(Last Minute) Holiday Craft Ideas ANY Mom Can Pull Offby Elizabeth MacDonald
I used to be crafty. I’d love to say that I still am – and deep down, I would love to pull that side back out, but the reality is that I have 5 young children with me 24 hours a day. I can still pull off one or two really neat crafts a season, but I just don’t have the time or energy or willpower or cleaning tools to tackle most of the crazy intense crafts that moms out there are “pinning.”
Call me lazy, call me smart, or just bring wine and come hang out with me. Our kids can do a few of these crafts while we enjoy actual adult conversation. I’ve scoured the internet, collecting the simplest, but sweetest holiday craft ideas that you can pull off in a moment’s notice. Some may require a trip to the dollar store if you are low on supplies, but really comb through those junk drawers – I bet you can find everything at home.
Holiday Craft Ideas Any Mom Can Pull Off
Or it could look something more like this if my kids were involved:
Clear out the ribbon scraps from the gift wrap drawer. Any color combination will do. In my house, I’ll have a child use all blue, one who’ll want pink, purple, yellow, and fuchsia, and one who will just want to throw sticks.
I would stick with a clear plastic ball ornament and shredded white paper or glitter. To make it even easier of a craft, I would have the kids scavenge for tiny twigs outside, drop them in with a pair of google eyes and triangle scrap of orange.
You know you have cardboard boxes arriving pretty much daily from wherever you are clicking on late at night. Cut out a few circles and slice the sides a bit. Hand your little ones some thick thread or yarn and have them start winding! Popsicle
This one is right up my “last-minute-I’m-not-lazy” craft alley. Markers, sticker shapes, pom poms, paper, and glue. You can even add a picture to the middle.
These are definitely beautiful. I’d invest in plastic ornaments though. This craft isn’t as much fun for the kids, but it does make a great gift for the kids to give to neighbors or family.
I'm not going to lie, this one will require me to amazon prime myself some beads two days prior to the project. But that’s no biggie – I order crap just about daily from amazon, so I’ll just toss it in the cart.
This is pretty self-explanatory: Thread beads onto pipe cleaner and bend into a candy cane shape. Monitor young kids to make sure beads aren’t inserted into nose or mouth.
We create these every year, simply because pine cones can be found everywhere come late fall. I dry them out in the oven all afternoon before painting them with the kids. I let them go wild with whatever decorations they want. I encourage them to set up a Christmas scene and use their miniature figurines for imaginative play.
Pipe Cleaner Christmas Tree: No link for this one, as the kids and I sat down and decided to make our own decorations last night. My 6-year-old created this adorable little tree! He wrapped the pipe cleaner around itself and pulled each end until it stood on its own. Then he added pipe cleaner scraps. Easy!
Because you have plenty of plates lying around. It’s time to use them.
Paper plates, construction paper, and a glue stick. This craft would be great for a playdate. Limited mess, cute results.
Markers may be cleaner than paint, but the option is yours for this cute little deer. Paper Plate
If you don’t have pomp poms lying around the house, then I envy you. I find them in my bed, under the couch, and in the kitchen cabinets regularly. Paint a paper plate, cut in half and roll into a cone. Bust out the hot glue gun, or the Elmer's glue, and decorate away.
Two years ago, we hosted the entire family for Christmas. I’m talking extended family’s extended family and all. The night before they showed up, I decided to create something ridiculously silly that would make sure to be a great icebreaker. I took card stock in holiday colors and cut out Christmas-inspired costumes. I made a Santa hat, Elf hats, Reindeer antlers, Rudolph noses, Candy Canes, Hot Cocoa mugs, etc. I then taped these cut-outs to BBQ skewers.
They were used for photo props! Not only did they break the ice, but after several bottles of wine, and way after midnight – after Santa had dropped off the gifts, these suckers made for hilarious bonding time. Mind you, I did cut them out after a few glasses of wine, so I’m sure you can make them cuter, but no sweat if not. Mine were loved just the way they were! AND – they are out again this year.