Plan a holiday craft night to get your family in the mood for the holidays. This is a great way to bring the family together for winter family fun without spending a lot of money. Most of the craft items listed here are items that you are likely to find laying around the house, so even the materials used shouldn’t cost you much.
Make a Christmas Collage. Nothing is to easy to do as a collage, making this activity one that family members of all ages will enjoy. All you need is some construction paper, scrap cardboard or some other thick type of paper; glue; scissors and magazines. Have family members cut out pictures that remind them of Christmas. They then glue them to the paper in any manner they wish. Add Christmas ribbon to the border for a nice outline, then hang the collage on the wall using the ribbon to hold it there.
Create a Christmas scene. This project involves creating a 3D Christmas scene. As the parent. you can decide on the end project or you can just let the children put things together as they wish. The material list will vary, but to give you an idea of what you may need, I’ll refer to the Christmas scene my son and I will be making. We will be using an old fish tank, short string of Christmas lights, cotton balls, fake trees from an old railroad toy set, sheet of fake snow, small model house, glue and some glitter. We’ll lay the fake snow down, then open holes to insert the trees. After creating small snowmen using cotton balls and glue, we will set them up in the “yard” in front of the small house. The lights will be on the screen on top of the tank to put some light inside.
Some tips for creating a Christmas scene would include using small mirrors to make ice skating rinks, using a cardboard box for the container, dressing up action figures or Barbies for the people and using white tissue paper to create the illusion of snow drifts.
Make “Thankful” place mats. These place mats can be made for literally any holiday. They are very simple to make and are the very thing that grandparents, aunts and uncles love to keep around. As an example, I’ll describe how to make a place mat for Thanksgiving. You will need a roll of clear contact paper, scissors, leaves and glitter.
Roll out the contact paper so that it is about the size of a place mat. Cut two pieces about the same size. Peel the backing off of one of the pieces. Place leaves on the sticky part of the contact paper in the manner which you think looks the best. Sprinkle some glitter over the leaves and contact paper. Take the backing off of the other piece of contact paper. Press the sticky sides of each sheet together, forming one place mat with leaves and glitter in between. Trim around the edges to your satisfaction. Repeat the process until you have an adequate amount of place mats. Repeat this process for various holidays using different items, such as heart glitter for Valentine’s Day, Family photos and glitter for Christmas and other items for specific holidays that you want them for.
Some other things you can do for holiday craft night is to make tree ornaments using cookie cutters, ribbon and home made play dough or make simple things like paper cut out snowflakes. Why not make a Christmas globe using a glass jar, glitter, small scenic items and glue? Create a scene inside that is glued to the cap. Fill with oil and a small amount of glitter. Close the cap and shake up to watch your snow globe in action!