Friday, November 30, 2012

25 Children's Christmas Crafts for your Christmas Corner

Christmas on the Porch - Day 10

What exactly is Christmas Corner?  When my two girls were little, I felt like I was always rushing around during the Christmas season.  One day after yelling at my girls to go play so I could finish a project, I realized things needed to change.  This is when the inspiration of Christmas Corner came to me.
I took the opportunity to teach my children the Magic of the Christmas Season.

Christmas Corner at our house consists of 3 things.......

Music,  Story and a Craft

Each day before we start a craft we sing songs and read a Christmas Story. It is fun to teach them new Christmas songs so they can sing along with the radio or at church.  Last year we started a new idea for our Christmas Stories which  I found on several blogs.  I wrapped 24 Christmas books and we have a
Countdown to Christmas Bedtime Story.  
(The girls have to have their bedroom cleaned before they unwrap the present. One room is always clean in our house at Christmas time.)    

When I first started Christmas Corner Pinterest didn't exist and so I would find activities from Family Fun Magazine, craft books from the library or websites.  Then I started finding them on blogs.  I had no idea that there were so many other mom's doing similar crafts with their children.  So here is a collage of 25 things we have done over the years for Christmas Corner.  If you need instructions on how to do them I have tried to attach the blog or website of where I found each of these idea or a brief explanation below. 

1. Hand Print Christmas Tree.
2. Christmas Tree with a pipe cleaner.
7. Reindeer Lollipops.  (If you live in Utah County Pebbles in my Pocket sells yummy Brown Suckers.
8. Santa Hat.
9. M & M Trees. (The site uses jelly beans but we used Christmas M & M's instead).
13. Christmas shoes.  (This was a fun idea where we learned about Christmas Traditions from other countries.  The girls made these shoes and put them out on the 6th of December and St. Nick left them a treat. 
17. Christmas Chains.  Make a chain with Christmas paper.
18. Claypot Snowman.
19. Popsicle Star.
20. Matchbox Service Countdown.  (We decide instead of putting candy inside, we had little slips of paper with service things to do.  We tried to keep it a secret from each other for example make your sister's bed, pick up your sister's toys, tell your dad you love him, give your mom a hug.
21. Premade Craft from Michaels.  (These are always great if you don't want to create your own ideas.
22. Reindeer Candy Holder.  (Glue felt around a styrofoam cup. Make ears with felt and glue on. Make antlers with pipe cleaners and glue on.  Glue on googley eyes and a red pom pom for his nose.  Fill with candy.
23. Paper Plate Snowman
24. Premade craft from Michaels.
25. Rice Crispy House.  I bought our kit at Michaels a few years ago.

Oh good you are still reading!!!  If it feels overwhelming to do something like this I want you to breath!  These are just some fun ideas to create memories at Christmas.  I am a planner and I am not kidding when I say I start planning our Christmas Corner in July.  Yep that's right.  Christmas in July for me!!!  For a few years I was working outside of my home and we did Christmas Corner only a couple of days a week and that worked great too! Christmas Corner was great when my kids and I were home all day together.  I also try to leave Saturday's open so we can do any make up projects if things come up during the week.  This year as the girls are getting older and are in school all day we are doing service projects and games besides just crafts.  I wanted to share this post with you so that you can be inspired to create your own memories with your family in anyway that works for you.  My hope for you is that you can find the 
during the holidays. 

Merry Christmas!

PS.To see what we are doing for Christmas Corner this year click here



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  1. I love this idea. My husband and I don't have children but I still want us to have traditions. As part of our advent calendar I have come up with twenty five activities for us to do. Here's our list
    Decorate the tree and make stockings
    Watch the First presidency Christmas Devotional Make yummy Hot Chocolate with chocolate dipped marshmallow sticks
    Write a Christmas wish list
    Build a snowman
    Watch a Christmas movie with caramel popcorn
    Go Christmas caroling at the Mackay Manor’s office (We are going to sing Christmas carols while I am working since I work from home)
    Create a blizzard and watch Christmas in Connecticut (we are going to cut snowflakes and hang them on our ceiling fan)
    Watch “Christmas Spirit” on
    Decorate Christmas houses
    Inside Snowball attack (We will write things on paper snowballs that we love about each other)
    Breakfast for Dinner
    Go to a Christmas party
    Milk and cookie party for Santa’s helpers
    Go sledding (We are making sleds out of candy canes and racing them)
    Tell a Christmas joke
    Write love letters for our Christmas presents
    Make Christmas day treats
    Read Christmas book and watch a Christmas movie
    Visit family and go see the Christmas lights
    North Pole Breakfast
    Christmas game night
    Hang Mistletoe and get a kiss
    Go Christmas shopping
    Wrap Christmas presents

    Christmas is not just for kids (eventhough they make it more fun) it's for us adults too. Love your blog.

  2. P.S. Sorry my post is so long but I wanted to share in case any of your other readers don't have kids.

  3. I love it Mackay Memories. I am so glad that you were able to share your ideas and that Christmas is not just for kids that we adults can enjoy it too!!!! I hope that we all can find a little Christmas Joy this year. Jan

  4. Amazing. This is such a great tradition and legacy.


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