Holly and Mistletoe Arts and Crafts

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My daughter and I had a lazy pajama day yesterday. We starting baking for our annual gingerbread project and we painted, crafted and drew. We made a lot of mess, but had a lot of fun.

Holly and mistletoe arts & crafts. Winter and Christmas paint and craft projects for kids and preschoolers.

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We painted and crafted a ton, but we did get a bit carried away with making holly and mistletoe.

We made Christmas holly out of egg cartons first.

We painted three egg carton sections in red paint and then set the pieces aside to let the paint dry. You can cut leaves out of green foam or construction paper. We went with foam for durability.

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We used school glue to glue the leaves together and the egg carton berries on top. It took the glue a few hours to dry.

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Egg Carton Holly. Arts and crafts for kids and preschooler for the winter and Christmas

Next, we painted holly leaves onto a piece of paper and used a cork to stamp on the berries. We finished off our holly with strands of yarn for ribbon.

Cork stamped and painted holly. Winter and Christmas arts and crafts for kids and preschoolers. Cork stamping Cork stamped and painted holly. Winter and Christmas arts and crafts for kids and preschoolers. Cork stamping  Cork stamped and painted holly. Winter and Christmas arts and crafts for kids and preschoolers. Cork stamping

Sponge painting is always a favorite. Sponges make wonderful paint stamps. I cut a simple leaf shape out of the sponge and used scissors to carve out the leaf’s veins. I dipped the sponge into green paint and pressed it onto a piece of paper. I scattered the leaves all around the paper and then painted in stems. When the paint dried, we  glued on white buttons to form the berries and then cut a bow out of construction paper.

Mistletoe sponge leaf painting - Christmas and winter arts and crafts for kids and preschoolers. Button crafts

We also made a simple mistletoe painting just using long strokes that were rounded at the end. Mistletoe painting - Christmas and winter arts and crafts for kids and preschoolers. Button crafts

For the last one, I painted three pine cones in green acrylic paint. When it dried, I used a glue gun to glue the bottoms of the pine cones together and then to glue red buttons to the  area where all the pine cones meet. I formed a bow with the yarn and then glued it to the top.

Pine cone holly ornament. Winter and Christmas arts and crafts for kids and preschoolers. Nature and button crafts. Painted pinecones

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Holly and mistletoe arts & crafts. Winter and Christmas paint and craft projects for kids and preschoolers.

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