Natural Holiday Crafts To Do With Your Grandchildren
Posted on December 22, 2015
December is the perfect time of year to create holiday
crafts with your grandchild. These (mostly) natural crafts will add a warm
holiday scent to your home along with a rustic feel. The warm aromas bring back
happy memories of traditional Christmas decorating. Share these happy memories
with your grandchild. Have a day of holiday fun with your grandchild creating these unique, eco-friendly
Pinecones can be used for so many different craft activities!
Go outside or take a trip to your local craft store to pick some up. Create these natural crafts with your grandchild for a wonderful experience.
pinecones. This pinecone craft will bring a smile to your grandchild’s face
as they create a winter wonderland. All you need for this activity is
pinecones, white acrylic paint, glitter, and ribbon.
- Gather some pinecones on a nature walk or buy
some in your local craft store.
- If you and your grandchild collected the
pinecones outside, bake them at 250° for an hour to kill the insects and open
the pinecones up.
- After they cool, apply the white acrylic paint
to the tips of the pinecones. Or if your grandchild prefers, paint the whole
- Roll the pinecone in the glitter while the paint
is still wet.
- Allow the paint to dry.
- Hang the pinecone with twine or ribbon to create
ornaments, or display in a large bowl or vase.
pinecones. Your grandchild will love making this craft. It will bring excitement
and joy for days to come as you enjoy watching the birds that come to visit.
For this activity you will need pinecones, peanut butter, birdseed, and ribbon.
- Cover the entire pinecone in peanut butter.
- Roll the peanut butter-covered pinecone in
- Attach a ribbon or twine to the top of the
- Hang outside and see how many birds come for a
This craft is not only fun to make with your grandchild, but will make your home
smell amazing. And it doubles as a lovely ornament. All you need to create this natural craft with your grandchild is some oranges, whole cloves and ribbon.
- Stick the whole cloves in the skin of the
- Arrange in a pattern or stud the whole orange
for a stronger smelling pomander.
- Tie a ribbon around the orange and hang anywhere
in your home for a fragrant festive ornament!
Cinnamon Stick Craft
Cinnamon sticks are another natural item that you and your
grandchild can use to create beautiful decorations. These ornaments smell great
too! All you need for this holiday craft is cinnamon sticks and some narrow pieces of
- Use the cinnamon stick as a base and tie the fabric
around to create a bow.
- Repeat and create as many bows as you like.
- Place in your tree for a lovely smelling
ornament or fill a bowl full of the bow-tie cinnamon sticks.
These cute little decorations are perfect for hanging on the
Christmas tree. Cranberry hearts are simple
decorations kids love to make. All you need to do this craft with your grandchild is dried cranberries
and thin wire.
- String the dried cranberries on a wire that is
at least 7 inches long.
- Mold the wire into a heart shape and secure the
wire by twisting both sides together.
- Attach another wire at the top in a loop so you
can hang the ornament.
Salt Dough Crafts
Salt dough crafts are easy to prepare and leave a lot of
room for your grandchild’s imagination. You and your grandchild can prepare
some dough, make holiday shapes and then bake for a lasting natural decoration. For
this recipe all you need is 1 cup of salt, 4 cups of flour, 1.5 cups warm water
to prepare the dough. Use varnish, paint, and glitter if your grandchild wants
to decorate more and preserve the ornaments after you bake them.
dough initials and shapes. Your grandchild can create whatever decoration
they please with the salt dough! They can sculpt their initials, use cookie
cutters to make shapes or hand make shapes.
- Mix the salt and flour well in a large bowl.
- Gradually add the water while stirring with a
- Finish mixing with hands and knead until soft
- Roll out with a rolling pin until flat so it is
easy to cut out shapes.
- If you want to hang as an ornament, make a hole
in the top with a straw or toothpick for the string to go through.
- Bake at 325° until hard (about 1 hour).
- Decorate with paint and varnish to preserve the
dough handprint ornaments. For this craft all you need to do is follow the
steps above with a slight modification. Create these treasured keepsakes of
your grandchild’s tiny handprints to save for years to come!
- Follow the above steps to prepare the dough.
- Roll out the mixture and form a circle large
enough to fit your grandchild’s hands.
- Put a hole in the top with a straw so you can
hang your keepsake.
- Have your grandchild press their hands in the
mold to leave their handprints.
- Bake at 150° for an hour or until hardened. You
can also have the mold dry overnight if you prefer.
- Decorate with paint and varnish to preserve your
Capture the warm feel of the holidays with your grandchild
by creating these unique decorations. Using natural ingredients will bring your home a rustic look
and a fantastic smell. Your grandchild will love the experience of making
homemade decorations with Grandma and Grandpa. Alert1 wishes you a happy holiday season
filled with joy!
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