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Little ones love assisting with grown-up tasks so enlist their help in decorating the house for Christmas with these easy ideas that they'll adore making too. We know children can make a mess and might become distracted, but for minimal stress, have all the supplies prepared in advance. Allow each child use of their own set of materials, and let them choose their shapes and colours themselves. And remember, crafting with kids is all about maximising fun and bonding, not about perfect results!
Half the fun of creating these buttoned masterpieces is the sorting and swooning over a collection of fancy buttons! Once you've satiated your magpie instincts, start stacking trees, snowmen, Santas, bells, angels and more onto looped wire in a set of tasteful (or tacky) colours![image source: http://www.creativearts.ro/tag/ateliere-de-arta-pentru-copii]
Peel open the polymer clay and get the kids involved in making mini charms for your guests' wine glasses. They can fashion festive motifs like these, or for something simpler form initials, stars or snowflakes in different colours using a cutter. If they're really talented they could craft decorations for the tree, a pair of novelty Noel earrings or some nativity characters to top the Christmas cake with![image source: https://www.etsy.com/listing/638823662]
Kids will love picking out their favourite treats to make a sleigh decoration for themselves and their friends. Simply stack and stick with glue dots, add candy cane runners and a Santa figure then tie a ribbon around to hold everything together.[image source: https://www.jakheath.com/2012/12/make-your-own-chocolate-place.html]
Line the path to your door with an array of these sorrowful snowmen and bring a smile to all your visitors' faces! Simply paint two stones with white acrylic, decorate the face with acrylic markers then get creative with a pom-pom bobble hat or ribbon scarf. Once dry, adhere together with hot glue and coat with varnish if desired. The flatter and wider the base stone, the more shocked your snowy chap can look![image source: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/hodeykay]
This project is for all those budding stick collectors out there, and it's a great one to entice the younger generation to enjoy a wintry walk too. Once you've collected some suitable specimens, have fun arranging them in size order and getting messy gluing them to a backing strip made of thick card. Add glitter glue and sequin decorations to finish, or kids with more staying power could paint their twigs in different colours before sticking down.[image source: https://stowandtellu.com/rustic-twig-christmas-tree-ornaments]
Christmas tree motifs are perfect for crafting with children of all abilities because even a basic triangle shape looks like a tree! Plus, anything goes when it comes to tree decorations! Buy a canvas and let your little one loose with paints and glitter (if you dare!) and see what they can come up with. You can stick on button baubles, pom-pom trim garlands or even LED light chains once they're finished too.[image source: https://fineartamerica.com/featured/christmas-tree-twinkle-sharon-cummings.html]
Make a special plate for Santa and Rudolph's pit-stop-snacks with porcelain pens and plain white crockery. Have the children plan out their designs on paper before marking them out on the china for best results. They could also create a festive plate for the Xmas pudding, decorate a platter for the after-dinner cheese or create some Christmassy coasters with these pens.[image source: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/469631328]