5 Christmas Decoration Crafts
Here at Trunkaroo HQ decorating the Christmas tree is one of our favourite Christmas activities. Christmas baubles are collected over the years, passed down by generations and are often cherished mementos. What better way to decorate your tree but with baubles made by your children? When the kids see their creations hanging from the branches it will instil a real sense of pride and achievement. Better yet is all the fun that can be had whilst making the decorations! Develop creativity, imagination, communication and fine motor skills with these awesome DIY bauble crafts:
Fill your own baubles (via Let's Do Something Crafty)
Clear fillable baubles are an ideal way to personalise your Christmas tree. Engage the children in a brainstorming activity as you decide which goodies to fill the baubles with. Why not try sweets, tinsel, pine cones or photos? We think they look particularly cool when filled with pom poms and glitter- an absolute sensory delight! Transparent hanging baubles are available from most craft stores.
Pom Pom Baubles (Via Trunkaroo)
Pom Pom baubles not only look amazing, but are also perfect activity for the development of hand-eye coordination. Simply take a polystyrene ball, attach string to the top, and then use glue to stick mini pom poms onto the surface. Keep going one-by-one until you have made a giant pom pom bauble. The Trunkaroo team is crazy about pom poms! Watch our instructional video to learn how to make your own.
You will need:
- Pom Pom Maker or Pom Poms
- 30mm polystyrene ball
- PVA glue
- String or Christmas Ribbon
Easy peasy pom pom bauble instructions:
- Make your pom poms by following the Trunkaroo instructional video above or buy some pre-made from a craft shop
- Pin or glue your ribbon on to the ball
- Glue your pom poms carefully onto the ball
- Wait for the glue to dry before hanging on your tree
Lollipop stick decorations (via Trunkaroo)
Who says geometry and Christmas can’t mix? These tinkering trees are made from lollipop sticks, stuck together with glue, and decorated with pipe cleaners, poms poms and anything else you have in your craft box! Try arranging the sticks into different shapes, and turn it into a shape-making game. Which budding mathematician can make the most shapes? The Trunkaroo Winter Wonderland trunk comes complete with materials, instructions and much more! Check it out here.
Salt Dough Baubles (via In The Playroom)
This one is an oldie but a goodie! Salt dough decorations adorn Christmas trees across the nation for good reason. The classic salt dough bauble is a fantastic craft project for mini makers as it develops creativity, fine motor skills and can even prompt an engaging science lesson about changes in states of matter.
Dry Orange Slices (via Red Ted Art)
These dry orange slices will look beautiful adorning any Christmas tree and can instigate a cool conversation about dehydration. Little hands can keep busy arranging the slices onto baking trays, and then tying ribbons to hang the decorations. There is some tricky cutting that will require a responsible adult, but plenty of child-friendly ribbon threading to develop fine motor skills.