Printed crafts are great because they offer a real personal touch to a gift. These little thumbprint reindeer are so cute that we make always some cards in this style every year. The best part is they are really simple to make which means they’re great for younger children to get involved with too!
Thumbprint Reindeer heads
You will need:
White card Brown paint Brown marker Googly eyes Pom Poms Glue
To start you will need to make your thumbprints, we went with three but you can do as many or little as you like. Leave your reindeer to dry.
Now take your brown pen and draw some simple antlers on to your reindeer prints.
Finally, add two googly eyes and a pom pom nose to each of your reindeer and optionally add a message to your card.
You will need
Brown paint Red paint Beige paint Brown pen Googly eyes Glue
To make your reindeer you will need to make a vertical thumbprint for the head, then attach a horizontal thumbprint for the body. Leave your reindeer to dry.
Next take your brown pen and give each reindeer some antlers, legs and a tail.
Finish your Reindeer by adding two googly eyes and a nose to each. Don’t forget to give Rudolph a special red nose!
Can you believe it’s only 9 weeks until Christmas? Where on earth has that time gone?! We don’t generally put our decorations up until the first of December but we love to have as many handmade ones as possible. We recently collected some pinecones and have slowly been turning into decorations for my sons tree. This pinecone Christmas tree ornament is probably my favourite so far purely because it is so simply and fun, whilst I did use a glue gun to make mine, my preschool aged son made an absolutely fab one all by himself using Pva glue (I did use my glue gun to attach the ribbon)! They really are a fun craft for children and adults alike.
You will need
A Pinecone Green paint Paintbrush Small pom poms 1 Regular yellow/gold Pom Pom Glue gun or Pva glue Ribbon
To start making your Christmas tree; coat your pinecone in a layer of green paint and allow to dry.
Use your glue to attach your little multi-coloured Pom Poms to the ‘branches’ of your pinecone tree. These will be your tree decorations!
Glue your large yellow/gold Pom Pom to the top of your pinecone, this will be your star. Your pinecone Christmas tree is finished! If you wish to hang your ornament check out the next step to see how.
To hang your ornament; take a length of ribbon and tie it into a loop. Use your glue (a hot glue gun works best) to glue the knotted end of your loop into the top of your pinecone between branches. Then place a dab of glue onto your star Pom Pom and secure your ribbon there too .
Your tree is finished! How sweet do these little decorations look? They make fab gifts for family and friends too!
I know I should probably be uploading Halloween crafts this week but all the Christmas goodies popping up in shops and Christmas movies being shown on tv are making me feel extra festive! I Can’t wait for Christmas with our little ones this year. The first thing we usually start making at Christmas is the cards, just so that we have plenty in lots of different designs. This woven paper Christmas tree design is one of my favourites, its great for practising motor skills and hand eye co-ordination and it looks really sweet too!
You will need:
Light green paper Dark green paper Yellow paper Brown paper Sellotape Scissors A folded piece of card (Optional)
To start, take your green paper and cut out the triangle shape of your tree.
Now, take the bottom part of your triangle and fold it around a cm up. Take your scissors and make little snips in the paper evenly spread about 1cm apart.
open up the fold and extend the snips to fit your Christmas tree. Try to make sure you don’t cut open the edges of your tree. If you do however, don’t worry you can just secure it with Sellotape!
Take your dark green paper and cut it into strips. Individually thread the strips into your Christmas tree following an under, over pattern.
Secure the strips down on the back of your Christmas tree using Sellotape. If your strips overhang on the front of your Christmas tree; simply fold the strips over the sides of the tree and secure with tape.
Use your yellow and brown paper to cut out a star and a tree trunk, glue them into position.
I cant believe there are only 15 weeks until Christmas, Where has this year gone?! We can’t wait for Christmas this year now that we have our gorgeous little girl and our big guy is old enough to understand. It may be a little while off yet but there are so many Christmas crafts I want to share this year, so I’ve started a little early! This Freestanding handprint Christmas tree looks great as a decoration and is a gorgeous keepsake too.
You will need
Green card (or alternatively green paint and white card) Brown, red, blue, purple, orange and pink paint Black permanent marker (one that won’t bleed into paint!) Gold card Thin cardboard (we use an old cereal box) TP roll Glue Scissors.
First you will need to take your green card, draw around your hands (or alternatively, you could print your hands with green paint) and cut out the shapes. You will need four handprints with the thumb pointing left and four handprints with the thumb pointing right.
Position your handprints on your thin cardboard so that you have 3 on the bottom row, two just touching in the centre and two overlapping on the top row. Make sure that you have the thumb part of your handprints facing outwards. Glue down your handprints then cut a star from your gold card and stick it at the top of your tree.
When the glue has dried, cut out your reinforced tree. Now to decorate! To start your Christmas lights. Take your permanent black marker and draw on the lines to create the wires.
Now, take your tray of paints and dot fingerprints all along the black lines to make your fairy lights. Tip: If your marker starts to bleed, you can blow over it with a cool hairdryer to dry the paint quickly!
To make the stand for your Christmas tree, take your TP roll and cut it about 2/3rds up. Take the larger section and paint it brown.
Once both pieces are dry, Position the tree trunk in the centre at the bottom of your tree. Make two snips in the bottom of your tree where the edges of the tp roll touch it. Slide the Tp roll into these two slits. Position your tree centrally on the TP roll so that your tree can stand freely.
Your Freestanding handprint Christmas tree is finished! How sweet do these look?!