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Cute and Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids to Make

Updated on December 14, 2014

Christmas Crafts Ideas for Children

Fun Christmas crafts for kids including ornaments and decorations. I have snowman ornaments, a Santa necklace, holiday wreath, photo collage and more.

Reindeer, stocking, homemade Christmas cards and candy cane crafts are just some of the fun kids can have here.

Children can even listen to holiday music while they're here and vote for their favorite clipart. Ready to get started?

Image by tengrrl at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

Felt Snowman Ornaments

What I love about felt ornaments is that it doesn't matter if a child drops one because they can't break. To get started, print out the pattern I have below. With white felt paper, cut the pattern out twice for each ornament you want to make.

Place the two pieces together. Depending on the age of the child, either the child or an adult can begin to sew the ornament using a needle and thread. You can see how this should look by looking at the above picture. Start at the top of the head and work your way around the snowman until you almost get back to the top.

Take cotton and stuff the snowman. Now, take a thick piece of yarn or ribbon and add to the top before you finish sewing the snowman up. Now, kids can decorate the snowman.

I recommend cutting out images such as eyes, nose, mouth, bow tie, ribbons, etc., from other colored pieces of felt and let the kids clue them on. When finished, they can hang their new ornament on the tree.

Felt ornament image by Nico Paix via Getty Images at Fickr under Creative Commons licensing.

Christmas Collage

Let kids gather up personal family photos or cut out Christmas pictures from magazines to put together a poster board to make a Christmas collage. If you want to make it more creative, let kids add stickers, cut out paper ornaments, glitter or anything else they can think of to make it more festive.

Display the Christmas board proudly! Kids love to see their work highlighted.

Collage image by thomasrdotorg at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

Christmas Stocking Outline

Click on the image to print out a free Christmas stocking image. You can keep this craft very simple by merely having kids color it or use water colors to paint it.

If you would like to be a little more elaborate, let kids use glitter to make it more sparkly. I personally prefer glitter pens as they are far less messy than spreading glue and adding glitter. Afterwards, you can glue the stocking onto an 8x10 piece of construction paper, then place the paper into a frame and you have a festive Christmas picture.

Stocking coloring page image courtesy of WPClipart.

Jingle Bells Video

Here's some Christmas music to listen to while you're here.

Reindeer Crafts

Reindeer image courtesy of WPClipart.

Holiday Poll

Will you be making crafts with kids this year?

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Shrinky Dinks Ornaments

Shrinky Dinks Holiday Fun
Shrinky Dinks Holiday Fun

If you're looking for an ornament kit for kids, this one is lots of fun. First, kids get to paint the ornament, then watch them shrink in the oven. The kit comes with 30 ornaments, so there's lots of crafting fun.

 

Pine Cone Craft

A pine cone craft is a very simple craft that can easily be made even by younger kids. If possible, go out and find your own pine cones. This adds to the fun. I suggest the rounder kind like is seen in the picture as it can stand on its own.

Now, all you need for this craft is some paint. I personally prefer spray paint. Be sure to place the cone on a trash bag or aluminum foil before spraying to protect your table. If you want to go fancy, add some glitter.

Pine cone photo by tillwe at Flickr under Creative Commons licensing.

Make Free Christmas Cards

Kids so love to be creative and making Christmas cards is fun. Simply print this out to use as the base of your card. I suggest adding a small picture of the child, then let them write out a holiday greeting.

Image courtesy of WPClipart.

Candy Cane Crafts

Candy cane image courtesy of WPClipart.

Handprint Christmas Tree

Using green construction paper, draw around the outline of the child's hand. I suggest either six or eight times. Cut them out, then glue together the bases of the hands in the middle, one under the other as shown in the photo above.

Using crayons or cut out ornaments, kids can now decorate their handprint tree. Don't forget to cut out a tree topper.

Craft image by bon_here at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

Santa Necklace

Print this out and punch a hole at the top. Run a piece of yarn through it, (preferably red or green, to make a Santa necklace. If you want to make it a little more creative, add some beads as well.

Santa image courtesy of WPClipart.

Christmas Ornament Kit

12 Big Head Gingerbread Ornament Craft Kit/Craft Kits/Christmas Ornaments/Holiday
12 Big Head Gingerbread Ornament Craft Kit/Craft Kits/Christmas Ornaments/Holiday

Make these cute decorations out of beads. This kit allows for six decorations and comes with over 1,000 beads, plus pegboard and more. It's sure to keep kids busy for awhile.

 

Christmas Paper Bag Craft

It's easy to make a Christmas bag. Start with a lunch bag. Next, download one of the Christmas cliparts I have below. Use a colorful piece of ribbon to tie the bag up. These are great to use for small gifts or to keep some special holiday treasures in. The clipart images are from WPClipart.

Bags image by une damoiselle at Flickr under Creative Commons licensing.

Christmas Dog and Cat

Snowmen Clipart

Snowman image courtesy of WPClipart.

Angel Clipart

Dancing Santa

Merry Christmas Clipart

Christmas Clipart Poll

Which clipart is your favorite?

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How to Make a Christmas Wreath

Start with using a straw wreath as your base. You should be able to find one at your local craft store. Get a wide roll of ribbon. Depending on the size of the wreath and the length of the ribbon, you may need more than one.

With glue or a staple gun, attach the beginning of the ribbon to the base. Wrap the ribbon around as seen in the picture. Once done wrapping the ribbon around, attach the end to the base. If desired, a bow can be added as well.

Wreath image by hoyasmeg at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

Straw Wreath

Floracraft Straw Wreath, 24-Inch, Natural
Floracraft Straw Wreath, 24-Inch, Natural

In case you don't have a local craft store, you can purchase this straw wreath through Amazon.

 

Christmas Candle Crafts

Candle image courtesy of WPClipart.

Paper Christmas Ornament

Print out two of these snowflakes and paste them back to back. I suggest using a very thin line of glue around the edges. Kids can color and decorate both sides of the snowflake.

Poke a small hole at the top to attach a Christmas tree hanger to and it's ready to be hung on the tree.

Image courtesy of WPClipart.

Christmas Craft Kits

Creativity for Kids Beaded Snowflake Ornaments
Creativity for Kids Beaded Snowflake Ornaments

Snowflakes are so beautiful. With this kit, kids can create six beautiful crystal snowflake ornaments. Gift envelopes and ribbon are included.

 

What kind of crafts do you like to make?

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @chrisilouwho: I'm glad you like them.

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      chrisilouwho 3 years ago

      These are great suggestions, thank you!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @norma-holt: Glad you like them.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @DANCING COWGIRL: A very Merry Christmas to you, too!

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      Nice ideas. Good lens.

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 4 years ago from Texas

      Fun stuff as always. Hope you have a Merry Christmas!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @smine27: That sounds quite yummy.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I don't make much in terms of crafts but I love to bake!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @NoProblemmo: LOL Sounds good to me.

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      NoProblemmo 4 years ago

      I like all crafts where somebody brings a cake or cookies. I am the most active during the pauses.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @TransplantedSoul: I agree. They take such a sense of pride.

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      TransplantedSoul 4 years ago

      Kids always seem prouder of their house when they have helped to create the decorations themselves.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @kmyangel: They're a lot of fun.

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      Ladyroses LM 4 years ago

      The Dancing Santa are so cute! .. Nice lens

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @Ladyroses LM: Happy you like them.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Nice to know.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @MissJumpingCastle: Thanks for coming by.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @kcsantos: You're very welcome.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @SheGetsCreative: Thanks for the Squidoo blessing.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @StarDancer LM: You're welcome.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @StarDancer LM: Those are really cute.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @SurvivalFood1: Hope you enjoy them.

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      kmyangel 4 years ago

      I really enjoy any kind of kids crafts !

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Interesting craft ideas !

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      very nice lens, well done, squidliked, G+1 and pinned. Have a great Christmas.

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      MissJumpingCastle 4 years ago

      This is great..Thanks for sharing

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      kcsantos 4 years ago

      This is very creative and easy to do, especially for kids. Thanks for this!

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Lots of fun budget-friendly craft ideas here!*blessed

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      StarDancer LM 4 years ago

      Thanks so much for your squidlike:)

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      StarDancer LM 4 years ago

      I have been making paper snowflakes with the kids, lots of great ideas for the holidays!

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      SurvivalFood1 4 years ago

      So many great ideas for crafting with the kids; thank you!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @anonymous: It's so nice of you to let me know.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @Sunday-Vintage: I hope they have fun.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @getmoreinfo: Thanks for letting me know this.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @getmoreinfo: Thanks for letting me know this.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is great, thank you for your sharing, I really like them. :)

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      Sunday-Vintage 4 years ago

      Great Lens! Going to show it to my kids and see what they want to make! Thanks for sharing :)

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      These Christmas Crafts for Kids are great.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @sheilamarie78: That is such a cute one for kids.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @squidoopets: I think they are, too.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @Diva2Mom: I hope your kids have fun with these ideas.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @Diva2Mom: I hope your kids have fun with these ideas.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @ussiandiram: It really is. I've made many felt crafts over the years.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @Melissa Miotke: I hope you get the chance to make one.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @LiteraryMind: It's really quite a fun craft to do.

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      sheilamarie78 5 years ago

      There are so many great ideas on this page, but I think I'll start with the hand print tree. Thanks!

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      The felt snowmen are so cute!

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      Diva2Mom 5 years ago

      Anything I can get my hands on :). Your lens inspires me to make a beautiful Christmas wreath and ornaments. Thanks for this fabulous, cheerful lens! BLESSED by a little Squid Angel. God bless you my fabulous friend! Huge hug and muah!!!

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      ussiandiram 5 years ago

      Felt is such a great material for creating homemade Christmas ornaments because it's so easy to work with

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      I really like the idea of making a Christmas wreath!

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Haven't done crafts in a while. I really like the photo collage as a idea for kids.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @sukkran trichy: That sounds interesting.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @TCurtis62: So nice you came by.

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      i love carving. appreciate your craft ideas.

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      TCurtis62 5 years ago

      Nice lens, and thanks for sharing your great ideas.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @anonymous: You must know of so many crafts ideas that could be done with kids. Sounds like you grew up in a great area.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @coolmon2009 lm: Thanks for checking them out!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a wonderful way to get into the Christmas spirit with the whole family participating in the fun. I love the hand Christmas tree and am thinking that could be done even right on the glass to decorate windows. I grew up in the north woods and loved working with pine cones to make trees, wreaths and ornaments....and they smell so good but the fresh ones may leave a little pitch on your hand now and then....easy to get off with a little lotion. I love your ideas with great instructions for everyone to get started....Christmas is almost here!

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      coolmon2009 lm 5 years ago

      Nice craft ideas, thanks for sharing.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @tedwritesstuff24: I do, too. They are loads of fun.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @Louidam1 LM: Glad you like them!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @favored: Hope you have fun!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @takkhisa: Yes, there are lots of fun crafts made for the holidays.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @aesta1: I tried to keep it simple.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @Board-Game-Brooke: I was hoping for that.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @Jo-Jackson: Thank you for telling me this.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @lbrummer: I think it has such a sentimental meaning.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @kabbalah lm: I so agree with you. It's a great lesson.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @AstroGremlin: I totally agree. Plus, there's something special about getting a gift that a child made.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @halloweenprops: Nothing like Christmas spirit!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @TolovajWordsmith: I understand what you're saying.

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      TedWritesStuff 5 years ago

      Shrinky Dinks, love 'em!

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      Louidam1 LM 5 years ago

      These are great kids Christmas craft ideas!

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      All kinds of things. I'll be doing some this year, but not with any kids.

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      Takkhis 5 years ago

      We make different kinds of crafts on our main festival. Now i see, on Christmas you make a lot crafts.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      These are fun and easy to do with kids.

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      C A Chancellor 5 years ago from US/TN

      Fun ideas for keeping the kids entertained!

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      Jo-Jackson 5 years ago

      Some great ideas for occupying the children and getting them in the Christmas spirit.

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      Loraine Brummer 5 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      I love the Christmas collage with family photos. Great ideas!!

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      kabbalah lm 5 years ago

      Great idea to let the kids make their own cards. Perhaps it will help them to learn it's better to give than to receive. Too much selfishness in today's world.

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      AstroGremlin 5 years ago

      Kids don't always have money for gifts and crafts are a way to make presents that give them the spirit of giving.

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      halloweenprops 5 years ago

      Fantastic ideas to occupy the kids and fill them with Christmas spirit! :)

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      I like all kinds of crafts where is not too much to clean after the project is finished...

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @VspaBotanicals: Those are quite festive.

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      VspaBotanicals 5 years ago

      I love to make wreaths. Excellent lens.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @WWurpleW: How nice that you like to write letters. I'll take one!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @CruiseReady: They really are a lot of fun. I love doing them with my kids.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @kislanyk: You must miss it.

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      WWurpleW 5 years ago

      I like to write letters for people for holidays like Christmas. Wish I had a child to share this lens with!

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      I used to make some things, but haven't done so for years... but those shrinky dinks do seem like they would be fun.

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      Marika 5 years ago from Cyprus

      This reminds me of times gone by when I was doing Christmas crafts. It was fun!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @jolou: I still do as an adult.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @DeborahDian: What yummy fun!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @NausetViews: I have some I made as a teenager.

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      jolou 5 years ago

      I loved making Christmas crafts as a child.

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      Deborah Carr 5 years ago from Orange County, California

      My grandkids and I made a gingerbread house together last year. It was so much fun!

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      banapple 5 years ago

      Love the felt snowman ornaments. I think my kids would enjoy making them too.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      They really are cute keepsakes that can be treasured through the year.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @CoeGurl: Thank you!