Are you looking for some fun and simple holiday crafts for your classroom? Here are 5 fun crafts that you can use with step by step instructions. I chose a variety of Christmas crafts and snow crafts in case you can’t celebrate the holidays.
Christmas Tree Canvas Craft
I have been doing this craft for years. I will be honest, I have used wood that my husband had to cut, and tiles that I purchased at the hardware store in the past. This year I am using these skinny canvases I bought through Amazon. They aren’t breakable and I was able to purchase them for less than a dollar per canvas. For this craft ,you need Christmas scrapbooking paper, wood scrapbooking paper, Modge Podge, paint brushes, canvases, and wooden stars. Here is how you do this project.
First, you have students cut their strips in order and lay out their design next to their canvas. I have three different containers of paper: red and green, green, and wood.
Once they have their design, they will paint Modge Podge on the entire canvas. Then they will lay one piece of paper at a time and Modge Podge over the paper. Don’t worry, Modge Podge dries clear. Finally, you will attach the wooden star with an extra dab of glue.
They always turn out so cute every year, and this time I won’t have to worry about breaking them!
Snowman Banner Craft
Another fun option that is very similar is this snowman craft. You can see the materials are almost the same. You could trade out the banner for the canvas and vise verse. For this craft you will need wooden banners, scrapbooking paper (whites with a variety of other colors), glitter, sharpies, and white pom poms 1/2 inch size (optional).
To create this craft, you start with the white paper. You can see here that I used 41/2 by 41/2 sized paper. I turned it over and was able to sketch 2 snowmen on the back. Once they have the sketch, they can cut out the snowman. This craft is done just like the one above. First, students Modge Podge the banner, Then they lay the snowman on top and Modge Podge again. I pre-cut orange triangles from scrapbooking paper and put out other colors so they can add accessories. The nice thing about scrapbooking paper is that the back side is usually white so they can draw before cutting. Once everything is on, I just sprinkled silver glitter over it and let it dry.
These banners came with string to hang them. I think they would look so cute hanging on a door or on a knob in the kitchen. Once they are dry, students can add arms and details with a sharpie marker.
This year we will be trying this new craft. We will do this on my reindeer theme day as a fun little extra gift to our parents.
I pre-cut my pipe cleaners. Each child will need 4. Have them bend 2 of them together to make an antler.
The first thing I will have the students do is put their name and year on the back. Then, they will design a reindeer face with a sharpie. Finally, they will dab their finger in red paint to make the nose.
After the noses dries, which doesn’t take long at all, add the string. Then, I placed wax paper on the table, flipped mine over and attached the antlers with Elmer’s glue. If you want to speed up the process, a glue gun would attach them quickly and there would be less waiting.
This is an adorable keepsake for the tree that they can see year after year.
I have been doing this fun craft for years. It is a great project to do one on one or with parent volunteers. It does take some time and adult help. Last year I invited parents to bring their glue guns in and come help. We made these for our classroom ledge in January and February and then I sent them home. Parents love to help and this is an easy way to get them involved.
Here is what you will need for this project: white tube socks, polyester fill or batting, dried beans or rice, large pom poms, small pom poms, orange felt noses, buttons, glue gun, and fleece strips. All of the accessories are optional and can be switched out. This is just what I offer to my students.
Here is the procedure I use for this project. Step 1, turn the sock inside out. It looks fuzzier that way. Step 2, fill the sock with approx. 1 cup of beans or rice. Step 3, fill the sock with 3 handfuls of batting. Step 4, tie a scarf two-thirds of the way up.
Step 5, tie a rubber band around the top of the sock. Step 6, flip the top of the sock over to form a hat. Step 7, accessorize. I usually have students pick out what they want and then have an adult glue it all on. On the bottom, I use a sharpie marker to write their name.
Snow Globe Ornament
The final goodie we will be making this year is a snow globe ornament. The ornament says “I heart you SNOW much”. I took pictures of my students holding their hands out. For this craft, you will need the snow globe template, pictures of kids, a sharpie marker, fake snow, hole punch, string, and lamination.
Here is how you do this fun project! First have your students pick out what color base they want. Then have them write their name and year on the back. Next, open the laminating sheet and place their picture and base together on the sheet. I suggest having an adult cut out the picture. Then, sprinkle the fake snow over their picture. Once it is all set, close the sheet and laminate it.
I have included a tracer that I place behind the lamination to help cut it out. Finally, hole punch it at the top and add whatever string you would like to use. Grab this goodie here!
I can’t wait to make these fun holiday crafts in the classroom!
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