Christmas Arts and Crafts

Recipe Holder

Cover a bathroom tissue roll with contact or construction paper. Cut two slits on end directly across from one another

Place an index card into slits, add a message: For your favorite recipes!

Soap Balls/Soap on a rope

Grate a bar of Ivory soap into a bowl

Add water a little at a time, mix with a whisk or electric mixer until blended

Shape into ball shape, insert string if desired, Let dry 2 days

Tissue Box Frame

Cut top off of a tissue box, and decorate as you wish

Tape your favorite picture or drawing to the back


Locate a 1 or 2 liter soda bottle with a plastic bottom (try Polar brand)

Carefully remove the plastic bottom by twisting or using a screwdriver

Cut off approximately 2-3 inches of the soda bottle from the top leaving a bubble.

shaped bottle

Place soil and seeds into the plastic end of the soda bottle

Place the bubble-shaped top directly over the plastic bottom

Decorate the top with a bow. Germination can take 1-3 weeks

Napkin Rings

Cut a paper or bathroom tissue roll into 2 inch rings

Place glue over entire surface, and carefully wrap your favorite colored yarn

around the ring. Let dry. Add a colorful napkin!!

Desk Organizer

Glue together several sizes of paper towel or bathroom tissue rolls

Glue rolls onto a stiff cardboard or poster board. Let dry. Decorate! Add some pens, pencils, paperclips, etc. if you wish

Magazine Necklaces

Cut pages from magazines into triangle shapes, any sizes will do, try a variety of sizes to make a unique necklace each time.

Using a pencil or pen, roll the triangle shape from the flat end to the point

Add tape to the bead to hold together, string onto yarn!

Juice lid Magnets

Glue your favorite picture or drawing onto a metal juice can lid

Add a 1-inch strip magnet to back, securing well with glue.



  • Lindsay November 22, 2017 at 2:48 pm Reply

    I cut out light bulbs out of bubble wrap and have the children paint then with paint and corn syrup mixed in to make them shiny and them we string them together and hang them in the room with real Christmas lights. looks very cool!

  • Misty November 22, 2017 at 2:48 pm Reply

    I’ve done this every year as gifts for my parents. Call a local carpet store and ask if they would donate large rectangular shaped carpet samples (one for each child) to your center. If not, they only cost about $1.00. In the middle of the carpet make the hand and foot reindeer. Paint each hand black and place in the middle of the carpet directly next to each other, paint a foot brown and place that under yet touching the hand prints. In red and green fabric paint write “Happy Holidays” across the top, the child’s name and year across the bottom. Once the reindeer has dried, outline in black and brown fabric paint. Hot glue a red pom-pom for the nose. Parents love them and they’re super cute!

  • Miana November 22, 2017 at 2:42 pm Reply

    We made Christmas tree sun catchers as one of our gifts this year. We took a square of leftover laminate and used our hand print to make a Christmas tree on it. Paint the tree upside down with fingers away from the child to make it easier. Then the children used their finger tip to paint lights. We cut out a frame and glued it on. I allowed it to just dry and then laminated it.

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