Whether your kiddos are in school or remote learning at home, there’s one thing they shouldn’t miss out on: crafts!
Chances are your mom still proudly keeps your elementary school macaroni art displayed somewhere in her home. Now it’s your turn! Your littles will love these fun art projects that make great handmade holiday gifts or ornaments for Mom, Dad, their grandparents, siblings and everyone else. 

Pasta Snowflakes

What You Need:
  • Parchment paper
  • White craft glue
  • 15 to 30 pieces of wagon-wheel pasta (mixture of large and small) per ornament
  • White acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush, with bristles
  • Glitter
  • Adhesive-backed rhinestones
  • String or ribbon
Directions:

1. Working on top of parchment paper, glue the pasta edges together into a snowflake shape, then let dry. 

2. Paint white and let dry.

3. Mix glue with water at a one-to-one ratio. Paint onto pasta snowflakes, then sprinkle with glitter. Let dry.

4. Attach rhinestones to a few points on the snowflakes. Now, hang your snowflakes with string or ribbon.

Source:Parents Magazine

Popsicle Stick Christmas Tree

What You Need:
Directions:

1. Glue three green popsicle sticks into a triangle using a hot glue gun. (You can use regular glue, but you’ll have to wait for it to dry before going to the next step.)

2. Cut a small piece of string and tie a jingle bell to one end.

3. Glue or tape the top of the string to the top back of your popsicle stick triangle.

4. Cut another small piece of string to make a loop for hanging. Glue or tape this to the top back of your ornament.

5. Add any embellishments you want, such as a ribbon or glitter.

Source: Buggy and Buddy

Handprint Salt Dough Santa

What You Need:
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup warm water (you may need to add more)
  • Craft paints & brushes
  • Wax paper
  • Butterknife
Directions:

1. Turn the salt dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead it to remove air bubbles and obtain a smooth texture.

2. Cut a piece of dough, roll into a ball and flatten to about 1/2 an inch on the wax paper.

3. Sprinkle flour all over the palm of your hand and lightly on the dough to prevent sticking.

4. Press hand firmly down on the dough and lift it carefully. Use the butterknife to go around the edges and create a border.

5. Place the handprint in the microwave and heat for 15 seconds. Repeat. Then heat for 20 seconds. Do this until the dough starts to dry out and change color (about 6 rounds).

6. You can paint the dough as long as it is starting to harden, it will dry and harden the rest of the way over night.

Source: Easy Peasy and Fun

There you have it! Cute holiday ornaments the whole family will love creating! Looking for more holiday gift ideas? Check out our Gift Guide.