Keep little hands and minds engaged this festive period with these fun crafty ideas.

If you’re looking for fun screen-free ideas to keep kids occupied before the big day arrives, look no further: we have a round-up of festive creative projects for little ones to get stuck into during the school holidays. Whether you have burgeoning bakers or mini Matisses, we’ve rounded up all the tools you’ll need, from fuss-free ideas to ready-to-go kits to suit all ages and skills. Perfect for gifting or decorating your own home this festive season.

Character Candy Pots

Turn mini terracotta plant pots into festive characters ready to fill with chocolates or homemade treats. Use them as table favours or wrap them in cellophane for fun teacher gifts. Find out how here.

Paper Plate Santa Claus

An easy option for small hands, this quick idea turns a simple white paper plate into a 3D version of the big man himself. A great first project for toddlers to present to proud grandparents. Find out how here.

Christmas Garland Kit

We love this complete all-in-one felt kit to create a garland to bedeck your mantle. All you’ll need is a pair of scissors, a pen and a little patience to create the full ensemble of angels, snowmen, robins, reindeer – and even Mr. Claus himself. Find out how here.

Gingerbread House

If your kids have caught the GBBO bug, this Gingerbread House will ignite their inner Showstopper imagination – and, be warned, their competitiveness! Use this simple recipe to create their basic structures and then let them loose with the decorations. Anything goes! Find out how here.

Reindeer Bun Bake And Craft Kit

This ready-to-bake kit from Craft and Crumb has everything you need to create chocolate-dipped dough buns, complete with that famous red nose! There’s even a candy cane sleigh to display your finished bakes in. Find out how here.

Paint Your Own Decorations

These ready-to-paint festive plaster ornaments come with all the kit you need for a fun easy crafting session, creating hand-made decorations to hang for years to come. Family heirlooms ahoy. Find out how here.

Snowflake Stained Glass Window Kit

What could be more festive than a twinkly stained-glass ornament welcoming guests in the front window? This easy (glass-free!) version for little crafters has the same impact and is a great way to use up scraps of coloured tissue or cellophane. Find out how here.

Pinecone Santas

If you’re out on a winter walk and find some pinecones, bring them home and transform them into these characterful Santa tree decorations for a natural twist on traditional ornaments. A fun two-in-one activity. Find out how here.

Salt Dough Ornaments

If you’ve never given salt dough a try, it’s a great alternative to buying clay using just basic ingredients from your kitchen cupboards. Make the salt dough and then let their festive imaginations run wild to create personalised table names, gift tags, tree decorations, you name it. Then spray, paint or bejewel them for some added festive sparkle. A great one to keep up your sleeve for a rainy day. Find out how here.

By Lydia Mansi
December 2021

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