Holiday Craft Ideas and Keepsakes for Kids
Christmas and Holiday Activities That Turn Into Treasures
Are you a parent, scout leader, or teacher? Here are a few fun holiday craft ideas that are not only fun for the kids, but are great keepsakes for the family for many years to come.
Before your holiday season gets too busy, start it off with some good ole’ family time! Bring the family together for meaningful holiday decorations, personalized wrapping paper designed by your little ones, and San Diego snow making fun!
If you’re local to San Diego, Helen Woodward’s Frosty Farm will give your whole family a reason to smile this holiday season! This unique event in San Diego combines festive activities with hands-on animal interactions and is the perfect place to create new memories.
Homemade “Thumbprint” Christmas Wrapping Paper
Find solid colored paper at any store that sells holiday decorations and get decorating! Try different designs such as Christmas Lights, Snowmen, or even Reindeer — all with thumbprints! Kids will love that they are actually allowed and encouraged to get their hands messy in the paint!
Homemade Christmas Wrapping Paper Materials:
- 1 Roll of Plain Wrapping Paper
- Various Colors of Paints
- 1 Black or Brown Sharpie
- 1 Child’s Thumb!
- Optional: “Googly” Eyes and Craft Glue
Homemade Christmas Wrapping Paper Instructions:
- Roll the wrapping paper out all the way (a smooth tile floor or hard-floored hallway will work fine)
- Set out your various colors of paints
- Choose which design you’d like to do first (we’ll do the reindeer idea in these instructions)
- Help your child dip their thumb lightly in the paint (not too much, not too little) and start placing “reindeer heads” spread out evenly across the wrapping paper
- Let the thumbprints fully dry before drawing antlers and noses with a Sharpie
- Optional: Glue the “googly” eyes with craft glue
Bottlecap Snowman Ornament
Gather up a few bottle caps, paint, and decorative ribbons to create this simple, yet cool Snowman ornament to hang on your tree for years to come. Kids will love choosing Frosty’s string scarf in their favorite color and dancing him around. Add a touch of that magic glitter to bring him to life!
Bottlecap Snowman Materials:
- 3 Bottle Caps
- White Paint
- 1 black Sharpie, 1 orange Sharpie
- Your child’s favorite color of string, yarn or ribbon (scraps work great!)
Bottlecap Snowman Instructions:
- Paint the inside of the bottle caps white and let dry fully.
- Cut a piece of string the vertical length of the three bottle caps, plus two inches for the loop, and glue down the back center of the caps to connect them. Remember to loop the string or ribbon up at the top so the ornament can hang on a tree limb!
- Add eyes, buttons, and an orange nose to bring your snowman life.
- Add a yarn or ribbon scrap around his neck for a scarf.
Make Your Own Fake Snow – San Diego Snow
Growing up in San Diego, we don’t see a whole lot of snow. With two boxes of corn starch and a can of shaving cream, you can create moldable snow in your kitchen! San Diego Snow will provide your child with hours of fun building snowmen, or maybe even starting a snowball fight!
Fake Snow Materials:
- 2 boxes of corn starch
- 1 can of shaving cream
- 1 bowl to mix
Fake Snow Instructions:
- Pour two full boxes of cornstarch into a large mixing bowl.
- Add the shaving cream as your child begins mixing with their hands.
- Once you have a snow-like consistency, begin molding! How creative can you be?