dailybuzz moms 9×9: kids’ holiday crafts

November 27th, 2012
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Chelsea and Conor have been raised celebrating both Jewish and Catholic holidays – so every December brings Christmas trees and menorahs, wreaths and latkes, stockings and dreidels.

And when they were little – crafts of every kind.

As this was before the internet and Pinterest, I “saved” great ideas by amassing magazine clippings in a bulging  folder labeled “holiday crafts”. And every year we’d create different handmade gifts and decorations.

I’m so excited to be part of this month’s DailyBuzz Moms 9×9, sharing my favorite kids’ holiday crafts. They are super adorable and meet all of my strictest “kid-craft” criteria:

No hard to find materials or “single-use” tools.

Easy and fun for kids of different ages (as Chelsea and Conor are 5 years apart, this was important – I was always on the hunt for crafts that my 4-year-old could master, yet my 9-year-old would find engaging).

Relatively quick to complete (can you say “attention span”?).

Let’s get started!

Fruit Loop Candy Canes

I love this craft – it is so easy, and do NOT underestimate the adorableness of a bunch of these hanging on your tree (and don’t dismiss them as too “juvenile” for your bigger kids either – just watch what happens when you set out the materials and get started – it’s somewhat addictive).

fruit loop candy canes

Materials
Fruit Loops
Pipe cleaners

Shape the pipe cleaners into candy canes. Bend the bottom ends up into a hook to catch the cereal.

Thread the cereal – either randomly or in a pattern – almost the entire length of the pipe cleaners; make another bend at the top ends to finish.

fruit loop candy canes

Hardware Store Menorah

Though we’ve made our share of menorahs over the years – out of all kinds of materials – these are my very favorite. You can get everything you need at your local hardware and craft stores, and the possibilities for creating unique designs are endless (don’t forget to put your child’s name and the year on the bottom!).

hardware store menorahs

Materials
unfinished wood block, 8-10″ long
acrylic paints
paint brushes
Mod Podge
(9) 3/8″ nuts
(1) 1/2″ nut
glue
assorted decorations (foam or jewel stickers, mosaic tiles, buttons, dry pasta)

hardware store menorahs

Paint the block; let dry completely. Seal with Mod Podge.

Glue the 1/2″ nut on top of the block, in the center. Glue 8 of the smaller nuts – evenly spaced – on either side (you can place a little mark where each nut should go). When dry, glue the remaining  nut on top of the center nut (this will be the “shamash”).

Attach decorations around the sides and edges.

Orange Bird Feeder

These are so charming and always a hit with my kids. Try to hang them on trees and shrubs that are easily viewed from your window, so you can watch the birds come and feast!

orange bird feeder

Materials
orange
(4) pieces of twine, yarn or string, cut into 24″ lengths
bird seed

With a sharp knife, cut the orange in half – scoop out the flesh. Pierce 4 small holes on opposite sides, about 1/2″ from the top edge of each half . Thread one piece of twine through a hole, and out the opposite end. Repeat with the second piece of twine in the remaining holes (you’ll have an “X”). Gather the ends together and tie in a knot. Repeat with the other half. Fill with bird seed and hang from sturdy branches outside.

orange bird feeder

orange bird feeder

Okay – now it’s your turn! I KNOW you’ve got a bunch of great kids’ crafts up your sleeves – won’t you share them here? I need some new ideas for my little guy!

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