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Christmas and Winter Activities: Crafts

December 16, 2011

I am NOT a crafter. I am just not good at this kind of stuff.

And that’s okay.

Maybe you’re like me and have embraced your inability to create stuff with your hands. If so, here are some great kid-friendly (and me-friendly) projects to try. Last-minute Christmas gifts? Winter break activities? Something for a bitterly cold January day?

Oh, and if you’re good at crafts, good for you. (Ahem, Shana.)

Some Ideas from Blogs I Read

A Homemade Family Christmas / from Passionate Homemaking» Passionate Homemaking by Michele: This post features gift ideas and is organized by gifts for mama, daddy, and siblings.

Things to Make and Do with Kids During Christmas Vacation / from Small Notebook by Rachel: This post includes a few additional links at the end for more simple crafts (like pipe cleaner Christmas trees… just my speed).

Craft Cinnamon Ornaments / from Small Notebook by Rachel: This post includes more food-related craft projects in addition to the super cute ornaments.

Our Simple Advent Calendar / from Passionate Homemaking» Passionate Homemaking by Lindsay: It’s not too late to start your one-week countdown to the big day! We’re going to try just one small thing every day leading up to Christmas.


Some Ideas We’re Trying

  • Ainsley and I made these fabric roads yesterday. We’ll paint them on Monday and wrap them up for Thaddeus as a sibling gift.
  • We made a bird feeder out of half an orange, a little ribbon, and various grains/seeds from our fridge. The squirrels ate the whole thing before we saw any birds. Ah, city life.
  • We might also give this garland a try next week with our cranberries, popcorn, and orange peels. I love the idea of decorating a backyard bush for the birds. There are a lot of great picture books about this very idea to accompany the craft project. (like Bear Noel and Night Tree)
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