Enjoy the following crafts with your families this Christmas - many make lovely gifts!
MAKE A HOLIDAY STAMP:
Use this template for your students to design a holiday stamp, either reflecting their own favorite holiday traditions, or inventing a new holiday.
CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS FROM SCRAP:
Christmas can be done inexpensively, as reflected in these wonderful craft suggestions. Scroll down for garlands and jewelry, ornaments and origami boxes - all from recycled materials.
ANGEL PHOTO ORNAMENTS:
Parents will love receiving these ornaments as a Christmas present from your students, and will quite likely treasure them through the years. Paper doilies are arranged around a digital image and attached to a craft stick; find complete directions here.
CANDY CANE SLEIGHS:
Yummy! This Santa sleigh is fashioned with two candy canes, and filled with Christmas candy too!
You can make anything you want with this clay - add some red coloring for a special treat, or mix in red and yellow for your students to mold their own Gingerbread Men. While this clay smells yummy, remind students that it contains white glue and they cannot taste it. If you are particularly concerned, replace white glue with a paste of flour and water instead.
BUBBLE WRAP BOTTLE CAP ORNAMENTS:
What a clever idea! Add glitter to dimensional bottle caps (plastic caps work best), then cut out bubbles from bubble wrap to give even more dimension to these unique ornaments.
DRAW A CHRISTMAS TREE USING A GRID:
Students are given half of a Christmas tree drawing on one side of a grid; proceeding square by square, they will fill in the matching half on the other side.
HANDPRINT SANTA CARDS:
These cards are adorable! Hands are dipped into white paint for Santa's beard and mustache - amazing how well it works! Then add a red hat and white button trim.
PEPPERMINT CHRISTMAS TREE:
Get the green and white striped mints for this project, where students will build up a candy Christmas tree, complete with little ornaments.
Easy and elegant, and very appealing! Hang these cut paper pines on your Christmas tree, decorated with "lights" and buttons.
CANDY CANE REINDEER:
This little reindeer hangs right on the Christmas tree - as long as your students don't eat the candy canes first!
SNOWFLAKE PHOTO ORNAMENTS:
Give this page some time to download. You'll be creating some beautiful snowflake photo ornaments - a great gift for your students to take home for lasting family treasures this holiday season.
HOLIDAY CRAYON CRACKLE CARDS:
These crackle cards are quite unique, and will make treasured Christmas or holiday cards for friends and family. Any design can be incorporated into the technique.
Use these mosaic candle designs for many winter holidays - whether making a set for a menorah, for a kinara, for New Year's, or for Christmas.
DRAW A NUTCRACKER:
Step-by-step instructions take elementary students through the process of drawing a Nutcracker Prince. Fill them in with colorful, metallic markers.
REINDEER PUZZLE PINS:
Turn leftover puzzle pieces into reindeer pins - or magnets; simply attach a magnet strip to the back after following the construction directions here.
CHRISTMAS EVE BELLS:
Paper, plastic, or styrofoam cups are covered with aluminum foil and adorned with bells in this wonderful holiday craft. Make some music!
THREE TENORS SNOWMEN:
Shine the light on those three tenors! These adorable singing snowmen are created from recycled socks, fiberfill, beads, and pompoms.
3-D ORIGAMI SNOWFLAKES:
You could use recycled wrapping paper for this project; the gold, silver, or red foils turn out beautifully.
MAKE A 3-D PAPER POINSETTIA:
Older students can take on the challenge of making some beautiful poinsettias for a holiday treat. Find directions here, along with printable templates to use at the 2nd and 3rd links above.
Your class will want to create a host of different colors in these elegant ornaments, created from paper tubes and pipe cleaners, but with oh-so-elegant lines.
Along with five different snowflake pattern templates to download and print out here, also find step-by-step directions.
"I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year."
- Charles Dickens