The holidays are here and it’s time for some festive ideas for easy craft projects. I love decorating my house for Christmas and doing crafts with the kids. This year, with a brand new baby, my time for crafts and decorating has been very limited. I ended up ordering a few Christmas decorations from Land of Nod. We used a some of the things we got to make festive craft projects.
I used a set of red & white paper straws from The Land of Nod to make:
1. Paper Straw Garland
Here’s a fun one that the kids can help with!
Supplies: Red yard, paper straws, green loop cereal (we used Apple Jacks) and a small piece of tape.
Directions: Cut the paper straws into pieces that are about 1 to 2 inches long. Cut the yarn to the length garland you’d like. Wrap the small piece of tape around one end of the yarn to help you thread the garland. Then, string the pieces of paper straws and the green cereal in a pattern you like. Last, hang on the tree and admire you’re work!
2. Reindeer Milk Bottles
These are perfect for a Christmas party or for leaving Santa his milk & cookies!
Supplies: glass or plastic milk bottle, brown pipe cleaners, google eyes, red pom poms, red and white paper straws and glue
Directions: Glue the google eyes and red pom pom onto the milk bottle to make a face. Cut a brown pipe cleaner in half. Then cut about an inch off each half. Use the small piece to twist around the top of the large piece to create an antler. Glue the 2 antlers to the bottle. I used hot glue for this project, but if you want to let the kids help, use craft glue instead. Fill the finished reindeer bottle with chocolate milk and your reindeer is complete!
3. DIY Personalized Stockings
Supplies: Stockings, felt, scissors, fabric tape or masking tape
I used the Urban Pine Stocking from The Land of Nod.
Directions: Cut the letters out of felt and use rolled pieces of masking tape or fabric tape to stick the letters to the stockings. A tip for cutting out the letters: print out the letter you need in block font. You can make the letter as large as you want before printing. Drawing letters and cutting are not my strong point, so I asked a friend to help!
This is the fastest, easiest way I know to make personalized stockings! If you have time and like to hand sew, you could stitch the felt letters onto the stocking instead. This will ensure they last from year to year.
4. “Deck the Halls” Instagram Banner
I’ve been trying to think of something to do with all of my 2014 Instagram photos. I came up with a “deck the halls” banner for our hallway with some of our favorite photos. I used a set of gold letters from The Land of Nod. To make it really come together, I added some star ornaments, also from Land of Nod. The gold and glitter really light up our hall!
Supplies: Land of Nod Mini Garland set (or twine and cut out own gold letters), star ornaments, gold card stock paper, square photos printed from Instagram and tape
Directions: Cut squares out of the gold paper, slightly larger than your square photos. Tape the photos to the gold paper. Cut or punch holes in the top of each gold paper square. Thread the photos, gold letters and stars onto the string. Hang and enjoy seeing your favorite moments of 2014!
Happy holiday crafting!