4 DIY Christmas Crafts

Photo by Jennifer Pallian.

Christmas is almost here! If you’re still looking to add some holiday decor to your home consider making homemade ornaments instead of buying more decorations. Use ingredients in your kitchen to create easy homemade Christmas ornaments that your kids will love.

Not only will you save money on things that would inevitably become clutter, you’ll create a fun new Christmas tradition your kids will remember and cherish.

Best of all, once the ornaments have served their purpose, simply throw them out or place the memorabilia in storage. Here are 4 different ideas and recipes you can try at home:

Salt Dough Handprint Ornament

This simple craft only requires four ingredients and is sure to bring back warm memories every year you display them on your Christmas tree.

What you’ll need:

  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1.5 cups warm water
  • Clear glaze finish or mod podge
  • Ribbon

Preheat your oven to 250℉. Next combine all of your ingredients and knead for 10 minutes. If your dough is too dry simply add more water and continue to knead. Next, roll out the dough to a thickness that you’d like your ornaments to be, and using a large cookie cutter, cut out different shapes.

Have your child place their hand into the dough. After their hand imprint has been made use a straw to make a hole in the top of the ornament.

Bake for 1-2 hours until your ornament has hardened. Once cool, you can decorate by painting with acrylic or kids paint.

Lastly spray with a clear glaze or finish with mod podge.

Cinnamon Ornaments

Cinnamon is one of those aromas that just makes you think of the holidays. Whether it’s cider simmering on the stove or the smell of your cinnamon ornaments baking, you’ll love creating these sweet-smelling Christmas ornaments in your home.

What you’ll need:

  • ¾ cup applesauce
  • ¾ cup cinnamon
  • Ribbon

Preheat oven to 200℉. Mix applesauce and cinnamon in small bowl until a smooth ball of dough forms. Using about ¼  of the dough at a time, roll the dough to 1/3-inch thickness between two sheets of plastic wrap. Peel off the top sheet of plastic wrap and cut the dough using a cookie cutter. Use a straw to make a hole at the top of the ornament and then place ornaments on a baking sheet.

Bake 2 ½ hours. Once ornaments are cool insert ribbon through the holes and tie to hang. (P.s. you can also use these ornaments as gift tags or package toppers. Simply use alphabet cookie cutters for this purpose).

Pasta Snowflake Ornaments

Kids will love letting their creativity go wild with this craft and will enjoy arranging pastas to make their very own unique snowflakes.

What you’ll need:

  • Pasta in different shapes/sizes
  • Glue
  • Paint
  • Glitter
  • Brushes
  • Ribbon

Allow your kids to design their snowflakes and make sure all the pieces fit together. Once they’re finished with their design, glue the pieces together using a hot glue gun.  

After the glue has dried, paint and add glitter to the snowflakes. Once that’s dried, string with ribbon and admire your snowflakes hanging on your tree, windowsill, or staircase.

Bowtie Pasta Garland

Create this easy decoration to hang on your Christmas tree, place in a doorway or even display on your sofa table.

What you’ll need:

  • Bowtie pasta
  • Glue or spray adhesive
  • Glitter
  • String

Layout the bowties to make sure every surface is fully exposed and the bowties are not overlapping. Next, spray the adhesive onto the pasta or apply a thick layer of glue onto each piece then cover in glitter and let dry. Repeat this step to get the opposite side after the first side has dried.

Once the glitter has dried completely on both sides tie the pasta to a long string, spacing out the pasta however far apart you’d like. Repeat this step with as many pieces you’d like, making sure to secure each one with a knot.

Family keepsakes are priceless and often get passed down from one generation to the next. At Stashable, we pride ourselves on keeping these memories alive and your stuff safe and secure. To learn more about storing your family memorabilia visit www.stashable.com.

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