Home for the Holidays: What are your favorite holiday crafts for kids?

To add something fun and more personal into our Home for the Holidays week, we thought we’d invite YOU to share your favorite things about the holidays. We would love to take a virtual “peek” into your homes this time of year and find out what you enjoy about this holiday season.

On each site, the editors of Simple Living Media have asked a question we’d like you to answer. Share your thoughts below in the comments, and then visit the other SLM sites to find out what we’d like to know about you!

I’m a crafty gal at heart, and I love creating things with my children. The holidays are a wonderful excuse to play with glitter, paper, glue, yarn, fabric, and scissors.

My favorite holiday craft? I think the homemade ornaments we make each year for our tree have the most meaning for me. It is wonderful for this sentimental mom to look at our ornaments and see the stories they tell over the years.

This year we’re going to make a version of these salt dough tree ornaments because I think the little fingerprint “lights” are adorable and will be neat to look back at as the kids grow up.

You can find the instructions for the mini wreaths, pictured above, that we made a few years ago over at Rockin’ Granola.

So that’s my question for you today: What are some of your favorite holiday crafts for kids?


I can’t wait to hear your and your kiddos are creating together — I can always use an extra reason to get out the glue and the glitter!

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Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at KElizabethFleck.com.

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  1. annabelle says:

    This year we made hands: traced their hands on double sided scrapbook paper, put the first letter of their name on one side, wrote their age and the yr on the back, tied a string around the finger for hanging and remembering.
    We also made paper dollie snowflakes. Now to keep the youngest from pulling everthing off the bottom half of the tree 😉

  2. I LOVE doing our applesauce cinnamon ornaments. I will also be doing the salt dough Christmas Tree (for each grandparent and myself) PLUS I like cutting around their hand with salt dough and hanging their hand prints on the tree. I haven’t done it for a couple years, but the couple I have are really cute.

    My mom and I are also using jean skirts and jumpers to make aprons this year. I can’t wait to get started on those!!!
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  3. my granddaughter and i have enjoyed making applesauce cinnamon ornaments the last couple of years. she also always helps me in my cookie baking. this year for a craft though i’m going with somthing easy. i now am usually holding her 4 month old baby brother, so i thought paper chains would be good. i would cut out all of the links ahead of time, and then the three of us will sit on the sofa and she and i will have serious grandmama, rowen talk while she glues her chains together.

  4. Christmas is the only time of year I get my craft on, so to speak. Salt dough ornaments are super fun, simple sewing machine projects like cloth napkins or small pillows, and embroidered pillow cases are ones we do nearly yearly. It makes up for me hiding the craft box the rest of the year!

  5. making paper snowflakes!

  6. Every year we try to make a new Christmas ornament and a kid-made gift for grandparents. This year we are making a two-in-one – fingerprints on skulpey clay and strung with some beads for ornaments with the each child’s name and date on the back of theirs. . .
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  7. We have such a great time making and decorating a gingerbread house together. I love to see how the kids’ creativity progresses from year to year!

  8. Jaclyn Ley says:

    Homemade ornaments are always fun and we also like to make paper chains.

  9. My 2-year-old and I made a sweet little reindeer with his foot (reindeer’s face) and hands (the antlers). Add google eyes and a pom pom nose and it’s an awesome addition to our tree. Last year we used clay stuff to do a handprint–I think this hand/foot ornament might be a tradition!

  10. I LOVE doing Christmas crafts like this! I’ve actually got the salt dough fingerprint ornament on our Activity Advent this year. Other’s we’re doing: “stained glass” ornaments or trees made with tissue paper and contact paper; decorating sugar cones as christmas trees, a birdseed wreath for the birds, and candy cane playdough for friends. I also LOVE the handprint snowman ornament….we made those a few years ago for grandparents, and it is still one of my favorite crafts.

  11. This will be the first year we really do much in the way of holiday crafts. In the past my daughter has loved painting anything– rocks, paper, paper bags, shells to use as gifts or wrapping, though. 🙂
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  12. Ooh gingerbread houses r messy chaotic fun
    But am getting some great ideas from y’all!!
    Happy holidays:-)

  13. My kids looooove to do crafts but I have a hard time pulling it off, because we have a toddler always putting his hands in things! I’m looking forward to reading everyone’s ideas here.

    My kids love the tried-and-true paper snowflakes.
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  14. I love doing gingerbread houses with my son.
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  15. We love to make various salt clay ornaments. Thank you everyone for the new great ideas!
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  16. cinnamon ornaments, candle holders (we have made out of candy canes, pieces of wood, and are excited to come up with a new design this year)

  17. I don’t have kids, so I don’t make kids crafts…at least not yet 🙂 However, when I helped out in the church Sunday school one year, we made this little “Baby Jesus in the Manger” Christmas tree ornaments…a hollow walnut shelf half, a cotton ball, some glue, a little round circle cut out of construction paper, two dots and a half circle for the face…glue it all together…it’s super cute and easy 🙂 🙂 Oh yeah, and some ribbon, so that you can hang it from the tree 🙂

  18. Laura Meyers says:

    We always craft ornaments for a Jesse Tree.

  19. Darlene Richardson says:

    Christmas ornaments made by my children and grandchildren adorn my tree each year. I love seeing them make the ornaments as well as remembering past Christmases as we admire the tree.

  20. Kristina Best says:

    We normally make the Construction paper chain and hang it up in the living room and half of the time it stays up until Valentines day.

  21. Genevieve says:

    This is the first year I’ve done any Christmas crafting since my daughter is old enough to do them with me. So far we made snow globes, cinnamon applesauce ornaments (we’ve hung them on our fireplace screen so the house smells amazing), salt dough ornaments and borax crystal ornaments. I also have shaving cream snowmen, a few more snow globes, popcorn garland and a Elf door planned as part of our Advent calender.

  22. We aren’t too crafty at our house and my kids are still quite young. What they love, however, is the paper chains my mom helps them make. So nostalgic for her–she starts sharing ‘Christmases Past’ stories and we all are enraptured by the magic as the chains open up!
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  23. I don’t know if we have a craft we do every year except snowflakes. But I think I will try those Danish woven basket hearts this year to hang on the tree.

  24. icing painting after we decorate sugar cookies! so much fun!

  25. We do a lot of crafting during the holidays… especially in the week before. So far, we have made flubber, gingerbread houses. play dough, window paint, and air dry clay ornaments. We make extras of each and give them to their friends as gifts.

  26. We make Gingerbread houses every year, and eat them on New Year’s Eve. The kids and cousins love it!
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