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December 18, 2017

Easy Family Christmas Crafts!

Simple Snowflake Painting

snowflake craft

This first craft is pretty simple but a sure winner for anyone in the family! There’s no painting talent required, or many supplies needed. This allows for some creative freedom, which is what makes this such a fun idea! Just gather the family around the table (make sure to cover in the prep), channel your inner Pablo Picasso and paint away!

What you’ll need:

Lay down the masking tape in the shape of a snowflake (or anything else you want to paint!) and paint over everything. Once you’re happy with the painting and its had time to dry pull off the tape and you’ll be left with beautiful wintery painting! Easy right!?

Photo Ornament

christmas ornamentsAgain this is a really simple craft, that theres really no excuse for you NOT to try it! It’s easy enough for kids, but interesting enough for teenagers not to be completely bored.  You can even use this craft as a cute sentimental gift for a parent or grandparent too!


First you’ll want to print out some of your family photos, either at home or any that develops photos. If you don’t have a photo printer at home, I would recommend getting them printed at a local Walgreens or CVS. Maybe its just me, they look more put together when printed correctly! Next take a coaster and draw a circle around the part of each photo you want on the coaster and cut them out. You can leave a little space on the edges by cutting it smaller, or let it go to the edge depending on what look you want.

When all the photos are cut to size, you want to apply the a generous amount of mod podge to the coaster, and apply the photo while it’s still wet. Make sure to push on the edges so these ornaments don’t flake apart by next christmas! Let it dry for about 5 minutes and grab some eggnog while you wait. Next, apply a thin layer of the mod podge on top of the photos, trying to keep it as even as possible. Let those dry for another 5 minutes and repeat for this process two times, for each coaster.

Last thing to do is punch a hole in each of the coasters to run string through. This can be difficult depending on the thickness of your coaster. Then run the string through the hole, tie it off and you’re done!

Birdseed Ornaments

birdseed ornamentsI imagine your Christmas tree is already filled with more ornaments than you have room for. So why not make something to decorate your trees outside? This is a great little craft idea for anyone who wants to spread some christmas cheer to the critters in the front yard! Not to mention kids absolutely love this particular craft idea! *This is suited for colder climates*

What you’ll need:

  • 4 Cups of birdseed
  • 1 packet of unflavored gelatin
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 water
  • 3 tablespoons corn syrup
  • Cookie sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • A couple straws
  • Cooking spray
  • Cookie cutters

First thing you need to do is mix the flour, gelatin, water, and corn syrup in a large bowl. It should form into a fairly smooth paste-like texture. Next, slowly add in the bird seed a little at a time, as it can get hard to evenly mix if you pour all 4 cups in at once! When you have everything mixed together, this is where the cookie cutters come into play! Lay out the parchment paper and a few cookie cutters and spoon some of the mixture into each cookie cutter. Be sure to spray them with cooking spray and pack them pretty tight! The more its packed together, the easier they will hold their form, and be less likely to fall apart!

Next, you need to cut the straws inch 2-3 inch pieces to stick into the part of the ornament that you’ll want the string to go through. Just make sure you done put the straw too close to the edge, in order to keep it sturdy! Place them in the refrigerator overnight. Remove the straws and cookie cutters in the morning and thread the strong through the hole, and you’re done!

Snow globes

diy snow globeThis next craft is perfect for the kids in your family! Its a little more interactive and gives you to a place to out some little Christmas trinkets that you may not have a place for anymore. You can even let them choose one of their little toys put to put in the snow globe!

Things you need:

Again, this is a fairly easy craft to complete! First thing you want to do is glue whatever you want inside the snow globe to the lid of the jar. Be generous with the glue to make sure it sticks through all the shaking your kids may do! Make sure that dries fully before you attach it back to the jar. Then all you have to do is fill the jar with water, and add 2 tablespoons of glycerin and glitter. Screw on the lid and add some hot glue to be sure there are no accidents! Shake and enjoy!

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