Cheap & Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids

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Cheap & Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids
Keep the kids busy with Christmas craft projects. (John Burke/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

When you are looking for an inexpensive craft project, consider one that uses recycled materials. Some items you might toss in the trash or recycle bin can become family keepsakes for future generations. For an easy craft, find a project that youngsters can work on with minimal supervision from an adult.

Egg Cartons

Discarded egg cartons convert quite easily to Christmas bell ornaments. With a little help from an adult, even young children can cut the cups from a cardboard or plastic egg carton to create the bell shapes. Use glue, glitter, sequins and other sparkly decorations to cover the entire exterior of each bell. For additional authenticity, poke a small pair of holes at top of the bell shape and tie a small jingle bell inside with a gold ribbon. More advanced crafters or older children can group six bell shapes to make a Christmas star. To do this, cut the bottom of the bell into four points, and then glue the six egg cups side by side, forming a circular shape with the bottom of the egg cups at the centre of the star.

Phone Book Christmas Tree

Recycle an out-of-date phone book into a Christmas tree holiday decoration through creative folding. This tree craft is created by folding the right corner of each page so the top of the folded page runs parallel with the book's binding. Crafters then fold the lower-right corner of the page up, so the outer right side of that edge runs horizontal to the page, directly below the first fold, to create a triangular shape. After folding all the pages, the back cover of the phone book is taped or glued to the front cover of the book to create a standing Christmas tree. Spray paint the exterior of the tree and then decorate by gluing on small colourful balls, glitter, sequins or other bright ornaments.

Popsicle Stick Star

It takes just six wooden Popsicle sticks to create a star to hang on the Christmas tree. The star is created by gluing three of the sticks together to form a triangle shape, and then gluing the other three in the same fashion and joining the two triangles to make a star. The sticks are painted gold or silver and decorated with glitter. A small ribbon at the top of the star can be used to hang the ornament.

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