Did you know that art and craft improve brain development? Making hand crafted decorations with the grandchildren is a great bonding experience, and it’s also a money saver. Just keep a watchful eye on the grandchildren to prevent any potential accidents and pop some Christmas jiggles on to get started.
Felt Christmas trees with buttons
Felt can be bought in most craft shops, and a little goes a long way. Stencil out a Christmas tree with a ruler and cut out the shape carefully. If the grandkids are too young to use a needle, then leave that job for yourself – but they can choose the buttons!
With so many different crochet designs to choose from, we’d suggest to stick to the classic Christmas tree design. If you’re an absolute novice when it comes to crochet, don’t worry. All you need is a crochet strips of yarn, carefully tie them all with a few green or red beads to give it some personality.
Bottle Cap reindeer
As it’s the holiday season, you may have a few empty bottles in your recycling bin. Take a few bottle caps and get the grandchildren to decorate them with google eyes, and ribbon to hang them on the tree. The final result should look like this.
3D stars are a doddle to make, and the grandchildren will love the intricate folding of the appropriate pieces perfectly. Head over Emma’s blog and she’ll guide you through the step by step process of creating this DIY project.
The grandkids would love to get their hands sticky, as they wait patiently for the cookies to be baked in the oven. There’s no extra special ingredient needed, just the core bakery basics: plain flour, baking powder, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, brown sugar unsalted butter, egg and syrup. Head over to the River Cottage blog for the direct methods.
Once the cookies are cooled and refrigerated, crave out a hole at the top of the cookie and loop a ribbon through.
This project will most likely need your adult assistance as origami can get a little complicated. However, if you and the grandkids are up for a challenge, then give it a go. You’re more than spoilt for choice. Take your pick between the origami Santa or Christmas tree. Just remember to add a ribbon to the top of the decoration, so it can hang perfectly on the tree.
If you’re a bird lover, try making these lovely winged birds. They will look cute on the Christmas tree, and adds a dose of nature to it. Take the necessary precautions when the grandkids use the scissors for the wings. For the step by step guide, take a read here.
Ginger bread men
Make a batch of ginger bread Christmas bread decorations for the tree. They are easy to make, and cheap as chips to buy the ingredients. They are fun to make with the grandkids and will surely have fun decorating them when they have baked and cooled. The scent of homemade ginger bread with carry the aroma around the whole home.
We hope we’ve provided you with a good guide to decorate the Christmas tree in style. To take it a step further, write the year down on the decoration with the grandchildren. They are perfect to keep as a sentimental momentum.