One of the best parts of the holiday season is spending quality time with family and friends. If you’re looking for ideas on how to make the most of your time together, we’ve cooked up a few fun activities that work for all ages. Cozy up in some festive PJs, turn on a Christmas movie, and try out these crafts.
Making snowflakes is fun, but have you ever tried making paper stars? They’re simple, elegant, and can transform a room into a dreamy winter wonderland.
To create a star out of a single piece of paper, make sure it is twice as long as it is wide. Then simply fold back and forth accordion-style, and cut a rounded corner off each end. Next, tie a string around the middle of the folded paper and glue or staple the ends together. It will fan out beautifully. Punch a hole in the top and hang your stars on the tree, around the house, or strung together in a garland.
This craft comes with the added bonus of filling your home with a delicious fruity scent.
To create a traditional fruit garland, cut fruit like oranges, apples, or pears into 1/2-inch thick slices, and bake on low heat for around six hours. Once the fruit has cooled, use a needle and thread to string the pieces together. Hang your fruit garlands on the Christmas tree, over the fireplace, or in front of a window.
Another fun decorative craft for all ages is painting pine cones. Take your kids on a pine cone hunt outside and collect the best ones in a basket. Next, you can either paint the pinecones with paintbrushes, or dip them into a slightly watered down paint mixture. Once they’ve dried you can display them upright to look like little trees, or in a bowl with other decorations.
DIY ornaments can be anything from a school picture glued to string, to a hand-crafted felt gingerbread man. We love the current trend of painting wooden ornaments.
Simply buy a pack of blank wooden ornaments, paint supplies, and get creative. For kids, pick easy designs like snowmen, red and green stripes, or simply have them color in an outline. When their masterpiece is complete, add their name, age, and the year. These crafts might seem simple now, but your family will treasure them as the years go by.
If all else fails, you can’t go wrong with a homemade Christmas card. Pick a few friends and family members to write special messages to, and decorate them with whatever supplies you have on hand.
Once you’re finished with the cards, drop them off with a plate of goodies, or send them in the mail. Nothing brings Christmas cheer like showing love for others.
Whatever you do with your family this holiday season, stay cozy, stay safe, and have fun together.