Doing crafts is a great way to get into the holiday spirit and spend productive, quality time with your family. Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa or just love winter, there’s a craft for you!
DIY Hot Chocolate Stirrers
Simple and tasty, DIY peppermint Hot Chocolate Stirrers will get you through plenty of chilly days. To make: Dip ends of candy cane in melted semisweet chocolate. Sprinkle with crushed candy canes; place on a parchment paper-lined plate, and chill. Lightly mist large marshmallows with water. Sprinkle with crushed candy canes.
Don't let a small rip or tear make you throw your favorite scarf away! Upcycle it (or pick one up at a dollar store) to craft a cheap and cozy wreath.
It can be extra satisfying to indulge that sweet tooth over the holidays, and this easy dessert allows you to do just that. Simply frost a marshmallow with store-bought icing, then roll in blue sprinkles. Add a pretzel rod spinner and chocolate kiss top, and you have a fully edible dreidel.
Star of David Pockets
Felt is the perfect material for beginning sewers—it’s easily cut and doesn’t need a hem to have a finished edge. Glue or stitch finished star pockets to lengths of ribbon, then string over a bedroom door. Each pocket (make eight) works as a pouch for a small nightly Hanukkah gift or treat.
Use pinecones, wood slices, and acrylic paint to create this Christmas tree project, perfect for displaying as a table centerpiece or clustered on the mantle. Try it with foraged objects if you can — but buying them works, too!
Paper Plate Christmas Masks
Ordinary white paper plates and a few simple craft supplies are all kids need to whip up this adorable holiday project. Don’t forget to take tons of pictures of the little artists sporting their snowman, Santa Claus, and Mrs. Claus masks.
Incorporate the three colors of Kwanzaa into a colorful placemat! The kids will have fun weaving strips of red, green and black craft foam into this festive Kwanzaa placemat.
DIY Kwanzaa Kinara
Kids love to do crafts with tissue paper and cardboard rolls. Try making this DIY Kinara and go over the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa with your children.