Children love Christmas, and they love to be involved in the gift giving, wrapping and decorating. Put their creative minds to work over the holidays by giving them easy craft ideas that you can actually use. They will be entertained while you finish holiday preparations, and their creations will be put to good use.
Cinnamon applesauce Christmas ornaments not only add to the décor of your tree, but they also smell wonderful. For this craft, you will need cinnamon, applesauce, craft glue, cookie cutters, ribbon and a toothpick. Mix 1 cup of cinnamon with 1 cup of applesauce, then add 1 tsp. of craft glue. If the dough is too wet, continue adding cinnamon in 1/3 cup increments until you can easily manipulate the dough. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough to 1/4-inch thick, then use cookie cutters to cut out ornaments. Use the toothpick to create a hole in the top that is large enough to feed the ribbon through. Place the ornaments on a cooling rack until they completely dry, which may take a few days. When they are completely dry, feed a ribbon through the hole and tie in a knot to hang on branches.
With all of the gift wrapping done around the holidays, having enough supplies, especially gift bows, can be hard to keep up with and costly. The best part about these bows is they use little scraps of leftover wrapping paper you usually throw away. Not only will this be an enjoyable craft, but it also will teach kids creative ways to recycle. In addition to wrapping paper pieces, you will need clear tape, a small piece of cardboard, scissors and a ruler. Begin by cutting the wrapping paper into strips 4 inches long and 1/2 to 3/4 inches wide. Cut a 1-1/2-inch square out of cardboard. Tape the ends of the paper strips together, leaving about 1/8 inch hanging over. Tape the loops to the cardboard square, starting with one centered over the edge of one square. Repeat until the entire outer edge of the square is covered. Continue doing this in layers on the square until there is only a small spot in the center. Use one final loop to cover the center, then gently fluff the bow. Attach it to gifts using a looped piece of tape.
This candy cane flowerpot will make an unusual gift for teachers, neighbors or coworkers. Not only is it seasonable and cute, but it's also edible when the holidays are over. To make a candy cane flowerpot, you will need 30 to 40 candy canes left in their wrappers, a durable rubber band, a clean tin can and wire-edged ribbon. Place the rubber band around the tin can, positioning it about halfway down. Insert the candy canes behind the rubber bands, placing them so they curve outward. As you place the candy canes, make sure they remain upright, as they tend to fall over. Tie the ribbon around the can, hiding the rubber band. Fill the vase with real dirt and a holiday-appropriate plant, such as holly, evergreen or juniper.