Inexpensive Crafts for the Holiday Season

The holiday season is the best time of the year for parents to spend that quality time with their children. Since schools are out on Christmas break, the parents are left searching for entertaining and fun things to do with their children. These crafts are sure to create great decorations for your home while also making great family memories.

Christmas Countdown Chain: If you're a parent, you can not make it through the holidays without hearing the question "Is it Christmas yet?" Especially if you have younger children who have yet to learn about time! This is a great way to show them how far away Christmas really is.

Take regular pieces of colored construction paper (holiday colors) and slice them length wise. Make as many as you need to countdown to Christmas morning. It is easiest to start on the 1st of December so you will use 25 chains. Take one end and bend it to meet the other end (you should have a ring shape that you can place your hand through) and have your child tape the ends together. Wrap the paper through the inside of the 1st ring. It should make a chain link style. Continue on until you finish all 25 rings. The chain should be fairly long.

You can also make a Christmas tree out of paper and connect the rings to it and hang it on the wall by that rather than just the rings.

Each night before bed, have your child remove one ring. They will be removing a ring each night and by Christmas eve they should have 1 ring left. On Christmas morning remove the last ring.

Cinnamon Ornaments: These are great to hang around the house and they are great to use as air fresheners. The great part is, they last far past the holiday season!

Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Take 3/4 cup applesauce and 1cup +1 tablespoon of cinnamon. Mix them together until you have a smooth dough. Let your child mix it with their hands to get all of the cinnamon into the mix. Once mixed, place the dough onto wax paper and roll it smooth until it is about a 1/4in in thickness. Use cookie cutters and let your child cut out designs. Be sure to take a straw and poke a hole through the dough to create a hole to put the ribbon on. Place them on an ungreased cookie sheet and let them back for 2 1/2 hours. Once they are done let them cool completely on a wire rack. It is important to not cook them on the wax paper. The paper will melt and stick to the ornaments.

Once they are cooled, let your child paint them. You can use glitter paint and glue to add sparkle. You can even cut family pictures and glue them to the ornament. Grab any colored ribbon and thread it through the hole so you can hang them up on the tree or anywhere in the home.

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Christmas crafts are a wonderful way to spend time with your children, invite the spirit of the season into your home and provide plenty of ideas for homemade gifts. There are a wide variety of craft projects available for children of all ages, so choose age-appropriate projects to bring smiles instead of frustration. Christmas crafts for kids allow them to get involved in the festivities.

What could be more festive than Christmas craft ornaments made by you and your family? These ornaments are simple enough for the whole family to enjoy making, from the little ones all the way up to Grandma!

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