The holidays are just around the corner. As a parent, you want to take part in fun activities with your children. Because kids love holiday decorations, you can easily combine the two elements. Teach your kids how to become DIY decorators while your family crafts keepsakes that you’ll enjoy for years to come. Here are four holiday craft projects for you and your children.
DIY Holiday Wreath
When you interact with your children, you enjoy the opportunity to combine teaching with playing. You’re entertaining your kids, but you can educate them as well. A holiday wreath is perfect for the situation. You can show your children how to make something from scratch and describe the meaning of the wreath at the same time.
Wreaths have symbolic meaning that dates back to the ancient Greeks. They used wreaths as a symbol of fertility, and in funerals, wreaths represented eternal life. Tell your children about this fascinating history while you collect sticks from the backyard. Once you have enough, glue or tie them together to form a wreath.
Thanks to this project, you can pass along the joy of DIY to your kids. After all, nothing reminds kids of Christmas more than stockings full of candy. To craft a set of Christmas stockings that will last for years, simply look through your old fabric supplies. You should have some vintage sewing patterns. If you threw them out during a spring cleaning session, check with local seamstresses in your town. Then all you need to do use iron-on vinyl to turn the patterns into a sturdier format.
Who doesn’t love counting down the days until Christmas? An Advent calendar is a wonderful way for the family to embrace the most wonderful time of the year. The premise is simple. A calendar includes 24 doors, each of which your children pop open when the appropriate day arrives.
To build a DIY version, all you need is to choose the appearance of your doors. A good suggestion is a series of gift boxes. Then you can hide a little treat, such as candy, in each one. Every time a new day arrives, your child can open the door and receive a special holiday treat.
Wine Bottle Christmas Lights
Wine bottles often feature particularly attractive labels. Accordingly, an empty bottle bearing a handsome label can turn into a whimsical home for Christmas lights. Collect a series of bottles, preferably several with the same label. Then shop for gorgeous lights at a reliable online retailer such as Christmas Lights Etc, making sure to choose colors that match the empty bottles.
Your children will have a simple assignment. They’ll stuff the lights into the wine bottles. Remember to show them that the power connector has to stay at the top. Once you have electricity running into the empty bottles, you’ll have the DIY equivalent of several holiday lanterns. Display them in a way that places a smile on your children’s faces.
DIY holiday decorations will enrich your family’s enjoyment. All four of the projects above are easy to craft. They also have the potential to become a part of your annual holiday traditions.