Well done to Tracey and Letti from Warwickshire who won this year's BIG Christmas hamper giveaway with their 'faux fireplace'! See the winner's entry plus all the others - and have a very merry Christmas!
Julie says: ‘ These are so easy to make! ‘
How to make Julie’s Christmas bells:
1. Wrap a coloured pipe cleaner half way around a curtain ring, and thread the pipe cleaner through a christmas jingle bell.
2. Join another pipe cleaner and continue to wrap it around the curtain ring until it is completely covered.
3. If you don’t have a jingle bell you can use pom poms. Stick them on using craft glue once the curtain ring is covered.
4. And finally, hang them on your Christmas tree!
Thank you to everyone who entered our Big Christmas giveaway to win a Christmas hamper. You all sent us pictures of the brilliant Christmas crafts you designed and made with your kids, so we wanted to show off your handy work in our Christmas crafts for kids gallery.We had a hard job choosing the most-original Christmas craft but there could only be 1 winner…
Congratulations to our winner Tracey and her daughter Letti, who made this cosy and realistic-looking fireplace. We think Tracey and Letti’s Christmas craft looks brilliant and is such an inventive idea. Well done!
Tracey says: ‘My daughter and I made this ‘faux fireplace’ to make our living room feel more Christmassy as we don’t have a real one.’
How to make Tracey and Letti’s fireplace:
1. We made the mantlepiece using long, thin cardboard boxes.
2. We used some thin bits of cardboard to make the back and the bottom of the mantlepiece, then Sellotaped them to the mantlepiece boxes and covered it all in brown packaging paper.
3. We then used washing-up sponges, dipped in brown/red paint to lightly stamp on the paint, to create the brick effect. Leave the paint to dry.
4. Meanwhile, make the fire, we used a bit of cardboard as the base.
5. We painted some cardboard toilet paper tubes brown to look like logs and placed them on the base at angles.
6. Then we scrunched up some red, yellow and orange tissue paper to make the flames.
7. You can also put battery-operated tea lights underneath the tissue paper for a flickering fire effect.
Maria says: ‘We made our own advent calendar wreath. Very simple but effective and more fun than a shop-bought one. And by Christmas day you have made a beautiful Christmas wreath to display. My children love to watch their creation grow over the month.’
How to make Marianne’s handy advent calendar wreath:
1. Simply draw around yours and your children’s hands on to different coloured or Christmas decorated papers. You will need to draw 24 hands.
2. Cut the hands out using scissors and number them from 1 – 24.
3. For number 25: Cut out a paper bow, decorate it and number it 25.
4. For the wreath base: Cut out the centre of a paper plate to make a wreath-shaped ring.
5. Each day stick the corresponding number in a wreath arrangement on the paper plate ring.
6. On day 25, Christmas Day, add the final flourish of your beautiful bow.
7. Your advent calendar wreath is complete to wow your Christmas guests and is a beautiful keepsake of those precious little hands from that year.
Louise says: ‘Barney, 17 and a half months old, with his Rudolph Christmas card. Guidance from mummy is needed for where you put your child’s hands!‘
How to make Louise and Barney’s Rudolph card:
1. Pour some brown paint onto a paper plate and dip your child’s hand into the paint.
2. Make 2 brown handprints on some white card for the antlers. 3. Cut a carrot in half, and use it as a stamp to print on the red nose using red paint.
4. Once the paint is dry, draw on the eyes and mouth with a black felt-tip pen.
5. Older children could do a fist print for the reindeer’s face.
Katie says: ‘Myself and my 2-year-old son Micah, have made 2 different christmas crafts, but they are both for the tree. They’re both simple, don’t cost a lot and are great fun for the children.’
How to make Katie and Micah’s picture baubles:
1. I got some different coloured card and cut them out using scissors into bauble shapes.
2. On one side, I got my son to decorate them as he wished, with paint, glitter and stars.
3. I then printed some recent pictures of my son, cut them down to size and stuck those on the other side of the baubles.
4. Laminate them with Sticky Back Plastic to last.
Katie’s pine cone decorations: We also collected loads of pine cones from the local park and took them home to decorate. We painted some of them and covered the rest in glitter and little stars. We then tied some festive red ribbon around the top, so we could hang them from the tree – they look great.
Liam’s mum Diane says: ‘Here is my son Liam with his crafty Christmas picture, inspired by his upcoming school nativity play ‘We Three Kings’.
How to make Liam’s Christmas nativity scene:
1. On an A4 sheet of black card, draw the Star of David in glue, at the top then sprinkle glitter over it.
2. For the other stars, use sequins fixed in place with glitter glue.
3. For the ground, use yellow and orange coloured paper, cut it in a wavy line and stick it to the black card.
4. Next, make the 3 kings’ bodies and yellow crowns with 3 pieces of coloured card, all cut to the same shape, and stick them onto the background. Decorate their dresses with shiny sequins glued into place.
5. Draw and colour the kings’ faces and gifts with the felt-tip pens.
6. Stick on some cotton wool to make their beards.
Jenny says: ‘You will need: Assorted, coloured squares of felt, matching coloured thread and assorted buttons.’
How to make Jenny’s finger puppets:
1. For the Father Christmas finger puppet: Fold a square piece of felt in half and measure it against your finger to make sure the finished puppet will be wide enough to fit onto your finger.
2. Draw the outline of your required base shape onto the felt i.e. a Father Christmas head shape.
3. Cut the shape out with scissors and you will then have 2 felt shapes that match exactly.
4. Cut out extra bits of felt for his beard and a hat, then sew these onto one of the felt shapes.
5. Sew 2 buttons on for the eyes and sew an outline of a mouth and nose using some black thread.
6. Now take the 2 matching pieces of felt and use a backstitch to sew the pieces together (with the Father Christmas face at the front) around the outside, with matching-coloured thread. Leave the bottom open, so that you can put your finger in.
7. The same steps apply to all of the finger puppets – you can even make up your own designs.
8. You could also attach a loop of cotton/ribbon to the top of the puppets and hang them on the Christmas tree.
Alexandra says: ‘With my 4 children; Elizabeth (10), Francesca (7), Nathaniel (4) and Sebastian (2), I designed some hanging decorations for a Christmas tree.’
How to make Alexandra’s Christmas pudding pom poms:
1. To make the pom pom – we put 2 cardboard doughnuts together and wound brown wool around them until the hole in the middle of the doughnut disappeared. This method is easier for small hands but you can also make pom poms on your fingers.
2. Snip the wool around the outside circle with sharp scissors – this is a job for adults.
3. Get a long peice of brown wool then tie and knot it tightly around the middle of the pom pom, inbetween the 2 cardboard doughnuts. Save the long tail of wool so you can thread on the Christmas pudding icing, holly and berries.
4. Take the doughnuts off and fluff up the pom pom. You can re-use the cardboard doughnuts to make more pom poms.
5. Next, cut a ‘drippy’ piece of white felt and thread it onto the tail with a darning needle for the icing.
6. Then thread green wool or scraps of green felt onto the tail for holly leaves.
7. Finally thread on a red button (or 2) for the berries and tie a knot in the tail to keep everything in place.
Laura says: ‘Me and my 2 kids, Bella and Macauley, plus my niece Demi, decided to make some Christmas tree decorations to take my youngest’s mind off being poorly!’
How to make Laura’s cookie Christmas tree decorations:
1. Cut shapes out of cookie dough mix using cookie cutters, pierce a hole in the top and bake them according to the cookie dough recipe.
2. Once the cookies have cooled, decorate them with icing, icing decorations and sweeties.
3. When the icing has dried, put some ribbon through the holes and hey presto, you have cookie decorations for the tree.
Nikki says: ‘This is my little girl making Christmas snowflakes.
How to make Nikki’s daughter’s snowflakes:
1. We took some old paper plates, covered them with a good layer of PVA glue, then let loose with lots of glitter and Christmas-themed confetti.
2. You could also draw a picture on the plate with felt-tip pens and colour it in using glitter. You can make loads of different patterns with a little imagination.
3. Once the masterpieces are dry, pierce a small hole through the top of the plate with a pair of scissors and thread through some string to hang the snowflakes from the ceiling.
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Alyson says: ‘My girls decorating snowflakes. These are made from foam, but paper ones are fine too.’
How to make Alyson’s Christmas snowflakes:
1. Add as many colours, stickers, sparkles onto foam or paper snowflake shapes as possible. Voila!
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Amanda says: ‘My daughter making Christmas candy canes.’
How to make Amanda’s candy canes:
1. Mix up 1 dried egg white sachet according to the packet instructions and add in a few drops of the peppermint essence.
2. Gradually sift in 550g of icing sugar and mix to a smooth paste.
3. Add in a few drops of the colouring and knead to make the colour mix in, in a swirly pattern.
4. Roll the mixture into thin ropes on a surface dusted lightly with icing sugar and shape into candy canes.
5. Dry the candy canes overnight on non-stick paper. I hope you enjoy making these as much as my daughter did.
Kathryn says: ‘This is Freya Johnson aged 2 and a half and we made seashell tree decorations.’
How to make Kathryn’s seashell decorations:
1. Paint the shells with poster paint or craft paint mixed half and half with PVA glue.
2. Then sprinkle the painted shells with glitter.
3. When they’re dry, get a drill and make a small hole on each shell (be careful). Leaning on an old chopping board works well.
4. Next get some thin ribbon and thread it through the hole, then knot it to make a loop.
5. Finally, glue some sequins on and give them as gifts or hang them on your tree!
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Angela says: ‘This is my son Gabriel’s 1st ever Christmas decoration. We made it when I volunteered to make Christmas crackers at his nursery. It’s made from cardboard tubes and has more glitter and bows than a Dolly Parton outfit.
To the untrained eye it might look like messy and torn crepe paper, but to me it’s a beautiful masterpiece which takes pride of place nestled in the Christmas tree. It reminds me of just how much he’s grown each time Christmas arrives.’
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