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Salt Dough and Nature Winter Wonderlands and Wreaths


I just joked the other day about how when you are a crafter it seems as if friends and family are always giving you random materials to craft with. A lovely woman that works with my husband recently gave us a huge bin full of assorted potpourri. My daughter has been dying to get her hands into it.Build a beautiful winter wonderland with salt dough and nature materials and potpourri. A wonderful activity for the winter and Christmas. Kid's arts and crafts and sensory for toddlers and preschoolers.

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One of our favorite activities has always been to work with salt dough or clay and nature items. I wanted to make nature wreaths using homemade salt dough, so I gathered some nature supplies outdoors. I picked branches from different varieties of evergreen trees in our yard. We also dug our hands into all of that potpourri and found cinnamon sticks, pine cones, star anise and other lovely and fragrant fillers. We added a handful of red beads for a little bit of a festive touch.

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Bleeding Tissue Paper Christmas Gifts

We are huge fans of making art using bleeding tissue paper. The effect is so lovely and the process is a ton of fun.

Bleeding tissue paper painted Christmas presents and gifts. Pretty arts and crafts project for the kids during the holiday season. Watercolors would work nicely as well.

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I don’t know about the rest of you, but I always take great care in picking my wrapping paper each year. I love the look of the wrapped presents under the tree, the shine of the wrapping paper, the patterns and the bows. Christmas gifts are just plain pretty.

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Pop Art Inspired Christmas Tree

We just put up our Christmas tree, so forgive me for the Christmas tree kick I find myself on this week. I can’t help myself. Christmas trees are fun to make and you can make them as simple or detailed as you want.

Christmas tree pop art watercolor painting for kids. Kids holiday and winter arts and craft. I love the abstract look to this.

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For our Christmas tree project, we chose a simple triangle shape with a rectangle trunk and circle bulbs. I think the clean lines of the simple shapes worked well and would be perfect for artists of all ages.

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Coiled Yarn Snowman

Coiled Yarn Snowman Craft - kid's arts and crafts for Christmas and winter. A great fine motor skill activity. Button embellishments

Earlier in the fall, my daughter and I made autumn trees by coiling yarn and pipe cleaners. The trees came out so beautiful and were a wonderful fine motor activity for my little girl.

Heading into winter and with snow on its way this week, I wanted to try another coiled yarn project for the winter. Snowmen were a perfect idea for this method. Here’s how…

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Pipe Cleaner Christmas Tree

Our Christmas tree went up this week. My daughter was excited to decorate for the holidays, but when we finished, she told me that we did not nearly decorate the house enough.

My daughter wanted a Christmas tree for her doll house, so we made one. Pipe Cleaner Christmas Tree craft - arts and crafts for kids pretend play or decoration

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She went on to tell me that we needed to get her dollhouse ready for Christmas. “My dollhouse needs snow and a Christmas tree.”

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Pasta Ornament Christmas Tree

Pasta crafts and activities are a favorite of ours. My daughter & I love working with the different types of pasta. All of the assorted shapes and sizes offer so many possibilities.

Painted pasta ornaments make the perfect decoration for this adorable Christmas tree craft. Holiday and winter arts and crafts for kids.

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One of our favorite crafts was a fall tree craft using pasta shells. This was a huge hit with my daughter. Moving into the holiday season, I thought that we could do another pasta tree craft, this time with a Christmas theme.

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Simple Kid Made Ornaments

It is that time of year. It is time to put up your Christmas tree, your twinkling lights and carefully unwrap all of your beautiful ornaments to decorate the tree. For me, there are none more beautiful than the ornaments made by my daughter. They will be the ones that I cherish and that make me smile for years and years to come.

What would be better on your Christmas tree than a hand drawn ornament made by your child. Christmas and winter arts and crafts. Easy kid made ornaments with Sharpie and tissue paper..

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These hand drawn ornaments are the perfect keepsake. They would be fun to make each year. Be sure to date each one to be able to compare.

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Paper Plate Suncatcher Christmas Window

Paper plate sun catcher Christmas window scene. holiday and winter arts and crafts for the kids. Wax paper and SHarpies
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We have a tradition in our family. Every year, since the first year that my husband and I have been together, we put up our tree on the first weekend after Thanksgiving. It is always the same. We throw on the movie Elf, pour ourselves some egg nog and decorate for the holidays. This year, we are in a new home and there has been a little debate as to which window the tree will look best in front of. For me the view from the outside is just as important as the view from within.

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Shape Caroler Craft

Yesterday, we used some old corks and the last of our fall acorns to make a group of adorable Christmas carolers for our fireplace mantle. My daughter loved the idea of those carolers and thought that their little heart shaped mouths were so cute, so we just had to make another caroler craft.Make these adorable Christmas carolers with simple paper shapes. Holiday and winter arts and crafts for kids. Add yarn or cotton balls for extra embellishment for winter hats or scarves.

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My daughter is a big fan of cutting shapes out of construction paper to form pictures. Her scissor skills are amazing at only 4 because of this. We wanted to make a simple caroler craft using shapes. Our carolers only needed a few. We cut out a circle, a half circle, a triangle and then a rectangle for our book. We decided to fashion our carolers after each other. I made a caroler that looked like my daughter and she made one that looked like me.

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