Cheap DIY Christmas Crafts Pt.1

Construction paper and tissue paper are dream materials for Christmas decorations for kids can make. Not only are they easy to work with, they also mean no mess. That’s why these Christmas crafts are some of my favorite simple Christmas crafts for kids. In three simple steps your little ones can create these cute kids Christmas crafts over a December weekend, or during Christmas break!

What You’ll Need:

-Colored Construction Paper

-Scissors

-Glue

And maybe some…

-Ribbon/Twine

Super simple right? These are all items we all may already have in your homes! Especially if you already to many crafts with the kids. If not, you can colored construction paper just about anywhere. From Walgreens, Target, WalMart, also the DollarTree!

Estimated Cost: Under $5

Time To Complete: Under an hour

Primary Technique: Paper Crafts

Difficulty Level: Kid Friendly

1. Paper Christmas Tree

By: Ruby And The Dodo

I also really like her Christmas Tree Sun Catcher 

By: Michelle, from Crafty Morning

By: Lisa SummerhaysStubbornly Crafty

4. Paper Cones

Source: The Art In Life

Check out their other 14 Take A Breath DIY Window Decorations that will amaze you!

Don’t you love Pinterest? Stay tuned for my second part of my Pinterest inspired Christmas crafts!

Happy Saturday!

Ghost Footprint

Let’s keep the Halloween crafting going on all week!!!! We’re only 4 DAYS away from Halloween, so enjoy the few day’s last minute decorating, DIYing costumes, preparing delicious snacks for our children’s classrooms and so on!!! Here’s a cute little keepsake I’d like to share with you all mommies, and teachers alike!!! This craft was actually done 5 years ago!!! BUT I finally got around to framing it! It’s simple, and can be done within 5 MINUTES!! (Without drying time of course!) Take a look at my Ghost Footprint Keepsake!! This is great memory keepsake, to remember the fun times as the children are young. Take out this frame every year with your Halloween decor, as you see how much they’ve grown over the years!! Let’s get started!!!

ghostpin

 

What You’ll Need:

– Black Construction Paper
– White Craft Paint (Washable, I used Tempra paint)
– Sponge Brush
– Black Marker/Sharpie

And of course your little one’s to participate!

As for the keepsake frame, I bought a 5×7″ Black Frame from the DollarTree. It came with a white matting, and I simply decorated it with some left over craft paper.
If you look close enough, its just the alphabet in cursive. But from a distance, it actually looked pretty cool and spooky. I also had some Martha Strewart Halloween Stickers that I had purchased last year, and used a coffin purple sticker to add more color.

The directions are pretty easy:

  1. Just paint your child’s food with the white craft paint, and print their foot on the black construction paper.
  2. Set to dry.
  3. Cut out the footprints fairly close to the footprint, leaving a bit of black as a boarder.
  4. Using your black marker/Sharpie, add in eyes and a mouth of the ghost at the heel of the foot.

 

At this time, the project is complete and ready to frame in any medium you’d like. Frame it, place it in a photo album, or just put it on the fridge! You can also send the other pair to Grandma & Grandpa, who live far away! Enjoy this craft, as when the years fly by, every Halloween you’ll have a piece of that little tea cup human, who grows taller, and matures, and grows out of trick-or-treating. (I’m seriously going to cry now. Just thinking about it.) INSERT UGLY CRYING FACE HERE.

They grow up so fast!!

Have a great Halloween everyone!!!

 

Turkey Thumbprint

Create this fun and festive Thanksgiving thumbprint turkey this Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving break is next week, and I’m already planning out my weeks worth of playdates, downtown exploring, museums visits, and also crafternoons!! Check out my PINspired (Pinterest Inspired) craft by The Charmed Mom’s: Finger Print Turkey Card!!

Paint

Supplies Needed:

  • Temepra Paint (Colors: Brown, Yellow, Red, Orange)

  • Googly Eyes

  • Orange Construction Paper

  • Scissors

    This low effort craft can keep the kids busy during the Thanksgiving holiday break! Create small turkeys with the cute little fingers of your infant, and keep the tradition going of creating thumbprint turkey keepsakes every year!

Directions:

  1. Take your thumb or child’s thumb and place into desired paint color. I did an ombre orange gradient. From light to dark.

  2. Create a rainbow motion while stamping your thumb.

  3. After 4-5 different shades, using brown paint stamp 1 thumbrpint in the middle, creating the turkey’s head.

  4. Glue 2 googly eyes to the middle of the brown thumbprint.

  5. Add the orange or yellow beak, and wattle turkey flap.

 FullPrint

Have fun with this craft, as this can also be a cute keepsake for the holiday season. You can continue to create these thumbprint turkeys as your child grows. Seeing their tiny thumbs get larger and larger over the years!

 

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