Holiday crafts for kids

The run up to Christmas can be an agonising time for a child and the one of the best ways of  making the time go quicker is to give your children something to do. There are loads of different holiday crafts for kids your children can do during the holidays that will keep them so occupied the
time to the big day will fly by.

Many parents are under the impression that holiday crafts for kids requires expensive materials, however this is not the case. You do need some basic art and craft materials however you don’t need to go over the top and spend a fortune. These holiday crafts for kids require different colour paints, paint brushes, glue, cello tape, felt tip pens, crayons, scissors and cardboard and a few other bits and pieces you can find around the house. Since it’s Christmas some glitter, tinsel, tin foil and other brightly coloured metallic paper also works very well when doing some of these holiday crafts for

1) Greetings cards

There are many occasions during the year when people send greetings cards and the holiday season has to be one of the most popular. Greetings cards are expensive and making them is fun so why not save yourself some money and have fun with the kids and make some greetings cards?

Greetings cards are simple to make and the only restriction is your imagination. You can make greetings cards using the traditional symbols, such as Santa Claus, snowmen, robins, Christmas trees and the like or you could opt for something totally different and go more abstract. Your children can do whatever they want and have total control.

Homemade greetings cards show thought and imagination and are often better received than shop bought Christmas cards.

2) Gift tags

Christmas is a time for giving gifts and with all those presents under the Christmas tree it can be very difficult to know which present is for which person. This problem is easily overcome by putting a gift tag on each present.

You can buy gift tags, although they are often boring and lack imagination. The better gift tags are often expensive, and many people see this as a waste of money. The answer to this is to make your own gift tags, which gives your children the chance to personalise them and make them totally
unique and individual.

3) Stocking for the fire place

Following on with the gifts theme another great holiday craft idea is making a stocking your children can hang on in front of the fire, which will be filled up with gifts on Christmas morning.

You can make the stocking from scratch, i.e. cut out a template and sew it up although this method is not for everyone. Some people struggle sewing, some people dislike sewing and some children are too young to sew. In these circumstances the best alternative is to buy a large plain coloured sock or pinch one from the parent’s sock drawer, and then personalise it. Glue some tinsel on it, stick some glitter on it or glue some small bit of fabric on it. The options and opportunities are endless so let your kids run wild and let their creative juices flow.

4) Christmas decorations

Shop bought Christmas decorations look good but homemade Christmas decorations look so much better. There are loads of different type of Christmas decorations you can make, such as colourful paper chains, hanging decorations, Christmas tree decorations, paper plate snow men, a fabric Santa  Claus, an angel or star for the top of the Christmas tree etc.

So, grab the craft materials and get your kids making some Christmas decorations you can hang around your house for the holiday season.

5) Paper bag reindeer puppet

A paper bag reindeer is something your kids can make and then actually play with. This reindeer puppet is very easy to make and requires minimal materials. The key part of this puppet is a brown paper bag, which provides the basis of the head and the body. It is then a case of cutting out some antlers and sticking them on the bag, sticking on a nose and sticking on (or drawing on) some eyes.

A paper bag can be used to make other festive puppets, such as a wise man, a Santa Claus, a snow man (although you will need a white paper bag for this) or any other festive character you can think of.


The above are just a few of the holiday crafts for kids you can do and I am sure that if you spend a few minutes thinking about it you will find many more holiday crafts for kids to do. Many children struggle with the run up to Christmas and doing some festive crafts is going to help relieve their boredom and save yourself some stress. These holiday crafts make excellent rainy day activities for kids as well. Doing some crafts with your kids will give you quality time together and who knows, you may even have some fun too.