Day 1 of Netmums Christmas Craft Week and Cathy from the wonderful NurtureStore is showing us a host of different decorations for you to make with the kids.
Christmas is a great time of year for crafty kids, with a whole house and tree to be decorated. It can also be an expensive time of year for parents, so here are two fun craft ideas which can be made (almost) for free, using things you’re likely to already have at home. The first idea is to transform a paper plate into a beautiful Christmas angel. A pack of paper plates costs just pennies so it’s a great craft when you have a group of children, as they can all make their own. All you need to do is cut out the basic angel shape, staple the plate at the pack to hold it in place and then decorate your angel any way you chose. You can use felt pens, glue on pieces of fabric and add as much glitter as you like. Hop on over to NurtureStore to see our step-by-step guide and template for how to make a paper plate angel. The second idea is another recycled project, this time using paper tubes to create a model Christmas village. The village makes a lovely festive decoration but it’s also great to play with, as you can add some of your child’s own toy characters. The houses here are made from toilet roll tubes painted white with acrylic paint, with paper cake cases glued on to make roofs. Silver glitter gives a great frosty look, with little snowmen made from cotton wool. NurtureStore has lots more thrifty idea and creative ideas to try including Christmas presents the kids can make, stained glass cookies and homemade snow playdough. Cathy James writes the blog NurtureStore which is packed full of creative play ideas, kids’ crafts and fun activities. Visit NurtureStore to sign up for a free weekly Play Planner.