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5 Great Holiday Crafts to Do With Kids This Weekend

Keep kids busy with these festive and fun activities.

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Written by Maridel Reyes

Your perfect Christmas tree is on display. The stockings are hung by the chimney with care. And you’ve even mastered Grandma’s famous family recipe

But your bored kids are tugging at your sleeve. Now what? Craft a fun and festive holiday project the whole family will love. We scoured the best crafting sites and blogs for these five gems below. Give them as homemade gifts this season, or keep them all to yourself:

Bottle-Able Snowmen

Recycling has never been more adorable. Turn empty juice bottles and jars into cute light-up snowmen. Trust us: They look great lined up along a mantle. To complete the winterscape, make easy tree-like shapes using scratch printer paper. Roll paper into cone shapes, tape to secure, and trim the bottoms as needed so that they stand level. Get step-by-step directions from Spoonful here.

Mini Clay Bowls

These sweet little works of art make perfect presents. Have kids press small rubber stamps or chipboard letters into clay to make this cute little catchall. Get the full instructions from Parentsmagazine here.

No-Sew Holiday Aprons

Martha Stewart’s aprons are almost too adorable to get dirty—almost. Attach designs made of washable felt to kid-size canvas aprons with fabric glue. See photos and full instructions here

Ornament Balls

These fabric ornaments are great to gift—or you can just hang them on your own tree. (Plus, the craft is a great way to use up any fabric scraps you have laying around.) Get the tutorial at Everyday Beautiful here.

Easy Advent Calendar

Did you know you can craft an advent calendar out of a hanging shoe rack? Ask kids to gather odds and ends to create this countdown-to-Christmas door decoration from Whimsy Love. Get step-by-step instructions here.  

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