Handy Christmas Crafts to be Treasured

Written by Diana O'Daniels. Posted in Family + Parenting

Looking for some simple holiday crafts to make with your children?  LamorindaWeb teaches you how to make cards, ornaments and even framed art for the holidays. Rudolph prints by Diana O'Daniels

Looking for some simple, versatile holiday crafts to make with your children?  

Here are three of my favorites that can be used for cards, ornaments or even framed art for family members this year.  The best part is that you can do these with any age, even newborns!

Supplies You’ll Need

  • Washable acrylic paint
  • Sponge paint brushes
  • Cardstock
  • Glue
  • Markers for details  
  • Colors depend on the craft
  • Don’t forget to have handy wipes ready!

Where to Shop for Supplies

Elmwood Stationers, 3643-D Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette.  (925) 299-6900.  Mon. – Fri. 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Sat. 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Sun. 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  elmwoodstationers.com

Michael’s, 60 Gregory Ln., Pleasant Hill.  (925) 521-1081.  Mon. – Sat. 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.  Sun. 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.  michaels.com


Santa Handprint: Paint red on the tip of your child's thumb and across the top of your child's palm.  Paint the fingers and rest of the palm white.  Press down on cardstock.  Repeat if you are making more that one.  Once dried, add details.  Glue a cotton ball at the end of the thumb for Santa's hat.

Angel:  Paint the bottom of your child's foot white, have them stand and press on cardstock.  Then, paint both hands white and press on either side of the footprint.  Once dried, add halo and face details.  This is great framed for grandma.

Rudolph:  Cut out a brown triangle and glue on cardstock.  You may use hands or feet for the antlers (found it easier to paint infant feet than hands).  Paint your child’s hands (or feet) brown and press on the top corners of the triangle.  Once dried, add details.

I hope this inspires you to get creative and have fun this holiday season with your kids.  

Diana O'Daniels will be offering Parent and Me and Kindergarten Readiness classes beginning January at the Lafayette and Moraga Community Centers.


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