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With the holidays upon us and kids getting holiday time off of school, it’s time to focus less on the day to day hustle and bustle of life and enjoy more time with our friends, family and loved ones. One of our favorite pastimes during this time of year is working on holiday-themed arts and crafts projects the entire family can participate in.


There are many fantastic decorations you can make to give your home a festive holiday look that utilize things in our natural `surroundings. Here are some of our favorites.


Pinecone Wreaths

Bring a little bit of the outdoors to your front door. Start by laying out the pinecones in around a wreath frame. Then, hot glue all of the pinecones to the frame, starting with the main circle. Continue to glue the pinecones around the entire frame. You may need to use a little wire and extra hot glue to secure a few pinecone tips that are hard to line up.                                                                      


Chalk Paint Ornaments

You and your kids can custom-make your own ornaments by painting them with chalk paint, then writing on them with chalk. You can doodle on a holiday design, or personalize them with your names and special dates (birthdays, anniversaries, and so on).

Cut some wood from your backyard into circles and then paint it with chalk paint. Once it dries, let your kids get to work on a holiday masterpiece. Hot glue a ribbon to it for a holder and you will be able to display your beautiful ornaments on your Christmas tree.

Twig Ornaments

This one is a super fun one to do with kids: Use twigs, glue, and embroidery thread or twine to make custom ornaments that are inspired by nature. The best part of this project is that even if you live in a city, you still have access to tons of great twigs you can use to make your decorations.

Pinecone Owls

Nothing is more festive than pinecones during the holidays. What better way to make your Christmas tree look more natural than with an owl that is sitting in the tree keeping watch? With a little felt and a pinecone, your kids can whip one a creative, festive-looking owl that will make your tree look fantastic.

Milk Carton Gingerbread Village

While most people recycle their milk cartons that they accumulate at home, why not upcycle them? Use your empty milk cartons to create the cutest gingerbread village ever. Once built, you can store it and re-use it year after year. Even better, you can expand it year after year, building an exciting, ever-growing Christmas village.

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Summer Robertson

I am a mother of 4 beautiful children living countryside in a tiny home with my sweet family. We founded fawn&forest in 2007 with an intention of creating a shop that reflects our love for living simply with children.

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