Christmas Kid’s Craft: Holiday Character Candy Pots

Christmas Kid’s Craft: Holiday Character Candy Pots

What’s the Project? Looking for a a laugh and easy Christmas kid’s craft? These little vacation man or woman pots are clean to make and flip out honestly cute. The children will love it!

I’ve got a new project for you that I made myself, and it’s here today! It’s a Christmas miracle!I haven’t done that in a while.Recently, I needed a Christmas craft for a family party that could be used by children as young as four and up to 13 years old. We ended up making this.

We adorned miniature flower pots with characters from Christmas.I have an elf, a reindeer, a snowman, and Santa for you!I think this is a fun, easy craft for kids, and I think they will love it!

They are an extremely basic Christmas youngster’s art to make.You only need a few items and your imagination.

A closer look at each one is provided here.The elf, which my 13-year-old says is creepy, is as follows:

Elf Candy Pot

My favorite-Rudolph:
Reindeer Candy Pot-Christmas Kid's Craft

A cute little Santa:

Santa Candy Pot

And a snowman

 

You could make these for any sort of kids party! The paint dries pretty quickly too, which is nice so that you can transport them soon after making them.

Here’s a look at how.

 

Christmas Kid’s Craft-Character Candy Pots:

 

Supplies Needed:

  • Mini flower pots
  • Paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Googly eyes
  • Pipe Cleaner
  • Felt
  • Ribbon or other embellishments
  • Hot glue or craft glue
  • Candy

 

Instructions: 

Really, you can kind of let the kids do what they want to make these. My boys go VERY creative! One actually made his just a Santa hat which was fun. Another decided to do a Pokemon character. They can do what they want!

Just start by painting the pot and then letting it dry.

Add embellishments. If you are using hot glue, you’ll want to help the kids for this part.

A couple of tips for you. I painted felt to get the right color for the Elf ears. You could use cotton balls or fur for Santa’s beard if you want.

Then fill with candy and enjoy this Christmas kid’s craft!

 

Candy Cornucopia Thanksgiving Craft

Candy Cornucopia Thanksgiving Craft

Cute Candy Cornucopias are a yummy Thanksgiving table decoration! A quick and easy Thanksgiving craft that’s fun for all ages!

A cornucopia, also known as The Horn of Plenty, is a traditional symbol of the fall harvest and is closely associated with Thanksgiving.  The horn-shaped baskets are a symbol of abundance and nourishment and are often depicted as overflowing with newly harvested fruits and vegetables. Our candy cornucopias puts a sweet twist on the classic horn and are filled to overflowing with candy pumpkins, fruit jellies, candy corn, and marzipan fruits!

THANKSGIVING CRAFT: CANDY CORNUCOPIA

 

WHAT YOU’LL NEED TO MAKE A CANDY CORNUCOPIA:

  • Paper Cones (pre-shaped or formed from stiff cardstock)
  • Brown Crepe Paper Streamers
  • Fringe Scissors
  • Glue Stick
  • Candy – Candy Corn, Candy Pumpkins, Fruit Gems, Marzipan Fruits

 

Start by using the fringe scissors to create a fringed length of crepe paper – you’ll need about 7′ for each cornucopia.

Starting at the base of the cone, use the glue stick to attach the fringed tissue to the cone, overlapping each layer slightly. (Just pretend that this green crepe paper is brown, mmmkay?) 

When your entire cone is covered in crepe paper, allow the glue to dry completely before rolling the tip of the cone up. Tip: Use a marker to help you roll the tip to create a tighter and more nicely shaped roll! Simply roll the tip of the cone around the marker, hold, and release!

Fill the paper cornucopia with all of your favorite harvest candies, and place on the center of your Thanksgiving table for a sweet holiday centerpiece! It’s perfect for the kids table, but I’m sure that the adults would love it, too!

 

Turkey Leaf Craft Template

Turkey Leaf Craft Template

Grab some print out our funky looking turkey leaf craft template and let’s make this wonderful fall activity.

Our fall craft template is great for kids of all ages (perfect for preschool and kindergarten), although you can just as easily make this project without the template.

Fall is abundant in wonderful (and free) crafting materials… There are a whole lot of fun things you can create utilising leaves of all colours (have you seen our leaf lion?).

We love picking leaves, it almost feels like we never have enough (although we have way more than we’ll ever use) and we love creating with them even more – be it crafts for display such as this turkey craft or all kinds of fun decorations.

For this particular project, we were grabbing maple leaves in all colors. This project will look fantastic with any color although I must say, yellow and red leaves turned out the best! Naturally you could even color the leaves or add some texture to them with markers to take this crafty project idea to a whole new level.

Ready? Print out our template (you can find it at the end of this tutorial) and let’s get crafting!

How to Make a Leaf Turkey with our Turkey Leaf Craft Template

What you need:

  • our printable template (you can grab it at the end of this tutorial)
  • leaves, lots of colorful real leaves
  • paper (heavier paper is best, regular paper will be OK too)
  • coloring supplies
  • scissors
  • glue

When it comes to decorating, glitter glue is always welcome!

 

Or Follow These Step by Step Instructions with Pictures

Print out our template. We recommend printing on heavier print paper as it will withstand the wetness of the blue better and won’t wrinkle. Regular paper will be OK too.

There are two pages included, one with only one turkey on it that can be used as a base (you can skip this one) and one with two turkeys for kids to color in and cut out.

Color in the turkey. We used markers to color it in but any coloring medium will be fun to use – crayons, chalks, coloring pencils…

Once colored, cut out the turkey and it’s feet.

Take the other sheet of paper, with the turkey craft base and apply a generous amount of glue on the tail area.

Alternatively you can also apply glue on the leaves only.

You can cut of stipules of the leaves, or just leave them as they are.

Stick the leaves on the turkey template.

If you want a multi-colored turkey tail, we recommend you make the base with larger red leaves, and place smaller yellow leaves on top of them.

Continue sticking leaves on the template, adding glue either on the leaves or on the base as you go.

Once happy with how the turkey tail is starting to look, glue on two turkey feet on the base (you can also glue them directly on the colored body, whichever feels easier).

Take the colored turkey body, apply a generous amount of glue on the back.

Press the turkey body to the base.

Give the glue some time to dry.

Voila! You’ve made a fun looking turkey with our Turkey Leaf Craft Template.

Apple Stamping Pumpkin Craft

Apple Stamping Pumpkin Craft

This Apple Stamping Pumpkin Craft is such a fun harvest time activity for the kids!  The kids will love the googly eyes!

Every year since my oldest son was born, my Mom, my youngest sister, and I have taken my kids to our local pumpkin patch. Sometimes Daddy has the chance to come along but it’s faithfully been the three of us for the past 6 years.  It’s one of our favorite Fall traditions and every year the pumpkin patch has something a little different like burlap slides and pony rides to the yearly favorites like their pig races and corn maze.

This apple stamping pumpkin craft is such a fun fall activity for the kids and reminds them of their visit to the pumpkin patch.  You really only need a few supplies to make these little guys.  Not Fall season….swap out the orange paint for red or yellow and you have some cute little apple faces

SUPPLIES FOR APPLE STAMPING PUMPKIN CRAFT:

 

  • Apple, cut down the center
  • Orange Paint
  • Googly eyes
  • Brown & Green Pipe Cleaners

 

HOW TO MAKE APPLE STAMPING CRAFT

  1. Cut your your apple in half. Using a small paint brush, dab some orange paint on one half of your apple.  Carefully press down on the paper.  Touch up any unpainted parts with your brush if desired.
  2. While you painted pumpkins are drying gather your remaining supplies.  We liked to use different size googly eyes 🙂  Cut your brown pipe cleaners into small stem sizes and twist your green pipe cleaners around a pencil to create a curly leaf.
  3. Glue on your stem and curly leaf.  I personally used hot glue because my kids are impatient 🙂  but craft glue works too…it will just take longer to dry 🙂
  4. Attach little googly eyes.
Fall in Love With These Quirky Fall Friend

Fall in Love With These Quirky Fall Friend

I don’t know about you, but strolling around town this time of year, I find it hard not to be distracted by all of the beautiful colors and shapes of leaves that have fallen to the ground. It always makes me a little sad, to see such beauty go to waste. With this fun craft, you can breathe new life into those fallen leaves!

On your next nature walk or stroll outdoors with your little one, pick out some of your favorite leaves. Collect them in a small bag and bring them indoors. Press them between the pages of a heavy book for several days. Once the leaves have been pressed for a few days, you’re ready for your craft!

 

WHAT YOU NEED

Leaf Friends

  • Pressed Leaves
  • A black marker or paintpen
  • A white marker or paintpen
  • A sticky notepad
  • 2 leather cords

HOW TO

Leaf Friends
Take a leaf or two and draw animal faces on them. You can even make a pair: how about a cat and a mouse?

Leaf Friends

Make pairs or groups of your animal leaves to tell a little story! For example, many of these leaves lend themselves to being made into baby birds. Draw googly eyes with the white and black marker, then add a beak.

 

I LOOK AT YOU AND YOU LOOK AT ME

Leaf Friends

I’ll help you set the scene for the story: take your brown leather cord and lay it across your paper to form a tree limb to let the birds sit on. One of the birds is just beginning to hatch! Take a larger, brown leaf and cut it at an angle so that it looks like the baby bird is coming out of it. Now it looks like one of the baby birds is learning to fly! Take 2 smaller leaves and glue them to his back. What happens in the rest of your story about these baby birds?

 

ONE NEVER KNOWS WHAT CREATURES ARE SWIMMING IN THE DEEP OF THE SEA

Leaf Friends

For this story, you’ll need to make a bunch of fish from your pressed leaves! Rotate them so that the stem is pointing either left or right. With your markers, draw eyes and fins. Then, add decorative scales to your fish. Lay down your piece of blue leather cord for the surface line of the water. Look at how many creatures are already swimming there! For a spin on the story, drop a fishing rod down into the water and see what happens…

Leaf Friends

For a fun matching game, pair up your fish! Glue each one on a sticky note and have your little one pair up the fish that are looking left with the fish that are looking right.

Leaf Friends

Want even more leaf crafting ideas? You could frame your favorite leaves, or make a flip-book with your favorite leaf characters. Happy Crafting!

Mini Turkey Roast Pinatas

Mini Turkey Roast Pinatas

My birthday often falls on Thanksgiving, and as a child, that meant that I got to replace turkey dinner with pizza! Now, I can’t imagine replacing such a delicious feast, but “kid me” was very grateful. Although I wasn’t a fan of eating turkey, I am sure I would have loved to receive a cute little turkey piñata! This year we are spending the holiday with my in-laws, and the cousins will be together. I thought it would be fun to make a mini piñata for each kiddo!

These little roasts could be filled with prizes and favors to occupy children during the long wait for dinner. It would also be fun to fill them with candy corn and treats to serve after the feast, for the non-pie-eaters. If these little fellows survive the day, you could definitely keep them for next year! Kids could look forward to finding a new surprise in their turkey each year. They could even be used as place cards, or around a centerpiece for decoration. If guests arrive before Thanksgiving Day, this would be a fun pre-Thanksgiving activity for all the crafters. So many possibilities!

WHAT YOU NEED:

• Paper-maché paste (1 c flour, 1 c water)
• 1-2” strips of newspaper or packing paper (newspaper is thicker and will make a sturdier piñata, but packing paper is plain, and doesn’t require as much paint for coverage)
• Clear tape
• Water balloons (3 per piñata)
• Mini Styrofoam eggs (2 per piñata)
• Scissors
• Box cutter
• Sponge brush
• Small paintbrush
• Paper straw (1 per piñata)
• Apple Barrel Paint (caramel and white)
• Paint palette

OPTIONAL
• Cookie cooling rack
• Wax paper
• Balloon pump

 

HOW-TO:

Step 1
Blow the first balloon up to full size to create the body. Blow the second two up about halfway, and then let air out until you have a nice round turkey “leg” that looks proportional to the body.

    

Step 2
Cut your paper straw into four 1-inch pieces, then line them up and tape them together in pairs. Tape the lip of the “leg” balloons to the straw pairs, and tape the wide end of a mini Styrofoam egg to the opposite end of the straw pairs. Finally, fold a piece of tape into a circle, and tape the legs to the body, slightly underneath it, and with the balloon end of the legs at the wider end of the body. Tape the lip of the “body” balloon down.

  

Step 3
Coat a newspaper strip in paper-maché paste, and smooth it out over the balloon “roast”. Continue to stick the paper strips to the roast until it is completely covered. Allow it to dry overnight, and then apply a second coat of newspaper strips. We did this step over wax paper, and dried the roasts on a cookie cooling rack.

Step 4
Once the second coat of paper-maché is dry, use a box cutter to cut 3 sides of a rectangle on the bottom of the turkey to make a door for filling with candy or prizes. You will need to be able to stick two fingers in to pull the balloon out of the turkey body. It should come out easily.

Step 5
Paint the turkey body “caramel” using your sponge brush. Mix a little bit of caramel paint with white, and use this mix to paint the “bone” on each leg. Allow the paint to dry, and then fill your piñata with paper shreds or confetti, and goodies!

    

Happy crafting and Happy Thanksgiving!!