When you think about the Christmas season, one of the things that comes to mind is decorating. Holiday decorations bring a smile to almost everyone who sees them, and some of the best decorations are the ones you make with your family. In this post, we’re going to take a look at some of the cutest do-it-yourself projects to deck the halls for kids of all ages. These crafts make meaningful gifts for teachers, too.
Advent Calendars: Counting down in style
Waiting for Christmas Day can be difficult for adults and children, so why not make each day count with your own Advent Calendar? Country Living’s “33 DIY Advent Calendars to Help You Count Down to Christmas” offers instructions to do just that. With designs like “Acts of Random Kindness” and “Modern Advent Calendar,” you can find something that fits your family’s style. Best of all, most of the calendars are made from household items such as pegboard, small envelopes, mason jars, and even toilet paper rolls.
A homemade card is worth 1,000 words
Do you know the feeling you get when you pick out the most perfect card for someone you love? Finding one that connects to how you feel or matches the receiver’s personality isn’t always easy — especially if you wait too long and the card section is empty. A great way to give a card that really comes from the heart is to make one. “20 + DIY Christmas Cards with Step by Step Tutorials” presents child-friendly instruction and designs for cards made from common materials such as coffee sleeves, paint chips, stencils, and peanuts. (With the peanut card, make sure the person receiving it to does not have a nut allergy.)
Let it snow! DIY snow globes
At the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford, we love all the creative ideas we find on Pinterest, and when it comes to making snow globes, it’s no exception. Whether you like trees, baby photos, “Frozen” characters, superheros, or pretty much anything else, you’ll discover how to turn them into magical pieces on this “DIY Snow Globes” page. Everyone who sees your final creations will be impressed that your winter wonderland scenes didn’t come from a fancy store.
Let them make (and eat) Christmas treats!
One of our favorite parts of any holiday, or any day if we’re honest, is food. The culinary site Delish presents “37 Super-Cute Treats to Make This Christmas” that are simply … delicious. Here you’ll find easy-to-follow recipes for adorable sweets like “Milano Reindeer Cookies,” “Melted Snowman (on a stick),” “Grinch Kranky Treats,” “Oreo Coal,” and “Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups.” The most difficult part of making these treats will be having some left for Santa.
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Everyone in the Catholic school community in the Archdiocese of Hartford wishes you and your family a merry Christmas and wonderful Christmas break!