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Low-Cost Winter Holiday Crafts

By Allie Magnuson on December 12, 2013
  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

The season of giving doesn't stop after the Thanksgiving holiday. Several holidays take place in the winter. That is why, even though it is good to give to others at any time, for any reason (or no reason!), the spirit of giving is especially high during wintertime.

Following are five projects that can be adapted for a specific person or holiday if desired. I show how kids can use photographs of themselves, but they could just as easily cut out pictures from cards or magazines, or bring in photos of family members, pets, or friends.

Everyone could use some cheer at this time of the year!

Late Fall/Wintertime Holidays:

  • Christmas
  • Hanukkah (very early this year)
  • Kwanzaa
  • La Posada
  • Ramadan
  • Chinese New Year

Suggestions for Recipients:

  • Family member
  • Friend
  • Neighbor
  • Soldier
  • Hospital
  • Children's hospital
  • Nursing home
  • Homeless shelter
  • Animal shelter<>

Project: Ornament



  • Pull top off, fill ornament with tinsel (you can poke through with a pencil), and put top back on
  • Cut photo into a circle shape and attach to ornament with Mod Podge
  • Add design with glitter pen
  • Tie ribbon through top


Project: Pinecone Centerpiece 


  • Photo
  • Pinecone
  • Glue
  • Glitter Pen ($1 for a pack of 6, Dollar Tree)


  • Decorate pinecone with glitter pen
  • Cut out photo, add a dab of glue, and attach to pinecone


Project: Reindeer Greeting Card



  • Glue photo to the middle of a piece of construction paper
  • Trace student's handprints onto another piece of construction paper and cut
  • Glue handprints onto paper so that they look like antlers
  • Glue pom-pom onto paper so it looks like a nose


Project: Snowstudent Decor


  • Photo of student with gloves or mittens on and arms outstretched 
  • Glue
  • Ribbon ($2.50 for three designs, Michaels)
  • Construction Paper ($1, Dollar Tree)
  • Glitter Pen $1 for a pack of 6,Dollar Tree)


  • Cut three different-sized circles from construction paper and glue onto another sheet of paper, largest to smallest
  • Cut head from photo and glue onto the top circle
  • Cut arms from photo and glue to each side of the middle circle
  • Cut hat and boots from construction paper and glue onto the top and bottom circles
  • Add ribbon to make a scarf
  • Decorate with glitter pen


Project: Stocking



  • Cut stocking shape from felt
  • Punch holes around edge of stocking
  • Thread yarn through holes and tie knot at the end
  • Velcro picture to middle of stocking
  • Add initials with glitter pen 

Additional Resources<>

Read my post 12 Unforgettable Days of Christmas for more ideas, and please watch the cute Christmas Around the World video!<>

Extended Reading By Activity<>

For the ornament craft activity, read Night Tree by Eve Bunting
For the reindeer craft activity, read Imogene's Antlers by David Small
For the centerpiece craft activity, read Tacky in Trouble by Helen Lester
For the snowperson craft activity, read The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
For the stocking craft activity, read Clifford's Christmas by Norman Bridwell<>


Extended Reading By Holiday<>

ChristmasBear Stays Up for Christmas, by Karma Wilson

HanukkahThe Chanukkah Guest, by Eric A. Kimmel

Kwanzaa The Gifts of Kwanzaa, by Synthia Saint James

La Posada Nine Days to Christmas, by Marie Hall Ets

RamadanMy First Ramadan, by Karen Katz

Chinese New Year Sam and the Lucky Money, by Karen Chinn

Winter Holidays Overview Winter Lights: A Season in Poems & Quilts, by Anna Grossnicle Hines


Happy Holidays! ~Allie<>

Comments (1)

I just love these ideas. Having the student's picture on it makes it a keepsake.

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