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December 12, 2013

Low-Cost Winter Holiday Crafts

By Allie Magnuson
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 this time of the year!

    Late Fall/Wintertime Holidays

    • Christmas
    • Hanukkah
    • Kwanzaa
    • Las Posadas
    • Lunar New Year

    Suggestions for Recipients

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

    Project: Ornament

    Supplies:
    Directions:
    • 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

    Supplies:
    • Photo
    • Pinecone
    • Glue
    • Glitter Pen ($1 for a pack of 6, Dollar Tree)
    Directions:
    • Decorate pinecone with glitter pen
    • Cut out photo, add a dab of glue, and attach to pinecone

    Project: Reindeer Greeting Card

    Supplies:
    Directions:
    • 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

    Supplies:
    • 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)
    Directions:
    • 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

    Supplies:
    Directions:
    • 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 Holiday

    Christmas — Bear Stays Up for Christmas, by Karma Wilson

    Hanukkah — The 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

    Chinese Lunar 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

    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 this time of the year!

    Late Fall/Wintertime Holidays

    • Christmas
    • Hanukkah
    • Kwanzaa
    • Las Posadas
    • Lunar New Year

    Suggestions for Recipients

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

    Project: Ornament

    Supplies:
    Directions:
    • 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

    Supplies:
    • Photo
    • Pinecone
    • Glue
    • Glitter Pen ($1 for a pack of 6, Dollar Tree)
    Directions:
    • Decorate pinecone with glitter pen
    • Cut out photo, add a dab of glue, and attach to pinecone

    Project: Reindeer Greeting Card

    Supplies:
    Directions:
    • 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

    Supplies:
    • 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)
    Directions:
    • 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

    Supplies:
    Directions:
    • 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 Holiday

    Christmas — Bear Stays Up for Christmas, by Karma Wilson

    Hanukkah — The 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

    Chinese Lunar 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

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