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3 Easy Toddler Crafts for Cute Winter Décor That Will Warm Your Home

Updated: Apr 19

Winter is the perfect season to cozy up indoors, get creative with your little ones, and inspire new activities. If you're looking for simple and delightful toddler crafts to add a charming personal touch to your home, you're in the right place! In this post, we'll explore three super simple and delightful winter-themed craft ideas that are not only easy for toddlers to enjoy but also result in adorable decorations that will melt your heart and warm your home.


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1. Style-Your-Own Wooden Decorations



Transform plain wooden nutcrackers (or any winter themed item) into festive, personalized decorations with this simple and engaging toddler-friendly craft. Gather your supplies and follow these easy steps to create adorable decorations that your little one will be proud to showcase:


Materials Needed:


Quick Shop:


Instructions:

Set Up the Crafting Area:

  • Lay out a protective covering on the table to catch any spills or splatters.

  • Place the wooden nutcrackers within easy reach of your toddler.

Choose Colors:

  • Provide a selection of washable paints in different colors. You can pour a small amount of each color onto a palette or use disposable containers.

Painting Time:

  • Encourage your toddler to dip the paintbrush into the chosen color and apply it to the wooden nutcracker.

  • Let them experiment with different brushstrokes and techniques. The goal is to have fun and explore their creativity.

Mixing Colors:

  • For an extra layer of creativity, show your toddler how to mix colors on the palette. This can result in unique and custom shades for their nutcrackers.

Marker Magic:

  • Once the paint is dry or if you would like to contain mess, let your toddler use washable markers to add details. They can draw faces, patterns, or anything else that comes to mind.

Drying Time:

  • Allow the painted and decorated nutcrackers to dry completely. This might take some time, so keep them out of reach from little impatient hands.

Display with Pride:

  • Once dry, find a special place to display your toddler's masterpieces. It could be on a mantle, as part of a holiday centerpiece, or even on the Christmas tree.

Celebrate the Creations:

  • Take a moment to celebrate your toddler's artistic achievements. Acknowledge their effort and creativity, building their confidence and love for crafting.

Repeat the Fun:

  • If your toddler enjoys the process, consider making this a recurring activity, consider revealing one decoration at a time to encourage focus. You can decorate multiple nutcrackers and create a charming collection over time.


2. DIY Winter Village Kit


Transform a plain winter village kit into a magical wonderland with your toddler's creative touch. This delightful craft not only engages their imagination but also results in a charming display that captures the spirit of winter and Christmas beyond the usual tchotchke.


Materials Needed:


Quick Shop:




Instructions:

Set Up the Crafting Area:

  • Cover the table with a protective surface to make clean-up easier.

  • Lay out the wooden houses, faux Christmas trees, LED candle lights, markers, paints, and any other decorative materials within reach.

Choose a House:

  • Invite your toddler to select a wooden house from the kit. Each house comes in different sizes, providing variety and creativity.

Paint or Color the Houses:

  • Use child-safe markers or washable paints to decorate the wooden houses. Let your toddler's imagination run wild as they add colors, patterns, and festive designs.

Add Details:

  • Encourage your toddler to add details using markers or paints. They can create doors, windows, and even little snowmen or wreaths to make each house unique.

Decorate the Trees:

  • The faux mini Christmas trees are perfect for decorating! Use markers or paints to add vibrant colors to the trees. Your toddler can also embellish them with glitter or stickers for a festive touch.

Assemble the Village:

  • Once the houses and trees are decorated and dry, arrange them on a flat surface to create your winter village. Experiment with different layouts to find the most charming arrangement.

Insert LED Candle Lights:

  • Enhance the magical atmosphere by inserting the included LED candle lights into the houses. Turn them on to see the village come to life with a warm and cozy glow.

Position the Trees:

  • Place the decorated faux Christmas trees around the village. Your toddler can decide where each tree should go, creating a winter wonderland scene. Add their favorite figurines for extended interaction!

3. Cinnamon Salt Dough Creations



This activity not only engages your toddler in a sensory and creative experience but also results in charming, scented ornaments for the holiday season. Enjoy crafting with your little one!


Cinnamon Salt Dough Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup salt

  • 1/2 cup ground cinnamon

  • 3/4 cup warm water

  • Playdough tools (rolling pin, cookie cutters, etc.)

  • Drinking straw (for making holes)

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Dough:

    1. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, and ground cinnamon.

    2. Gradually add warm water to the dry ingredients, stirring continuously.

    3. Mix until a dough forms. If the dough is too sticky, add a bit more flour. If it's too dry, add a touch more water.

    4. Knead the dough on a floured surface until it becomes smooth and pliable.

  2. Roll Out the Dough:

    1. Divide the dough into smaller portions for easier handling.

    2. Using a rolling pin, roll out each portion to a thickness of about 1/4 inch.

  3. Cut Out Shapes:

    1. Let your toddler use playdough tools and cookie cutters to cut out various shapes from the rolled-out dough. Encourage creativity and exploration.

  4. Make Holes for Hanging:

    1. Use a drinking straw to make a hole near the top of each ornament. This is where you'll thread a ribbon or string for hanging later.

  5. Bake the Ornaments:

    1. Preheat your oven to 200°F (93°C).

    2. Place the cut-out ornaments on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.

    3. Bake for 2-4 hours or until the ornaments are completely dry. Keep an eye on them to prevent burning.

  6. Cool and Decorate:

    1. Allow the ornaments to cool completely before handling.

    2. Let your toddler use additional playdough tools or non-toxic paints to decorate the ornaments.

  7. Add Ribbon for Hanging:

    1. Once decorated and dry, thread a ribbon or string through the hole you made earlier for hanging.

  8. Display or Gift:

    1. Display the cinnamon salt dough ornaments on your Christmas tree or around the house.

    2. Consider giving them as thoughtful handmade gifts to family and friends.

 

These easy and fun projects promise not only to fill your home with cuteness but will foster hours of activities to survive the chilly months and create lasting memories that you'll cherish for seasons to come.

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