Saturday, November 23, 2019

Christmas Arts and Crafts

Some people were born to create. They can take simple materials and come up with decorative and sometimes useful trinkets and baubles. Even if you do not feel that you have the gift, making things will give you pride and joy along with a sense of accomplishment. There always seems to be a need for something. Maybe you have a space on your shelf to fill or you need to add some color to your home. Even if you usually have an immaculately decorated house, when different holidays come up, it’s time to change those decorations to fit the season. Christmas arts and crafts are especially fun because the holiday season is filled with such a spirit of love and happiness. Whether you are making something for yourself or you are helping your children to wait patiently for Christmas to arrive, there are tons of things waiting to be created during the holiday season.

One thing that many households can make use of is a door stop. While carrying in the Christmas tree, it’s nice not to have to worry about the front door breaking branches or uncomfortably slamming into you or your helpers. A cinder block is not very attractive by itself, but with a little help from you it can become an endearing and helpful snowman . . . and doorman! Start with some latex paint. Paint the cinder block white and let it dry. When it is dry, add some eyes, a mouth and some buttons down the front. If you’d like, you may also paint on mittens and boots. Another option is to glue sticks to the sides and put real mittens on the ends of them. A pointed stick painted orange can be hot-glued on for a nose. To finish off your snowman, put a colorful hat on his head and put him outside where he will be the most comfortable.

Children’s arts and crafts are also a lot of fun. A paper chain made with red, green and white paper is a good way for a young child to count down the days until Christmas. Just cut construction paper into strips of one and a half inches by four inches. Staple or tape them into a chain of loops with each loop representing one day. Each day the child wakes up, he can rip off one loop and plainly see how much longer is left until Christmas. To add to this simple art project, you can have the child write messages on the inside of the loops. Maybe you’ll have him write down things he’s thankful for so he can remember one each day. Maybe you’ll have him write down another craft project to get done so that your house will be fully decorated by Christmas.

Children are also very good at making ornaments. Some kits are available of wooden ornaments in holiday shapes, ready to be painted. You can also buy clay that your children can use to make their own holiday themed ornaments. Look for clay that can be baked in your oven so that when the ornaments are finished, you will be able to keep them forever. Having your child decorate a picture of him self is also a fun ornament idea, as well as a great way to boost self-esteem. You’ll want supplies like doilies, colored paper, glue, sequins and glitter. Using the paper to make a frame for his picture, your child can then decorate that frame with Christmas colors.

Arts and crafts are certainly not just for kids, but they are enjoyable for all ages. Look around your house and I’m sure you’ll see a need for something. Every house could use a little more color, a few more ornaments on the tree or a utilitarian item that needs to also look good. Making things yourself will give you a sense of ownership and acknowledge of your abilities that you never had before. Remember that everyone has different taste and style. When you make the things that decorate your house, you get to decide exactly how they will look. So, get out the paint and scissors and markers and glue. Call the kids and have a great time getting ready for the holidays.