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The hustle and bustle of the holidays has TRULY hit! With all the events and plans and family and prep, the joy of sitting down to make something together can get a bit lost amongst the trimmings & trappings.
For the past few years, my maker-friends and I have celebrated Craftmas – a week or two of shared holiday craft tutorials guaranteed to be fun for the whole family. In an effort to get back to basics and revisit the joy of taking time to recharge through arts and crafts, we changed our typical plan a bit…
Our theme this year is low-stress S – I – M – P – L – C – I – T – Y. An invitation to gather up a few simple, inexpensive supplies you’ll already have at home, and sit down to share some relaxing creative time with your kiddos.
All of our featured crafts use the household supplies pictured above (along with the common secondary supplies listed below). Save these lists along with the tutorial links to celebrate your very own Craftmas – at YOUR speed!
Kids Holiday Craft Supply List:
Click the supply group to jump to each set of featured kids crafts
- Tissue paper and cereal boxes
- Pinecones, sticks and leaves
- Cardboard and egg cartons
- Salt dough and clay
- Felt, yarn and string
We had so much fun exploring these simple supplies, and we’d love to see how you’ve used them to create your own special kids holiday crafts! Tag them with #Craftmas 2019 or #Craftmas on social media to spread the holiday craft love far and wide!
Tissue Paper and Cereal Boxes
Stained Glass Angels from ART CAMP – I could find 101 uses for these beautiful tissue paper and cereal box stained glass angels. And when hung in a window, or placed in front of a candle they have the warmest holiday glow.
Upcycled Tissue Paper Stars from Rebekah at Heart Artlife – These lovely Eric-Carle style stars are made using the most ingenious upcycling process. As fun for kids to make as they will be to decorate with!
3 Homemade Advent Calendars for Kids from Oh Creative Day – A genius trio of advent calendar ideas that don’t require anything more than tissue paper, paint and a glue stick. Holiday STEAM learning bonus? You can sneak in a math lesson!
Pinecones, Sticks and Leaves
Gratitude Forests from Hatch Art Studios – This gorgeous kids’ art invitation doubles as an opportunity for kids to share their sources of gratitude. Connection and reflection – it’s what this season’s all about!
Nature Bundles with 3 Festive Uses from The Art Garden – Sticks just got a makeover and good grief -they’re high art! A simple kids painting activity is transformed into gorgeous bundles – with 3 ingenious ways to incorporate your kids’ playful work into holiday decor and traditions.
A Twig and Pinecone Holiday Hanger from barley & birch – Form meets function with this minimal winter-styled hanger. The simplest way to display a small holiday collection of cards and trinkets EVER!
Cardboard and Egg Cartons
Christmas Jumper Sewing Cards from Little Button Diaries – The genius buttons have turned fun sewing practice into the cutest little Christmas place cards you ever did see! From design to sewing, to assigning sweaters to specific people – it’s a whole afternoon of holiday fun.
Folded Paper Gingerbread Houses from Hazel at Hidden Egg – All of the beauty of a gingerbread house with none of the mess? Yes, please! One piece of paper, some drawing supplies, and a few folds are all it takes to create your own (interactive!) storybook gingerbread homes.
Egg Carton Snow Buddies from Raising Kinley – Do you wanna build a snowman?? Hang on to your egg cartons, because you are DEFINITELY going to want to use them for your own adorable Olaf-styled ornaments!
Salt Dough and Clay
Puffy Paint Snow Angels from Make It Your Own – Bonnie and her crew have created yet another holiday art project classic with these insanely fun puffy paint snow angels! And the DIY puffy paint process is guaranteed to delight sensory-loving kiddos.
A Salt Dough Village from Brainy Beginnings Network – Oh the minimal magic of this gorgeous DIY salt dough village! From the absolute queen of salt dough, there’s a full tutorial PLUS tips and tricks on how to ensure this stress-free project is one your kiddos will love building and displaying for years to come.
A Salt Dough Snow Ornament Wall Hanging from Mini Makers Studio – An ode to handmade beauty, this gorgeous holiday wall-hanging has so many bits and pieces to love. From the salt dough impressions to a yarn-wrapped branch, hands-on little kiddos are going to adore putting this one together.
Felt, Yarn and String
A Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer No-Sew Sleep Mask from Creating Creatives – Can you EVEN handle the cuteness of this no-sew Rudolph sleep mask?! A perfect holiday-themed felt kids craft, AND a great way to keep those little peepers from catching Santa…te,he.
Pom Pom Holiday Elves from Julie Curtin – handmade holiday-tinted pom poms topped with an egg carton hat = elf ornament PERFECTION. So wonderfully simple, your kiddos can make a jolly bunch to trim the tree in no time!
Easy Penguin Felt Ornament from Red Ted Art – As if this adorably roly-poly penguin ornament wasn’t joy enough, click to see how Maggy used this project to create an ingenious low-waste holiday party favor…!
We’ve created so many holiday keepsakes through this annual Craftmas tradition – my talented maker-circle never disappoints! What started as a few friends making fun holiday kids crafts, has become a fountain of support & inspiration that extends far beyond a shared art theme. They are my brain trust of tirelessly helpful & caring, hilariously amusing, endlessly creative confidants, and especially at this time of year, I’m so thankful for them.
From my friends to yours, happy holidays and merry art-making!