This series features craft projects for Christmas-time fun. The
series starts out with gift boxes specially designed for Christmas, a
tutorial for making new cards by recycling old one, and a special milk
and cookie placemat for Santa. Come back in the weeks to come for more
holiday crafting fun!
Browse down this page for descriptions and illustrations of the projects, then select a project and have
some crafting fun!
Miniature Christmas Tree Ornament
Friday Fun - A simple cone of paper can be made into an ornament
in the form of a Christmas tree that everyone will
enjoy. With just a few standard supplies, you and your children can make
and decorate these
little paper Christmas trees. Make cones from other colors of
paper to create bell and Santa hat ornaments.
Cinnamon Clay Recipe - This recipe makes a sweet
smelling dough that can be made into ornaments or package
decorations. Just mix together applesauce, cinnamon, and a bit
of glue to create a clay that is perfect
for rolling out and cutting shapes with cookie cutters.
- Quilling, the art of rolling narrow strips of paper into coils or
scrolls, is a wonderful way to decorate boxes, tags, and cards. It
can also turn a simple craft item into an elegant gift. This project
includes Christmas quilling designs and examples of how to combine
quilling with handcrafted items.
Christmas Tree Shaped Box - Make a novelty box in the
shape of a pine tree for Christmas in either of two sizes. This is a
cute gift box for small gifts that adds some Christmas cheer
wherever it is displayed. The project includes instructions for
making your own patterns for novelty-shaped boxes.
Pumpkin Seed Poinsettias
Friday Fun - Poinsettias are the flower of the Christmas season. These
brooches or Christmas ornaments made of pumpkin seeds will bring out
the holiday cheer in all who see them. Make one for yourself or make
several to give as gifts. Grandma will especially cherish a cheerful
brooch made by the kids.
Recycled Greeting Cards - In this
tutorial, learn how to make new greeting cards by recycling old
cards. A variety of techniques are presented that make it easy to
create a card you will be proud to send. Making recycled cards is a
terrific group activity and is fun for crafters of all ages.
Cards for Christmas -
Make simple and fun
holiday cards in the shape of
a pine tree, Santa, or an angel. These cards are easy enough for younger children and
people with special needs to make.
While the cards are very simple to make, they are easily enhanced with
glitter, cotton balls, sequins, and other creative touches. Let your
Cutter Felt Ornaments
Friday Fun - Simple and durable
ornaments can be made with cookie cutters, felt and imagination. No
sewing is required! The cookie cutters are used as templates for
making the ornaments or use Aunt Annie's printable pattern with
Christmas Pop-Up Cards
- In this project, you will learn how to make a Christmas pop-up
card with a Christmas tree pop-up inside. The project includes
printable patterns for cards in two styles—one being fun and easy
for children and the other being stylish and elegant for adults.
Christmas Ornaments, Magnets and Figurines
Friday Fun - See how easy it is to
Modeling Dough to make Christmas-themed ornaments,
refrigerator magnets, and figurines. Use your fingers to fashion the
modeling dough in fun shapes for Christmas using the ideas in this
project, or come up with something new of your own invention!
Stenciled Bear Christmas Cards
- Make a batch of Christmas cards in a flash, featuring a stenciled
Christmas bear holding a 3-D banner. Select from two stencil templates,
on the included printable pattern, to cut a stencil that you use to create cards for sending to friends and relatives.
Milk and Cookie Placemats
Friday Fun - Kids of all ages will have fun making these placemats that are sized
for a snack of milk and cookies. Just cut out images from old greeting
cards, calendars or magazines that relate to the theme for the
placemat and cover with clear contact paper. That's it! Simple as eating
a chocolate chip cookie. Yum!
Candy Cane Reindeer
Friday Fun - Children will enjoy transforming a candy cane into a reindeer
using a few craft supplies and a bit of glue. This reindeer is a great
decoration for the tree or a fun party favor. It's a craft that
has long been a holiday favorite for kids and teachers alike.
Snowman and Angel Suncatcher Ornaments
- Make these special snowman- and angel-shaped Christmas ornaments
that have translucent centers. These suncatchers can be hung in a
window, given as a gift, made into a mobile, or used as tree
ornaments. Suncatchers are easy to make and are a great vehicle
Paper Angel Chains
- Create a chain of paper angels by cutting folded paper strips.
It's just like folding and cutting paper doll chains! The angels stand on their own and can
be used to add some sparkle anywhere you are doing some holiday decorating!
Christmas Card Set
- Make handmade Christmas cards to send to family and friends in a
flash! Just stamp up a sheet of cardstock and cut it into to six
pieces. Add some red and green paper and Christmas-themed rubber
stamps to make six totally unique Christmas cards!
Stained Glass Christmas Decoration
- Make stained glass-like medallions that can be used to decorate
windows or as ornaments on the Christmas tree. This is a great
family craft that the kids color and the adults assemble. Best
of all, these large and colorful circular hangings can be used year
after year to bring festive joy to your home!
Ribbon Edge Christmas Cards
- 'Tis the season for ribbons! Take your homemade Christmas cards up a
notch by adding a ribbon edge. In this tutorial you'll learn how to
create a decorative cut edge that is enhanced with a ribbon backing.
You'll also learn how to make a stamp from an eraser and use it make
plain and checkered backgrounds.
Paper Medallions - Make paper medallions to decorate
gift packages. The medallions are a nice alternative to bows and
ribbon, and when made from foil add extra elegance to your present.
There are three different medallion designs, each with two sizes. Use
each size alone or make them with contrasting colors and layer the
two sizes together.
Window Stencils -
Decorate your windows in festive and colorful holiday designs with
simple paper stencils. Make snowman, bell, angel, star, candle or
Christmas tree stencils to use with Aunt Annie's special paint mix. The
stencils are easy to make and use, and the paint will wash off the
windows with ease at the end of the holiday season.
Gift Tag Fun
Friday Fun - Recycle greeting
cards and paper scraps into fun and unique gift tags. The whole
family can join in on the cutting and pasting to make these special
additions to your holiday gifts. The tags can even be grouped into
packages for sale at a Christmas bazaar or for a fundraiser.
Little Gift Boxes - An easy to make cube-shaped
box with four choices of printable patterns—quick to make in full color, a black and white version for kids to color, or a plain
template to unleash your creativity. They are also be used are