These fun projects are great for creating a winter wonderland display in the classroom, or simply as Christmas crafts for children to take home.
Cardboard Roll Christmas Angel
Stick on wiggly eyes and draw a face at to the top of the cardboard modelling roll. Shape a halo from a pipe cleaner and stick on with sticky tape. Wrap tissue paper around the body of the angel and stick with glue. Gather tissue paper to make a skirt and stick with sticky tape. Glue a piece of ribbon over the sticky tape. Cut wing shapes from coloured paper, decorate with sequins and glitter and stick on and then make arms from folded tissue paper and glue on.
Paper Cup Snowman
Turn a paper cup upside down. Cut slots into the sides of a paper cup so that children can push a lolly stick through to create arms. Draw around the top of the paper cup on a piece of black paper and cut out. Draw a smaller circle onto your black circle and cut out to make a ring shape. Place the ring over the bottom of the cup to form the rim of the hat. Wrap a strip of black paper around to complete the hat. Draw on eyes, mouth and buttons with a black pen, a carrot nose in orange pen and stick arms in brown pen. Tie a piece of ribbon around the neck as a scarf.
Cardboard Roll Nutcracker Soldier
Stick a strip of black paper around a cardboard modelling roll as a hat, a strip of pink paper for the face and a piece of red paper for the rest of the body. Break a lolly stick in two and trim off any jagged wood with scissors. Cover with red tissue paper and glue to the side of the cardboard modelling roll as arms. The nutcracker soldier can then be decorated using colouring pens, glitter markers and glitter glue, and by sticking on wiggly eyes and shapes cut from coloured paper, as desired.
Extension idea: explore different images of ‘nutcracker soldiers’ and investigate why they appear at Christmas time.
Paper Cup Reindeer
Stand a paper cup upside down and cut pieces out the bottom to look like four reindeer legs. Tear up pieces of brown tissue paper and glue onto the body of the reindeer to give a textured effect. Once glue is dry stick on wiggly eyes, a red pompom nose and pipe cleaners shaped into antlers.
Paper Cup Father Christmas
Turn a paper cup upside down. Draw a face using colouring pens and glue on wiggly eyes. Make a hat by cutting a circle of red paper, cutting a slit and shaping it into a cone shape, then glue on a white pom pom. Cut the shapes for a body and arms from red paper, and a beard from white paper. Stick the body, beard and hat onto the paper cup, draw a belt onto to the body using colouring pens and finish by sticking on a small piece of tissue paper for hair.
Cut a large circle of white paper and silver tissue paper. Cut both in half and stick silver tissue paper over the white paper and twist to create a spire. Stick each spire onto a cardboard tube to create turrets. Stick the turrets together using sticky tape. Draw on doors and windows with glitter markers and decorate the palace by sticking on star and snowflake sequins and glitter. To create a snowy scene, place the ice palace onto a layer of Insta-Snow mixed with glitter, and sprinkle over snowflake sequins.
3D Christmas Tree
Cut two identical Christmas tree shapes from green paper; for a simple design you could use three overlapping triangles to create a Christmas Tree shape. Cut a vertical slit in the top of one tree shape and the bottom of another. Decorate the tree by glueing on a variety of glitter, paper shapes, sequins, pom poms, beads and ribbon. Once the glue is dry, slot the Christmas tree shapes together and roll a piece of brown paper into a tube shape around the base of the tree as a pot. Twist together yellow pipe cleaners to create a star and stick on the top of the tree. For larger 3D Christmas trees, use sticky tape to hold the shape together securely.
Christmas Bauble Picture
Using a cardboard tube and ready-mix paint, stamp circle shapes onto coloured card. Using the cardboard tube as a guide, draw circles onto contrasting coloured paper or card, and cut out. Decorate the baubles with glitter and glue the circles onto the paper. To make the 3D baubles, simply fold one of the circles in half and glue into the centre. Finish the picture by measuring string, cutting and gluing it to the baubles to ‘hang’ them before adding a Christmas message.
Robin Finger Puppet
Cut a circle of brown paper and cut to small holes for fingers. Stick on a circle of red paper for a red breast, a folded yellow diamond for a beak, and wiggly eyes. Children can stick their fingers through the holes to create a robin finger puppet.
Extension idea: children can create a range of different Christmas finger puppets including snowmen, Father Christmas, elves and reindeers and use them to perform a festive puppet show.
Homemade Wrapping Paper
Children can create their own Christmas paper for wrapping homemade gifts to take home. Christmas rollers and stampers can be used with ready-mix poster paint or metallic ink pads to create repeating patterns on a large piece of paper.
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