5 Holiday D.I.Y. Projects That Are Perfect for Bonding Moments with the Kids

Does your kid love arts and crafts? As you spend your time with your children during the holidays, you can also make use of this moment to get creative! Instead of binge-watching a tv show or letting them play a game on their tablets, get your kid’s hands dirty by crafting some D.I.Y Christmas decorations that you can hang around your lovely home. Aside from the fact that you can use it as a bonding moment, it can also make each ornament more meaningful and personal. That said, we have chosen some cute Christmas projects that you can easily do with minimal materials needed. You may have some of it already at home! Check out these 5 D.I.Y. projects you and your kids can enjoy during the holidays!

5 Holiday D.I.Y. Projects

 

Paper Plate Elf

Photo from I Heart Crafty Things

What You Need

  • 2 paper plates
  • red, green, and yellow construction paper
  • cotton balls
  • googly eyes
  • black marker
  • scissors
  • glue
  • crayons

How to Do It

  1. Get one paper plate and color it with a skin tone hue using crayons.
  2. Get your green construction paper and cut a tall, thin triangle to make an elf hat.
  3. Grab a yellow construction paper and cut out the elf hair. Cut shorter hair for a boy elf and longer for a girl elf. You can let your kids play around with this.
  4. Put the hat on top of the hair and glue them together. Let it dry and paste it on the head.
  5. Once it is dry, grab the cotton balls and paste them in between the hair and the hat to create a simple 3D effect.
  6. Get the other paper plate and cut out a pair of sharp ears for the elf. Color both ears with a skin tone hue then, position one on each side and seal with the glue.
  7. Grab the red construction paper. Cut a small circle for the elf’s nose and put it on the face.
  8. Finish it off by gluing a pair of googly eyes on the face and drawing a big smile using a black marker.

 

Pinecone Christmas Tree

Photo from PJs and Paint

What You Need

  • Pinecones
  • Wood slices
  • Green Acrylic paint
  • White Acrylic paint
  • Red Acrylic paint
  • Yellow Acrylic paint
  • Small paintbrush
  • Glue gun with a glue stick
  • Wooden star

How to Do It

  1. Paint the pinecone with green acrylic paint. It may take two coats of green paint to achieve the “Christmas green”. Let it dry before each coat.
  2. Create a snow effect by coloring it using the white acrylic paint in every tip end of the pinecone.
  3. Create some Christmas light effects by painting some red, yellow, and green dots around the tree. You can scatter the dots at the top and at the bottom of the tree so it will look good in any direction.
  4. Grab your wooden star and paint it with a bright yellow hue.
  5. As you wait for the yellow wooden star to dry, glue the pinecone tree to the wood slice for its base.
  6. Finish your pinecone tree by attaching the wooden star at the top with glue.

 

Bow Tie Noodle Wreath

Photo from Crafty Morning

What You Need

  • Bowtie noodle pasta
  • Green acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Glitters
  • Red ribbon
  • Glue gun

How to Do It

  1. Get about 8-10 bowtie noodle pasta, depending on how big you want it to be.
  2. Color the bowtie noodle pasta with green acrylic paint and let it dry after the first coat.
  3. Sprinkle some glitters on the green bowtie pasta to create a dramatic twinkling effect.
  4. Once it is dry, get your glue gun to paste them all together and form a circular shape.
  5. Cut a good length of the ribbon. Make a bow and glue it on the wreath.

 

Toilet Paper Roll Snowman

Photo from Craftaholics Anonymous

What You Need

  • Clean toilet paper rolls
  • Googly eyes
  • Cotton balls
  • Ribbons
  • Glue
  • Black marker
  • Orange marker
  • Scissors
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Cotton balls
  • Colored pens

How to Do It

  1. Grab a clean toilet roll and start by gluing a pair of google eyes.
  2. Cut a good length of the ribbon and make a scarf around the tube.
  3. Draw a smile using a series of small dots. After that, draw in another set of circles for the buttons under the scarf. Make the buttons bigger and darker. Lastly, draw an orange triangular nose using an orange marker.
  4. Cut about 2 inches of the pipe cleaner, depending on how long you want the pompom to be. You can bend and position to test where you can cut it.
  5. Get the cotton balls and split them into two. Add color using your pens. You can let your kids choose which color they want for the pompoms.
  6. Once it is dry, glue it into the pipe cleaner you have cut.
  7. Glue the pompoms into the ear of the snowman to finish.

 

Reindeer Christmas Cards

Photo from Easy Peasy and Fun

What You Need

  • Green construction paper
  • Light brown construction paper
  • Dark brown construction paper
  • Red construction paper
  • Google eyes
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Glitter (optional)

How to Do It

  1. Get the green construction paper. Fold it into half and cut the construction paper in the middle.
  2. Grab the other half and fold it again into half. You can opt to have this size depending on how big you want the card to be. But this one we are making is a cute size, so we are folding it again to another half.
  3. Grab the light brown construction paper. Get the folded card and put it on top of the light brown paper. Trace the green card on the brown paper and cut out the rectangle shape.
  4. Fold the brown rectangle into a triangle shape to mark the middle and cut it from the bottom to the top.
  5. Place the light brown triangle on top of the green card base and fold the top down up until the half to form a 3D reindeer face.
  6. Get the dark brown construction paper. Cut a pair of antlers and glue them on top of the triangle.
  7. Grab the red construction paper. Cut a red circle for the nose and glue it on top of the folded triangle tip.
  8. Get the googly eyes and glue them on the reindeer face to finish your handmade reindeer Christmas card.
  9. Now, it is time to write some lovely messages for your family and wishes them the warmest Christmas this year!

 

Sources:

1. Craftaholics Anonymous, DIY Toilet Paper Roll Snowmen, November 2015
2. Crafty Morning, Bow Tie Noodle Wreath Craft for Christmas, December 2014
3. Easy Peasy and Fun, Reindeer Christmas Card, N.D.
4. I Heart Crafty Things, Paper Plate Christmas Elf Craft, December 2015
5. PJs and Paint, Super Easy Pinecone Christmas Tree Craft, November 2019

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