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4 Holiday Crafts To Make With Your Family

‘Tis the holiday season! It’s safe to say that everyone is happy and joyful when the first snowfall hits, and especially when the festivities are a...

‘Tis the holiday season! It’s safe to say that everyone is happy and joyful when the first snowfall hits, and especially when the festivities are around the corner. Great Christmas music, delicious food and fun family gatherings… what’s not to like?  

On top of our Gusti Winter Collection that is guaranteed to keep your little ones warm during this winter season, we also have great craft ideas to keep them busy when they need a break from the outdoors. Pull out your art supplies and create these four easy holiday arts & crafts with your family:

  1. This bouncy snowman craft is bright and acts as a beautiful homemade Christmas decoration around the house!


    What you need:

    • 2 sheets of white paper (plain print paper will do although construction paper will work best)
    • Paper in orange and any other color
    • Black marker
    • Glue
    • Scissors
    • Accessories (buttons, cupcake liner, sequin)

     Instructions:

    1. Start by cutting strips of paper in two lengths, one set cutting along the length and one set cutting along the width (approximately 8 of each).
    2. Now assemble the paper balls: For the longer strips, add a dab of glue in the middle of one strip and glue on another strip of paper, forming a cross. Then glue two more strips. Once you have formed a star shape, fold them towards the top and glue on top to get a ball shape. Do the same for the shorter strips - once you have two balls (one small and one big), glue them together.
    3. Cut and stick all the details like the eyes, nose and buttons (you can also draw them on).
    4. Cut a long strip of colour paper and wrap it around the two balls to form a scarf.
    5. Add a cupcake liner to the top of the head, making a hat.
    6. If you want them to stand on their own, put a coin or a small rock in the base to keep them balanced. You can also make a garland!

      1. These snowflakes make for great tree ornaments and are easy to decorate and personalize!

       

      What you need:

      • Coloured popsicle sticks (you can also paint plain ones)
      • Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
      • Glue
      • Twine (for hanging)
      • Accessories (glitter, bells, pompoms, sequin, foam balls) 

      Instructions:

      1. Form the shape of the snowflake and put a little bit of hot glue in between each popsicle stick. Once this is done, add a bit of hot glue to the back and add your twine for hanging (we recommend that the parents take care of this part).
      2. Decorate your snowflakes with the accessories of your choice (e.g. glitter, bells, pompoms, etc.)
      3. Let the kids hang their craft on the tree!

         

        1. This craft is both a learning game and a craft, keeping your children engaged for double the amount of time!

        What you need:

        • Piece of paper of your choice
        • Glue
        • Dice
        • Cotton balls
        • Googly eyes
        • Buttons
        • Construction paper (orange, red, black)
        • Accessories (glitter, bells, pompoms, sequin, foam balls)

        Instructions:

        1. On a piece of paper of your choice, draw the outline of a snowman
        2. In the snowman, draw additional circles (approximately the size of a cotton ball) and write numbers 2 to 12 in them. If there are doubles, that is OK.
        3. Roll the dice. Find a circle with the number that corresponds to the total of your roll and glue a cotton ball on that circle (i.e. if you rolled a total of 12, find a circle with a 12 in it and glue the cotton ball)
        4. Once every circle is filled with a cotton ball, add decorations to your snowman as you want.

           

          1. To put their baking skills at work, this is a great craft that makes them measure ingredients and add a beautiful personalized touch to the tree at the same time!

          What you need:

          • Salt dough: 2-parts flour, 1-part salt, 1-part water (you can make as much as you want, but make sure the proportions are the same)
          • Christmas tree cutters
          • Varnish
          • String of your choice
          • Paint or food colouring (optional)
          • Buttons or other decorations (sequin, bells, glitter, etc.)

          Instructions:

          1. Make the salt dough (make sure that it isn’t too sticky or else it won’t work as well)
          2. Roll it out until the dough is about 1cm thick and put your Christmas tree cutter in the dough. With a straw, make sure to put a hole at the top before you cook it
          3. Jazz up your tree with buttons or any other decorations *
          4. Let your tree dry over at least 3 days or put it in the oven at 50-80C (during the drying process, make sure that the hole at the top doesn’t close up)
          5. Once it is cooled off and dry, you can varnish it so that the buttons and other decorations stay in place (it also adds a nice shine)

          *If you would like to paint your tree, dry it before putting any decorations. Once it is dry, you can paint it and glue the decorations on afterwards.