that can also double as keepsakes or gifts for grandparents, parents or anyone else who adores your child/ren.
I wouldn’t believe it if I didn’t have two hanging on my tree right now, but these ornaments are easy, nice looking, and they smell fantastic! All you have to do is mix together 1 cup of ground cinnamon (it’s okay to buy the cheap stuff – no one is going to eat it!), 1 cup of applesauce, and 1/4 cup of white glue. It will form a dough which you can then roll out into a thick slab. Use holiday cookie cutters to make shapes and a straw to poke through the top to hang a ribbon from. Lay the ornaments on a cookie sheet somewhere safe and let them dry for about 3 days. Once dry, string a pretty ribbon through the hole and hang it on your tree or wrap it up for someone special.
We found this recipe in our Advent book this year and my kids immediately begged to give it a try. Take 3 pipe cleaners and twist them at the centre to form a star/snowflake shape. Tie a piece of string around the centre of the pipe cleaners and tie the other end to a pencil or spoon or stick. Fill a wide mouth glass jar with boiling water (e.g. a mason jar or a pickle jar). Add 3TBSP of Borax for every cup of water in the jar. Stir the Borax until most of it is dissolved. Hang the snowflake in the jar so that it is completely covered by water and the pencil rests across the top of the jar. Leave the snowflake overnight to set. Crystals will form over the pipe cleaners! Let it dry before wrapping or hanging it on your tree.
An adorable idea if you have tiny children with tiny little feet! Paint the soles of their feet green and press the feet onto white cardstock. Once the footprints have dried, turn them so that the toes are pointing downward. Paint ribbons at the heel and you have Mistle Toes!
Buy a set of solid-coloured spherical ornaments – either blue for the sky or any colour will do! Paint your child’s hand white and place the ornament into their palm so that their fingers curl up around the ornament, finger tips toward the very top, insuring that each finger is separated into 5 individual prints. Hang the ornament to dry. Once dried, paint each finger as a snowman with buttons, hat, scarf, arms, a carrot nose or whatever other embellishments you’d like. If your children are old enough have them do it all themselves! Make sure you write the year on the ornament somewhere so that you can have them hold it every year to see how much their little hands have grown.