How your children can get creative making Christmas decorations for the family

Don’t panic. Get crafty and set your little helpers to work. As well as keeping them occupied, it encourages them to be creative (and you get cheap decorations!).

Perfect pom-poms

Get the kids involved in making some colourful pom-poms to hang from your tree or fireplace. We used a Clover pom-pom maker, £7, from Hobbycraft, but you can achieve the same effect with a cardboard template.

YOU NEED:

  • Clover pom-pom maker in large size, which makes pom-poms in 65mm and 85mm diameters (£7, HobbyCraft)
  • Lots of different coloured long lengths of yarn
  • Scissors and cardboard Crafter’s
  • Companion iridescent spray and sparkle (£6.99, Amazon)

METHOD:

Cute cork reindeers

YOU NEED:

  • Wine corks
  • A nail or pencil to make holes
  • Twigs (some forked) gathered from a tree or bush
  • Assorted mini pom-poms
  • Sharp knife or wire cutters
  • 60 miniature assorted jingle bells
  • Small red bows
  • PVA glue

METHOD:

Christmas crackers

YOU NEED:

  • 12 cardboard tubes (one per cracker)
  • Wrapping paper
  • Pack of 12 cracker snaps
  • Cracker gifts (we used Quality Street chocs)
  • Red and natural twine
  • PVA glue, scissors and sticky tape

METHOD:

Wrapping paper

YOU NEED:

  • Potatoes
  • A pen
  • A knife
  • A piece of card
  • Kraft brown wrapping paper
  • Paint tray
  • Home craft acrylic paints
  • Red and natural-coloured twine

METHOD:

Snow globes

YOU NEED:

  • Empty snow globes or mason jars
  • PVA glue
  • Ornaments for inside the globe – we used bauble fillers (£3, Hobbycraft)
  • White glitter shaker
  • Assorted coloured masking tape
  • Water

METHOD:

 

Christmas card wreath

YOU NEED:

  • Old Christmas cards
  • Red ribbon
  • Twine to hang with
  • Polystyrene wreath
  • PVA glue or hot-melt glue sticks
  • Toothpicks
  • Scissors

METHOD

 

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