Christmas decorations that kids can make

This holiday season, many of you are looking for some easy Christmas decorations that kids can make.  We’ve got a few ideas and they won’t cost much money either.

Think Accents

Plush red velvet and satin ribbon makes for a luxurious and cozy holiday feel, and can be used by kids in a variety of ways to help spruce up your home during the holidays. Long strands of ribbon can be tied around simple planters and vases and then placed aroud the house.  Magnolia leaves and extra branches from your Christmas tree can be easily dressed up when placed in containers tied with green and red satin ribbon.

Green Velvet can be used as the base for a collection of Christmas decorations either as a centerpiece or in an entry way.

 

Recycle Cans and Bottles

Encourage environmentally-friendly decorating themes by collecting empty beverage cans in advance of the holidays.  The metallic shine of the cans and plastic bottles-many of which are conveniently red and green – can translate into some very creative christmas decorations that kids can make.  Try wiring or gluing the cans into a cone shape for a decorative Christmas tree.

The same principle could be applied to make a wreath out of empty cans. An empty plastic drink bottle could even be used as a tree topper – turned upside-down, a holiday bulb could be put into the bottle through the neck and the bottle slipped over the tip of the tree.

Decorate and Feed the Birds

Have your kids string popcorn and cranberries onto upholstery thread, and drape the garlands all over your outdoor shrubs and trees. Birds will enjoy the offering and the look is festive. In keeping with this theme, make bird feeder ornaments out of pinecones and orange halves – spread peanut butter on the cone and roll it in seed, and fill orange halves with bird feed. Hang them with colorful yarn or ribbon.

For festive sounds, attach small, inexpensive jingle bells to the bird feeders and garlands. When a bird lands, you’ll hear the sound of the holidays!

Old Ornaments

Do you have more ornaments than you know what to do with? Or do you just have a big collection of old ornaments that you really don’t want to hang on the tree again? Challenge your kids to find some creative ways to display them.  Use hot glue to secure the ornaments onto a foam ring to make a wreath, or glue them onto a foam cone to make a tree shape. You can also display old ornaments on a mantelpiece surrounded by a garland of greens, or in clear glass bowls.
Give them a selection to work with, and see what they can come up with.
Nature-Inspired Decorations

From pine cones to nuts, branches to seed pods, nature provides a wealth of Christmas decorations that kids can make.  With a can a gold spray paint, they can transform pine cones and nuts into a mantelpiece-worthy display. Gold-sprayed pine cones and nuts can also be glued into a wreath or used in a centerpiece with greens and candles. Spray interesting branches gold and insert them into a pot of sand or gravel; hang ornaments and ribbons from the “tree.”

Kids are creative–give them some supplies and set them loose!  We’d love to hear what they come up with.

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