Creating Family Traditions
Christmas Crafts back when we first moved into our house about six years ago we had our traditional family Christmas lunch at our house and even though at the time I had a 8 month old daughter and was working full time I decided it was a great idea to make our own Christmas bon bons just to prove to myself that I could be Susie House maker. Only thing is our family Christmas lunch at the time was for about 25. Needless to say it was VERY stressful but they did turn out ok. In case you are crazy enough to try this here is a nice step by step on how to make them.
So last year I decided that it would be a good idea to start a family tradition of making Christmas Crafts with the kids. At the time my daughter, Miss S, was 5 and my son, Mr J, was 11 months. So like any mum with a young baby I waited until Mr J was sleeping before Miss S and I embarked on the craft making sessions.
There were trials and tribulations but in the end I was so proud of our Christmas Craft. Miss S loves getting crafty plus it was a good mother-daughter bonding session. We incorporated the results as some gifts for grandparents as well as decorations for the Christmas tree.
We made the triangle Santas, Reindeer and Christmas trees using cardboard and paint.
The other thing I decided to try last year was handmade gifts but given my handmade talents I decided to go with stuff in a jar. I looked through all of the ones to purchase where you can make like lip gloss and body scrub and put in smaller containers and then put in a mason jar but I thought they were all a little complicated. I made the decision to make them myself but from small products I could purchase relatively inexpensively. The gunny sack had lots and this was my inspiration so here is what I did:
- Found a mason jar with a clip lid.
- Went to Kmart with the jar and looked at all the pamper type things they had. I decided on two themes (one for hair and one for feet).
- For the hair ones I chose a hair mask to nourish the hair, a headband, some bobby pins, one of those small towels that you can dry your hair with.
- For the foot ones I chose a foot soak, some nail clippers, a pumice stone, nail polish and moisturiser.
- In the shop I made sure all of the ingredients fitted into the jar.
- Bought some ribbon and a little card and tied it around the neck of the jar and voila my own pamper in a jar gift.
Fast forward to this year and I’ve been hunting around for some more ideas of easy things we can make. Now I stress the ‘easy things’ as I’m not really arty nor crafty I just endeavour to make things with my daughter because she loves it and seeing the joy on her face is worth the mess, drama and stress for me.
This year we are endeavouring to make the Tealight Snowmen for Miss S
and Hand and Foot Print Santa Sleighs for Mr J.
Other Christmas Craft Ideas
Whilst I was hunting around I came across some other great ideas to do with kids. Click on each picture to go to website with the instructions.
I also found this really neat webpage called Easy Peasy and Fun which is totally dedicated to Crafts for Kids, Coloring pages, How to Draw Tutorials but I personally loved these two:
Once we have had a chance to complete some of our art for this year I’ll upload some more photos. Share with us the Christmas craft you are doing with your kids this year or do one of the ones we have suggested and show us the photos. If you have any suggestions please leave a comment below.