3 Outdoor Christmas Crafts for Kids

Take a break between running errands, attending parties and wrapping presents to enjoy some quality time with the family. Christmas crafts are fun, and they make festive decorations for the house.

The best part: You can find most of the items you need to make these three Christmas crafts in your own backyard.

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Homemade Ornaments

Your Christmas ornaments tell a story, and the ones that mean the most are often the less-than-perfect ones that your kids have made over the years. Create a few new ornaments this year to tell a story that you can relive for Christmases to come.

What You Need:
Pine branches
Pine cones
Hot glue gun
Glitter paint: red, white and green
Colorful ribbon: red, white and green

Head outside and collect pine branches, pine cones and red berries. Head back inside and have the kids paint their pine cones with glitter. Let these dry for an hour, and then help your little ones hot glue the branches, berries and other items from outside, onto the pine cones.

Hot glue a piece of colorful ribbon on the tops, and let them sit for another hour. Once everything has dried, head to the tree where everyone can find a place for their new decoration.

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Wreath making is an art, but these wreaths don't require an artist's touch. As an easy Christmas craft, your kids can make their own unique wreaths with a little help from you.

What You Need:
Metal coat hangers
Long pine branches
Red and green ribbon
Floral wire
Christmas decorations: ornaments, holiday beads

Head to a local park or forest and collect a few armfuls of pine branches. Your local tree farm is also a great place for this. Be sure to pick branches that have already fallen off the trees.

Back at home, turn a triangle hanger into a circle by pulling the bottom down and rounding out the sides. Use two for each wreath.

Add branches one at a time, tightly securing each one with the floral wire. Once you cover the base, you can add more branches, or decorate it with ribbon bows, ornaments and beads.

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