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Christmas Decorations, Cards and Crafts

Find Christmas and holiday crafts, decorations, and gifts that kids can make. Enjoy festive art activities and fun homemade holiday projects with children of all ages.

6 Coolest Advent Calendar Ideas for Your Family

The countdown to Christmas is on! Displaying an Advent calendar can become a special holiday tradition for kids and build their excitement for the big day. See our top picks from a wide range of Advent calendars in stores around the holiday season, from the classic to the unusual, and maybe even try your hand at crafting your own homemade version. Happy Holidays! read more

Angel Ornament

Angel OrnamentMaterials:Jumbo craft stick2-4" paper doiliesWhite felt or paperThin red ribbonMini star garlandChild's face cut out of photoRibbon or string to hang ornamentDirections: read more

Animal Dress-Up

Animal Dress-UpMaterials Stuffed animals or dolls Christmas ribbon, bows, or fabric Directions When decorating your home for the holidays, encourage your child to do some decorating of his own. Dress up your child's favorite dolls or stuffed animals with some Christmas ribbon or big bright bows or use Christmas fabric to create scarves or kerchiefs. Display the animals on a shelf in your child's room or on a mantel in a more prominent part of your house. read more

Bead Ornaments

Bead OrnamentsMaterialsbeads (red, green & white) pipe cleaners DirectionsString the beads onto the pipe cleaner. You can make a variety of designs. For a candy cane, alternate red and white and bend the top of the pipe cleaner into a candy cane shape. For a wreath, string green beads onto the pipe cleaner and add a red bead after every 4-6 green beads. Then shape it into a circle. read more

Beaded Snowflakes

Beaded SnowflakesMaterials:'Tinsel stems' or sparkly pipe cleaners Assortment of Beads (with a hole large enough to put a pipe cleaner through.Nylon fishline, slim silver elastic cording, or narrow ribbon Directions: read more

Beeswax Candle

Beeswax CandleMaterials Sheet of beeswax Utility knife Newspaper and wax paper Scissors Yardstick CandlewickDirections read more

Bottle Nipple Rudolph

Bottle Nipple RudolphMaterials:1 bottle nippleRed fingernail polishWhite-outBlack permanent pen1 silver or gold metalic pipe cleaner1 strand of gold string to hang ornament Directions: read more

Christmas Bells

Christmas BellsMaterials Egg carton Scissors Yarn, string, or ribbon Jingle bells Glue (optional) Glitter (optional) Paint (optional) Aluminum foil (optional)Directions read more

Christmas Candy Countdown

Christmas Candy CountdownMaterials 25 small candy canes, individual pieces of candy, or candy kisses (for each child) 1 bowl, candy dish, or empty coffee can (for each child)Directions read more

Christmas Card Holder

Christmas Card HolderMaterials Large green poster board Small yellow poster board Scissors Large colored clothespins or plastic paper clips Glue Hole punch Ribbon Heavy tape (optional)Directions read more

Christmas Card Puzzles

Christmas Card PuzzlesMaterials Old Christmas cards Heavy paper or cardboard Glue ScissorsDirections Glue Christmas cards onto heavy paper or cardboard. When dry, cut into puzzles. The puzzle can be very simple and consist of only one card, or it can be more complicated, with two or more cards overlapping to make patterns and designs. read more

Christmas Doorknob Decoration

Christmas Doorknob DecorationMaterials Red felt Plastic lid for tracing, about 4 inches in diameter Green felt Glue Stickers, glitter, beads, sequins, and so on Directions read more

Christmas Dough Ornaments

Christmas Dough OrnamentsDirections Make a batch of dough ornaments. Glue magnets to the backs for Christmas refrigerator decorations, hang from your Christmas tree as ornaments, give as Christmas gifts, or use as a finishing touch on wrapped gifts. read more

Christmas Noisemaker

Christmas NoisemakerMaterials Empty frozen-juice container with metal lid Glue gun or tape Popped popcorn Uncooked white beans Directions Put uncooked beans and popped popcorn into a clean, dry frozen-juice container. Place the metal lid on top and glue or tape securely. If you like, cover the juice container with red or green construction paper and decorate with markers or stickers. Now your child has a Christmas noisemaker to shake, shake, shake. read more

Cinnamon Cut-Out Ornaments

Cinnamon Cut-Out Ornaments These cinnamon creations not only look nice, but they also smell great! Bring the heavenly aroma of baking cookies to your home by making these decorative cinnamon ornaments. read more

Cinnamon Drawing

Cinnamon DrawingMaterials Sandpaper Scissors Cinnamon sticks Directions Cut the sandpaper into a holiday shape such as a star, Christmas tree, or gingerbread man. Show your child how to rub the cinnamon stick on the sandpaper to make both a nice design and a pleasing fragrance. If you like, punch a hole at the top of the sandpaper and string yarn through it to make a Christmas tree decoration. read more

Colorful Coffee-Filter Holiday Ornaments

Colorful Coffee-Filter Holiday OrnamentsAge: Preschool through elementaryTime: 30 minutes or more Type of activity: Arts and Crafts read more

Cotton Ball Holiday Cards

Cotton Ball Holiday CardsMaterials Needed:Construction paperGlueCotton ballsFelt or fabric scraps (optional)Crayons or markersScissorsInstructions:Decide what scene you want to create with the cotton balls. You might try a fluffy snowman, a fuzzy sheep, or Santa Claus with a puffy beard and eyebrows. read more

Cotton Ball Snowman

Cotton Ball SnowmanMaterials Cotton balls Clear contact paper Construction paper Scissors Stapler Directions read more

Dip and Dye Snowflakes

Dip and Dye SnowflakesMaterials Cone or square-shaped coffee filters (or paper towels cut in circles or squares) Scissors Small bowls of dye (diluted food coloring or strong tempera paint)Directions read more

Easy Gingerbread House

Easy Gingerbread House Build your dream house in an afternoon? This gingerbread project is so easy — and yummy — that your kids will want to build a whole gingerbread house neighborhood! Age: Preschool through elementaryTime: 30 minutes or more Type of activity: Arts and Crafts Materials needed: read more

Fanciful Envelopes

Fanciful EnvelopesEnvelopes made from gift-wrap or wallpaper add a special touch to holiday cards, invitations, and thank-you notes. Materials Envelope Gift-wrap or wallpaper Pen or pencil Scissors Glue, tape or stickers Directions read more

Glitter Balls

Glitter BallsMaterials Styrofoam balls in various sizes Glue Glitter Small shallow dish ThreadDirections Pour glitter into a shallow dish. Spread glue evenly over a Styrofoam ball, then roll it in glitter. Allow the ball to dry, then attach a thread for hanging on the Christmas tree. read more

Handprint Wreath

Handprint Wreath Activity for an individual child Age group: 30-40 months Duration of activity: 25 minutes Materials: Paper plate Scissors Green and red construction paper Pencil White craft glue This is a personalized holiday decoration. You may wish to do one with each member of your family. read more

Hanging Lids

Hanging Lids Activity for an individual child Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 15 minutes Materials: Lids from frozen juice cans Hole punch Pieces of yarn Glitter, sequins, stickers, tinsel White craft glue This is a simple way to create attractive ornaments. You may also use plastic lids, although it is harder to punch a hole in them. read more

Holiday Candleholder

Holiday CandleholderAge: Preschool and upTime: An afternoon Type of activity: Nature Arts and Crafts In addition to lighting up your home, your child can give these candleholders as gifts to light up a friend or relative's holiday. Materials needed: read more

Holiday Card Holders

Holiday Card HoldersAge: Preschool through elementaryTime: 30 minutes or more Type of activity: Arts and Crafts read more

Holiday Crayon Crackle

Holiday Crayon CrackleAn Imagination Station Activity from KinderArt Age: Elementary and upTime: 30 minutes or moreType of Activity: Art read more

Holiday Place Card Creator

Holiday Place Card CreatorOh, no! This page is temporarily down for maintenance. We apologize for the inconvenience. Meanwhile, check out our related content while we work on getting it back up and running. read more

Homemade Snow Globe

Homemade Snow Globe Why pay big bucks for a snow globe when you and your kids can design your own for pennies? It's simple to transform a plain glass jar into a winter wonderland scene created to your specifications. You might want to make several scenes, one for each of the bedrooms. Level: Easy Time involved: One to two hours Materials: Old jars with lids (Mason jars, peanut butter jars, and baby-food jars work well.) Glue gun read more