Santas Little Helpers Holiday Gifts and Decorations the Kids Can Make

Kids love to help. Right now, as the holiday hustle and bustle heats up, you can use that to your advantage. Get them in on the act making decorations and gifts. I’ve rounded up a selection with kid-friendly crafts that are sure to delight even the grinchiest great uncle. And they have the added bonus of keeping your children busy for a few hours. Got any heart-warming, homemade holiday ideas for kids? Share them, please!

How cute is this? All it takes to make these adorable snow globes are some empty food jars, a few trinkets and a bit of glitter. Get clear, concise directions and tips at Spoonful.

Even little kids can coat inexpensive votive holders (or baby food jars) with white craft glue and roll them in glitter or colored rock sugar crystals. Get instructions here.

This craft involves microwaving, but older kids and teens will enjoy collecting natural leaves and transforming them into beautiful soap leaves. Greenbean Crafterole provides a detailed list of materials and step by step pictures.

Turn odd bits and pieces of wrapping paper and ribbon into festive holiday baubles and chains. Find out how and let the hall decking begin!

Is there an indulgent auntie or grandma who wouldn’t wear this brooch from Activity Village with pride? Use cookie cutters as templates to make holly leaves like this or any other festive shape. Glue or sew on sequins, beads or buttons for accents. Read the instructions here.

Take an empty coffee can, cover it with sticky-backed shelf paper (or wide vinyl ribbon), decorate with craft foam shapes and fill it with homemade cookies. Get directions here.

Inexpensive Epsom salts and food coloring quickly become a welcome gift of soothing bath salts. Kaboose shows you how.

Candy canes are dandier when they’re dipped in melted chocolate chips. Tuck a few in a nice mug with a packet of instant chocolate for a yummy gift.

A few bright beads, wire and ribbon become sparkling snowflake ornaments for adorn a tree or a package.Easy instructions are here.

Kaboose crafts has simple directions for creating heavenly angel ornaments from coffee filters and pipe cleaners.

For dad or teacher, or anyone really, Kojos Design shows you how to turn ordinary store-bought goodies into personalized Cubicle Snacks

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