Kid Craft Ideas for the Holidays ~ Kids Craft Weekly

on December 16 | in Sewing Inspiration | by | with 98 Comments

If your house is anything like ours, there’s a lot of extra energy right now. My four year old and I are both very excited about the holidays, and the excitement naturally spills into our crafty efforts all season long. My husband is resigned to finding glitter on his forehead, and we can’t be bothered to put away the mound of felt on the rocking chair.

Luckily, we have Amber’s wonderful Kids Craft Weekly website, newsletter and holiday-themed books to fuel our craft fest. For a second year in a row we are featuring kid craft ideas for the holidays from Amber at Kids Craft Weekly and Cassi at The Crafty Crow (coming Monday). Let’s call it a tradition! You can find Amber’s intro plus Kids Craft Weekly holiday ideas from 2008 on our site. You’ll also want to browse through the incredible Kids Craft Weekly archives, and subscribe to the free newsletter.

Are you hoping for a very crafty Christmas? Do you have excited little ones too?

If you like the Kids Craft Weekly website and newsletter then you’ll love the books! This year, Kids Craft Weekly has two great holiday craft titles on offer. These 20-page full color printable books are emailed to you in PDF format so that you can print them out and get busy crafting straight away.

Christmas Craft is full to the brim with fun Christmas crafts that have been dreamed up especially for young children. It includes ideas for easy tree decorations, ornaments, gift tags and an all new section on crafty gift ideas!

Christmas Cards is the ultimate guide to child-made holiday cards. It has detailed instructions on how to make simple and fun cards, interspersed with images of inspirational cards created by the Kids Craft Weekly community.

You can buy Christmas Cards or Christmas Craft for $6 each or get them both for the discount price of $10. Amber is giving away both printable mini-books to ten lucky readers. Comment on today’s post for your chance to win!

Festive Boredom Busters
From Amber: I still remember that funny feeling that haunts a child in the period between the end of school and the start of Christmas. Desperate for distraction I would hover around my mother and tell her, over and over, how I had *nothing* to do. Sound familiar?

Well, consider yourself prepared! These fun and simple festive craft ideas from Kids Craft Weekly are a proven cure for even the most severe cases of the pre-Christmas fidgets. Remember to check out the free Kids Craft Weekly newsletter for more great ideas like these.

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These cute trees are great fun for all ages and once your kids get started they will be unable to stop at one. Take advantage of this momentum and get them to make a tree for every table guest. They’re easy too. SImply cut out a tree shape from some cardboard. Paint or color the cardboard then pop a wooden clothes peg onto the base of the tree. Decorate using sequins or beads or whatever you have handy. They even look great just made from fancy card or colored in with marker pens.
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Over at Kids Craft Weekly many of the most popular crafts are often those which re-purpose household items. This craft transforms a boring kitchen scouring pad into a fabulous holiday decoration. You’ll never look the same way at a scourer again! Start by drawing a Christmas tree shape onto the scouring pad. Then cut it out and stick in a whole collection of the fanciest brads (split pins) that you can find! To finish, punch a small hole at the top of the tree and thread through a ribbon so you can hang it up.
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These great looking gift tags are as simple as can be. Best of all, they’re a great way to make use of some of the old artwork that every family has an excess of. All you have to get a selection of labels and stick them onto the old artwork. Cut around the outside of the label, leaving a border. Then punch a hole in the corner of the tag to thread with ribbon or string.
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When I’m busy cooking meals my children often want to get in on the action too. This craft has proven to be a great way to keep their hands busy while I finish off the dinner. I call it my pastry ornament sanity saver! You don’t need any fancy ingredients – just grab a sheet of frozen pastry from the freezer and while you’re waiting a few minutes for the pastry to thaw, open your pantry and put together a selection of nuts, seeds and other edibles to use for decorating. Cut out some pastry shapes with cookie cutters and then press the nuts and seeds into the pastry shapes. Use a pen lid to punch a hole in each of the ornaments before you brush with egg yolk and pop them in the oven until golden brown.
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Do your kids get happily absorbed in threading beads? There is no better time to take full advantage of this fact! Set up a basket of colorful beads and arm each child with some pipe cleaners. Show them how you can make a simple wreath by twisting a small loop in the center of the pipe cleaner and then threading beads on each side of the loop. When there is only a small amount of pipe cleaner still visible they can join the two ends firmly together, making a pretty wreath. Challenge older kids to make some different shapes.

Don’t forget, you can buy Christmas Cards or Christmas Craft at Kids Craft Weekly! Channel all of that excitement and energy into some crafty holiday fun.

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98 Responses to Kid Craft Ideas for the Holidays ~ Kids Craft Weekly

  1. Ana says:

    The pastry ornaments would make great bird treats! Planning to make some tomorrow to hang on the trees outside.

  2. jo marks says:

    fantastic giveaway – my 4 year old would love this!

  3. Victoria says:

    These look easy and fun. I plan to try them with my day care children. Since my day is spent doing learning and skill-building activities with toddlers and preschoolers, I am always looking for easy-to-gather, easy-to-do, and easy-to-clean-up projects. But the best part is that the children will learn while they play!


  4. Alyssa says:

    What a great way to enjoy the holidays with the little ones! My kids would love this!

  5. andrea says:

    what great ideas- thanks 🙂

  6. Fiona says:

    Would love these. Even though I don’t have children, I find kid’s books have the best crafting ideas 🙂

  7. Carla says:

    So many great ideas. Can’t wait until my kids are a little bit bigger!!

    carlamo (at) ymail (dot) com

  8. Carolyn Wood says:

    Love the clothespin place holders!

  9. jane says:

    Love your craft ideas. Thanks so much for sharing!

  10. Abby St says:

    Kids Craft Weekly is my weekly reminder to do crafts with my little ones. Thanks.

  11. Kimberly N says:

    I love Christmas crafts. My son isn’t quite old enough this year but next year, watch out!

  12. min says:

    Gosh I had forgotten about my pipe cleaners and making wreaths. Thanks for the reminder. Now to find where I put them…

  13. Mama Lusco says:

    My 3 kiddos would love these! They sound wonderful1

  14. Christie says:

    These look like great books! I know my girls would put them to good use!

  15. Linda says:

    Great ideas. I’d love to win the giveaway.

  16. Hannah says:

    These are great Ideas! I can just see a forest of clothspin trees on our china hutch!

  17. Stephanie says:

    Such great ideas! My kids loved the Christmas card exchange this year too.

  18. ~Helena~ says:

    Kids ctaft weekly is a great site. Thanks for sharing these other ideas.

  19. Marci says:

    We enjoy kids craft weekly newsletter & would love to have these books.

  20. OOH! If I win can I give it to my sister? She has 3 school age kids, and my oldest is only 3!

  21. Andrea says:

    such wonderful ideas!

  22. teresa says:

    Thanks for the ideas just in time for Christmas break.

  23. Jessica T says:

    My daughter made a bead wreath a few years back, it is my favourite Christmas ornament.

  24. These are great ideas–they’re sure to keep my son occupied for at least a little while!

  25. Wendy D. P. says:

    These ideas are so cute!

  26. Tina Kluemper says:

    Love kids craft weekly. My daughter enjoyed the Christmas card exchange. My son and I enjoy the weekly newsletter. Keep up the great work!

  27. Heidi Crawford says:

    I love kids craft weekly! I would love to have a copy of the books.

  28. Kristin says:

    Fabulous ideas to keep my little “crafter” busy!

  29. Susan says:

    Love all the kiddy craft ideas! count me in for the giveaway. Susan

  30. Abbington says:

    Love the recycled artwork cards – we have often done the inverse for birthday card – a square of artwork (artistically cropped) on a blank coloured piece of card, so nice to get a fresh approach

  31. MijMij says:

    Our tree is now decorated with lovely pipe cleaner ornaments. I’d love to see more Christmas craft ideas.

  32. Jill says:

    I would so welcome a crafty addition to our resources! I’ve got a four year old and we go to a co-op preschool and new ideas are priceless.

  33. Jennifer says:

    I love her newsletter! My little girls and I are always looking for crafty things to do!

  34. mamaTAVE says:

    I have been saving my daughter’s artwork since she started preschool this summer, figuring I can’t possibly get rid of them and I’ll think of something to use them for…. Recycled Artwork Gift Tags to the rescue!!!

  35. Wendy says:

    Cute ideas! Thanks for the giveaway!

  36. Lisa says:

    Love the tag idea, anything crafty to recycle art work around here is popular!

  37. Love this stuff! Thanks for the chance!
    nettacow at gmail dot com

  38. valerie says:

    Thanks for some fun ideas! Love your site!

  39. Alisa says:

    Thanks for the neat ideas!

  40. Samantha Tucker says:

    My DD and I would absolutley LOVE to have a book full of fun things to do for Christmas!! Everything I have found so far is so generic, I look forward to something that is truly crafty! DD is almost 3 and she loves nothing more than spedning quality time with mom and dad doing crafts, painting, and reading!! I may have to buy it just because I’m excited to see it!!

  41. Steph Wehrman says:

    My son says daily “I want to do a project” Usually we can find something great to make from the “No Time for Flashcards” website that we love, but more ideas are always welcome, especially this time of year!

  42. Katie B says:

    I love the artwork gift tags!

  43. tara says:

    i love kids craft weekly and would love to win the giveaway.

  44. Ali says:

    It’s great to make gifts for the grandparents that have everything but appreciate anything made with love. Thanks

  45. Susan says:

    What great ideas! I’d love to win these 🙂

  46. katey says:

    I LOVE LOVE kids Craft weekly!! I use the ideas for crafts to do with my kids. 🙂

  47. kim says:

    yes! please enter me! i have a craft crazy 4 year old!

  48. Freda says:

    These are great! I can’t wait to try them out with my daughter!

  49. Kelli says:

    I hadn’t heard of Kids Craft Weekly before – I perused their site today and I love it! I like that there is an educational aspect to the crafts as well.

  50. Love doing crafts with the kids – they get so excited and are so proud of their results!

  51. Alisa says:

    My three year old and I made some clothes peg place cards for the Christmas table. Love the weekly newletter, so many great ideas!

  52. Cinnamon says:

    These sound great. I’d love the both of them for my little ones.

  53. jane says:

    Love these ideas. The kids and I have completed several of them. Our favorites are the clothespin tress and the scouring pad trees.

  54. pia says:

    Loving all these wonderful, cheep craft ideas for little fingers to create. doing such craft builds the child’s imagination and confidence and in our house we have made so many of you wonderful “ideas” with huge sucess and my boys are always so proud to show off their creations to who ever will look at them!

  55. Amy says:

    I should have my kids do the wreath ornaments next week. They love stringing necklaces but they can only have so many…

  56. Nancy says:

    oh man, we gotta get to those clothes pin trees. so much to love! –Nancy in NC,

  57. Sarah McDonald says:

    I love Kids Craft Weekly, the ideas are always awesome!

  58. caryn says:


  59. Kowanda says:

    I love Kid Craft Weekly. I subscribe to the newsletter. I use the ideas for crafts to do with my son and for crafts to do with the kids for our Family Readiness Group (my husband is in the military).

  60. Ohh yah, one more week of kids crafty goodness! The cardboard trees on pegs were a huge success with my mixed age kids.

  61. Philippa says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE kids Craft weekly we have made heaps of stuff from it!! Our girls are bouncing of the walls a bit with lots of pre-christmas energy at the moment and with horrible heat outside, inside craft activities have been the way to go!

  62. Krys Kagan says:

    I really love these holiday craft ideas. Perfect for my 3 year old who loves to make things and is very creative.

    Please enter me in your giveaway.

    I love your blog. So inspiring.

    Happy holidays.

  63. Marta Matsumoto says:

    My little elf and I just made a whole forest of clothes peg trees! We are huge fans of Kids Craft Weekly and would love to win.

  64. Caley says:

    We are HUGE Kids Craft Weekly fans in this house!

  65. Megan says:

    I would love to get my hands on this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  66. Tess says:

    We love Kids Craft Weekly!

  67. Julianne Bruce says:

    It’s so exciting to find kid-friendly Christmas card ideas. I’m no Martha Stewart, so I need all the help I can get! These books both sound great. They come at just the right time, as we head to Grandma’s and are going to need lots of things to keep us busy and in the Christmas spirit. Thanks!

  68. Kimberly says:

    What wonderful, timely ideas. I’ll definitely put them to use with my four year old.

  69. Amy says:

    So awesome!

  70. Ashley says:

    I just found out about these books recently and they sound great! Love simple, inexpensive kids crafts!

  71. Cathy Sines says:

    We love Amber’s crafts! I look forward to her e-mails. My daughter and I have enjoyed making cards as well as receiving them.
    Thank you for all of your hard work.
    Cathy & Tori Sines
    P.S. I wasn’t sure what to put in the website space, so I put my home business website.

  72. Karen Gouvin says:

    Very cute ideas!

  73. Gill says:

    Wow, Those ebooks look fun!

  74. Kimberly says:

    Looks like fun. I have four kiddos who are hourly asking for things to do so this is great!

  75. Carol says:

    Amber I always look forward to getting your emails, so does my 4 year old.

  76. Claire says:

    ohhh cool! enter me in the giveaway!

  77. Michelle Blanc says:

    Finally! A good use for all my daughter’s artwork 🙂

  78. Annika says:

    I love Kids Craft Weekly! I’ve been meaning to buy those booklets but there was not enough crafting time this year.

  79. Tracy says:

    Have a wonderful holiday! Thank you!

  80. cinzia allocca says:

    I will pass this along to my very crafty niece! Thanks.

  81. Morgan says:


  82. Great ideas!

  83. jennsquared says:

    oh these are so awesome!!!

  84. Becky says:

    Sometimes the most rewarding crafts are the simplest ones done by the kids! Great ideas! Thanks.

  85. Denise says:

    Ooh! I really like that pipe cleaner wreath. I’m a crafty person but even these crafts had me going “why can’t I think of things like these?”

  86. Rebekah says:

    Thanks for the products and ideas!

  87. Southern Gal says:

    We love the pipe cleaner wreaths around here. They make wonderful teacher’s gifts that the kids make themselves.

  88. joy newman says:

    what great ideas! can’t wait to get started.

  89. Christine says:

    I can’t wait to do some of these with the kids.

  90. Lisa Stolze says:

    I love these ideas! I have a 6 year old boy that is always looking for new things to make. He’s craftier than me! Thank you for sharing!

  91. Kerry says:

    Oooh! I’d like to enter the giveaway! 🙂

  92. Kirsten says:

    Great booklets, hope I win one!

  93. Meg says:

    What fun ideas!

  94. Amanda says:

    I’m so excited to sign up for the newsletter! My daughter will love the crafts.

  95. Thanks for the great ideas!

  96. MrsNehemiah says:

    Oh! my daughter is a montessori preschool teacher, these would make such a nice gift.
    I really enjoyed the newsletter when I was babysitting a pre-K 5yod. she just needed to make things all the time. so many good ideas in each newsletter.
    Mrs N

  97. Alissa says:

    We are in our 3rd year with Amber’s Christmas Card Exchange! We love it, and are so thankful for a crafty mom who puts all of this together.

  98. Anna F. says:

    Great ideas for children to do! Can’t wait to get my daughter absorbed in some of these over her winter break.

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