WOODEN SPOON ANGEL CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS

We love making a few new homemade ornaments every holiday season to add to our Christmas tree. I really love how a mix of homemade ornaments makes a tree look so much more homey and personal. These wooden spoon angel Christmas ornaments are simply elegant and will add such a pretty touch to your tree every year.

 

HOW TO MAKE WOODEN SPOON ANGEL CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS

Supplies:
– wooden craft spoons
– white craft foam sheet
– 5-inch round doily
– yarn (color of choice)
– gold glitter stick*
– fine point black marker
– ribbon
– hot glue gun
– scissors
– glue

(*We received ours from our friends at Craftprojectideas.com. All opinions expressed are my own. You can find them at your local Walmart in the craft aisle.)

Directions:
1. Fold your doily in half and glut it shut. Then cut it in half to make two angel wings.

2. Cut out a white angel gown from your white craft foam sheet and a few strands of yarn to use for hair. Also, cut off a section of your gold glitter stick to make a halo. Bend the end of the glitter stick section to form a circle and wrap the ends of it around the remaining section of stick to close it shut.

3. Heat up your hot glue gun. Use your fine point black marker to draw eyes, a nose and a mouth onto the back of your wooden spoon.

4. Hot glue your yarn around the top of the spoon for hair. Then glue on the white gown and the wings. Finally, use your hot glue gun to glue the halo behind the angel face.

5. Hot glue a ribbon onto the back of the angel so that you can hang it on your Christmas tree as an ornament.

I love how simple and elegant these wooden spoon angel Christmas ornaments turned out. They will make such a nice homemade addition to your Christmas tree this year.

HOW TO MAKE A UNICORN CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT

Do you have unicorn fans at your house? My daughter is obsessed with them so this year we are excited to add a DIY unicorn Christmas ornament to our Christmas tree. These colorful unicorn Christmas ornaments are super simple to make so even kids can tackle making them as a fun Christmas craft activity or for homemade gifts. The ornaments can also be easily customized with different colors of paint and yarn so every child can enjoy create their own custom magical unicorn Christmas ornament.

HOW TO MAKE A UNICORN CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT

 

SUPPLIES:

 

  • white acrylic paint
  • paintbrush
  • gold glitter sticker foam sheet
  • white foam sheet
  • rainbow yarn
  • black and pink permanent markers
  • Tacky Glue
  • scissors

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. To start making your unicorn Christmas ornament, paint your wooden bauble with white acrylic paint. Let the paint dry completely.

2. While the paint is drying cut out a unicorn horn from your gold glitter sticker foam sheet and two ears from your white foam sheet.

3. Cut out several sections from your multi-colored yarn and layer them together to make a rainbow.

4. Add Tacky Glue to the top of your painted bauble and glue the rainbow strands of yarn onto it. Trim down the yarn strands if needed.

5. Attach the horn onto your unicorn ornament and then glue the ears onto the back of your unicorn.

6. Finish your unicorn Christmas ornament by using a black and pink permanent marker to draw eyelids, lashes and nostrils onto your unicorn.

 

3D PAPER CHRISTMAS TREE CRAFT

We are in full blown Christmas mode hoping to inspire you with some wonderful new crafts to enjoy this coming holiday season. This lovely paper Christmas tree craft we are sharing today was inspired by these darling 3D Unicorn Decorations over on Red Ted Art. We created our 3D baubles from Christmasy paper and shiny foil cardstock and added them to a paper Christmas tree for a lovely Christmas decoration to display at home or school.

HOW TO MAKE A PAPER CHRISTMAS TREE CRAFT

 

Supplies:

    • 12″ x 12″ green cardstock
    • brown and yellow cardstock
    • Christmas scrapbook paper
    • foil cardstock
    • 2-inch circle punch
    • scissors
    • glue

 

Instructions:

1. Begin by cutting out a triangle from your 12″ x 12″ green cardstock. I found it easiest to draw a line from the center of the top of the paper down to each bottom corner of the paper to make a triangle shape. Then cut out the triangle.

2. Cut out several 2-inch paper circles from your Christmas scrapbook paper and foil cardstock. To make a Christmas bauble we used 5 circles from the foil cardstock or 6 circles from the Christmas scrapbook paper. We used six baubles in all for our paper Christmas tree craft.

3. Fold your paper circles in half with the bottom of the circle facing out. Add glue to one side of the folded circle and glue each of the sections on top of the other to create the 3D bauble. Leave the first and last section of the bauble unattached from each other so you can glue the bauble onto your Christmas tree. Continue folding and gluing the paper circles together until you have six baubles.

4. Cut out a tree star from your yellow cardstock and a tree trunk from your brown cardstock. Glue them onto your triangle paper Christmas tree. Then add glue to the bottom of your paper baubles and glue them onto your tree.

5. Cut out 1/2-inch paper strips from your Christmas scrapbook paper. Add glue to the back and glue them onto your paper Christmas tree craft to look like garland.

YOUR PAPER CHRISTMAS TREE CRAFT IS COMPLETE!

 

COOLEST NEWSPAPER SANTA CLAUS CRAFT EVER!

Newspaper has become my favorite crafting material this year so I am super excited to share this darling newspaper Santa Claus craft with you today. It makes a fantastic Christmas craft for kids of all ages to enjoy. Using newspaper gives this adorable Santa craft a fun mixed media look to it but you could also swap out the newspaper for paper for a more traditional craft.

HOW TO MAKE A NEWSPAPER SANTA CLAUS CRAFT

 

SUPPLIES:

 

  • newspaper
  • blue cardstock
  • watercolors (We love liquid watercolors!)
  • peach acrylic paint
  • sponge dabber painting brush
  • black marker
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • glue

NEWSPAPER SANTA CLAUS CRAFT INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Begin by painting a section of your newspaper with red watercolors. The newspaper will be saturated but let it sit to dry completely and as it dries it will crisp back up.

2. Now use your sponge dabber painting brush to paint a small section of your newspaper with peach acrylic paint. Set the painted newspaper aside to dry completely.

3. When your painted newspaper is finished drying, cut out the pieces you’ll need to make your adorable newspaper Santa Claus craft. If you purchase the pattern from our store this step is easy. If not, you will need to cut out these pieces: From your unpainted newspaper cut out a rectangle for the Santa head and beard. Make slits about half way up the rectangle for the Santa beard. You’ll also need two slim rectangles, one for the brim of the Santa hat and one for Santa’s mustache. Lastly, cut out a circle for the end of the Santa hat. From your red painted newspaper you’ll need to cut out a triangle Santa hat, a half circle body and an oval Santa nose. From your peach painted newspaper cut out a Santa face.

4. Use a pencil to wrap the ends of the paper beard strips around it and up to make curls at the end of the beard. Then glue the beard onto your blue cardstock paper.

5. Fold over the top of the red triangle and glue it down into place to make a Santa hat. Glue the hat at the top of the Santa head. Then glue the circle onto the end of the Santa hat and the rectangle hat brim at the bottom of the hat.

6. Glue peach Santa face onto the Santa head and the nose in the center. Then fold down two sections of your rectangle mustache and glue it at the bottom of the red nose. Use a pencil to curl the ends of the mustache.

7. Glue the red Santa body at the bottom of your blue cardstock underneath the curly Santa beard. Finish your adorable newspaper Santa Claus craft by using a black marker to draw eyes and eyebrows onto your Santa.

YOUR NEWSPAPER SANTA CLAUS CRAFT IS COMPLETE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

BLACK GLUE CHRISTMAS TREE ART PROJECT

Are you looking for a beautiful art project to make with your students or children for the Christmas holiday? If so, you will adore this black glue Christmas tree art project. Children will not only enjoy the process of creating it but the end result is guaranteed to be gorgeous! This beautiful Christmas tree art project will be a pure delight on display in the classroom or at home over the Christmas season. While you are here, make sure to check out more of our beautiful black glue art projects.

HOW TO MAKE A BLACK GLUE CHRISTMAS TREE ART PROJECT

 

SUPPLIES:

 

  • mixed media paper
  • Elmer’s school glue
  • black acrylic paint
  • stirring stick
  • watercolors (We love liquid watercolors!)
  • paintbrush
  • fine yellow glitter

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Start by mixing together your black glue. To do this, use a bottle of Elmer’s School Glue that is about 75% full. Open the lid and squeeze in a generous amount of black acrylic paint. Put the lid back onto the school glue and then shake, shake, shake the bottle of glue for several minutes to incorporate as much of the black paint as possible. Then remove the glue lid and give the mixture a stir using your skewer or stick. The end of a paintbrush works well for mixing too.

2. Print out the Christmas tree pattern on mixed media or watercolor paper. (If you don’t want to purchase the template, draw your own Christmas tree design on mixed media paper.) Before you begin tracing the Christmas tree with your black glue, test out the glue first on a napkin or separate piece of paper. Create some lines to experiment with the flow and spread of glue. Once you’re happy with the way the glue flows, use a steady hand to trace the lines of your Christmas tree with your black glue.

3. Leave the black glue to dry overnight. This step is important because if you paint your picture prior to the black glue drying your watercolors will mix with the black paint.

4. Once the black glue is completely dry, paint your Christmas tree art project with your watercolors.

5. To add some extra sparkle to your Christmas tree art project, add some glue in the middle of your tree star and sprinkle it with fine yellow glitter. This adds the perfect finished touch to your black glue art project.

YOUR BLACK GLUE CHRISTMAS TREE ART PROJECT IS FINISHED!

We love using liquid watercolors to paint our black glue art projects as the colors are so bright and vibrant. One of my favorite ways to paint with watercolors is to use a darker color to outline a section and then come back in with a lighter color to fill in the middle. I think it gives this Christmas tree art project some extra depth and fun texture.

BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMAS ANGEL CRAFT FOR KIDS

Christmas angel crafts are among our favorite every year during the holiday season. Whether you make them to go along with a Sunday school lesson about Christmas or as a lovely Christmas decoration, they are such a joy to have around the house. This beautiful Christmas angel craft for kids we are sharing today is gorgeous and couples as a puppet kids can play with after creating it. I especially love how children can customize the skin and hair of their darling Christmas angel craft!

HOW TO MAKE A CHRISTMAS ANGEL CRAFT

 

SUPPLIES:

 

  • gold paper straws
  • 5-inch paper doilies
  • gold shimmer sticks
  • white cardstock
  • colored cardstock (for face and hair)
  • black marker
  • hole punch
  • scissors
  • glue
  • hot glue gun (Adult supervision is required with the use of a glue gun.)

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Gather your supplies. Print out the Christmas angel craft template on white cardstock. Accordion fold the angel body template and then punch a hole in the middle of the folded template.

2. Unfold the angel craft body template and slide your gold paper straw through the holes in it. Leave about 3/4-inch at the top for room for your angel face.

3. Cut your 5-inch white paper doily in half. Add glue on the back of the angel body where you would like to place your wings and glue the paper doily wings onto the back of the angel.

4. Use your 2-inch circle punch to punch out an angel face from your colored cardstock. Now cut out a rectangle for your angel hair. Fold down a small section at the top of the rectangle hair to make bangs. Add glue to the underside of the bangs and glue the face onto the bangs.

5. Grab your black marker to add details to your angel face like eyes and a mouth.

6. Heat up your hot glue gun. Add a line of glue at the top of the gold paper straw to glue the face onto the paper straw. Then add glue to the back of the paper straw to glue the hair to the back of the straw.

7. Bend the end of your gold shimmer stick into a circle halo. Twist the end of the circle around the remaining section of shimmer stick to close the hole. Bend down the shimmer stick to form your angel halo and cut off any excess from your gold shimmer stick. Add glue to the back of the halo and glue it onto the back of your Christmas angel craft.

YOUR CHRISTMAS ANGEL CRAFT IS COMPLETE!

Isn’t it gorgeous?! The excess gold paper straw at the bottom of your Christmas angel craft makes it great to hold and use for a puppet. This would make a lovely Sunday school craft learning about the birth of Christ. Children might enjoy flying their pretty Christmas angel crafts around as they sing Hark the Harold Angels Sing or other Christmas songs.

 

PAPER STRAW SNOWFLAKE CRAFT

We love crafting with straws, especially paper straws. The different colors and patterns are simply irresistible. Another reason we love them so much is because they make such great scissor cutting practice for my preschooler! This week our Creative Preschoolers theme is scissor cutting practice so we made Paper Straw Snowflakes. If you have Frozen fanatics at your house, they are sure to love making these!

HOW TO MAKE PAPER STRAW SNOWFLAKES

 

SUPPLIES TO MAKE PAPER STRAW SNOWFLAKES:

  • aqua colored paper straws (2 per snowflake)
  • blue cardstock paper (this is the exact paper pack we use)
  • snowflake felt stickers
  • scissors
  • tacky glue
  • 2-inch circle punch

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Start by cutting two paper straws in half and then each of those pieces in half again to end up with 8 pieces. It doesn’t have to be perfect, especially since this is designed for a preschool cutting activity, but just tell them to try their best. This is also great hand eye coordination practice for kids eyeballing the middle of each piece.

2. (Optional) After my daughter was finished cutting her straws I lined them all up together and took out the tallest straw and cut a tiny piece off of the end of it about the width of a straw. You’ll see how this little piece is helpful in the next couple steps.

3. Use your 2-inch circle cutter to cut out two circles from your blue cardstock paper. Add tacky glue all over one of your circles. Place that little piece that you cut out in Step 2 right in the middle of the circle. This is going to help your preschooler correctly place all the straws around the circle.

4. Place a straw piece on each side of the little circle, and then one on top of the little circle and one on bottom of the little circle making a “t” shape. Finish my adding the remaining straws in between each straw section.

5. Place your felt snowflake sticker on top of your other 2-inch circle. Add tacky glue all over the back of the circle and place it on top of your straw snowflake right in the middle. Let your snowflake dry completely.

You can leave your paper straw snowflakes as is, or hot glue a ribbon to the back of them to turn them into an ornament. (Adult supervision with glue gun required.)

You can also tie string around your paper straw snowflakes and hang them from your wall or a window to make beautifully falling snowflakes.

These paper straw snowflakes are so simple to make and were so addicting. We made 6 of them in no time at all. The added scissor cutting practice makes this such a perfect preschool craft!

 

 

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS STICK PUPPETS CRAFT

It’s time for some Christmas puppet fun! These cute Christmas stick puppets are simple to make with our free template and kids are sure to have a blast putting on a puppet show with them after making them, or using them as props while singing along to their favorite Christmas carols. We have Santa, Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, an elf and a snowman. Which character is your favorite?

HOW TO MAKE CHRISTMAS STICK PUPPETS

 

SUPPLIES:

 

  • *wooden craft sticks
  • red cardstock, green cardstock, brown cardstock, white cardstock
  • red and white poms
  • googly eyes
  • white cupcake liner
  • peach paint (or peach crayon)
  • paintbrush (if using the peach paint)
  • cotton ball
  • buttons
  • ribbon
  • brown chenille stem
  • black marker
  • Glue Dots
  • scissors
  • glue

 

CHRISTMAS STICK PUPPETS INSTRUCTIONS:

We’ve divided each craft separately below so you can easily follow along with the instructions on how to make each individual craft stick puppet. Make just your favorite Christmas character or make them all.

SANTA STICK PUPPET CRAFT

1. Begin by cutting one-third off the top of a white cupcake liner.

2. Paint the inside circle of the cupcake liner with peach or tan colored paint. Set it aside to dry completely.

3. While your paint is drying, use the template to cut out your red triangle Santa body and the white Santa mustache.

4. Glue the painted cupcake liner onto your red triangle, leaving enough room at the top for the triangle hat at the top.

5. Add a line of glue at the top of the cupcake liner. Then add a thin layer of cotton ball on the glue.

6. Glue your googly eyes, mustache and small red pom-pom nose on your Santa face. Then glue a white sparkly pom at the top of the triangle hat. We used Glue Dots for the pieces so we didn’t have to wait for drying time. They also work well to glue down the pom-poms.

7. Finish your Santa Stick Puppet by gluing a wooden craft stick at the back of the Santa.

ELF STICK PUPPET CRAFT

1. Use the stick puppet template to cut out the elf triangle body on green cardstock and the elf face and ears on tan cardstock.

2. Glue the ears on the sides of the elf face. Then glue the face onto the green triangle.

3. Cut out some hair for your elf (color of your choice) and glue it at the top of the elf face. Then add a line of glue and thin strip of cotton ball at the top of the elf hair.

4. Glue googly eyes and a small red pom on your elf face. Then glue a sparkly white pom at the top of the elf hat.

5. Use a black marker to draw a smile on your elf stick puppet.

6. Finish your elf stick puppet by gluing a wooden craft stick on the back of the elf.

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER STICK PUPPET CRAFT

1. Use the craft template to cut out a reindeer head triangle on brown cardstock. Turn the triangle so the tip is at the bottom. Cut out ears from more of your brown cardstock paper and glue them onto your reindeer.

2. Glue googly eyes on your reindeer. Then glue a red pom at the bottom tip of the triangle.

3. Now create the reindeer antlers. To do this, fold and cut a brown chenille stem in half. You’ll use one-half of a chenille stem for each of the antlers.

4. Fold and cut your chenille stem in half again. Then cut one more of the sections in half. Fold each of the smaller sections around the larger section to make antlers. Do this with the other half of chenille stem as well.

5. Add a Glue Dot on the antlers and glue them on the back of the the reindeer.

6. Finish your Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer stick puppet by gluing a wooden craft stick at the back of the reindeer. We glued it on a bit of an angle.

SNOWMAN STICK PUPPET CRAFT

1. Use the craft template to cut out the snowman head and body section on white cardstock. Glue the head onto the body of the snowman.

2. Cut out a carrot nose from orange cardstock. Glue googly eyes and the carrot nose on the snowman.

3. Use a hole punch to punch out several black circles. Add dots of glue under the snowman nose for a smile and add the black circles on the dots of glue.

4. Glue a few buttons on the snowman body.

5. Tie a ribbon around the snowman where the face and body meet. Secure it with a knot to create a scarf. Then trim off any excess pieces of ribbon.

6. Cut out brown pieces for snowman arms and glue them onto your snowman.

7. Finish your snowman stick puppet by gluing a wooden craft stick on the back of the snowman.

YOUR CHRISTMAS STICK PUPPETS ARE COMPLETE!

Now it’s time for play. Simply hold the end of the craft sticks and use them as puppets. You can make a DIY stage out of cardboard to put on a puppet show. Or hold them as props while singing some of your favorite Christmas songs.

ADORABLE KIDS SANTA CRAFT FOR CHRISTMAS

A local church group recently asked me to take part in their women’s craft night. They asked if I would help get materials together for women to make craft kits for their children so they would have extra activities on hand for the upcoming Christmas break from school. I was excited about the challenge and turned to Pinterest for some inspiration. One of the crafts I used in the kits was an adorable kids Santa craft found at Artsonia.

 

(Update: This craft came through my Pinterest feed again and I discovered that it actually originated from The Art Teacher’s Closet.) There isn’t a How-to on the site since they just profile art projects so I thought I’d share my patterns with you and some instructions so you can make this adorable craft with the little ones in your life.

HOW TO MAKE A KIDS SANTA CRAFT

 

SUPPLIES:

 

  • green cardstock
  • red cardstock (or construction paper)
  • white cardstock
  • cream cardstock
  • 6-inch round doily
  • cotton ball
  • black paint
  • white paint
  • scissors
  • glue

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Use the Kids Santa Craft Pattern to cut out a red triangle shape from red cardstock or construction paper. Glue it onto your green background paper.

2. Glue your white 6-inch round doily onto your red triangle.

3. Use Kids Santa Craft pattern to cut out the large circle on cream cardstock paper for the Santa face, cut out a white mustache, and use the circle patterns to cut out 2 white circles and 1 red circle for the eyes and nose.

4. Glue the Santa face in the middle of the doily. Then glue the two smaller white circles as eyes on your Santa face. Next glue the white mustache where lips would go and the red smaller circle right on top of the mustache as a nose.

5. Glue a cotton ball at the top of the red triangle Santa hat.

6. Pour a small amount of black paint onto a small paper plate. Dip the tip of your finger lightly in the black paint and press your fingertip inside the white circles to make pupils. Next dip the tip of your finger lightly in the black paint and press your fingertip under the mustache to make a mouth. Lastly, press your fingertips down the bottom of the triangle to make buttons.

7. Pour a small amount of black paint onto a small paper plate. Dip the tip of your finger lightly in the white paint and draw eyebrows on your Santa. Next dip the tip of your finger lightly in the white paint and press your fingertip all over your green background to create snow falling. Let the paint dry completely.

RUDOLPH PAPER CRAFT FOR KIDS

We can’t seem to get enough of Rudolph the red-nosed Reindeer lately. He is such a fun and jolly character! While perusing Pinterest last week I came across a beautiful piece of artworkfrom Paula Weber which depicts Rudolph standing out in the snow. I think it is such darling artwork. It was my inspiration for creating this kid-friendly Rudolph paper craft for kids.

 

HOW TO MAKE A RUDOLPH PAPER CRAFT FOR KIDS

 

SUPPLIES:

  • blue sheet of 12 inch x 12 inch cardstock paper
  • brown sheet of cardstock paper
  • tan or cream colored sheet of cardstock paper
  • red, pink, white and black piece of cardstock
  • Rudolph pattern (page 1 and page 2)
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • black marker
  • white paint
  • small paper plate
  • pencil with a good eraser

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Print off the Rudolph pattern (page 1 and page 2), cut out the pieces, and use them to trace the pieces on all of your cardstock paper. Have your child cut out all the pattern pieces.

2. Use your glue stick to glue all the pieces down on your 12 inch by 12 inch blue cardstock paper.

3. Draw a mouth on your Rudolph with a black marker.

4. Pour a small amount of white paint on small paper plate. Dip the eraser of your pencil into the paint and then stamp it onto your paper to make snowflakes. Continue doing this to add as many snowflakes as you would like. Let the paint dry completely.

YOUR RUDOLPH PAPER CRAFT FOR KIDS IS COMPLETE!