Christian Christmas Arts and Crafts
Celebrate the birth of Jesus with these Christian Christmas arts and crafts for your classroom or home.
An inexpensive craft for the very young: Obtain paper crowns from Burger King, one for each child, and let the children decorate the crowns with pom poms and geometric shapes cut from construction paper by simply gluing them on. I then read a story about the birth of the baby king on the first Christmas.
I work in a preschool with kids ranging from 3-5 years, so ideas for creative arts should be for kids with short attention spans, and this one is great! I took paper plates and cut out the centers, leaving the ridged outer edge and painted them Christmas Green. Along the top, I wrote “Happy Birthday Jesus!” in a red sharpie marker. Next, I went on Google to look for a gift pattern . Then I printed it out as many times as the number of plates I had. If you then take a blank sheet of white, unlined paper, and cut out the gift and the plain paper underneath it, the gift can open and the child can draw whatever they’d give baby Jesus on the blank paper! At the end, have them dip their little fingers in red paint to make berries on the wreath!
Baby Jesus – I went to Wal-mart and bought the cheap knee-high’s in the little plastic egg containers. Stuff one knee-high with some filling in the shape of a head, then tie a knot in the knee high and fill the rest of the stocking with more filler (shape it like a tube for the body) then tie a knot in the bottom of the knee-high. Glue wiggle eyes to the head, mold a gold pipe cleaner in a circle and glue to head. Cut white material in to large squares and swaddle it around baby Jesus. Tie a yarn bow around the baby to hold the material and hang a tag off of the yarn that reads… “Jesus is my gift to you on Christmas, Love God”
We made “guiding light” cups. After reading The Tiny Star, we talked about how the star was a guide to where baby Jesus was-a sign that he was born. Take glass cups (get them at yard sales, or donations) and paint White Glue on the sides. Gently press tissue paper pieces all over the glue. Use a variety of colors. It’s ok if the colors overlap. When finished apply a coat of glue over the entire project. The last piece to go on is a tissue paper star. It will show through with all the colors. Just add a tea light or votive candle. Ribbon or beads could be hot glued to the top of the glass as adornment. Allow to fully air dry before lighting. The children loved this sticky, messy project. And the parents thought they were so beautiful. These can be keepsakes for a very long time!
Another way to make the baby Jesus for the toilet tissue tube manger: wrap a wooden ice cream spoon in a small piece of fabric. Use a marker to add a face.
I made a “Happy Birthday JESUS CHRISTmas tree” out of cardboard, using clip art for the pattern. I also used different clip art decorations, typing Happy Birthday JESUS on a lot of them. I also made clipart stars and had JESUS loves _______ (filling in the child’s name). The children glued the decorations on the tree and, at the top, I glued on the large star, which had a clip art drawing of “Baby JESUS in a manger” on it.
I also cut out cardboard, different sizes, wrapped them like presents, added a clipart bow, and made a tag which had: To: One of the least of these, to go along with the scripture, ‘In as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these, my brethren, ye have done it unto me.’ I put tacks in the wall, applied glue to them, and the tree was stuck to them. The “presents” were arranged at the bottom of the tree.
Baby Jesus ornaments- Take a walnut and crack it open. Take out the insides. Now hot glue a small wooden ball in one end of the walnut. Let the children glue a cotton ball inside the walnut and then glue a piece of fabric over the cotton ball. The little wooden ball is Jesus’ head and the covered cotton ball is the body. Let the children make a face on Baby Jesus with a permanent marker. Hot glue a piece of ribbon to the walnut so that it can be hung on the tree. The children love their little Baby Jesus and enjoy hanging it on our class Christmas tree before taking it home to hang on their own tree.
Hand Print Angels- First use washable paint or paint with dish soap, then paint the child’s foot. Stamp their foot in the middle of the piece of construction paper. Then paint their hands and stamp them next to the footprint( for the wings. Add glitter and a face- you are done. I laminated them for great keepsake ornaments for their parents Christmas gifts. They are so fun and the kids love painting themselves 🙂
I used this idea last year and it was a real hit with the kids. It is called a poppet( an old-fashioned homemade doll). Take a small child’s sock (white and old is fine) and stuff with batting. Secure the opening with a rubber band and fold over the top like a little baby cap. Wrap the stuffed sock with a piece of blue felt as if swaddling a baby! Tie with a piece of brown string to secure the blanket. The children now have their own Baby Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes!! They played with them all day and for days to come!! Have a blessed and joy-filled Christmas!!!
For Advent this year, I pre-cut the centers out of paper plates. Each day the children traced their hand on green construction paper and cut it out. Next, I had them tell me one gift they could give to baby Jesus (they could share, they could help their parents, etc…) and I wrote it on the hand. We stapled the hands to the cut-out plate and by the time school finished, we had a beautiful advent wreath. On the last day, we dipped our fingers in red paint and dabbed some berries onto our wreaths. I added a large red bow to the bottom and the parents were thrilled!
We have used the toilet paper tube for a manger but because of severe peanut allergies, we use small wooden clothespin for Baby Jesus. We wrap “Him” in a square of blue flannel and tie it with raffia, put a cord on it to hang on the tree.
If your children have trouble getting dirty, sticky.. This is fun and also make a pretty advent wreath. The items you need are shredded wheat, glue, green food coloring, and appropriate candles. Ask the children to break up the shredded wheat and then add glue and green food coloring. Mix thoroughly. Oh, use a small plastic cereal bowl. Press the mixture to the sides of the bowl to form a wreath. Push the candles in. If you would like to add berries do at this point. Let dry. This takes a few days. When dry pop the wreath out of the bowl. My daughter is 16 now and made one at age 4. It is a treasure. We have replaced the candles a few times though. One last idea is one I did last year. Purchase a small clay saucer. About .29 at Wal Mart. The children can paint this. Add some type of “hay material”. The baby, a peanut, wooden shapes, or small plastic babies. Put glue on the material and have the children wrap the baby. Make sure the face can be seen. Another glob of glue on the hay and place the baby on the glue. If you would like hot glue a piece of wire to the saucer (low melt) and attach a star. This makes a great tree ornament or something to put beside your bed to remind you of why we celebrate Christmas.
Angel Prints. This is more teacher directed but makes a cute present for parents. Let children make a hand/footprint collage after you’ve taken the ‘good’ prints.
Make feet prints in light blue or white (depends on what color you glue the picture on). Make handprints in white or yellow. Cut feet out and glue feet toes pointing down, left foot on the right and right foot on the left. This will make the angels dress. Cut out the hands and glue to make wings. Use the children’s photos for the angel’s face or have them draw a face.
You can mount this on any paper to make a place mat, tree ornament or use fabric paint and make the prints right on a t-shirt or sweatshirt.
Materials— Florist moss or hay, peanuts in their shells, construction paper, large Popsicle sticks, glue
Have the children build their own manger scene on the construction paper, using the Popsicle sticks and glue. Next, have the children make a place for the baby Jesus to sleep using the hay or florist moss. Finally, have the children glue the peanut in its shell on the bed they just made. This is the Baby Jesus.
Materials: Potpourri, plastic canvas stars (I bought these at Wal-Mart in a pack of 5 for $1.00), lots and lots of glue, and tin foil.
Have the children place their star on a piece of tin foil. Next, have the children paint the star with LOTS and LOTS of glue. Finally, the children can sprinkle the potpourri all over the star. Let the glue dry COMPLETELY, then remove the star from the foil. My two-year-olds loved this activity!
Have a basket or make a ‘manger’. Have a pile of raffia or yarn pieces, about 8″ for each piece. You’ll need a lot of pieces. Put the crib in a high-traffic area. (Mine goes in front of Christmas tree.) Explain to all the kids that for each good deed that they do, they get to put a piece of ‘straw’ in the crib. To make a really soft bed for Jesus, they will need to do lots of good deeds. If they don’t tell anyone the good deed, they get to put in TWO pieces of straw. On Christmas morning, put a baby doll (Jesus) in the crib. Have the kids help make ‘swaddling clothes’ out of strips of sheet.
You will need smooth Styrofoam trays, dull pencils, colored or white and paint. Draw pictures of a star or nativity scenes using dull pencils on to the smooth Styrofoam trays. Have kids paint over the picture and then press a piece of paper onto the picture. You could write out a verse or little note and put it on the inside of the card. After they have dried let kids hand them out to their loved ones for Christmas cards.
The Christmas Star
Cut a stars out of poster board. Using glitter pens OR colored salt, have the children create their star. At circle time, talk about the importance of the star to the story of the birth of Jesus. Have them hang their star on their Christmas tree to remind them about the real meaning of Christmas.
My 3’s and 4’s made this Christmas picture for their parents last year: We used a dark blue mat board, about 12×16, for the background. The children cut 3 strips of brown construction paper about 1″x6″ to make the stable(2 for sides, 1 on top). I cut triangles from wallpaper samples for robes for Joseph, Mary, a shepherd, and the 3 kings–fancy foil ones for the kings. The children glued Joseph and Mary’s triangles inside the “stable”, and I hot glued on a wallpaper “manger”, cupping it so that it stuck out from the mat board. We drew a tiny face on a piece of craft stick, wrapped it in a square of white fabric, and glued “Baby Jesus” in the manger. I cut ovals out of different shades of manila and tan construction paper, and the children drew faces on them and glued them at the top of the triangle bodies. We cut foil crowns for the kings, and glued on a bent pipe cleaner for the shepherd’s staff, along with a cotton ball sheep. The best part was the angel: I took each child’s picture in an angel costume (white t-shirt with batting wings and a tinsel halo), cut out the photo, and the child glued the photo on top of the stable. These turned out so cute–we worked on them a little each day. The parents loved their gift!
Advent Christmas Wreath Cut an 9″ donut shape out of shirt or corrugated cardboard. Have the children paint this green. Let dry. Attach 4 toilet paper tubes equidistant around the ring by slitting up the sides & gluing in place. Have the children paint 3 of the toilet paper tubes blue & one white. When dry take yellow Kleenex tissues, find the middle of the tissue, dip it in glue & then in gold glitter. When they are dry, put them in the painted toilet paper tubes with the corners of the tissue toward the bottom of the tube and the glitter section toward the top. Place a garland around the ring. At home children can “light” the candle on the Advent wreath by pulling up the appropriate tissue. Children and parents love this interactive & appropriate sign of the season.