Kid Friendly New Year’s Eve Craft Ideas

Keeping the kids happy until midnight on New Year’s can be a daunting task.  The later it gets, the more tired and bored the kids are and the more stressful the whole night becomes for everyone.  I have found a few crafts that are sure to keep everyone busy and happy all the way to midnight…

Countdown to Midnight Box (pictured above)The Dating Divas came up with this fantastic idea.  Hour by hour, from 8-midnight, kids open a bag to reveal a craft or activity to help ring in the new year.  This includes making noise makers, goal setting activities and All About Me letters to fill out.

Happy New Year Garland – We featured this last year as a New Year’s craft idea and it was a big hit!  My kids are always wanting to do something to decorate for special occasions to make our house look “pretty.”  I know they will have a blast making this Happy New Year Banner and as an added bonus it will be a great way for them to practice writing and recognizing their letters.  I love when things can be both educational and fun at the same time!  Thanks Kaboose.

DIY New Year Pinata – This is probably my favorite New Year’s craft this year.  You can make your own New Year’s Eve pinata from a brown paper bag!  Thanks for the awesome idea Danielle’s Place.

Still looking for more ideas?  Here are some from previous years:

New Year’s Party Hats

New Year’s Eve Kid Friendly Craft Ideas 2010

Family Friendly New Year’s Eve Traditions

I hope everyone has a very safe and fun New Year’s Eve!

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Christmas Craft: Button Christmas Trees

Tomorrow is the beginning of winter vacation for us and I am trying to find plenty of activities to keep the kiddos entertained for the next 3 weeks.  I have a feeling that this Christmas button tree is going to be one of their favorites!  I think I might want to make one myself.  Depending on how well they turn out I might frame them and keep them to put out every year.  Thanks Meet the Dubiens!

Here is all you need to make these:

  • buttons – shades of green, bright colors for decoration and a couple brown for the trunk
  •  canvas
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • glue

Here’s how to make to make it -> Button Christmas Tree Tutorial

Lego Christmas Crafts

Do you have any Lego Lovers in your home?  My oldest daughter is just barely discovering the awesomeness that is Lego.  She can spend hours building with them.  I cannot wait to show her these Christmas themed ideas!  She is going to be so excited.  All it takes are some Legos and some creativity.  How is it that I never htougth of this before now?  Thanks for sharing Our Forever House!

Here’s how to make these -> Lego Christmas Crafts Tutorials


Winter Craft: Glitter Reindeer

This glitter reindeer would make a great accent to any mantel or wall!  If reindeer aren’t your thing you could do snowflakes or stars or Santa or really anything you wanted to do.  This is a craft you could do all on your own or you could include the kiddos too!  Thanks for the idea Just Daisy Dreaming!

Here’s what you need to make this:

  • 9 x 12 canvas
  • reindeer (or object of choice) silhouette  – googled and printed on regular paper
  • Elmer’s glue
  • glitter

Here’s how to make it -> Glitter Reindeer Tutorial


Kid’s Thanksgiving Craft: Paper Loop Turkey

My kids don’t have school today, which means I need to find some fun crafts and activities to keep them busy and away from the TV while I scramble around preparing for the big day tomorrow.  I found this paper loop turkey on Pinterest and my kiddos LOVE it!  I love that I had all the supplies on hand.  These turkeys would make cute napkin holders for Thanksgiving dinner or even name cards for the table.  Thanks Free Kids Crafts!

Here’s what you need to make these turkeys:

  • Construction paper: Brown, Tan, Orange, Gold, Red
  • Wiggle eyes
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick

Here’s how to make them -> Paper Loop Turkey Tutorial