Festive Fun: Creating Holiday Keepsakes & DIY Advent Calendars with Kids

The holiday season is a magical time filled with joy and cheer. It’s also the perfect time for kids to express their creativity through craft activities. With a little help from adults, children can create beautiful holiday-themed keepsakes that not only provide a fun-filled activity but also make great decorations or gifts. Two particularly charming ways to celebrate the season through crafts are Handprint and Footprint Art, and DIY Advent Calendars.

Handprint and Footprint Art: Holiday-Themed Keepsakes

Handprints and footprints from your little ones can be transformed into festive characters and scenes to celebrate the holiday season. These projects are not only fun but also create keepsakes that you can treasure for years to come. Here are a few ideas:

Turning Handprints and Footprints into Festive Characters

A child’s handprint or footprint can easily be turned into a Santa Claus, reindeer, or even a Christmas tree. All you need is some non-toxic paint, paper, and your child’s willingness to get a little messy!

For example, to make a Santa Claus, paint your child’s hand with white paint on the fingers (for the beard), red paint on the palm (for the face), and a bit of black on the thumb (for the hat). Press it onto a piece of paper, let it dry, then add details like eyes, nose, mouth, and the pom-pom of Santa’s hat with markers or glitter glue.

Creating Holiday-Themed Keepsakes

Another lovely idea is to use handprints or footprints to create ornaments. You can buy plain ceramic ornaments or use air-dry clay to make your own. Paint your child’s hand or foot with non-toxic paint, press it onto the ornament or clay, then let it dry. Decorate around the print with festive designs like snowflakes or holly leaves.

DIY Advent Calendars: A Countdown to Christmas

Advent calendars are a fun way for kids to count down the days until Christmas. They also offer an opportunity for creativity and anticipation.

Paper-Based Advent Calendars

A simple way to create an advent calendar is by using paper. You can make small envelopes out of construction paper and number them from 1-24. Then, fill each envelope with tiny treats or messages. Arrange them on a poster board in the shape of a Christmas tree or just in rows for a more traditional look.

Fabric-Based Advent Calendars with Pockets

If you’re handy with a sewing machine, you could create a fabric advent calendar. Sew 24 small pockets onto a large piece of fabric in rows. Number each pocket and fill them with treats or small toys. This kind of advent calendar can become a cherished family heirloom that’s used year after year.

The holiday season is an ideal time for kids to explore their creativity while also learning about traditions and celebrations. So this year, why not try some of these craft activities? You’ll not only have fun but also create lasting memories and keepsakes.

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Hello everyone, I'm Bea, and I absolutely adore bringing imagination to life through arts and crafts. I find great joy in volunteering for scout troops and local gatherings, helping young minds discover the magic of turning simple materials into their own masterpieces.

While I've been told I have a knack for crafting, I believe that the real magic lies in the shared moments of creativity, the laughs when something doesn't go quite as planned, and the pride that comes with completing a project. For me, crafts are less about perfection and more about the joy of creating and sharing.

When I'm not busy with a project or event, you'll often find me exploring new craft ideas or hunting for unique materials to transform. From paper and paint to fabric and beads, there's no craft supply that doesn't spark my imagination!

Whether you're an experienced craft enthusiast or just starting out, I welcome you to join me on this journey of creativity and fun. Here at Be Crafty, let's inspire each other and create beautiful things together!