Fun ways to decorate with children
Christmas is all about the kids, right? So what better way to make it fun than to involve them in the Christmas decorating. Children can make their own unique Christmas ornaments and decorations and help you create a warm and friendly Christmas home that feels inviting to anyone that drops in.
Make the decorating kid-friendly
Kids can decorate their bedroom windows in a variety of ways sticking up paper snowflakes they have cut out or using Christmas themed signs. It's not very Kiwi, but a super easy thing to do is buy some spray snow from your nearby $2 shop and spray their bedroom windows.
Older kids who can be trusted not to play with switches can string indoor mini lights around their windows of from one corner of their room to another. You can find lights for indoor use and the LED lights use less energy.
String paper garlands made of paper snowflakes or Christmas words across the room. These are garlands kids can make
themselves. Just make sure the lights or garlands are strung safely so kids can't entangle themselves, and that the lights
are not touching anything that could be flammable.
Craft your own fun Christmas decorations
Kidspot has created some of the most fun decorating projects with these ideas:
- Countdown Christmas by making our advent calendar or pinata. Nothing gets kids more excited than counting down the days until Santa visits. Make this gorgeous matchbox wall calendar and then follow up with a celebratory pinata bashing on the day Christmas arrives.
- Make a Christmas memory book together to note down all the fun you've had over the year or simply during the month of December.
- Have the children help you create a beautiful wreath for the front door, with these instructions for a home-made button wreath.
- Help them create individual letters which can sit on their shelf and spell out their name or make words that have relevance to Christmas - think "merry", "fun" or "santa".
- Make your own personalised crockery to use at Christmas, or work together to make your own artistic plates to give away as gifts. You can also involve them in making home-made Christmas crackers with these instructions.
Give your child his own Christmas tree
Give kids their own small tree for their room, or help them make one themselves. This is a great place for them to hang all the Christmas ornaments and crafts that they have made over the years. These trees are usually cheap and give the child
their own personal space to decorate to their heart's content. To find out more about Christmas trees, read:
- Choosing the right Christmas tree for your family
- How to care for a real Christmas tree
- How to decorate the tree
Get the kids to make their own decorations
These craft ideas may require a little bit of parental supervision, but most school-aged children would be able to make these easily. Younger kids may need your help, but they'll enjoy the results.
Easy Christmas crafts for children
- Christmas lanterns from toilet rolls
- Playdough jewellery
- Potato stamp wrapping paper
- Christmas tissue pom poms
- Cotton wool snow men
- Reindeer antlers
- Christmas shapes
- Door hanger
- Heart angel
- Christmas gum leaf tag
- Triple star
- Santa serviettes
- Marvellous marbled Christmas shapes
Read more about Christmas on Kidspot
- Learn more about Christmas entertaining
- Discover how to do Christmas on the cheap
- Learn about fun family Christmas traditions
- Browse Christmas gift ideas
- Find great recipes to serve at Christmas
- Get organised for Christmas Day with our ideas and printables
- Read more about Christmas decorating
- Plan games and activities for Christmas
- Make your own Christmas cards