There's nothing like home made gifts.
Gifts you make yourself are a little more sentimental than most store bought gifts and it doubles as a fun activity to celebrate the season with your kids.
The holidays are all about spending time together as a family and some hands on activities where you can get a little messy and silly make for a perfect day relaxing indoors.
If you just welcomed a new addition to your family, your postpartum doula can help orchestrate some seasonal crafts while mom and dad catch some extra sleep or take care of the new baby.
So gather together your craftin' supplies, sit down with some hot cocoa and spark some creativity with your little ones.
Have a couple messy toddlers on your hands? Breaking out the glue and the paint might seem a little too intimidating with mess monsters, so this craft might be right up your alley. Take your little ones on a walk through the park to collect some sticks for your project. Cut different colored ribbons into varying lengths, to make up your "tree branches" and finish with hot gluing a star at the top. These little trees can be adhered to cards or fastened to gifts and require minimal glue and mess. You can also get a little creative with your ribbon choices.
Our babies won't stay babies forever, so keepsakes of when they were tiny quickly become holiday treasures. Pick up a package of shatterproof ornaments in various colors (solid colors work better for this project) some different ribbon choices, mini googly eyes, some craft glue and washable paint for kids. Help your little reindeer stamp their thumb prints on the ornaments and once the paint is dry, parents can grab a sharpie and draw some antlers on the tiny prints. Googly eyes make a fun addition to the ornament, outfit the top with a fancy ribbon and you have yourself an easy and meaningful memento gift.
For an extra personal touch, get a whole family of reindeer prints onto one ornament or use glitter puffy paint to write the kids names on their creations.
Homemade Snow Globes
Okay these are super fun and simple crafts to make. Prep the craft by collecting some different size glass jars with securely fitting lids. Don't worry about the lids not matching, you can spray paint them different colors a couple days before sitting down to make your homemade snow globes. Gather up some waterproof trinkets like little plastic figurines and faux trees. Hot glue your items on the inside of the jar lids. While those are drying, add a hefty scoop of glitter to your jar, and 3 teaspoons of glycerin to every cup of water you use. Stir your liquid all together and secure your cap. That's it! Some directions advise against gluing the cap shut for good in case you need to reattach any of your items or store them liquid-free until next year.
Trap your kids in the snow globe by laminating a fun photo of them doing something silly and hot gluing the photo in the cap.
Hanukkah Jar Lantern
Turn your empty jars into beautiful lanterns to light up your house for Hanukkah. Have your little guys paint the lids of the jars in silver, gold or blue. Pick up some Hanukkah stickers from your local craft store in different sizes, large to medium stickers will work the best, just make sure they're easy to identify shapes. Let the little ones arrange their stickers on the jar (remember the jar will be displayed upside down) and paint over the entire jar with white craft paint, covering up your stickers. when the paint is dry, peel your stickers off, put an LED faux tealight inside the lid and screw on the lid. Boom, instant lantern that is completely safe for kids to handle. Some of the LED candles even change colors.
Holiday crafts are a fun activity for a rainy day, or to gather together some homemade gifts for friends and families.
These are perfect for play dates or your holiday kid's table to keep the little guys occupied while the parents cook and socialize.