When I was in elementary school, I remember getting excited for Christmas. A few of the reasons were because we were going on a holiday break, another my birthday (not telling the date or the year I was born), and the handcrafted gifts we made for our parents.
One of the gifts we made were angels out of old T.V. guides and magazines.
Yes I said T.V. guides! We would do this on our down time at school or when we finished our paperwork. It was a way to keep us busy and not talking because we all wanted to make as many as we could to give out as gifts. We would fold the pages inward making a scalene triangle at the top and bottom. Once we were finished, we would fold the guide and glue the ends together.
Our teacher would spray paint them in silver or gold and let them dry. Then we would top the angel with a styrofoam head and cut out wings and pasted them inside. I remember one year my parents used this as a tree topper.
Another favorite of mine was decorating an orange with cloves! This really made the house smell like Christmas. The only drawback to decorating our home with fruit is that the ants might have a field day with this. But if you live in the NorthEast you won’t have a problem like that.
Photo by by Nifty loves crafting
Making candy canes out of flour with food coloring is another project we did. They were not edible but still a decoration for the tree. But I am sure you can make edible candy cane cookies with this recipe.
One of the projects I tried to do this morning was taking a type of molding material to make an ornament with the baby’s hand. Maybe the clay was too old or maybe because I did not have aluminum foil but the project did not turn out so great. We will try to buy another box and make it using the correct materials.
I know I will be making sugar cookies and decorating them with Daniela. I have the correct ingredients for that and it will be a fun project to do with her.
What was your favorite Christmas arts and crafts project when you were a kid?
What are you planning to do with your kids?