Use these 4 super-fun, super-cute Christmas crafts with kids, and you’ll help them keep their eye on the true meaning of Christmas and Jesus’ birth!
This is a terrific craft that doesn’t involve glue. These little angels can be used as package decorations, tree ornaments, or gifts.
To make each angel, you’ll need:
- ¼ length of one gold metallic chenille wire
- ½ length of one white chenille wire
- 2 bumps from one chenille kraft bump stem (any color)
- 1 large craft bead (Supplies are available at craft stores or www.dickblick.com.)
- Fold the gold and white chenille wires in half, then interlock the two.
- Push the white chenille wire through the bead until the interlocked area is hidden.
- Push the ends of the white chenille wire back into the bead to form wings.
- Form a halo with the gold chenille wire.
- Fold the bump stem in half. Push the folded end into the bottom of the bead.
- Form the angel’s body by folding the ends of the bump stem together.
Garden Valley, Idaho
Making Parable Ornaments during December is a great way to remind everyone of the real message of Christmas. Our children make a different ornament each week that reflects a parable from the Bible. We then decorate a Christmas Parable Tree in the our church entrance.
- Week 1-Pour salt into clear ball ornaments to represent Matthew 5:13: “You are the salt of the earth.”
- Week 2-Pour mustard seeds into clear ball ornaments for Matthew 17:20: “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move.”
- Week 3-Tie Goldfish crackers in netting to represent Matthew 13:47: “Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish.”
- Week 4-Pour sunflower seeds into clear ball ornaments for Matthew 13:37: “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man.”
You can print the verses and tie them to the ornaments. Top the tree with a thorn crown. For your congregation, print a bulletin-size description of the Parable Tree, giving credit to those who made the ornaments. When complete, the Parable Tree is a powerful reminder of Jesus’ life.
This easy-to-make craft can be used as an ornament or gift. You’ll need cardboard, scissors, yellow felt, glitter glue, and candy canes. Photocopy the star pattern and enlarge it to the size you want. Then trace the star pattern onto cardboard. Tell children to:
- Trace the cardboard patterns onto yellow felt and cut out the stars.
- Fold the long piece along the dotted lines, and cut along the dotted lines.
- Weave the shorter piece through the slits in the long piece.
- Use glitter glue to decorate your star. Then lay your star flat to dry.
- Once your star is dry, stick a candy cane through its back.
Tega Cay, South Carolina
Hands-On Christmas Cards
Kids love to make these hands-on dove cards for Christmas. You’ll need thick white tempera paint, sturdy paper plates, gold or silver glitter glue, pencil crayons or gel pens, black construction paper or card stock (folded in half), glue, and wiggly craft eyes.
Pour the paint into a paper plate. Have children each lay their palm in the paint. Make sure the child’s entire palm is well-coated to ensure a good print.
Spread fingers slightly and keep the thumb sticking out for a clear dove print. Place the child’s handprint on the cover of the folded card. Allow the card to dry completely before decorating.
Once the print is ready, have children add pencil crayon or gel pen writing, the wiggly eye, and glitter. Use yellow for the beak and feet, and green for a sprig of olive or mistletoe with white berries. Have kids write a Christmas message in white crayon or gel pen on the inside of the card.
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