That’s Pinterest…ing {Christmas crafting with Kids}

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by Debra Dane on October 30, 2011

in Parenting and family life

My house is a crafty house.  Very little of it comes from me (although I am attempting to sew curtains this week with supervision from a very talented friend). My kids can easily craft all day if  left to their own devices. Each year at Christmas we make ornaments together. There is also a lot of arts and crafts time between school letting out and the holidays. I thought I would share some of what we will be doing this December. I anticipate weekly additions to my craft board on pinterest!

(The links on pinterest seem to have gone down so as it is a year later I am replacing the pinterest links with the actual links to the sites with the crafts)


Beaded elves  from

Martha Stewart ornaments - we will be making the button ones pictured below. They have only been on my to do list for – ever!

Thumbprint tree salt dough ornament. With such crafty kids I may be considered negligent for never indulging in salt dough at home.

Thumbprint lights card - I think I like thumbprint art even more than the kids. There are heaps of great ideas and if you are new to it I suggest you get your hands on one of the books put out by Klutz!

Styrofoam balls and sequins  - I already have the balls and sequins in our stash, need the pretty straight pins since I won’t donate them from my sewing box.


Swirled ornaments we do every year. We each make our own and then we use a sharpie to write our names and the year. This will be our 4th year.

diy swirled paint ornaments



Do you have any kids crafts planned? I would love to see what you have found so feel free to share a link in the comments if you want.


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Ames October 30, 2011 at 8:01 am

Love, love, love your pins!
I wish we were crafty, I do try but usually just make one big mess.
Some of those look relatively easy so I may just try them. Thanks!
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Debra Dane October 30, 2011 at 8:19 am

Thanks Ames – I am planning a post in November on non crafty parents (like me) with craft loving kids -would love to chat if you are interested…
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Jo @Countrylifeexperiment October 30, 2011 at 8:42 am

I have made those button wreathes before – so cute. They also look good with red buttons.
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Tina ~ Tina Gray {dot} Me October 30, 2011 at 9:01 am

Love your pins! Especially the paint swirled ornaments. They’re so pretty! Thanks for linking up x
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Laney @ Crash Test Mummy October 30, 2011 at 12:31 pm

We are so going to do some thumb print crafts. Love the Christmas Tree with ‘lights’.
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Posie Patchwork October 30, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Oh wow, some gorgeous finds there, love Posie
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Ms Jelena October 30, 2011 at 2:50 pm

LOVE the paint swirled ornaments – amazing and so talented!!!


Surely Sarah October 30, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Ooo, stealing the button wreath pin! Nice post :)
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Debra Dane October 30, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Thanks ladies – get crafting!

The swirl ornaments are easy – they sell plain ones at places like Spotlight etc and you pull off the end cap. Add acrylic paints and swirl. if the paint is too thick add a few drops of water. Leave to dry for a few days!

When Alice was in pre-prep we did them for her entire class (never to be repeated) – we attached ribbons and stickers and write each person’s name with a Sharpie in fancy lettering. (Great gift idea for another family you may visit over the holidays)
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Dannie (A Dose of Dannie) October 30, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Great pins love the buttons one and the swirl one cool! :-)


Jodie - Muddled Up Mumma October 30, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Our home is decidedly non-crafty and I really want to change that… doubt it will happen in time for this Christmas, but in the meantime I will live it through Pinterest. Love these ideas.
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Debra Dane October 31, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Jodie – is it non crafty because you don’t like doing crafts or because the kids don’t ask etc? i only ask because I am writing a post on non crafty parents so it is good to get an idea how many of us there are LOL. It gets easier as they age and can be given open access to supplies – mine just come up with their own crafts most of the time.
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Di @ Mummy Di-alogue October 31, 2011 at 7:00 am

the button wreath is divine – definitely going to give that a go (I love Martha Stewart!). Great collection. I so have to join into this linky one of these weeks!
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Kate @ Puddles and Gumboots October 31, 2011 at 11:16 am

I love the salt-dough tree one! We make salt-dough ornaments each year but they don’t look that fancy
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Debra Dane October 31, 2011 at 9:32 pm

We’ll have to see how mine come out – have been avoiding salt dough for years!
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Sonia @ Life Love and Hiccups October 31, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Ohhh I love the Martha Buttons one. I am definately going to do that one with my kids. :)
xx Son
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Debra Dane October 31, 2011 at 9:33 pm

It sounds like there will be a run on buttons – everyone is going to make that one LOL
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Rachael @ It must be coffee time October 31, 2011 at 9:40 pm

That would have to be the best thumb print art I have seen…it’s just fabulous. Great pins Deb! xx
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Debra Dane November 1, 2011 at 3:17 pm

thanks – i love that one too – might be me making it LOL
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Amy @ MahliMoo November 1, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Love them!

We bought some craft supplies to make our Chrissy decs on Sunday. We are slowly planning how we will end up making them!
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Debra Dane November 1, 2011 at 3:16 pm

ooh can’t wait to hear and see…
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Nancy December 4, 2012 at 9:54 am

what is up with all the things above, none of the linds work?????????


Debra Dane December 4, 2012 at 11:37 am

I am not sure what is going on. Thanks for letting me know. I am away on holiday so not sure when I can fix it this week. Might be a problem at Pinterest since all the links have gone dead.


Debra Dane December 13, 2012 at 1:16 pm

HI again Nancy

I had to go and find the original links rather than pinterest – all fixed now – not sure what went wrong so suddenly after all that time.
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