Make this Santa Star ornament or Christmas decorationfrom a piece of construction paper. This type of 5-pointedstar was used by Betsy Ross when she made the sewed ofthe United States of America.For each Santa Star Ornament you will need: • a piece of paper (red construction paper works well) • scissors • a glue stick • cotton balls or polyester filling • markers or crayons • a hole punch Fold a piece of paper in half. Write the letters "A", "B", and "C" on it as shown in the picture. "B" is at the mid-point of the folded paper. Fold corner "A" to point "B". Mark this new-formed corner "D." • Fold corner "C" over the paper edge running from "B" to "D." • Fold along the dotted line. Cut the paper along the dotted line.
• Unfold the star. • Decorate the star with markers, giving Santa his eyes, nose, face, and boots. • Glue on cotton fluff to look like Santas beard and his coat and hat trim. • Punch a hole in the top for hanging.Supplies: • A large piece of red construction paper (one large, one regular size) [If you only have regular-size paper, you can use these hats as great decorations, but they will be too small to wear. You can also use a brown paper bag to make the hat, coloring it with tempera paint.] • Small scraps of black, yellow, and pink paper • A pencil • Scissors • Hole punch • Red crayon or marker • Stapler • Glue • Cotton balls Draw and cut out a half circle from a large piece of construction paper.
Twirl the half circle into a cone-shaped hat. Staple along the seams. Cut a small circle of pink paper for Santas face. Glue it to the cone. Cut a strip of black paper and glue it to the cone as Santas belt. Cut a small yellow rectangle for a belt buckle. Glue it to the belt. Glue a cotton ball at the top of the cone (the top of Santas hat). Glue some cotton balls around the cone just above Santas face (this is the bottom of his hat). Glue cotton balls around the face for Santas beard. Cut out 2 tiny black paper circles using a hole punch (these will be his eyes). Glue the eyes to Santa. Draw a mouth. Now you can wear your Santa hat for Christmas! This 3-dimensional star decoration is made from 2 paper stars that are interlaced. These stars stand by themselves on a table, and make a great patriotic or Christmas decoration. More Christmas CraftsSupplies:
• Printer (optional)• Stiff paper (like card stock, oaktag or thin cardboard) or styrofoam meat trays• Scissors• Crayons or markers (optional) Two paper stars are needed to make one 3- dimensional star. Either draw two identical stars on a piece of stiff paper or print out the star template. To go to the template, click here. Decorate the two stars (if you like) on both sides, then cut them out. Make one slit in each star. On one star, the slit goes from an inner corner to the center point of the star; on the other star, the slit goes from an outer corner to the center point. Slip the two stars together through the slits you just cut. For stability, you may have to tape the stars a bit where they meet at the slits. You now have a great three-dimensional star decoration that stands by itself on a table. Make a snowman that you can wear as a necklace or use as an
ornament.SUPPLIES NEEDED: • White glue (like Elmers glue) • Paper clip • Waxed paper • Scraps of construction paper: black, and orange • A hole punch (for cutting eyes, and buttons) • Scissors • Googly eyes (from a craft store) - optional • Tiny buttons - optional • 2 very tiny twigs (for arms) • String or yarn (for hanging it) Working on waxed paper, spread 2 or 3 blobs of white glue in the shape of a snowman. Unfold a paper clip into a V-shape (to use as a hanger). Cut a tiny hat from black construction paper and put it on the snowman on top of the paper clip hanger. Put the ends of the paper clip into the glue at the top of the snowman. For the snowmans eyes, use black paper circles cut with a hole punch, or use googly eyes. Put the eyes on the snowman. Add a tiny orange (carrot-shaped) nose. Add a few paper buttons (or small real buttons) down the front of the
body. Let the glue dry - it will take a few days. When it dries, the glue will become transparent. When it is completely dry, peel it gently off the waxed paper. String the snowman on some yarn for a cool necklace or use a shorter string to use as an ornament. Make a simple 3- dimensional Christmas tree from construction paper. These trees look great sitting on the mantle or on a windowsill.Supplies needed: • Green construction paper • Crayons, markers, glitter glue, or tempera paint • Scissors • Clear tape • Optional: Other colors of construction paper, glue, hole punch, stickers Fold a piece of green construction paper in half, then cut it in half.
Put the two pieces together, and fold them in halfagain. Draw half a Christmas tree opposite the fold. Cut along the line - you should get two identical trees. Fold the trees in half, just barely creasing the center line (this is to mark the center of the tree). Cut a slit along the bottom half of the center of one tree and along the top half of the center of the other tree. Slip the two trees together along the slits. Using clear tape, tape the bottoms and tops together (pieces of tape on the bottom and at the top make the tree stand up well and stop the slit ends from flopping over).
Decorate your tree with crayons, markers, glitter glue, or tempera paint. Or you can glue on tiny construction paper decorations or use star stickers. You can cut out tiny paper balls using a hole punch. Now you have a really nice 3-dimensional Christmas decoration. Optional: cut out a small construction paper star and cut a tiny slit in it. Put the star on the top of the tree (and secure it with some tape). For a bigger tree: Start with two pieces of green construction paper, and fold them so they make a long, thin rectangle. Draw a tree opposite the fold. The rest of the instructions are the same. Make a Paper Treefrom Little Hand Prints More Kinder Crafts Make an adorableChristmas tree from your childs handprints. This
makes a nice decoration to put on a door or a great bulletin board in a classroom.Supplies needed: • A lot of green construction paper • A piece of brown construction paper (for the tree trunk) • A piece of yellow construction paper (for the star) • A large piece of brown paper (or use another color) • Pencil • Scissors • Glue • Optional: Glitter, glitter glue, or paper ornaments to glue on the tree Trace the childs hand on a piece of green construction paper. Cut out the hand print. Fold the wrist over. Make a lot of paper paper hands (the number youll need depends on the size of your tree). If this is a class project, you may want to put each childs name on his or her hand print. A nice touch, suggested by Peter Hesselmann, is to have each child write a Christmas wish for themselves on one paper hand, and a Christmas wish for the world on the other. Peter also did not tell his students why they were
making the hands; he put the tree up,which surprised and delighted them.Peter also had the teachers and staffeach write a wish for the world on acircular piece of construction paper -these were used for baubles on the tree. Draw a tree shape on a large piece of paper.Cut out a small rectangle of dark brown paper(this will be the tree trunk).Glue the rectangle below the tree.Glue the hand prints together in a treeshape, gluing the folded part of thewrist to the background. Start at thebottom of the tree. Starting with thesecond row, make the fingers overlapthe next hand a little bit.
Cut out a yellow star for the top of the tree. Glue it on the tree. Write a Christmas message around the tree. Optional: Decorate your tree with glitter, glitter glue, or paper ornaments. You can also make the tree on a triangle shape (so there is no background showing). Paper Box Craft More Crafts You can make a nice little box out of paper.Supplies: • Printer • Paper (thick paper, like card stock, works best) • Scissors • Glue • Crayons or markers Print out a copy of the box template. To go to the template, click here.
Decorate the box and cut it out. Fold all the interior lines of the box. Glue the one tab that is marked to glue, and attach it to the other end of the template, forming a box. Fold over the tabs on each end and close the ends. Make a Snowman from Paper Plates More Kinder Crafts Make a cute snowman decoration using two paper plates. This makes a nice decoration to put on a door or hang in a windowSupplies needed:
• 2 white paper plates• Construction paper (black, red) or wrapping paper• An orange pipe cleaner (for the nose)• A short length of yearn or ribbon• Hole punch• Marker or crayons• Scissors• Glue• Optional: googly eyes, large buttons On one of the paper plates, cut off the outer rim, making a smaller plate. Punch a hole near the rim on both plates. Tie the two plates together, using the yarn (or ribbon). On black construction paper, draw and then cut out a top hat and two boots. On colored construction paper (or gift wrap paper), draw and then cut out two mittens.
Glue the hat, boots and mittens on thesnowman. Either glue on googly eyes or draw eyes. Draw a mouth. For the nose, cut a short length from an orange pipe cleaner. Stick the pipe cleaner through the plate to secure it (if the plate is too tough, make a tiny hole with the tip of the scissors). For the buttons, you can cut out shapes from construction paper, use round stickers, glue on real buttons, or simply draw them. You now have a cute snowman decoration!
Pine Cone Christmas Tree More Kinder Crafts A easy-to-make pine cone Christmas Tree. Use it as a Christmas decoration or as a tree ornament. This is a simple craft that even young children can help make.For each Pine Cone Christmas Tree you will need: • a large, open pine cone (pick one that is tree-shaped and stands upright easily) • Glitter • A few cotton balls • White glue (like Elmers) • Dental floss and a needle Thanks to Debbie Blick for the • Small beads great pine cone christmas tree idea! • A small bow or star to top off your little tree
Glue a few cotton balls to the bottom of the pine cone. These look like snow and help the "tree" stand upright. Put a little dab of glue at the tips of the pine cone and then sprinkle on glitter.String some small beads ontodental floss (about 1 to 1 1/2 ft ormore, depending on the size of thepine cone). To string the beadseasily, tie one bead securely to thestring. Then give the floss to thechild for stringing. Older childrencan use a needle to help with thestringing. When the stringing isdone, tie off the last bead with aknot.Wrap the beads around the pinecone and glue them to the tree.
Top off your tree with a small bow or other decoration. Snowman Card More Kinder Crafts Make a great snowman card from construction paper. More CardsSupplies needed: • A piece of card stock or construction paper for the card • Some thick white paper and scraps of black, orange, and red paper • Glue • Scissors • A holepunch • A pipe cleaner or two twist ties (the type you get from the grocery store to close produce bags) • Markers or crayons • Optional: salt Fold a piece of card stock or construction paper in half. Carefully tear three white circles for the snowmans body and head. Glue the paper to the front of the card, putting a pipe cleaner (or two twist ties) under the middle circle to be the snowmans arms.
Use a hole punch to make two tiny, black eyes. Cut out a tiny red mouth (or use the hole punch) and a tiny orange, carrot-shaped nose. Cut a small, black paper hat for the snowman. Glue them to the snowmans head. Optional: Spread a thin layer of glue on the snowman and sprinkle with salt. After the glue sets, the salt looks like snow! Christmas Tree Card More Crafts You can make a simple tree card for Christmas made from construction paper. More CraftsSupplies needed: • Printer • Cardstock or other thick paper for the card Construction paper for the tree and trunk (brown, green, and yellow) • Scissors • A marker or pen Fold a piece of cardstock or construction paper in half to form the card.
You will need to cut out a fourgreen triangles (the boughs ofthe tree), a small brownrectangle (the tree trunk) and ayellow star (for the top of thetree).To print out the tree template, Tree templateclick here Glue the brown rectangular to the lower front of your card - this will be the tree trunk. Glue the green triangles above the tree trunk. Glue the yellow star atop the tree. Write a Christmas greeting on your card. If youd like, draw some ornaments on your tree (or use stickers). You now have a festive Christmas card!
Pop-up Tree Card More Kinder Crafts Make a great (but simple) pop-up card from construction paper.Supplies needed: • 3 pieces of construction paper • Scissors • Pencil • Glue • Optional: Markers, glitter or glitter glue Fold two pieces of construction paper in half. One piece will be the outside of the card; one piece will be the inside. On the inner card, make four short, parallel cuts along the fold line. The cuts should be in two pairs. Fold over the flaps that were formed by the cuts. Unfold the folds you just made and open up the card. Push up the flaps made by the cuts. These will be the tree trunks. Close the card so that the flaps are
inside the card. Cut out 2 tree shapes from green paper. Make sure that they will fit inside the card when it is closed. Glue them to the paper trunks. Close the card. Glue the other folded piece of construction paper onto the outside of the card. Make sure you dont glue the place where the trees are. Optional: Decorate with glitter glue or markers. Variation: Instead of trees, have stars, snowmen, gingerbread people, or candy canes pop up out of your card. Make a Paper Snowflake or a Snowflake Card More Kinder CraftsMake simple snowflakes from paper. You can tape these snowflakes to a window for anice winter decoration or paste
them onto a piece of folded construction paper for a great winter card.Supplies needed: • White paper • Scissors • Optional: A protractor • Optional: Glitter or glitter glue • For a card: A piece of colored construction paper and glueReal snowflakes all have six sides, so the first part of this project involves folding a pieceof paper into sixths. Fold a piece of paper in half. Fold over one side, then the other, to make two 60 degree folds. You can do this by eye, or you can use a protractor. This is a good exercise in geometry and measuring angles. Cut off the edges of the paper in an arc - this makes a circle (if you were to unfold the paper). Cut a lot of the paper away.
Unfold your snowflake carefully. Optional: Decorate your snowflake with glitter or glitter glue. Glue your snowflake onto a folded piece of construction paper for a great winter card. Gingerbread House Card More Crafts You can make a cute gingerbread house card for Christmas made from construction paper. More CraftsSupplies needed: • Printer • Brown cardstock or construction paper for the card • Scissors • A white marker, crayon, or gel pen (a silver Sharpie works well)
Using brown cardstock or construction paper, print out the gingerbread house template, click here -- or for a pdf version, click here - (templates for site members only). Or draw it yourself on theGingerbread house template pdf version, click here card. Fold the piece of brown cardstock or construction paper in half to form the card. Cut off the excess paper over the roof. Also cut two sides of the door (the right side and the top) so that it opens. Using a white marker or crayon, decorate the door, windows, chimney, and edges of the gingerbread house.
Write a Christmas greeting on your card. You now have a cute gingerbread house Christmas card! Snowman Necklace or Ornament More Kinder Crafts Make a snowman that you can wear as a necklace or use as an ornament.SUPPLIES NEEDED: • White glue (like Elmers glue) • Paper clip • Waxed paper • Scraps of construction paper: black, and orange • A hole punch (for cutting eyes, and buttons) • Scissors • Googly eyes (from a craft store) - optional • Tiny buttons - optional • 2 very tiny twigs (for arms) • String or yarn (for hanging it) Working on waxed paper, spread 2 or 3 blobs of white glue in the shape of a snowman. Unfold a paper clip into a V-shape (to use as a hanger). Cut a tiny hat from black
construction paper and put it on the snowman on top of the paper clip hanger. Put the ends of the paper clip into the glue at the top of the snowman. For the snowmans eyes, use black paper circles cut with a hole punch, or use googly eyes. Put the eyes on the snowman. Add a tiny orange (carrot-shaped) nose. Add a few paper buttons (or small real buttons) down the front of the body. Let the glue dry - it will take a few days. When it dries, the glue will become transparent. When it is completely dry, peel it gently off the waxed paper. String the snowman on some yarn for a cool necklace or use a shorter string to use as an ornament. Real Crystal Snowflake More Kinder Crafts Make an amazing snowflake from real crystal (borax). This is a beautiful project (and also demonstrates some basic principles of chemistry).Supplies needed:
• Wide mouthed jar• 3 white pipe cleaners• String• Scissors• Pencil• Boiling water (have an adult do this part)• Spoon• Borax (called 20 Mule Team Borax Laundry Booster - the product called Boraxo will NOT work)• Optional: blue food coloring Make a giant snowflake frame from 3 white pipe cleaners and string. Twist the 3 pipe cleaners together in the center to make a 6-sided, spiky figure. Make sure this figure fits inside the wide-mouthed jar. Tie the string around the pipe cleaners to look like a snowflake shape. Trim the excess string. Tie a few inches of string to one of the pipe cleaners. Tie the other end of the string to a pencil, so that the snowflake will hang from the pencil and dangle inside the jar. Take the snowflake out of the jar. Pour boiling water into the jar (have an adult do this part). Add the 20 Mule Team Borax Laundry Booster to the hot water in the jar. Keep adding the Borax until you have a supersaturated
solution (you will see undissolved Borax at the bottom of the jar). Youll have to add about 3 tablespoonfuls of the 20 Mule Team Borax Laundry Booster to each cup of hot water in the jar. Optional: Add a few drops of blue food coloring for a bluish snowflake. Hang the snowflake in the jar and wait at least overnight. In the morning, your snowflake will be covered with beautiful crystals. As the supersaturated solution cools, the borax comes out of solution (less of the borax can dissolve in cool water) and forms crystals on the pipe cleaners and string. You can do the same type of project using supersaturated sugar-water and a string, making edible rock candy (but the crystals take longer to form).Paper Plate Angel More Kinder Crafts Turn a paper plate into abeautiful angel.
Supplies needed: • a paper plate • pencil • scissors • tape or stapler • crayons, paint, and/or markers for decoration • Draw a pattern like this on the underside of a paper plate. • Cut along the lines, discarding the dark section. Decorate the angel. Overlap the edges of the angels skirt slightly and tape or staple it into place. Brown Paper Christmas Stocking More Kinder Crafts Make a great Christmas stocking from a brown paper grocery bag. You can hang it from your mantle and stuff it with Christmas goodies.Supplies needed:
• Thick brown paper (like grocery bag paper) or brown felt • Pencil • Scissors • Glue • A holepunch • Yarn • Markers or crayons Draw a large stocking on thick brown paper (or brown felt). Cut out two copies of this stocking. Glue the two stockings together around the edges (make sure you dont put any glue along the top opening). Punch holes around the edges of the stocking. Weave yarn in and out of the holes. Leave a loop of yarn at one end, and tie it in a knot. Decorate your stocking with crayons, markers, stickers, construction paper cut-outs, or glitter.http://www.enchantedlearning.com/Home.htmlhttp://www.usborne-quicklinks.com