Before I begin sharing how to make this Kids Christmas Craft with you, I want to let you know that some of the products shown were provided free to The Place For Busy Moms by Oriental Trading in exchange for my honest opinion and review.
Are you looking for a fun kids craft to make this Sunday during children’s church or Sunday school? Maybe you just know that the kids will be home all week and you want to do something fun with them. I’m sure that you are well aware that you can not and will not be making Christmas cookies every day of the week with them just to keep them entertained, which means you’ll need some out of the box ideas.
We know that kids love crafts, Christmas and Christmas decorations.
So, why not combine all of those amazing things together?
A Kids Christmas Craft Idea!
This isn’t the ideal craft for preschoolers but this is perfect if you have a 7 or 8 year old who would like a bit more of a “challenging” craft that they can be proud of.
So for this kids Christmas craft you are going to need some unfinished wooden squares used for crafting. The wooden piece pictured above did not come from Oriental Trading, however they do sell some very similar that you may actually prefer, as they already have holes punched in them for hanging. You can check those out here.
Next you are going to paint your squares, I opted for classic Christmas colors but feel free to encourage your children to use colors that they love. This is a fun way for them to “decorate” their own bedrooms for Christmas. If you are a KidMin leader or if you teach Sunday School then this would be a fun project for kids to show their parents and since it would be a take home lesson then they are more likely to remember it. Also, if this is used for a lesson rather than a leisurely craft then I would encourage you to paint the squares ahead of time.
Once your piece of wood has been painted and left to dry just simply add the Nativity Decals. These come in a fun assortment and can also be found via Oriental Trading.
Now you are going to gently paint over the decals. You can see in the image above where the lines are not very clean. That’s what happens when you brush over the decal rather than using a dabbing technique. So, just encourage kids to be gentle painters and use their times. Also, be very uplifting and supportive of children during this process as some children may feel that they messed up. Truth is, it’s easy to do but the next step is rewarding and I know that your children are going to love it.
Okay, so this is the “wow factor”. Kids will absolutely adore this step! When the second coat has had time to completely dry it’s time to peel off the decal, revealing the image below. Kids are going to think this looks like magic and it doesn’t matter how many times they do it they will always find it exciting and fun. Granted, you could very easily save this for the last step. There is certainly no right or wrong way of doing this which is why it’s a perfect Christmas craft for kids to do.
Of course we are making door hangers here, so you’ll need a way to hang these. Just simply turn your painted square over and hot glue some twine to the back. Ribbons can also be used. Allow the hot glue to dry and the kids are ready to display their works of art!
How to Make Nativity Door Hangers For Kids
Twine or Ribbon
*Washi Tape (Optional)
Paint wooden squares.
Using the hot glue add the both ends of the twine to one side of the square. Allow to dry.
Paint the front of the wooden square. Allow to dry.
Add Nativity Decals.
Add second coat of paint. Allow to dry.
Peel off Nativity Decals.
* Continue to decorate using *Washi Tape