The Christmas season can be a fun and festive time of year, but if we lose sight of what matters, it can quickly become overtaken by the consumer side of things. One way to bring the holidays back down to earth is by making holiday decorations yourself! It's a great way to make the season more joyful while involving the entire family. Christmas is great because, with so many decorations, there are so many opportunities to get crafty! Here are five ideas to keep you and the kids occupied this holiday season.
Wreaths are often quite expensive. A DIY wreath, on the other hand, is a fun, creative craft that will dress up your front door for the holidays! You can start with the branches of fir or evergreen trees, wire, or even something as simple as a cardboard disc. Glue mistletoe, bows, bells, colourful bulbs, and other touches of Christmas to your base. There are so many different patterns and design ideas to choose from, and you can stylize your wreath to go with your holiday home decor
Not only is homemade garland great for the tree, but what better way to welcome Santa into your home than with some of it on the mantle, too? You and your kids can have a ton of fun stringing homemade garland together. Whether you use paper, greenery, gingerbread cookies, or popcorn, the garland is a traditional decoration that looks much better when it's homemade.
DIY Advent Calendars
There is nothing kids love more than Christmas morning, and an advent calendar lets them count it down with a new treat every day from the beginning of December. You can make little boxes in the shape of Christmas lights that hang from garland, comes in ornaments on the tree, or with little treats in a small wintery village. You can make your calendar with paper, ribbon, or crocheting if you're good with the knitting needles. Homemade advent calendars are great for children with dietary restrictions who can't enjoy the more conventional calendars from the store!
A Rustic Christmas Centrepiece
Nothing brings the Christmas feast together like a handcrafted centrepiece (other than the giant turkey filled with stuffing, of course). It can be used to hold poinsettias, candles, candy canes, and whatever else you think will be fun and festive! You can use paper, glass jars, piping, or a bed of evergreen as your starter and let your creativity flourish. Tie it all together with your favourite red and white ribbon!
Homemade Christmas Tree Ornaments
There are generally two types of ornaments: the glass balls that look very nice, and the ones that mean something. Making meaningful ornaments together creates new Christmas memories, and it's always fun to see what your children can come up with. You don't need to spend too much, either: construction paper, paint, old toys, and your standard craft materials will do the trick. Loop a ribbon through a small hole in the ornament and hang it on the tree with your family!