Get the kids in the holiday spirit by showing them how to make Christmas crafts. Children will be thrilled when they see their creations used as a centrepiece for the holiday-season table. You probably already have most of the materials you need for these projects. Set aside an afternoon with the kids, and have fun making your very own table decorations.
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A paper Santa Clause can be used on your table as a centrepiece. Make this Santa centrepiece with materials such as construction paper, markers, cotton, glue and tape. The process is simple. Make a cone shape with red construction paper, and tape it to secure the shape. The large end will be the base. Cut a circle of construction paper for Santa's face. Make it any colour you want, and glue it to the top of the cone. Use black construction paper for Santa's belt and yellow construction paper for the buckle. The nose and mouth can be drawn with a marker. To finish this craft, glue cotton balls on his face to create the beard, and put another cotton ball on the tip of his hat.
Another centrepiece that kids can make for Christmas is a snowman. Use three styrofoam balls in different shapes. Glue the three balls together, or secure them with a wooden skewer. Stick googly eyes on the face, and use an orange marker to draw a nose like a carrot, a red marker for the snowman's smile and a black marker for buttons that run down the middle styrofoam. Tie a piece of fabric around the snowman's neck for a scarf and add twigs for his arms.
Napkin rings are a simple craft for kids to make. You need a pair of scissors, a toilet paper tube, glue, paint and small decorative items, such as glitter, pine cones and plastic greenery. Cut the toilet paper roll into three rings. Paint each red or green, using acrylic paint. Once they're dry, decorate them any way you wish.
Create holiday gift mats. Start with plaid or solid red or green place mats. Decorate them, using fabric paint, puffy paint or glitter glue or a combination of all three. Alternatively, use stencils and fabric paint to dress up the place mats with holiday images of gingerbread men, a Christmas tree, stars or stocking. Another option is cutting stockings or stars out of felt and gluing them to the place mats.
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