House Made Christmas Design: Holiday season Designed with Children

Embellishing your home for Christmas need not be expensive or time consuming; certainly these homely designs that you can make with your kids suggest the simple happiness of a family Christmas. Making paper chains each year is a lovely way to mark the beginning of Advent. In an age when most Christmas items are offered instantly and can be really expensive, house crafted designs lend a slower and gentler state of mind to your Christmas preparations.

Make your very own paper chains

You only require sheets of normal office white paper and some cheap water based paints such as poster paints, or, if you have them, sheets of colored paper. If using white paper, paint each side of the paper in a wash of intense colored paints and enable to dry thoroughly.

Holly, Ivy and Mistletoe

Tie packages of holly, mistletoe and ivy with lengths of ribbon and either suspend the lots or lay bigger lots on tables or the mantelpiece. If you have other winter greenery available then the embellishing possibilities are endless.

Home Improvement Paper Snowflakes

Making paper snowflakes is an enjoyable and creative activity. Each snowflake is distinct and it is a fantastic method to explain the individuality of each real snowflake and the remarkable way in which snow is formed.

You will require scissors (special safe paper cutting scissors for kids) and regular white office paper.

Trace a circle onto the white paper.

Cut out the circle with scissors.

Fold the circle in half, then into quarters, and finally into 1/8ths.

Cut a pattern inside the folds (see the picture listed below for an example).

Unfold your gorgeous, distinct snowflake. Snowflakes can be can be fixed to the window for a beautiful seasonal result, or glued onto a homemade greetings card.

There are lots of other Christmas crafts that are easy to make. Allow the magic of Christmas to release your family's creativity during this special time!

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