I’ve done DIY Christmas gifts for years and years. Not only is a great way for me to stay under my Christmas budget, but I feel that these types of gifts are very meaningful. Today, I have Jessica Rowland on to share with us a few DIY Christmas ideas that kids can do.
Here’s what she has to say-
Christmas is a time for families and fun! If you have kids of your own, or you’re going to be spending time with nieces and nephews, you may be stuck for things to do with them that are either fun or cheap. Here are a few crafty ideas you can do in the lead up to Christmas and afterward. Merry Christmas everyone!
Salt Dough Ornaments
Making ornaments out of salt dough is a great little keepsake for older relatives. You may want to use them to make little imprints of young kids’ hands or feet to show them when they’re older. They are great Christmas gifts, and they hang great on the Christmas tree too.
2 cups of flour
1 cup of salt
1 cup of warm water
Here’s how you do it:
Mix the flour and salt.
Mix in the warm water.
Knead the dough until you reach a good consistency.
Roll out the dough until it is around a ¼ inch thick.
Use cookie cutters or the rim of a glass to cut shapes.
Put the shapes onto a baking sheet.
Pierce a small hole in each one (where you will insert the ribbon) and make sure it goes all the way through, as it could close up during baking.
Bake for 4 to 6 hours at 200 degrees or until they have hardened.
Paper Straw Snowflakes
My family love to sit around and make these. They are so pretty, and look amazing on the Christmas tree. They really help to bring a colorful quality to the (already sparkling) Christmas tree.
Items you need:
Paper straws (the more colorful, or the prettier the pattern, the better)
Circle paper punch, or you can cut circles with scissors
Wood buttons, or any types of buttons
Glue gun, glue dots or craft glue
Here’s how to do it:
With the white card, cut out two circles for each snowflake, around 1 ½ inches wide.
Cut the straws into two lengths around 2 ½ inches (you will need 8 or 10 for each snowflake), and cut a small straw circle ¼ of an inch in length for each individual snowflake.
Glue the small ¼ inch straw circle in the center of the 1 ½ inch card circle. Glue the straw pieces around the small straw center (like spokes on a bike).
Finish off the design by adding a white card circle on top of the snowflake. You can then add a button to the circle. If you would like to insert a string to hang it, use a needle and thread to string through a clear fishing line through one of the straws as a hook for hanging, or poke a hole, and you can add a wire hook or an ornament hook.