Holiday Crafts and Activities

Holiday crafts and activities for kids and families, including art activities and craft projects to celebrate the holiday, holiday decorations, and holiday recipes.

The Best Pumpkin Decorating Ideas for Kids

Super Fun Pumpkin Decorating Ideas for Kids that They Can Actually Do

We just bought a bunch of pumpkins, unable to resist the new displays of them popping up everywhere. So we now have a table-full of big pumpkins, little pumpkins, orange pumpkins, and white pumpkins. Even a few funny-looking knobbly gourds!

And since we can’t just leave them alone, here are some of the best pumpkin decorating ideas for kids. A couple of the ideas are from The Artful Parent, but most are just some seriously awesome ideas from around the web.

Ideas that kids can actually do!

We’re giving the crayon scribble pumpkins a whirl today with the white pumpkins and can’t wait to try some of these other ideas soon, too…. 

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DIY Apple Bunting

DIY Apple Bunting

I’ve been wanting to make an apple bunting with my kids ever since I saw this simple stamped apple garland on Multiples & More.

Where she used burlap, though, I decided to try creating the bunting on the pages of an old book for the interesting contrast between the red apple prints and the black-and-white text.

It worked beautifully!

Not only were the apple prints fun for the kids to make, of course, but the finished bunting adds a lovely note of Autumn to our living room.

Here are the instructions for this easy DIY apple bunting ::… 

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Autumn Leaves Painting

Autumn Leaves Painting with Kids

We try to change out the front door stained glass artwork with the seasons—always keeping it fresh and seasonal. So last week, we made an Autumn leaves painting and hung it in place of the spring/summer artwork that had been up for months.

We’re not surrounded by Autumn leaves outside yet but there are a few, and there’s a nip in the air at night. Fall is definitely here and we were ready to make a new welcome to our house artwork.

Here’s how we made it:

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10 Autumn Leaf Crafts for Kids

10 Autumn Leaf Crafts for Kids Celebrate Autumn in all its glory with leaf crafts for kids!

We all like to create with the seasonal colors and images around us, and what better way to create this fall than with Autumn leaves?

Some of these leaf crafts use the leaves as is, straight off the tree or, more likely, ground. (See numbers 2, 8, 9 and 10 below.)

Some of them require leaves that have been pressed and dried first. So before we dive into this list of leaf crafts for kids, here are a few methods for preserving your leaves:

5 Ways to Preserve Fall Leaves for Crafting

Okay, now that you have some leaves pressed or preserved, it’s time to dive into the list of leaf crafts!

10 Autumn Leaf Crafts for Kids

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14 Great DIY Fall Garlands

Easy Fall Garlands to Make with KidsYou know how much we love our seasonal arts and crafts around here, right?

Despite a few years there at the beginning when I thought that children’s art needed to be pure and sacred and completely untainted by holiday crafts and decorations, I’ve long since dived wholeheartedly into the fun of seasonal and fall crafting.

And autumn leaf arts and crafts? My goodness. I love, love, love my Autumn leaf crafting!

I’ve started pressing a few of the first fall leaves and looking through a few of my autumn craft posts over the last few days, getting in the mood for fall.

As I’ve done so, I’ve noticed quite a few fall garlands in the mix and decided to pull them together into a round up post of leaf garlands, Halloween buntings, and Thanksgiving banners. Some of these are from The Artful Parent, some from other blogs.

I hope you find some inspiration here as you and your family start your own fall crafting and decorating.

Easy Fall Garlands To Make

Fall Leaf Garlands :: 7 Ideas

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11 Fun Patriotic Art Projects for Kids

11 Fun Patriotic Art Projects for KidsJuly 4th is almost here and since we like to celebrate any and all holidays with creative projects as much as anything else (yummy food! fireworks!), I thought I’d share some ideas for kid-friendly patriotic art projects. Some of these we’ve done ourselves, many of these brilliant ideas are from other blogs.

First, of all, you know you can turn any favorite art activity into a patriotic one by using red, white, and blue paint (or collage materials, drawing materials, etc), right? Some favorites that would work especially well are:

But here some especially good art projects for the 4th of July (or any other time you might want something extra Patriotic)!

11 Fun Patriotic Art Projects for Kids

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7 Good Mothers Day Presents to Give Yourself

7 Mothers Day Gifts to Give Yourself This YearThese are the Mothers Day presents I want for myself and for you. Yes, I love the kid-made art from my daughters and the flowers from my husband. I love spending time together with my family and all the extra hugs and kisses and appreciation on Mother’s Day. But when I sat down and thought about it, I wanted to gift myself (and by extension, my family) with a few things as well this Mother’s Day.

Some of these cost money, many are free or can be free.

Oh, and in case you need a reminder, if you’re a mother, every day is Mother’s Day.

7 Good Mothers Day Presents to Give Yourself

Hands Free Mama1. The gift of time and attention

Buy, beg, or borrow a copy of Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford. It’s that good. I promise. The subtitle is :: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters. We all need this, right? Right?! I’m still working my way through it, slowly, deliberately…

2. The gift of kindness

Check out 100 Ways to Be Kind to Your Child  from Alissa at Creative with Kids. … 

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Two Great Easter Art Activities for Kids

2 Easter Art Activities for Kids - Easy and Beautiful!We’ve been doing lots of Easter arts and crafts these past couple of weeks!

Here are two more Easter art activities that we’ve been working on this week:

styrofoam printed Easter eggs

& painted wooden eggs

They are both easy and quick, so you still have time to do them with your kiddos!

Two Easter Art Activities for Kids

1. Painted Wooden Eggs

These painted wooden eggs will long outlast the hard-boiled kind and are so much nicer than plastic eggs. They can be brought out Easter after Easter, given as gifts, and join the play kitchen for some pretend play.

Thanks to Asia from Fun at Home with Kids for inspiring us with her tutorial on DIY watercolor wooden eggs over at Modern Parents Messy Kids! She also has a fun post on games to play with painted eggs…. 

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25 Creative Easter Basket Ideas for Kids

25 Last Minute Easter Basket Ideas for Kids - Lots of creative ideas!It’s only a week until Easter!

Do you know what’s going into your children’s Easter baskets?

If you need a little help, here are 25 creative Easter basket ideas…

No candy in the bunch!

(But if you wanted to add a chocolate bunny or a few chocolate eggs, I’m sure your kiddos won’t object.)

This selection will promote creativity, imagination, and active play long after the Easter candy is gone.

Last minute Easter basket ideas for kids

Note: These items are all sold through Amazon.com. If you have Prime membership, as we do (love it!), you’re receive your Easter goodies super quickly. If you don’t have Prime, you can likely pay a little extra to get them in time for Easter. Or sign up for a free trial membership…. 

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How to Make Peanut Butter Cups in Silicone Molds

How to Make Peanut Butter Cups in Silicone MoldsGiven our love of peanut butter playdough, peanut butter nest snacks, and peanut butter cups, I thought we ought to try to make an Easter version of the divine combination of chocolate and peanut butter.

Maia and I first planned to make peanut butter cups in egg shapes.

I saw a few posts on Pinterest, and because I get inspired by pictures, but am not great about reading instructions, I assumed they used an egg-shaped mold to make them.*

After searching in vain for such a mold, and wondering if I could rig up some plastic Easter eggs to work as a mold, I came across a silicone mold that I liked even better at World Market. This one has butterflies, dragonflies, ladybugs, and bees—lovely and much more versatile than an egg-shaped mold!

*They actually rolled out the peanut butter filling, cut it out with egg-shaped cookie cutters, then dipped the eggs in melted chocolate. (I went back and read a couple posts after I struck out on the silicone egg mold hunt.)

This recipe is super easy and fun for kids to help make. We modified our regular peanut butter cup recipe by adding more powdered sugar to the filling and a little coconut oil to the chocolate…. 

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