If you have both children and grandparents in your life, you know that the holiday is not complete until crafts by the former have been made for the latter! Every year we make different crafts for our daughter’s grandparents, and every year they really love them. A good rule of thumb: if it has a photo of your child or his or her thumb print on the craft, it will probably be loved! And if the child made it, all the better. Here are a few ideas for this holiday…
- A photo of your child/children with Santa in a frame he or she made. Using popsicle sticks is a great way to do this, though anything from construction paper to craft foam will work, too. We paint our popsicle sticks red and green, decorate them with stickers or sequins, then pop the picture in. We also add some string or yarn for hanging.
- A homemade reindeer out of your child’s handprints and footprint. This is super cute: just have your child step in some brown paint and carefully make a footprint on some paper, cardstock, or a canvass panel. Next, dip his or her hands into black paint and have them make antlers (see photo). Add some googley eyes and a red pom pom for a nose and boom, you have a Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer made from handprints! As with any other project, be sure to add the date—and if you have multiple children, make sure their names are on their art pieces as well.
- Make a homemade Christmas tree by gluing varying lengths of cut popsicle sticks across one single vertical stick, painting it, and adding sequins for ornaments.
- Make a handprint Santa by painting a Santa Claus together, then using your child’s handprint in white paint as his beard. Be sure to do this on red or another color of paper so it will show up—or outline it with a marker.
- Make one of these cute sleds. That’s what we did for this year’s ornament! For something simple and last minute, you could also make a candy cane ornament by twisting a red pipe cleaner and a white pipe cleaner together, then bending them into the shape of the candy cane. It literally takes minutes!
- Bake ornaments. These are some of our favorites! Some families have recipes for gingerbread people or other treats you can hang on the tree. One of our favorites is to slice an orange (leaving the peel on), sprinkling them with cinnamon, baking them for a few minutes, and then threading a piece of embroidery thread through them to hang them with. They may only smell good for one season, but they will be pretty enough for next year too!