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Nov 30, 2011

Christmas Ornament Crafts for All Ages

Make a joyous occasion of creating these Christmas crafts for preschoolers and kindergarteners this holiday season. Christmas ornament crafts allow you to spend time laughing and playing with your kids, as well as making memories. Whether you use these cute felt crafts as party favors, or handmade Christmas decorations, you'll be sure to have fun and have them as keepsakes for years to come!

Use this opportunity to spend time with your little ones by making Christmas crafts for preschoolers and kindergarteners with items you probably have floating around the house. If not, have fun time letting them pick their favorite felt colors and munch on leftover candy canes.

Christmas Craft #1: Candy Cane Snowmen

What you will need for this Christmas Ornament Craft:

• Wrapped candy canes
• Felt
• Scissors
• Hot glue gun
• Thin ribbon or yarn
• Black marker
• Plastic eyes (optional)

For candy cane hat:

Choose the color of felt you would like to make your candy cane snowman's hat and scarf; remember you can mix and match!

For the hat, cut a 2" by 5" strip of felt. With that felt strip, use your candy cane as a guide to wrap the felt around into a tube, then hot glue the tube shut along the long side.

Let the felt 'tube' dry, and place it on the cane portion of the candy cane. Leave most of the straight section exposed. Find where the candy cane's curve ends and tie a piece of ribbon or yarn over the felt tube. This will create and close the hat.

Once you have tied your hat shut, you can choose to leave it as is or cut small slivers in order to make a fringed hat.

For the candy cane scarf and nose:

For the scarf, cut a ¾" by 5" strip of felt from your color of choice, use this to wrap around the candy cane about half way. Once tied onto the candy cane, you may leave it as is, or cut slivers in it for fringe.

For the carrot nose, cut a small triangle from orange or yellow felt and glue to the straight part of the candy cane about ½" below the hat.

Use a black marker to draw on two eyes and a mouth. Or, use plastic eyes in order to create a more three dimensional, silly look.

These cute Christmas crafts for kids can be used as puppets, toys or even to hang on your Christmas tree! Spending time crafting with your little ones will make this holiday season all the more merry.

Christmas Craft #2: Candy Cane Mice

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse... except for these Christmas crafts for kids. These little mice are easy to make and fun to decorate. You can decide where to place these easy Christmas crafts for kids, but we recommend making them as toys or turning them into easy Christmas ornament crafts.

What you will need for this Christmas craft:

• Two colors of felt
• Traditional candy canes or mini candy canes (depends on size of mouse)
• White paper
• Black marker
• Small red button, pom-pom or paper
• Scissors
• Glue
• Ruler

1. For the large mouse, take your main color of felt and cut a 6" by 3.5" wide-tear drop shape. (If you want to make a smaller mouse, cut all measurements in half.)

2. Measure two inches from the tip of the nose towards the middle of the tear drop shape, mark with a pencil on the under-side. From that point, place a ruler and measure in from each side one inch. On each side, make a one inch slit with your scissors.

3. Next, we will be making the ears. Cut a 5" by 2" strip of felt in a complimentary color. Round the edges and fold in half to make easy to insert. Take the folded piece and insert into one of the slits we previously made. Pull from the other slit until even on both sides. At this point, it should begin looking like a mouse.

4. Next, cut white circles out of paper for the eyes, and then draw the pupils onto the paper. Take glue and glue into place. After the eyes are placed, take your nose of choice (button, pom-pom or paper) and glue onto the tip of the mouse.

5. Take a candy cane, with the straight end first, and slide into the pocket made on the under-side of the mouse. Turn back over and your mouse is now complete with a tasty, candy cane tail!

For both of these crafts, make sure to leave the candy canes wrapped until ready to be eaten. These ideas can be used as Christmas ornament crafts or Christmas crafts for preschoolers and kindergarteners. They are fun to play with, and your kids will be excited to see their creations on the tree or used as party favors for guests!

We also recommend checking out our Candy Cane Reindeer Craft and Simple Christmas Centerpieces articles for more Christmas craft ideas this season.


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