Christmas is my favorite holiday of the year. Honestly, if I could decorate for Christmas all year long I totally would! I love the holiday season that much. My girls must have inherited the Christmas obsession gene because they love decorating for Christmas just as much as I do. We really enjoy spending quality family time creating Kid Friendly Christmas Decor together. Kid friendly is a must in our house. My little “Aubs the Destroyer” will break things you thought were indestructible.
I have put together a list of 4 Kid Friendly DIY Christmas Decor Ideas we are using to decorate our Christmas tree and home this year. We created our decor by using a combination of decorations we already own, things gathered around our yard and some of my favorite holiday items from Oriental Trading. I’m working with a small budget this year, and I love that I can find so many affordable crafting and decorating items from Oriental Trading.
Our tree is what I call “family eclectic”. At least 75% of our ornaments are handmade. Some are remnants of my childhood that have stood the test of time. Others are precious memories made by my great-grandmother who is no longer with us. Our more recent ornaments are handcrafted by my girls, memories we are creating together. My tree will never be “magazine perfect”. Instead, it is a perfect combination of our lives together.
I’m a sucker for white and silver decorations, so I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut a few snowflakes out of white cardstock. If you don’t own a craft cutter like a Silhouette or Cricut, you can print images to cut on cardstock. You can’t get much more kid friendly than that! Then I let the girls fill some clear plastic ornaments with a few items from our craft supplies.
We gathered mini pine cones in our yard earlier this year. After baking to treat for lingering bugs, I spray painted some of them silver. Aubrey decided to fill her ornaments with the silver pinecones while Elliana went crazy with the snow glitter I picked up from Oriental Trading. I cut a few different vinyl deer silhouettes with my Silhouette Cameo for Elliana to decorate her glitter ornaments. Then she rolled a few of the ornaments in mod podge and the snow glitter. They look so pretty at night by the glow of the tree lights.
While the girls were busy creating their own ornaments, I made a few stencils with my Silhouette. I used the stencils to paint words on some beautiful rustic style metal barn stars I also found at Oriental Trading!
Advent Calendar Tree
Who says advent calendars have to be bought? I made the girls their very own advent tree! It was super simple to do. All you need is a small artificial tree, a few treats, number stickers (I cut vinyl numbers with my Silhouette), and some decor. I recycled a strand of silver garland by cutting it into small pieces to camouflage the treats a bit. Then I filled each ornament with candy or some of the stocking stuffer toys I purchased from Oriental Trading.
Please excuse the wild color scheme. Elliana wallpapered the wall behind their tree with wrapping paper and used her favorite Christmas throw for a tree skirt. She had so much fun decorating their little Christmas space in their room.
Santa’s Snack Station
While decorating we couldn’t forget Santa. We switched from making decorations to making cookies to test out a new recipe for Santa’s snack this year. The girls are so excited for the big guy’s arrival that they couldn’t wait to put out cookies and milk. They pulled out their favorite plate for Santa’s treats and filled an adorable snowflake themed mug of milk for Santa. When I found the mugs on Oriental Trading, I had planned to use them for a hot cocoa bar Christmas morning. It looks like I’ll have one less mug because Santa definitely needs this one!
Of course, it was all in good fun, and they promptly shared the snack while deciding these cookies won’t work for Santa. They look too much like lumps of coal!
Remembering the Reason for the Season
As a Christian, it is important to me that my girls learn the true meaning of Christmas from a very early age. It’s a tradition to sit by the tree on Christmas Eve reading the Christmas story from my bible. Although we didn’t actually DIY anything in our nativity, I wanted to include it. The nativity is a very important part of our Christmas celebration, so I helped the girls create our “Remembering the Reason for the Season” station.
I have a nativity set that was a Christmas gift from a woman at church who mentored me in my teen years. She gifted the nativity set to Ben and me on our first Christmas as a married couple, and it has been the main centerpiece of my Christmas decor each year.
Remember when I mentioned “Aubs the Destroyer”? She managed to destroy half of my ceramic figures in my nativity last year, and I was heartbroken. I was on a mission to replace my broken ones this year, and I found some beautiful ones that are perfect. Yep, Oriental Trading had the perfect antiqued resin set to replace my broken ceramic figures! Not only are they the perfect size, but I prefer them to the old figures. They fit in the stable from my old set (although they do have their own small barn piece as well), so the girls and I created our special “Remembering the Reason for the Season” station on a small table next to the tree.
It melted my heart when Elliana pulled out her Children’s Bible and asked me to open it to the Christmas story. She then placed the Bible on the table next to the nativity for all to read.
Do you enjoy creating your own ornaments and Christmas decor? I would love to hear about your favorite kid friendly DIY Christmas decor ideas. And from our family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
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