Making Christmas craft with your little one has the potential to be special time you can spend together. The craft can then be used as a memento of you having spent some meaningful time together, or as gifts for family and friends.
In order for Christmas craft time to be a positive experience for you and your little one it is important to choose craft that is age appropriate for them. Otherwise you can end up with tears and a disastrous mess.
The collective wisdom and suggestions of Huggies mums and dads means there are some great Christmas craft activities you can carry out with your little one. We’ve also introduced some new ideas that you can use as wrapping paper for your Christmas presents or even to decorate your front door.
It’s always sensible to organise everything before you start any Christmas craft activity with your little one. They usually need constant supervision so it isn’t sensible to dash off midway through to get something you need. Always make sure you have all the required materials close at hand. It’s handy to have some non-slip Huggies Disposable Change Mats on the table to absorb any mess and some Huggies Baby Wipes to clean up any spills and messy little hands.
Christmas craft with bub
Realistically at this age, any Christmas craft with bub is going to be challenging. So it’s best to focus on making something that doesn’t involve too much input from them and a minimum of materials.
A Christmas star is a very popular way to make sure bub is front and centre this Christmas while at the same time keeping their involvement in the process fairly minimal.
- Camera/ or photo of child
- Glitter or spray paint
- String or ribbon
- Cut two Star shapes out of cardboard.
- Then cut a circle out of the middle of each of the two stars.
- Decorate the stars with glitter, glitter glue, or paint. Set aside to dry.
- Take two photos of your child and place them on the backside of each star, making sure the photo is showing through the decorated side of the star, like a photo frame. Sticky tape or glue the photo’s in place.
- Glue the photos & stars back-to-back and let dry.
- Then give them to a relative for Christmas.
Christmas craft with 1-2 year olds
This is a great age to set up some short Christmas craft activities together. Your little one will usually be super keen to be involved initially and tend to leave you to clean up the mess at the end!
Regardless, it’s a good way to take some time out from the craziness of the Christmas season and enjoy being with your little one.
Home made Christmas paper
- Roll of brown paper
- Flat sponges cut into Christmas shapes, e.g Christmas tree, Christmas star (you can buy them at craft shops)
- Washable paint in blue and green
- Aprons for you and your little one
- Empty some washable paint into some shallow bowls.
- Cut out some large blocks of the paper.
- Make the sponges damp.
- Help your little one to dip the dampened sponges into washable paint, then press onto the cut out paper in every direction.
- Leave to dry.
- You can then use these as wrapping paper for gifts.
- Egg carton
- Washable paint
- Cut the egg carton into individual pieces that hold the eggs.
- Let your little one paint each of the cut up containers.
- Once they are dry spread some glue over them. Your little one can then sprinkle the glitter all over them.
- Poke a hole through the top of each container and wind the wool through loosely to make a collection of “jingle bells.”
- It makes a great decoration for the front door!
Craft ideas with 2-3 year olds
This is a fabulous age to do Christmas craft. They usually have a good understanding of the Christmas season and will be keen to be involved as much as possible. Doing Christmas craft together is a great way to channel their enthusiasm.
You can always start simple by doing some colouring in together. We have some great downloads for you to print off here.
Christmas fridge magnets
- 1 cup cornflour
- 1 1/4 cups cold water
- 2 cups bicarb soda
- Damp cloth
- Cookie cutters
- Rolling pin
- Acrylic paints
- Paint brush
- Acrylic spray glue
- Used magnets from old fridge ads/calendars
- Make craft clay by combining cornflour, water and bicarb soda in saucepan; stir over medium heat for approx 4 mins until a moist mashed potato consistency (food colour may be added for coloured clay).
- Remove from heat, turn onto a plate, and cover with a damp cloth until cool.
- Knead until smooth.
- Shape as desired or roll out and shape with cookie cutters (may be stored for later use in an airtight container).
- Let dry overnight.
- Paint with paints.
- Spray over the top with spray paint to seal.
- Glue used magnets to the back and write a small message.
Rudolph Christmas craft
- A polystyrene sphere
- Gold chocolate wrapping
- Googly eyes
- Red pompom
- Brown craft chenille
- Wrap the polystyrene ball with the gold paper.
- Glue on eyes and pompom.
- Make antlers out of the chenille and glue to the back of the ball.
- Glue a magnet to the back of the ball on top of the chenille.