5 Homemade Christmas Craft Gifts You Can Make With Your Kids

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The silly season is here! There’s no better way to get into the Christmas spirit than to get crafty with the kids and make some thoughtful homemade gifts for teachers or family and friends. Here are some easy ideas that you can try with your little ones!

Chrissy Gift Wrap

There’s nothing nicer than giving a Christmas present that’s wrapped in paper made with love. Making handmade wrapping paper with the kids is a great way to get creative, save on having to buy wrap and make your pressies standout from the crowd.

Kids Homemade Christmas Gifts

You will need:

  • A roll of brown paper or craft paper.
  • Christmas foam stamps or Christmas cookie cutters.
  • Poster paints in red, green, white and yellow.
  • A collection of leaves, gum nuts and flowers collected from the garden.
  • Plastic plates and an old tablecloth or placemats.
  • Painting smocks or aprons.

Let’s do it!

  1. Start by making sure your painting area is well protected because kids get messy! A plastic tablecloth from the party section is a perfect table protector – the tip is to sticky tape the corners under the table to keep it in place! Mix up your colours and place blobs on a few old plastic plates.
  2. Roll out the paper in the middle of the table and deck the kids out in aprons or painting smocks to protect their clothes.
  3. Let the kids go for it with the Christmas stamps, making sure to get a good mix of colours. If you have Chrissy cookie cutters, just dip then gently in the paint for a similar stamp effect.
  4. Next, let the kids try using the nature items you have collected in the garden to make patterns for a unique, abstract Christmas wrap.
  5. Leave the paper to dry on the table or peg it onto your clothesline.
  6. You can easily make matching cards or gift tags by printing on bits of leftover cardboard and using a hole punch to attach some ribbon once they are dry.

Christmas Crunch Granola

Getting in the kitchen with kids is a whole lot of fun, but it can also be pretty stressful. Children love nothing more than mixing all the bits and pieces together, so this simple recipe for a healthy Christmas Crunch Granola, is easy for young ones to help make, and becomes a beautiful homemade gift to give for Christmas.

You will need:

Dry Ingredients

  • 500 grams of oats (about 5 cups)
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup amaranth or puffed rice or quinoa
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan rock salt
  • 1/2 cup nuts of your choice like cashews, almonds or pecans
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit like sultanas, dried cranberries or blueberries (add towards the end)

Wet Ingredients

  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup or rice syrup

Let’s do it!

  1. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a big bowl with a wooden spoon.
  2. Melt the coconut oil and sweetener together in a separate bowl.
  3. Carefully pour the coconut oil into the dry ingredients except for the dried fruit.
  4. Spread the mixture on a large, lined tray and bake in the oven for 10minutes on 180 degrees.
  5. Take out of the oven, stir and put back into the oven for around 4 minutes.
  6. Allow to cool on the tray then mix in the dried fruit.
  7. Pour into glass jars and decorate with Christmas ribbon or material and a little note with ingredients for your loved ones. Enjoy with milk or yoghurt!

Holiday Bath Salts

A wonderful sensory activity for children in itself, mixing a batch of bath salts is a great way for kids to help make a lovely, relaxing gift for their preschool teacher, friends or grandparents! After the craziness leading up to the big man in red arriving, who wouldn’t love a soothing bath or foot spa with a cup of this lovely mix!

You will need:

  • 1 cup of Epson salts (you can get from a chemist or in the toiletry aisle of the supermarket).
  • 1/2 cup of pink Himalayan rock salt.
  • 1/4 cup of mixed dried flowers and herbs like rose petals, lavender, cornflower or camomile.
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 5 drops of essential oil

Let’s do it!

Kids Homemade Christmas Gifts
  1. Add all the ingredients to a big bowl and let the kids use a big spoon to mix it all together. If you are making a batch for yourself, let them go for it and mix with their hands, so they can really feel all the textures and smell the sweet oils.
  2. Pour the bath salts into jars and decorate with Christmas ribbon or stickers for a lovely, useful gift.
  3. Run a bath and add ¼ cup for a relaxing bath that helps relax muscle tension, relieves stress, reduces inflammation and cleanses the skin.   
Kids Christmas Gifts Made with Love

Festive Cinnamon Salt Clay Ornaments

Playdough is an old-time children’s favourite, but why not give it a Chrissy feel by making some Cinnamon Salt Clay dough? The kids can go for it and play with it, then when they are done, make it into beautiful ornaments to decorate gifts with or to give as unique presents for the relos!    

You will need:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • Christmas cookie cutters, ribbon and paints to decorate.

Let’s do it!

  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees.
  2.  Mix all the ingredients in a big bowl until you can roll the dough into a ball. Add more flour if you need. Smell the festive Christmas goodness!
  3. Roll out flat and use Christmas cookie cutters to make shapes.
  4. Use a skewer to make a hole in each shape.
  5. Bake in the oven for about 2 hours, or you can let them air dry for around 2-3 days.
  6. Paint or leave with a natural finish, thread ribbon through the holes and your creations are ready!
Kids Homemade Christmas Gifts
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