The holiday season has your schedule filled to the brim. From decorating, to visiting family, and all of your children’s holiday concerts, your day to day life is thrown into a winter wonderland of chaos. What better way to wind down with your family than to do some fun holiday projects!
The memories you make during each and every holiday season will stay with you for the rest of your life. These fun holiday crafts can not only let your kids express their creative sides, but make lasting holiday memories! Here are five DIY projects for you and your kids this holiday season!
Making ornaments to put on your holiday tree, or give as gifts to your family members, is a project your kids will love! Salt dough ornaments are simple, budget friendly, and make long lasting ornaments you can enjoy for years!
No need to break out the money budgeting tips for this project! There are only a few easy steps to making your own personal salt dough ornaments!
- Preheat your oven to 250 Fahrenheit (121.11 Celsius).
- Make your ornament mixture with a simple recipe. 1 cup flour, ½ cup of salt, and ½ cup of water.
- Mix dough until completely integrated.
- Use a rolling pin to roll out dough.
- Cut out shapes with cookie cutters, or let your children make their own designs. Just make sure they are even, so that they will cook evenly.
- Make a hole in the shape or design so that you can put string/ribbon through it after it is cooked.
- Place shapes on an ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake for one to two hours. Until solid and completely dry. Flip the ornaments over at least once during the baking process so that it cooks evenly.
- Once the ornaments are cooled, let your child decorate the ornaments however they would like! Paint them, glue some glitter, whatever you’d like!
These ornaments are incredibly easy, affordable, DIY creations for you and your family to enjoy for years to come!
Sugar cookies and baking as a family are a time honored tradition! Find a simple recipe online or in your favorite cook book, then let your kids measure, pour, and stir all of the ingredients. You’ll have to take over when it comes to handling the hot oven, but other than that it is all in their care!
Once you’ve baked the cookies, it’s time to decorate! Let your kids trim the edges with cookie cutters and put all the icing and sprinkles on them they want! Now you’ve got cookies to enjoy at home, or to give to friends who come over throughout the holiday season!
Upgrading Old Furniture
When it comes to the holiday season, it’s good to teach your children about giving. If they’ve grown out of their old child’s table set, or their old bed set, or a crib, there are a few DIY kids’ furniture projects for you and your family to enjoy!
Once you’ve completed your painting, sanding, and decorating process, you can donate it, reuse it for a younger child, or sell it to a family who needs it! Your child will love helping you with this project, and you’ll get to teach them the value of hard work and giving!
Arts and Crafts
The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without a homemade paper plate Santa, or a cotton ball snowman. No matter what craft you choose, your child will enjoy making the holiday season a little brighter with their art!
It’s a great way to get your children to make their own gifts also! If they create a popsicle stick tree, or a menorah made from straws, it is truly a holiday gift from the heart. These projects don’t have to break the bank, and you can even hang them up to enjoy all season long!
Making Your Own Gift Bags
You can give a gift, but sometimes the wrapping paper is just as important! It says a lot about how much effort you put into your holiday present. So why not make your own gift bags to hand out to family and friends!
Your children can color, paint, add glitter, or even glue on gems to make this year’s wrapping fun and personable! Your family will love getting their presents with a little more flair than usual!
Finding the right DIY project that your children will love this holiday season is as easy as counting to five! You may be able to do one or two before your busy schedule catches up, or you may be able to get all of these fun activities done before the new year! Spend time with your family, and make lasting memories by doing these five DIY projects with your kids!