Holiday Crafts For Kids

As Christmas nears, too much sugar, the excitement of impending gifts, and vacation from school makes kids…..well…crazy! Fortunately, there are tons of holiday-related activities to keep the little ones occupied until the big day. I’m going to share two very simple and inexpensive popsicle stick ornament crafts that will keep your kids busy, at least for one afternoon!

Reindeer Popsicle Stick Ornament

This cute craft is great for the little ones. It’s mostly just a matter of gluing pieces together.

What you need to make 1 ornament:

  • 3 popsicle sticks
  • 2 googly eyes
  • Red and green felt cut into holly leaf and berry shapes. I’d pre-cut these for little ones.
  • 1 small red or black pom pom. Use red if you want the reindeer to be Rudolph. Use black if you want a regular reindeer.
  • Yarn
  • Glue

What to do:

  1. Glue two popsicle sticks together so they make a V. Let it dry.
  2. Glue the third popsicle stick across the top of the V, about 3/4 an inch from the top. Let it dry.
  3. Glue two holly leaves along the middle of the cross popsicle stick, and glue a couple of the holly berries on top of the leaves.
  4. Glue the pom pom to the point of the V to be a nose.
  5. Glue the googly eyes underneath the cross popsicle stick.
  6. Once everything is dry, cut the yarn to a length that’s good for hanging your popsicle reindeer to a tree. Tie the yarn at the top of the reindeer in the middle.

* A variation of this craft is to use brown pipe stem cleaners in lieu if the holly. Twist them around the cross popsicle stick to be antlers.

Santa Popsicle Stick Ornament

This craft is good for the older kids as it requires some painting skills.

Popsicle Stick Santa                                                                                   Photo by Life In Stitches

What you need to make 1 ornament:

  • 1 popsicle stick
  • Red paint
  • White paint
  • Black paint
  • Gold paint
  • Peach paint
  • Glue
  • Yarn

What to do:

  1. Paint the bottom 3/4 of the popsicle stick red.
  2. Paint peach above the red for Santa’s face.
  3. Paint the top of the stick red for Santa’s hat.
  4. Paint face, beard, and belt details!
  5. Once everything the paint is dry, glue some yarn on the back for tree hanging!

If you really want to keep the kids busy, encourage them to make several of the ornaments. Then take them to a nursing home to give to the residents!

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Author bio: Sarah Heckle is an editor for Affordable Style. She can’t wait for the holidays when she can curl up in a scarf and a pair of reading glasses and read old favorites like A Christmas Carol.

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