Crafting with kids: Simple Christmas decorations

I have happy memories of childhood Christmases and making crackers and paper chains. They’re so simple for children to make with little, if any, adult help and are such fun to do. For this month’s #BostikBlogger craft, I’ve been revisiting my childhood and having fun making some simple Christmas decorations with Sophie.

 

Paper chains and crackers - "Crafting with kids: Simple Christmas decorations"

 

Christmas crackers

You will need:

  • Toilet roll tubes
  • Tissue or crepe paper
  • Scissors
  • A glue stick (we used a Bostik Blu Stick)
  • A small wrapped chocolate or sweet
  • Raffia or ribbon
  • Sequins and Christmassy foil shapes to decorate

 

1) Cut a piece of tissue or crepe paper that is big enough to wrap around the toilet roll and about twice the length.

 

A tpilet roll in the middle of a piece of blue crepe paper

 

 

2) Cover the toilet roll tube in glue.

 

Sophie covering a toilet roll tube in glue using a Bostik Glu Stick

 

 

3) Place in the middle of the tissue paper and roll to wrap the tissue paper around it.

 

The toilet roll tube wrapped in crepe paper

 

 

4) Place a small wrapped chocolate or sweet inside the toilet roll tube.

 

5) Tie a piece of ribbon or raffia around the tissue paper at each end of the toilet roll tube.

 

The crepe-paper wrapped toilet roll tube with the ends tied with raffia

 

 

6) Glue sequins and Christmassy foil shapes on the cracker to decorate.

 

Sophie gluing sequins to the Christmas cracker

 

 

Paper chains

You will need:

  • Coloured paper
  • A glue stick (we used a Bostik Glu Stick)
  • Scissors

 

1) Cut the coloured paper into strips approximately 2cm wide.

 

Red, yellow, green, blue and orange paper cut into strips

 

 

2) Stick the ends of one strip together to make a circle shape.

 

Sophie gluing one end of a coloured paper strip

 

 

3) Pass the next strip through the centre of the previous circle shape and glue the ends together to another circle shape interlocked with the first.

 

Sophie making a paper chain

 

4) Repeat step 3 until your paper chain reaches the desired length.

 

Sophie with her paper chain

 

Making paper chains is a nice activity for pattern recognition as well as helping with fine motor skills. Sophie enjoyed using five colours in a repeated pattern.

 

We were sent a box of Bostik craft materials as part of being a Tots100 #BostikBlogger

 

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4 Comments

  1. December 5, 2018 / 11:31 am

    Ahh I love these, might have to make some with my two. Paper chains are some of my favourite Christmas decorations, they’re so simple and quite therapeutic to make.
    Nat.x

    • Louise
      Author
      December 15, 2018 / 8:55 am

      Sophie certainly enjoyed making these. I do love simple decorations like this 🙂

  2. December 5, 2018 / 7:21 pm

    Aww! This really brings me back to my childhood. Such lovely crafts.
    I really fancy making some paper chains with my two now. 🙂 x

    • Louise
      Author
      December 15, 2018 / 8:57 am

      I love simple crafts like this. I used to love making paper chains as a child too.

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