I think homemade Christmas decorations add something really special and unique to a home. Making your own decorations can also be fun and very inexpensive. For example, the homemade bauble featured above is made from an old Christmas card and two split pins – that’s all. All you do is cut up an old Christmas card into strips, punch holes in both ends of the strips and insert a split pin. Then fan out the strips into a bauble shape – easy! This simple idea comes from Jane Bull’s book The Merry Christmas Activity Book. Here are some more of our favourite Christmas craft books for children.
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The Merry Christmas Activity Book by Jane Bull – 50 things to make and do for a fun Christmas This book is packed full of lovely and simple ideas for turning your home into a winter wonderland. All the ideas are very affordable to make and will mostly make use of bits and pieces you already have lying around. There are some fabulous ideas for Christmas bunting, hanging decorations, lanterns, festive windows, Christmas scents and sweets and baking which make delicious gifts for friends, family and teachers. An extremely useful Christmas craft resource book. Age 4+
Angelina Ballerina’s Christmas Crafts – Count down to Christmas with Angelina! published by Puffin, based on the text by Katherine Holabird and illustrations by Helen Craig Brighten up your Christmas holiday with twenty-six craft activities and recipes inspired by Angelina Ballerina. There are some really unusual ideas in this book. For example, here’s one we particularly like – pretty pasta snowflakes. So, to make beautiful snowflake decorations for your window or tree all you need to do is to arrange the different pasta shapes into snowflake shapes. Glue the shapes together with PVA glue and leave to dry. Then paint with acrylic paints and again leave to dry. For extra shine, paint again with varnish. So simple but so effective. Age 4+
Christmas crafting with kids – 35 projects for the festive season by Catherine Woram Get busy with glue, paper, scissors, needle and thread and more with over 35 colourful and fun Christmas projects. Just today, for example, my daughters and I sat down and made some beautiful red and green felt hanging stars using pinking shears and matching cotton thread. My six year old found this an ideal easy sewing project for her little fingers to try and with some determination and a little help she got there in the end and was very proud of her little green star. Age 5+
The Usborne Book of Christmas Art Ideas Usborne do these sorts of books SO well and this is no exception. Over 100 ideas for decorations, cards, wrapping paper and gift boxes using collage, printing, paints, pastels, stencils, inks, glitter, foil, gold and silver pens. Phew! More than enough ideas here to keep everyone busy in the days leading up to Christmas. Age 5+
Usborne Preschool Activities Christmas Fun Not wanting to leave the little ones out, this book is especially for you. Simple and charming ideas involving lots of finger printing, cutting out for winter collage pictures and sticking with glue and glitter – all enormous fun, maybe a little messy and brilliant for developing important skills such as hand control, coordination and concentration. Age 2+