Christmas Craft Ideas For All Ages

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. There is always homemade goodies all over from cookies and candy to Christmas gifts. Kids bring home lots of homemade ornaments from school and it is normally just a happy time of year.

I am a craft person so when the Christmas season rolls around it's time for me to break out all the "fun" stuff. This year I have done snow globes, bottle cap snowman, jewelry Christmas tree and lots of other crafts with the kids. Below you will find instructions on how to make some of my favorite crafts along with photos. Tis' the season!

Snow Globes I have made.
Snow Globes I have made. | Source
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For smaller trees and jars put some pulled apart cotton balls around the bottom of the tree.Use as much fake snow in the bottom of the jar as you think it needs.Place the tree part on top and inside the jar.Screw on the lid and make sure it is tight.Turn jar upside down and the snow will fall on the tree.Put hot glue on the bottom of the large tree.Glue the large tree to the flat of the jar lid.Both tree snow globes are almost doneAdd ribbon to the bottom (around the jar lid).You can use any color ribbon you want.
For smaller trees and jars put some pulled apart cotton balls around the bottom of the tree.
For smaller trees and jars put some pulled apart cotton balls around the bottom of the tree. | Source
Use as much fake snow in the bottom of the jar as you think it needs.
Use as much fake snow in the bottom of the jar as you think it needs. | Source
Place the tree part on top and inside the jar.
Place the tree part on top and inside the jar. | Source
Screw on the lid and make sure it is tight.
Screw on the lid and make sure it is tight. | Source
Turn jar upside down and the snow will fall on the tree.
Turn jar upside down and the snow will fall on the tree. | Source
Put hot glue on the bottom of the large tree.
Put hot glue on the bottom of the large tree. | Source
Glue the large tree to the flat of the jar lid.
Glue the large tree to the flat of the jar lid. | Source
Both tree snow globes are almost done
Both tree snow globes are almost done | Source
Add ribbon to the bottom (around the jar lid).
Add ribbon to the bottom (around the jar lid). | Source
You can use any color ribbon you want.
You can use any color ribbon you want. | Source

Snow Globe Craft

Snow globes can be made out of just about anything as long as you don't mind if they have water or not. I prefer the ones without water because I have three small children that like to pick them up and shake them. This way if they do drop and break, it's not a huge mess to clean up. These should be made by an adult but children can sure help.

  1. To start you want to make sure that the tree (or your items) will fit inside the jar the way you want them to by placing them on the lid and putting the jar over top of them. Be careful if you are using small mouth jars not to get the tree stuck in it (like I did LOL).
  2. Once you know it will fit and have decided on how you want it to look it is time to assemble the snow globe.
  3. Use hot glue to attach the tree to the flat lid of the jar.
  4. For the smaller jar I added some spread apart cotton balls to make more of a snow effect on the bottom of the jar.
  5. While all the glue is drying add your fake snow to the bottom of the jar.
  6. After all the glue is dried and everything is attached to the flat lid, insert the flat lid part upside down in the jar.
  7. Attach the outer ring of the jar and make sure it is really tight. (You can glue your lid in place if you would like but I did not do this. I wanted to leave mine so it is changeable year to year).
  8. Once lid is attached, you turn the jar upside down (so the tree is right side up) and shake it a little to get the snow to fall just right. This is something that can always change.
  9. Add some ribbon to the lid (now the bottom) of your snow globe to make it look pretty. You can also paint them and cut out a fabric circle to put on the bottom so you don't have to worry about it scratching the table.

For the large jar and large tree I did the same steps only I didn't add the cotton balls to the bottom part of the tree. Just glued the tree directly onto the flat lid and inserted it into the large jar that had fake snow in the bottom.

After I had done the two tree globes I thought it would be super cute to make a snow globe for my mother-in-law with a family picture of us. To do this follow these steps:

  1. Put some fake snow in the bottom of a jar.
  2. Print a picture and wording for the back of the picture. (My words are NightThunder Family Christmas 2010)
  3. Glue these two pieces back to back and make sure the cutting around the edges is the same. When gluing make sure you leave space at the bottom for a popsicle stick. This is what holds the picture in place.
  4. Glue the popsicle stick in between the picture and the word page.
  5. Hold the popsicle stick off the edge of a table and put the jar on top of the picture to make sure you get the right height for your photo.
  6. Cut popsicle stick if needed (mine needed it).
  7. Put a lot of hot glue on the bottom of the popsicle stick and place it immediately in the center of the flat lid for the jar. Allow it to dry and this should be plenty strong enough to hold your photo in place no matter how hard the jar is shaken.
  8. Insert the flat lid into the jar, attach the lid tightly.
  9. Turn the jar upside down (so the photo is upside right).
  10. Add ribbon to the bottom and you are finished.

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My finished snowman hanging on the Christmas tree.
My finished snowman hanging on the Christmas tree. | Source
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Original bottle caps from beer bottles.All bottle caps insides are painted white.Use an orange piece of construction paper for the carrot nose.Cut out small carrot shaped noses.Glue the noses into one of the bottle caps for the face of the snowman.Use hot glue to glue three bottle caps together.All three pieces glued together.Three of my snowman ready for the finishing touches.Draw on the eyes, mouth and butttons and hot glue a ribbon to the back of the snowmans head to hang him.The front and back of different snowmen.
Original bottle caps from beer bottles.
Original bottle caps from beer bottles. | Source
All bottle caps insides are painted white.
All bottle caps insides are painted white. | Source
Use an orange piece of construction paper for the carrot nose.
Use an orange piece of construction paper for the carrot nose. | Source
Cut out small carrot shaped noses.
Cut out small carrot shaped noses. | Source
Glue the noses into one of the bottle caps for the face of the snowman.
Glue the noses into one of the bottle caps for the face of the snowman. | Source
Use hot glue to glue three bottle caps together.
Use hot glue to glue three bottle caps together. | Source
All three pieces glued together.
All three pieces glued together. | Source
Three of my snowman ready for the finishing touches.
Three of my snowman ready for the finishing touches. | Source
Draw on the eyes, mouth and butttons and hot glue a ribbon to the back of the snowmans head to hang him.
Draw on the eyes, mouth and butttons and hot glue a ribbon to the back of the snowmans head to hang him. | Source
The front and back of different snowmen.
The front and back of different snowmen. | Source

Bottle Cap Snowman

My favorite part of Christmas time has always been snow. I love making snowmen and having snowball fights. I figured since snow was my favorite thing during the holiday season I should make some snowmen. What better way to do that than with using the old bottle caps I have had laying around the house. I knew these little guys would come in handy one day!

These ornaments are easy enough that a child can help make them. I do suggest parent supervision, as the edges of the bottle caps can be sharp and hot glue is needed. Here's how to make these adorable little snowman ornaments:

  1. Start with three bottle caps, the ones that come off of beer bottles or root beer bottles or any bottle of that kind.
  2. Clean up the caps (you don't want the snowman to smell like beer after all).
  3. Paint the inside of the bottle caps with white acrylic paint. You will have to do several coats. I did three coats on mine just to make sure they were good and covered.
  4. ***Here you can paint the outside of the bottle caps too if you would like, I chose not to.***
  5. Once all the bottle caps are painted and dry take an orange piece of construction paper and cut a small strip for the carrot nose. Cut out a carrot nose for your snowman.
  6. Use a small dab of Elmer's glue to put the carrot nose inside one of the bottle caps. You will want it kind of in the center so you can draw eyes and a mouth around it.
  7. Next use hot glue to attach all three bottle caps to one another. Just put some glue on one, stick on the other and hold until dry. I laid mine on the table for a second to make sure it was all level but picked it up right after so the glue didn't stick to the table.
  8. Once all are glued together you add your little decorations to your snowman.
  9. Use a permanent marker to draw on eyes and a mouth in the head and buttons in the middle bottle cap.
  10. Attach a ribbon to the back of the snowman's head using hot glue.
  11. Cut a piece of yarn and tie it around the snowman's neck (between first two bottle caps) and tie in a double knot.
  12. After the knot is in the yarn, uncurl the yarn to separate each strand.
  13. Hang your snowman on your tree and enjoy!

My jewelry Christmas Tree
My jewelry Christmas Tree | Source
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My favorite piece from when I was little.More jewelryMore a small pocket watch.Necklaces used for "tinsle"Holes all over the tree for Christmas lights to fit through.
My favorite piece from when I was little.
My favorite piece from when I was little. | Source
More jewelry
More jewelry | Source
More a small pocket watch.
More a small pocket watch. | Source
Necklaces used for "tinsle"
Necklaces used for "tinsle" | Source
Holes all over the tree for Christmas lights to fit through.
Holes all over the tree for Christmas lights to fit through. | Source

Jewelry Christmas Tree

You know all that old jewelry you have from your mom or grandparents, or all the old jewelry you see at thrift stores and yard sales? There is something you can do with all those old pieces that can make for a really cool Christmas time craft. You can make a jewelry Christmas tree!

  1. Buy a piece of wood that is thick enough to hold the weight of the jewelry.
  2. Draw an outline of the tree you want to make on this piece of wood.
  3. If you want to add lights to your tree you need to find out how many lights come on a strand and drill those holes in the tree before you start painting or gluing on jewelry pieces.
  4. Paint the tree green and the stem brown.
  5. After the paint is dry, lay out all your jewelry pieces on the tree to see where they would fit the best. Make sure you don't cover your holes for your lights.
  6. Start in any spot or in many different spots by gluing each piece on one at a time. Save any necklaces or dangly pieces for last.
  7. Once most of your jewelry is on the tree use a pearl necklace or something of the sort for the outline of the tree.
  8. Once the outline of the tree is done you can add your necklace pieces as the strands of tinsel to the tree. Allow them to dangle from one part to the next, only gluing the ends down.
  9. Once the jewelry is all on, add your lights in the back through the holes.
  10. Attach the on-off switch to the side of the board so that you can turn it on and off as you please.
  11. Add a border to the wood to finish off the Jewelry Christmas Tree.

I still have some finishing touches to do to mine this year but I absolutely love how it turned out and can not wait to get it completely finished and hanging on my wall.

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A foam santa.A foam snowman.A snowflake made with scratch paper.
A foam santa.
A foam santa. | Source
A foam snowman.
A foam snowman. | Source
A snowflake made with scratch paper.
A snowflake made with scratch paper. | Source

Crafts from Oriental Trading

Foam crafts are great for children of all ages. I have always bought mine foam projects from Oriental Trading and they come pre-cut. All you have to do is add the glue and put them together. So simple for the even toddlers to do. Most of these projects come in 12 count packages so it is great to have them made for school projects or giving them to family and friends. They have ornaments, picture frames and even ones to make into magnets. There are even foam gingerbread house kits. The best part of all, there is every shape and Christmas decoration to choose from! My kids have always loved to do the foam projects and now that they are getting older the pieces are actually being put in the right spots.

Oriental Trading also had scratch paper cut in special shapes that come with the wooden dowel that scrapes off the black parts to reveal color. I have grown to love these as the possibilities are endless.

A popcicle stick snowman
A popcicle stick snowman | Source
A popcicle stick reindeer.
A popcicle stick reindeer. | Source
A popcicle stick snow flake.
A popcicle stick snow flake. | Source

Popsicle Stick Crafts

If you are a crafter, than chances are you have popsicle sticks in your craft stuff. These make excellent craft pieces for kids of all ages. As long as you have some paint, glue, glitter and a few odd and ends you can make just about anything. Popsicle crafts are great for any age. I even have a lot of fun making these with the kids as mine are usually more detailed and precise then theirs. But sometimes the messiness of it is what makes them so special when done by a kid.

On my tree this year I have a snowman made from one popsicle stick, a reindeer made from three popsicle sticks and a snowflake made from four popsicle sticks.

Here's how to make the snowman:

  1. Paint one popsicle stick white (all sides).
  2. Cut out a hat from black foam or sturdy paper.
  3. Once paint is dry draw on eyes, nose and a mouth.
  4. Attach the hat with a dab of glue.
  5. Add a small piece of any color yarn right below the mouth just by tying knot and this piece becomes the scarf.
  6. To hang glue a piece of ribbon to the back of the snowman's head.

Here's how to make the reindeer:

  1. Take three popsicle sticks and paint them all brown (all sides).
  2. Once paint is dry assemble your reindeer by making two of the sticks into a "V" shape and glue at the tip. Then add the last stick about 1/2 - 3/4 of the way up the two sticks and glue on both ends.
  3. Add some gold glitter glue or decorate your reindeer any way you want.
  4. Add a red pom-pom for his nose.
  5. Two googly eyes.
  6. Tie a ribbon around the center of the reindeer's "head" between the antlers to hang him from.

Here's how to make the snow flake:

  1. Take three popsicle sticks and paint them all white (on all sides).
  2. While paint is still wet you can sprinkle some glitter on them or wait until they are dry and paint glitter on them (depending on if you have glitter paint).
  3. Once all is dry glue all the popsicle sticks together to form a snowflake (or pizza slices).
  4. To hang, glue a piece of ribbon to the back of the tip of one of the snowflake arms.

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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

Wow! What a list of amazing creative ideas! Your craft creations are very cute and your jewelry Christmas tree is gorgeous. Look like you & your kids had plenty of fun making them. Way to go!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up, pinned & shared


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

ishwaryaa22 - The kids and I had lots of fun making these Christmas crafts :) We are always doing something like this. Thanks so much for the comment and thanks for the votes, pin and share as well :)


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

I love the little bottle cap snowman! Super cute, and a great craft idea for my two boys! The snow globes are awesome - I really need to try those with my kids.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I loved the photo posts, it was like shopping in a store. Love the bottle cap snowman idea. Wonderful way to make creative gifts from the heart. Thanks for sharing your talents with us.


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

leahlefler - The bottle cap snowman are super easy to make. My daughter is making lots of them for the kids in her class :) Good thing I've been saving up my bottle caps. Thanks for stopping by and the comment!!!


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

teaches12345 - I'm glad you enjoyed my photos :) These were a ton of fun to make! Thanks for stopping by and the comment!


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Georgie Lowery 4 years ago from Slaton, Texas USA

These are fantastic ideas, I might actually try the snow globes! I'm sharing this on Facebook, because I have lots of crafty friends! :)


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

Georgie Lowery - The snow globes are a huge hit with my kids. I do recommend getting the jars that don't have as much writing on them or has two sides empty because it is easier to see the stuff through them. You can also add ornaments to the trees by glueing them on the tree before you put the tree in the jar. I come up with so many more ideas after I have made them LOL Thanks for the comment and the share!!!!


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savingkathy 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

These are cute ideas, and look easy enough to do that I may even attempt some with my little nephews this Christmas. I really like the bottle cap snowmen. Thanks for sharing!


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

savingkathy - I'm sure your nephews would love to do the bottle cap snowmen too :) Good luck! Thanks for the comment!

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