VVV simple christmas crafts for a (just) 2 year old and Uncrafty Mum!

(50 Posts)
Oodthunkit Thu 08-Nov-12 12:48:28

We are at home a lot at the moment as I've SPD!

We are making cards( stickers, paint, glitter) , will do some cakes nearer the time but I need more inspiration!

Peanutbutterfingers Thu 08-Nov-12 12:55:16

We did salt dough Christmas decorations
1 cup salt, 3 cups flour, little water to turn into dough
Stamp out shapes with Christmas cutters
Put hole through with knitting needle
Leave to dry in tray on top of radiator turning occasionally
Allow 2 yo to splodge with paint and sprinkle with sequins and 'jewels' from craft box
Varnish, add ribbon, voila, handmade Christmas decorations. I am keeping some and the rest are his gifts to family members...

flakjacket Thu 08-Nov-12 12:55:31

Get an Usborne Christmas activities book - loads of really easy stuff to do with them from age 2 upwards. I think there's an Apple Tree Farm Christmas one as well. We also used one by Jane Bull. It's all really simple but fun and effective and you don't need to be crafty at all!

We still do stuff from it 10 years later smile

Oodthunkit Thu 08-Nov-12 12:59:21

We used to have some of those books when dd1/2 were little, think they went out sad

Salt dough brill idea, she loves play dough !

flakjacket Thu 08-Nov-12 13:00:11

I've just found them - they are Christmas Make and Do books...

Handsfulloffun Thu 08-Nov-12 13:11:58

It might be a bit late in the year, and sorry no good if you have spd and have trouble walking.....but we have been collecting pine cones. We are going to paint them with glue then sprinkle glitter and sequins on, then hang them on the tree.

EmmalinaC Thu 08-Nov-12 13:21:34

We bought this one last year for DDs aged 2 and 5. Loads of lovely ideas.

Allalonenow Thu 08-Nov-12 13:23:26

Paper chains are fun for little ones to make, or how about cutting out snowflakes adding glitter etc then make them into a mobile?
I noticed The Book People had some Christmas craft books for children, and their prices are reasonable, so the website might be worth a look.
A lovely way to fill cold miserable winter days, have fun!

Oodthunkit Thu 08-Nov-12 13:30:34

handsful could send dd1 out for pine cones. Though she may need instructions to what they are hmm at her general knowledge skills!

StrawWars Thu 08-Nov-12 14:21:13

If you get your 2yo to do lots of green handprints, you can cut them out and stick them together as a wreath - google handprint weath.

Or get them to do 2 green handprints back to back like holly leaves, iyswim, and finger dab some red berries on.

Or another hand painting thing you can do is to make a Xmas angel, using handprints as its wings.

dinkystinky Thu 08-Nov-12 14:24:54

Homemade pompom baubles

Pinecones (get partner to take 2 year old out to collect them) painted and covered in glitter

Conker caterpillar (not v christmassy you could do raindeers) with matchstick legs etc

dinkystinky Thu 08-Nov-12 14:25:26

And baking of course - santa sprinkle fairy cakes, gingerbread men, etc

Oodthunkit Thu 08-Nov-12 14:27:24

straw didn't think of wreaths, have done trees before but thought that might be too big to do with just dd3, wreaths more manageable

CagneyNLacey Thu 08-Nov-12 14:31:35

Me and my nearly 2 year old are doing this if weather is crap.

CheerfulYank Thu 08-Nov-12 14:41:13

Hand and foot reindeer are always cute. smile

You can make snowmen by gluing cotton balls to paper...

Murtette Thu 08-Nov-12 15:59:54

We're going to go one step further with the snowman by making them out of a jamjar which we'll then fill with sweets and give to the grandparents. Haven't actually started them yet but vague plan it to wrap a piece of paper around a jamjar, stick cotton wool on, fashion a head out of something (not sure what yet...) & decorate

suburban Thu 08-Nov-12 16:19:43

Have just made the stars (not the Santa) with my 2 year old here fairly idiot proof.

itsstillgood Thu 08-Nov-12 17:09:07

Have a look at sites like Activity Village
These ones are especially suitable for little ones card baubles
toilet roll candles
paper plate angel
paper plate robin
sock stocking
santa collage

alarkaspree Thu 08-Nov-12 17:12:13

Potato print christmas trees on a roll of brown paper to make wrapping paper.

Blatherskite Thu 08-Nov-12 17:12:34

If you don't mind the mess you could make Cloud dough.

Add a little glitter and get some raisins for eyes, ribbon for scarves, something for hats and some twig arms from the garden and you could spend the afternoon making mini snowmen, then knocking them down and building new ones again smile

pinknanny Thu 08-Nov-12 19:16:21

One of my favourite things to do is to make a Santa advent calendar.
There are templates online, cant remember where though.
But basically draw out santas face, let your child colour in hat and face. Where beard is draw out and label 24 circles.
Each day leading up to christmas let your child stick a ball of cotton wool on to the appropriate number, by christmas day santa will have a full beard and be on his way!
Hope that makes sense! X

starfishmummy Thu 08-Nov-12 19:25:41

Ds and i made gift tags one year - he painted lines and squiggles in xmassy colours on white paper and then we added glitter. When dry i cut them into small pieces which i stuck on ordinary parcel tags.
One recipient still uses hers as a bookmark many years later!

Oodthunkit Thu 08-Nov-12 19:56:10

Think I need to stock up now!

Oodthunkit Thu 08-Nov-12 21:06:19

You do love Xmas don't you grin

Might do! grin

LlamaBoBama Fri 09-Nov-12 09:41:17

wow these are some good ideas! thanks so much!

liveinazoo Fri 09-Nov-12 12:31:23

my little ones made xmas cards for friends/family.,but same idea makes great pictures...
cut a wash up sponge into xmas tree shape,dunk green paint and make trees.when dry zigza glue over it and let them add glitter<tinsel>fingers dotted on in bright colours of paint for baubles

tiredfeet Fri 09-Nov-12 14:12:02

good thread! I am planning to go stock up on glittery stuff soon so we can do some christmas crafts so this was very timely

gerbilsarefun Fri 09-Nov-12 16:20:33

My mil gets all her grandchildren to decorate a bag each year. The plain bags are from hobbycraft and they decorate them with Christmassy stickers. None of the children are toddlers but it would be good for all ages. Then they are filled with sweets and other small presents. They do an Easter bag too.

MummyAbroad Fri 09-Nov-12 17:03:23

Make some christmas tree decorations (dont forget to put a date on them and keep them)

- get some of that thick spongey paper
- gut out shapes like baubles, xmas tree, angel etc
- let little one glue decorations on it (either pre bought, stars, sequins etc or cut your own shapes from more sponge paper)
-add glitter
-hang on tree!

lagoonhaze Fri 09-Nov-12 20:33:23

marking place!

sauvignonblonde Fri 09-Nov-12 21:07:57

i've just picked up some paper chain things from elc. i really like the salt dough decorations, cloud dough snow men, and santa's cotton ball beard.

The one thing that makes me most feel instantly festive each year is when we unpack the little sparkly stars my now 9 yo made for his 3rd Christmas. We used silver sparkly Fimo, rolled it out and cut out stars with a simple cookie cutter, stuck in wire hooks (made of unbent paper clips iIrc) and baked them. Very very simple, he had a lovely time, and every year they remind him (and me!) of that day. Another year it was pearly gold fimo, angel cutters and little beads stuck in before baking. Last year we used self-hardening clay and a bird cookie cutter, and he then explored the different textures he could make on the surface with different objects. When they dried we rubbed them over with gilding wax. They looked lovely and I am looking forward to seeing his face when we unpack them this year. I think the trick with something simple like this is to make lots of them and display them en masse - the stars go all over the tree each year and the birds went into a garland across the mantelpiece. This year he has asked, decorations aside, if we can make Cheesy Feet to package up for various people - recipe is on Nigella's website and Amazon have lots of foot cutters. I love the idea of building up a collection of increasingly complex decorations for each year of their childhood.

PS the good housekeeping mag website has a lovely biscuit house recipe and instructions for decorating it that might also be really fun to do with your DCs

PPS SPD is so sore - had it both times and wound up on crutches the second time round. Sending you much sympathy!

ShesADreamer Sat 10-Nov-12 00:26:48

Place!

Oodthunkit Sat 10-Nov-12 08:45:33

sncient I've been on crutches 4 weeks now and still have 16 to go! Had it last time but not for this long.

maldivemoment Sat 10-Nov-12 08:58:16

Not so much crafty as baking. This Christmas we (me, 3 year old and 4 month old. Can you picture the carnage?) will be making the Individual Christmas Pannetone as gifts.
You make them in old baked bean tins (washed, obviously!). To be found in this months 'delicious' magazine.

blondieminx Sat 10-Nov-12 09:55:22

Ood hang in there - the only upsides to SPD are, in no particular order, having an easier final stage of labour because your pelvis is so flexible, a cast iron excuse to send your other half to push a trolley round the supermarket on Christmas Eve instead of you and being free to sit on the sofa watching all the festive films, and reading with a clear conscience. That aside it is a total pain in the... pelvis. The one relief I found was going to aquanatal: the trip across the wet tiles in bulging swimsuit on crutches was no joy but the wonderful feeling of being able to move freely once in the water made up for it. My eldest used to come twice a week to the pool with me too and we both sat on swim noodles and 'cycled' up and down the pool. Wish I had thought of spending the time doing lovely distracting crafty things at the time too!

Peanutbutterfingers Sat 10-Nov-12 20:33:08

Some great ideas - thanks to pinterest board I'm going to put little Christmas activity cards in advent calendar (letter to Santa, make decorations, go to buy Xmas tree) with chocolates. DS is 2.10 so I am co pletely overexcited by this first Christmas where he will have some understanding and anticipation.

Love the idea of building collection of home made decorations. Must remember to put year on back!

Oodthunkit Sat 10-Nov-12 20:37:09

marinator I'm having a section again so don't have the labour issue but I was immobile after due to being unable to use crutches with a drip hmm.

Oh Ood much sympathy! Did it improve after the birth or have you been sore ever since?

Oodthunkit Sat 10-Nov-12 21:30:26

No took nearly two years to be vaguely normal and then I found out I was pregnant again. Legs first collapsed at 12 weeks this time sad

3bunnies Sat 10-Nov-12 23:17:32

Ood we are doing various crafts using old sheet music from a charity shop. If you google it there are loads of ideas, one which would be quite easy is to cut up little strips and glue either over an old /cheap bauble, or a cheap (99p shop) pingpong ball, sticking some thread to hang it around the ball first.

In terms of SPD I had it really badly with dd2 (on crutches, was going to be induced at 38 weeks etc), but I managed to avoid it with ds by doing pilates three times a week and seeing a McTimoney Chiropractor to realign my pelvis when it got bad. The pilates really helped to strengthen my core muscles to hold everything in place and the chiropractor put things back when they went out. With ds although I had a few bad days I was walking up to 4 miles a day just a week before he was born at term, whereas with dd2 in the previous pregnancy I could barely get from the front door to my car on crutches with dd1 on reins.

Hope you get some relief from the pain soon, it was agony. And you will have the best decorated house of all soon!

Might have been suggested but green card trees with multi coloured fingers prints to make lights. You can do small ones and stick on blank cards to make your Xmas cards

pixiestix Tue 13-Nov-12 11:40:43

Can I ask a stupid question? What kind of varnish do you use to finish off the salt dough tree decorations?

Oodthunkit Tue 13-Nov-12 11:57:06

I've used PVA glue before.

fuzzpig Tue 13-Nov-12 12:03:32

These ideas are all fab. Getting ridiculously excited now!

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