Holiday Craft Ideas for the Whole Family

Use these holiday craft ideas for the family to invite the holiday spirit into the home or make them to give away to loved ones as gifts.

Candle Votives: Pick up some clear candle votives at the dollar store or save up some baby food jars, clean and free of labels. Also have on hand some glitter glue, flat-backed jewels, white glue, glitter and ribbon. Simply attach the glitter and jewels to the votive in any pattern and style you choose. Let it dry completely, then tie a ribbon around the votive. Set a tea light candle inside and watch it sparkle when lit.

Candy Houses: When you use graham crackers, frosting and a wide assortment of candies, anyone can make a candy house. Use frosting to put four crackers into a square, and attach a roof with two crackers. Pipe frosting onto the house and decorate with candies. Set the house on a paper plate and create a candy yard as well.

Pinecone Tree: Gather a pinecone, glitter, glue and sequins. Paint glue onto the pine cone, then sprinkle with green glitter. Add sequins ornaments. You can embellish even further by creating a star for the top and gluing it to a sturdy base.

Bell Hanger: Gather several dozen metal jingle bells, wire, ribbon and 1-inch metal rings. Cut the wire to the length you want, plus three inches. Wrap one end of the wire around a metal ring. Thread the jingle bells on the wire until there is 1 ½ inches left on top. Attach the end of the wire to the other metal ring. Tie a ribbon bow at the top and a ribbon loop for hanging from a doorknob.

Handy Reindeer: This craft is a fun tradition to keep track of how everyone is growing. Trace each family member's hands on brown paper, as well as one shoeprint. Cut them out carefully. Trace out brown reindeer ears as well. Glue the two handprints at the top of the shoeprint, to mimic reindeer antlers growing out of a reindeer head. Cut out two brown ears and glue in place. Use googly eyes, red pompom and other decorations to finish the reindeer face.

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