Quick and Easy Christmas Crafts

The 4 Moms of 35+ Kids are sharing quick and easy Christmas Crafts this week.

Here are a few of my favorite Christmas craft ideas.

My super simple gingerbread houses are great for a kids’ party.

Source: bhg.com via TC on Pinterest


How about adding glitter or seed beads to old ornaments?

Source: bhg.com via Cyndie on Pinterest


Here’s an easy way for little ones to wrap gifts, using toilet paper tubes, ribbon, and wrapping paper.

And here is my favorite quick and easy Christmas craft that will keep kids busy forEVER, it seems. They love to experiment on how different snips will make different designs. These can be taped on windows or hung from the ceiling with thread. BIG FUN!

Now, be sure to check out the rest of my 4 Moms team to see what quick and easy Christmas crafts they are sharing:

What quick and easy Christmas crafts would you like to share? Link directly to your post below, and be sure to include a link in your post back here so all your readers can share in the crafty fun!

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Fall Fun

Don’t you just love this time of year, when the cooler weather brings a changing of the leaves and a lot less sweat?

Here is a DIY kid-made fall centerpiece we did one year that was a lot of fun.

This year, I think I will try it with pumpkins and tissue paper. I loved the gold spray painted acorns, and even put them in a big vase and kept them on my dining room table for weeks!

Be sure to see my list of 7 kid friendly fall crafts. I can’t be the only one who lets my kids make the decorations, can I???

For more fall fun, our family is looking forward to attending a “Harvest Festival” with our homeschool group! There will even be prizes awarded to the best “Biblical costume”.

I’m guessing all manner of animals, angels, and even cracked rocks are eligible for a Biblical costume, right?

So… if you had a 15 year old son who was planning to go as King Eglon, how would you go about making a costume with a sword sticking out of a fat belly? WHAT?! It’s in there, people!

Also, I would love any awesome ideas you have for Biblical costumes. We may or may not know a certain family who is very competitive and is planning on sweeping every age category.

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Enter to Win a FREE CRUISE!

Have you ever been on a cruise? I haven’t, but when I went to Indiana to visit my sweet friend Sheri, she told me all about the cruises her family takes every year. She showed me photo albums filled with pictures of fancy buffet lines, loaded with exotic food, scuba diving in crystal clear water, and plush spa treatments.

She said she is addicted to her cruises and I was immediately hooked on the idea of some day going on my first cruise!

Well, this may be my lucky year, because I just entered to win this week-long Carribean cruise for 2 from Craftsy. They are giving away a pair of tickets each month!

I simply entered my email address and a password and I am entered to win! I have a good feeling about this, (squee!) but don’t worry! Even if I win a pair of tickets, you can win a pair, too!

Are you thinking, “But I don’t quilt…”? WHO CARES? IT’S A FREE CRUISE!

GO ENTER! It only takes a minute, and wouldn’t it be awesome if I met you on the cruise?! Cuz I’m totally winning…

I get 40 cents per sign up, but never mind that. YOU COULD WIN A CRUISE!

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Make Your Own Soothing Lotion Bars

I recently noticed that this old homemade lotion bar tutorial has been getting a lot of attention lately.

Are you people already making Christmas gifts?! This is an easy and lovely homemade gift to give! There are only 4 ingredients (all natural!), and I found them all, plus tons of adorable molds and gift tins to package them in on Amazon.com.

Check out my step by step homemade lotion bar how-to for instructions and links to all the supplies you need!

(Be sure to to share the tutorial with your friends!)

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Sharpie Tie Dye T-Shirts

You have seen the bug viewers and yarn bowls. Now, here is another fun activity we have done this week during our mini summer camp: Sharpie tie dye t-shirts!

It is like tie dye without the buckets of dye waiting to be spilled or sloshed.

NO MESS tied dye!

Everyone got a plain white t-shirt and a variety of Sharpies. We inserted old vinyl place mats into the shirts, and each child made a design using a series of dots.

We then took the shirts outside and sprayed them with rubbing alcohol. Did you know you can screw a standard spray bottle top onto a bottle of alcohol? EASY PEASY!


The alcohol makes the colors in the Sharpie dots run, giving the design a cool “firework” look.

The kids had an awesome time making these Sharpie tie dye t-shirts and even wore them proudly to Vacation Bible School!

 *”Set” the shirts by putting them in the dryer on “high” for 15 minutes. Wash separately. We had a slight fading during the wash.

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Make Your Own Bug Viewers

How to Make Your Own Bug Viewer

One of our activities for Camp Conniewannahavefun this week was a bug scavenger hunt team activity.

Here’s how we made them.

Supplies needed:

  • Single serving drink bottles
  • scissors or Exacto knife
  • netting (or thin fabric that lets in air)
  • hot glue gun

  1. Save and rinse out small, plastic juice bottles.
  2. Cut a panel out of one side of the bottle.
  3. Hot glue a pice of netting over the hole in the bottle.
  4. Remove lid to put bugs.


I gave each team instructions to find as many little creatures as possible and place them in their bug viewers along with a few leaves and twigs and drops of water.

The yellow team won the challenge! They caught several varieties of beetles, ants, a baby lizard, and even a SCORPION!

Try making your own simple bug viewers. Kids love them!

Would you like to have your own mini summer camp? Try these tips for free summer fun! (<— Includes a free printable scavenger hunt!)

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