Homemade Christmas Decorations

There is absolutely no doubt that one of the most enjoyable, and messy parts of the Christmas season is making decorations with your little one. While you might not create something with a lifetime guarantee, you are certainly creating memories that will be there forever.

The talented Huggies mums and dads have come up with some great ideas, and we’ve thrown in some as well so that you can make some decorations that will be appreciated by everyone involved.

Remember when it comes to any kind of decoration making, plan it around your little one’s routine. Don’t attempt anything close to nap time or bed time. Chances are the glue may end up in the wrong place and your little one may not be the only one having a melt down!

Check you’ve got all the supplies you need before embarking on your Christmas decoration making frenzy. There are few things more upsetting than a sad face if you have to halt the activity because you are missing an essential piece of equipment.

Make sure you’ve covered the space you want to work in with lots of newspaper in order to avoid unnecessary clean ups. Pop your little one into a smock and if needed, make sure that their hair is tied back. This will ensure your little one finishes the activity without needing a hose down!

As with any craft or decoration activities that you want to try with your little one, patience is key. Sometimes they’ll get stuck in and be occupied for hours helping you make something together. Other times they may wander off midway through leaving you with a half finished piece of work and lots of mess to clean up. Don’t fret.

If your little one is less than 12 months old, then they are probably not going to be able to participate in making decorations at this stage. You can save that for them for Christmas the following year. Remember to keep the festive season as one that you can enjoy and work with your little one’s needs accordingly.

Paper Chain

The paper chain is possibly the simplest and most trusty form of Christmas decoration ever invented. It’s a golden opportunity to use the junk mail catalogues with all their Christmas colours and product in a practical, yet decorative way. Obviously you’ll probably need to keep your little one away from the cutting part, unless you’ve got a childproof scissors they can use. However, the gluing and putting together can be completely up to them and can keep them happily occupied for ages!

Equipment

  • Magazines/junk mail
  • Kid safe glue
  • Scissors

Instructions:

  1. Cut the magazine/junk mail into even long strips.
  2. Show your little one how to glue the strips together at one end creating a circle.
  3. Then loop another strip through the circle and glue the ends together.
  4. Repeat until all strips have been used.
  5. Tie paper chain across the room as Christmas decoration.

Christmas angel:

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Equipment

  • a small but thick magazine
  • a polystyrene or pingpong ball
  • a “goldilocks” scrub pad
  • silver spray
  • glue

Instructions

  1. Fold each page down from the top corner down to the spine and then again till it is an even slope all the way down. Then fold the extra bits on the bottom back up and glue to make a flat base.
  2. Fold the covers up from the bottom corners in the same way to make the wings and glue.
  3. Spray the whole thing thoroughly with silver paint.
  4. When dry, stick the ball on the top point.
  5. Glue the “goldilocks” pad on as hair.

Tags

These are great for any and all the gifts you have to give out during the festive season. Your little one will thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to add their own personal touch to the proceedings as well.
Print our page of Christmas gift tags and have your little artists colour them in for all your Christmas presents, it really adds that personal touch to a gift. There’s a selection of images for you to choose from. No two will ever be the same!

Here’s an example of a gift tag from one of our Huggies Club toddlers:

gift tag

You can download template here.

Mini Christmas Puddings

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We’ve included an edible Christmas decoration here, because these look lovely as a centerpiece at the table, but they can also be eaten after the Christmas lunch has been served. We’ve highlighted in bold the parts where your little one can help you out with the cooking.

Ingredients

  • 120gms dark chocolate
  • 60 ml double cream
  • 1 (800g) bought plum pudding
  • 2 tablespoons fruit juice
  • extra chocolate for dipping (or cocoa if you prefer)
  • 100g white chocolate melts
  • 12 cherries finely chopped
  • 12 spearmint leaves chopped into smaller pieces.

Instructions

  1. Line a baking tray with foil or baking paper.
  2. Break dark chocolate into heatproof bowl and add cream.
  3. Microwave for 1 minute and stir. Continue heating for ten seconds at a time until chocolate is melted and cream is combined.
  4. Place fruit cake into the bowl and crumble it.
  5. Add juice slowly, one tablespoon at a time until it is moist enough to hold together.
  6. Place mix in refrigerator for 2 hours to firm up.
  7. Remove the mix from the fridge. Scoop into tablespoon sizes and roll into small balls. Place carefully on plate.
  8. Melt extra chocolate. Cool slightly. Dip truffles into chocolate one at a time to coat with chocolate. Remove with fork, Place on baking tray to set. Return to fridge for 30 minutes.
  9. Place white chocolate melts in heatproof bowl. Microwave on low heat for one minute and then stirring every ten seconds until melted.
  10. Drizzle half a teaspoon of the white chocolate on top of each mini truffle.
  11. Place a piece of chopped up cherry on top on top and a small spearmint leaf each side of the cherry on top of the melted chocolate.
  12. Keep in the fridge until ready to serve. They will keep for 3 or 4 days.

Makes approx 20