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7 Christmas Decorations That You Can Make With Your Kids

7 Christmas Decorations That You Can Make With Your Kids

There is a reason so many of us claim Christmas as our favorite holiday. Yes, it can be a busy and stressful time of year, but even the most Scrooge-like among us will admit to liking something about the holiday. For those of us who are lucky enough to celebrate Christmas with children, we know that the joy of the season is multiplied by their presence. There is something really special about sharing your holiday traditions with your children, and what better way to create memories than by making decorations together? If you’re wanting to start a family crafting tradition but don’t know where to begin, fear not. Here are some ideas that will have your home feeling festive in no time.

1. Make snowflake suncatchers.

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    Suncatchers are a great way to brighten up your space, especially in winter. This activity is well suited for school aged children because it provides a good balance of creativity and precision. The only materials needed are glitter glue and precut snowflake templates.

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    2. Make an ice wreath.

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      Your Christmas decorations don’t have to be limited to the inside of your home. Why not bring some cheer outside? This beautiful ice wreath could not be easier to make, which makes it suitable for all ages. Use a bundt pan, or two round containers that are differently sized, and fill with water. Let your kids have fun dropping leaves, evergreen stems, orange slices, cinnamon sticks, cranberries, or whatever else you have on hand, into the water. They will love seeing how it has changed once it is removed from the freezer.

      3. Make little Christmas trees from ribbon scraps.

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        If you are already the artsy-crafty type, then the odds are good that you have bits of ribbon lying around. This simple ornament makes great use of those scraps. If your children can tie simple knots, then they can easily make a few of these in one afternoon. By cutting the pieces of ribbons into various lengths, and tying them around a stick shortest to longest, you end up with a sweet little decoration for your real Christmas tree.

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        4. Make decorations from drinking straws.

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          This is a really fun decoration that is great for older children and teens. All that you need are plastic straws and zip ties. This project can be made in various sizes, and would look great on the Christmas tree, hanging from the ceiling, or anywhere else you might want to add some color.

          5. Make stockings from paper sacks.

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            If you’ve been holding onto your paper bags from the grocery store, certain that you are going to use them for something, you are in luck. These cute stockings are appropriate for children preschool aged and older, and can be as decorative or as simple as you like. You need paper bags and yarn to get you started; however you decide to embellish them is entirely up to you.

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            6. Make your own tinsel tree.

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              If you have always liked the retro look of aluminum trees, but didn’t want to shell out the money for one, make this miniature version instead. School aged children will have no problem wrapping these sparkly wires around a skewer and decorating it with tiny “ornaments.” Don’t be surprised if one tree isn’t enough!

              7. Make a garland of buttons.

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                Who doesn’t love a project that can be stopped and restarted at any time? This simple and cute button garland is perfect for younger children mastering their fine motor skills, and easy enough for older kids to be able to work quickly. Buttons can be inexpensively purchased at most craft stores, and this project has the added bonus of being completely mess free.

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                Last Updated on January 25, 2021

                What Should I Do Today? 30 New Things To Do Today

                What Should I Do Today? 30 New Things To Do Today

                It’s always fun to do something new, but often we fall into the trap of spending our weekends the same way.

                If you’re stuck in the same old routine, it might be time to try something new.

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                What should I do today? No ideas?

                Everything listed here is something you can easily do no matter where you live, and even on a tight budget! Try out one of these 30 new things today, you’ll be happy you did.

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                Try Out These 30 New Things To Do Today

                1. Visit a suburb in your city that you’ve never been to before, or somewhere you haven’t explored much.
                2. Learn ten phrases in a new language–what about Japanese, Italian or Portuguese?
                3. Listen to a genre of music you haven’t tried before–perhaps Jazz, Punk or Blues?
                4. Have a picnic in your local park complete with a packed lunch and your animal friends.
                5. Start a daily journal to write your thoughts in.
                6. Try a new cuisine–what about French, Lebanese or Korean?
                7. Visit your local library and borrow some books for the weekend.
                8. Plant some flowers in your garden. If you don’t have one, try an indoor potted plant.
                9. Visit a local museum or art gallery and view their latest exhibition.
                10. Learn a new skill–what about sewing, gardening or cooking? You’ll be surprised what you can learn in an afternoon.
                11. Say hello to a neighbor you don’t usually talk to.
                12. Make a card for a friend and send it to them with a handwritten note.
                13. Learn how to cook a new dish for dinner. We all get tired of eating the same thing, why not try making something new?
                14. Re-read an old favorite book. Don’t leave it gathering dust on your book shelf; get it out and read it all over again.
                15. Research the culture of a different country online–what about India, Guatemala or Sweden?
                16. Go for a walk or bicycle ride around your neighborhood.
                17. Watch a classic film like Casablanca, The Godfather or The Wizard of Oz.
                18. Make a photo album of a recent holiday you took. Don’t let your memories get lost on your computer hard drive; make a special keepsake album of your trip.
                19. Visit your local farmers markets and pick out some fresh produce. Farmers markets are full of delicious fresh fruit, veggies and more. Find your local market and take a visit.
                20. Plan a day trip to somewhere outside your city–it might be the seaside, mountains or another city!
                21. Check out what community events are running in your area and attend one.
                22. Make a birthday present for a friend. Handmade gifts are personal and much more special than anything you could buy from a store.
                23. Attend a play at your local theater. Support your local theater and have a fun night out at the same time.
                24. Volunteer with your local nature conservation society to plant some trees. Conservation societies are always looking for helping hands; do your bit and plant some trees.
                25. Be a tourist in your own city and visit all the popular tourist sites you’ve likely never been to (don’t forget your camera!)
                26. Call a friend you haven’t spoken to recently and have a good long chat.
                27. Put on your favorite song and dance your heart out. You might be surprised at how much fun you have!
                28. Invite some friends over for a BBQ. There’s nothing better than an afternoon spent with good friends and good food.
                29. Try out a new form of exercise like Pilates, tennis or swimming.
                30. Organize a clothing swap with your friends. You’ll have a great time, and save some cash and the environment all at the same time!

                Now that you’ve read my list of 30 new things to try today, my question for you is, “what new things will you try today?”

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