Easy Homemade Christmas Crafts for Kids

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Get kids involved in crafts is a great way to teach them about their creative sides. Learn about easy, homemade Christmas crafts for kids with help from an author, magazine editor and lifestyle expert in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Colleen Mullaney for collenmullaney.com. And today, I'm going to show you how to make a great Christmas craft for kids. It's so fun, the kids love making them and they love giving them out as gifts. Or just you know having them in their room. They are little decoupage buckets. And they're perfect for their Christmas cards or to put their Christmas lists in. It's just their little gathering of Christmas supplies. They're also so fun to put flowers or a mini Christmas tree in. They just have so many great uses. And they are really easy to make. So here we go. We are going to start with a bucket that you can get either at the hardware store or you can get these at the craft store. And I've started decoupaging this one. The paper that you use for or it's best for this craft is just scrapbooking paper. And you know what I bought a huge book of it. It was on sale at the craft store and it's all these fun papers. And so I've chosen you know some of the brighter colored ones, the polka dots. And and this is really fun because this is for my son so it has a little blue in it. Now when you are doing this you know I like to choose papers with not too much pattern or too many words. It just kind of they're a little bit more playful when they just have like stripes or polka dots. So what you are going to do is I've already measured this. But you just measure the height of the bucket by the width. And I just I do it in two pieces. And then you just cut out your paper. And you can trim later if it's a little over. That's fine. So what you are going to do is just I use Mod Podge it's great and it's perfect for these kinds of decoupaging projects. So what you are going to do is really cover half of the bucket really well with the Mod Podge. I want to get a really thick layer going so that the paper sticks really nicely to the bucket. And you don't have any bubbles or any kind of folding. And then after you cover the bucket you wan to put a nice coating on the paper as well. So we'll just do that really quick. So that I'll show you what it's like just to put it right on the bucket. lets put a little bit more here. And these buckets are great to make and to give them out as holiday gifts. The kids love to do that. These are great teacher's gifts if you get the teachers initial. I love to use initials, initials are really, really popular right now. People just love getting something with their initial on it. It makes it a little bit more personal like you really thought about your gift. Now just to put the paper on you just really want to get it to the edge there. And just work it with your hands and with your fingers. And the Mod Podge will allow you to move the paper around, push it down. You can add more Mod Podge if you need more. Just keep working it in. And then what you are going to do is add another layer of Mod Podge on top. And it does get messy but the kids love this craft. So it's good. So you are just going to keep on moving the paper around so it's all nice and flat. And then add another layer of Mod Podge on top. And then what you can do to trim the edges is just take a little sharp scissor or sharp knife, or an exacto knife and just cut into the corners there. So when your bucket is fully covered and dried then you are going to add your initial. You know I just went on the computer and I found this great curly font that I love. And this is, I think these are 195 percent. So you want them pretty big so that you can see them and in a bright color ink that matches the paper. So I chose a great citrus green, and then a nice cherry red. And this is a great blue for this one. So what you do then is just cut out the initial. And this is a three and a half inch circle. And then on the bottom of that is you can just pick a matching paper. One that kind of you know goes with the red polka dots underneath that. I thought this was kind of fun with the red on top of it. And then you are just going to just like here you are just going to add some Mod Podge to the bucket. Place the circle, push it down. Add Mod Podge on top. A lot of Mod Podge. And then put the K and add another layer of Mod Podge on top. And again just you know keep adding layers of glue and just keep pushing it down until you have it where you want it and to where it's smooth. And it's nice and centered. And here again is the finished bucket. And this is the G and I love this candy pattern. And you know it's just fun and very festive and very holiday. And the kids love making these buckets. Thanks for watching I'm Colleen Mullaney.

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