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Simple Holiday Crafts to Create with Your Child

Child and father make salt dough ornaments

The holiday season is a time filled with treasured traditions. One enjoyable way to embrace the festive spirit and establish life-long memories with your child is by creating holiday crafts together. From salt dough ornaments to pinecone decorations, these simple and fun activities will spark creativity and bring a sense of bonding between you and your little ones.

Salt dough ornaments on table top with Christmas decorations

Salt Dough Ornaments:

To make salt dough ornaments, begin by combining 4 cups of all-purpose flour, 1.5 cups of water, and 1 cup of salt to create the dough. Mold the mixture until the dough is smooth, then use your hands or a rolling pin to flatten the dough. Once flattened, cut shapes like stars, trees, or any festive figures. Once the ornaments are shaped, bake them in the oven at 200°F until they’re dry and hard.

Be sure the ornaments are cool before you start decorating! Grab some glitter, colorful paint, and other decorations to add to the ornaments. Be sure to personalize each piece with your unique touch.

Remember, these crafts are for decoration, not for eating!

Click the link below to see more details on how to make this ornament!

Little girl painting pine cones for Christmas crafts

Pinecone Decor: Head outside and grab some pinecones from either the ground or a tree. If there is no evergreen tree near you, visit your local arts and crafts store (i.e., Michaels) instead. Start by painting the pinecones, then add glitter, googly eyes, or beads if you would like! Once dry, hang the pinecone decorations on your tree or around the house, or have your child give them to a friend or family member as a gift.

Child holding paper plate wreath Christmas craft

Paper Plate Wreaths: Begin creating paper plate wreaths by cutting out the middle of a paper plate to form a circular wreath shape. This plate will be a canvas for your child to unleash their creativity!

Help your child either paint or color the wreath. Now it’s time to decorate! You can add a ribbon or any other decorations. It’s that simple!

The holiday season is a time for treasured memories. Spending time with your child on holiday crafts like these provides an outlet for creative expression and strengthens the connection between a parent and child. So, get out your art supplies, get those creative gears turning, and let the holiday crafting festivities begin!


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