Childproof Christmas Decor and Crafts

As I decorated this Christmas, I broke out the same Scrap Fabric Tree that is now 2 years old! It’s hard to believe it survived a few holidays and being in storage. These were some easy crafts to make with little kids.  Enjoy!

At 15 months old, my son is just at that age where we really need to watch him to make sure he doesn’t get into something he shouldn’t.  He really is quite good, but we had a few incidents with him pulling down our Christmas stockings (and holders) that were placed on a bookshelf, where he routinely will pull books off of the shelf to “read.” This led me to re-do some of our Christmas decorating to make it more childproof.  First and foremost, I moved the stockings up to higher ground.

Second, I created a kid-friendly tree out of felt. I probably spent less than $4 on several sheets of felt from Wal-mart.  I just made it up as I went along, gluing pieces of felt to a paper grocery bag (probably could have cut it closer to the tree’s branches), and cut up ornaments while practicing shapes with my 3 year old.

Childproof Felt Christmas Tree

Childproof Felt Christmas Tree – so easy to make & was fun for them to play with. (Though I was the one putting the ornaments back on constantly!)

I have been taking down some of our everyday pictures hanging on our walls, and replacing it with holiday decor. This was another project I did with my daughter, gluing scraps of fabric to scrapbook paper.  An avid quilting relative gave us these scraps, and Christmas time was the perfect inspiration for this project!

Scrap Fabric Tree picture

Scrap Fabric Tree picture – still hangs up 2 years later in our home!

Last, but not least, we ended up with a smaller Christmas tree than last year, so we had many more leftover ornaments that did not have a place on our tree this year.  I saw this pin and was inspired to display some of my own ornaments on our chandelier.

Chandelier decor with pretty ornaments

Chandelier decor with pretty ornaments

I also have made some of my own cardboard Christmas trees that are not nearly as beautiful as the ones on the link I provided.  They ARE, however, a lot of fun for my 3 year old, who uses them as pretend trumpets!  Here is another link to a Christmas tree project that I thought looked cool. The framed ornaments also looked like something worth trying, but I haven’t found the right materials yet.  If you have any childproof or child-friendly crafts, please share! Happy decorating & happy crafting!

Quick and Easy Easter Bunny Craft

I felt inspired by Crafts by Amanda – Cardboard Tube Bunny Rabit on Pinterest yesterday, so with an eager 3 year old helper, we made our own version yesterday.  Instead of paint we used colored construction paper and double sided tape and glue.

After cutting the cardboard rolls (and covering an old container in purple to make a big bunny), I adhered the paper, glued on the pom pom noses and tails, and used some marker for the eyes, whiskers, mouth and ears.  I had some scraps of felt and fabric that I cut into shapes for the cute bow and clothes. Pretty cute, huh?!

I’m all about quick and easy crafts – especially with little kiddos with short attention spans!  I also like using whatever we have around the house to create little projects. As we wait for more spring-like weather, crafting has been a good boredom buster in our home.

board Tube Easter Bunnies

Cardboard Tube Easter Bunnies – paper, pom poms, markers

For more craft ideas, check out my craft and kiddos boards on Pinterest, or see these related articles below.  Happy Crafting!

Creative Kid’s Art Recycling

I like breaking out the art materials for my daughter.  Last time we had the crayons out, my 1 year son even grabbed one and did some scribbling.  Concentrating on an art project can quiet and calm kiddos like magic!  My daughter has cut paper for 45 minutes non-stop – incredible, right?!  She just likes to cut paper.  I’ve tried introducing the collage concept, but glue sticks just aren’t her thing right now. We have  a lot of scrap paper around and receive old office paper from my mom, but still I wanted to do SOMETHING with the pieces.  So I came up with this cute card idea.

Paper scraps

Heart collage card

We also had a lot of fun finger painting and tracing hands a few times.  The finished pieces were cute for sure.  I turned them into big flowers to decorate my daughter’s bedroom.  I’m glad I took pictures of this because the next day she ended up tearing them down during her “nap” time.  Sigh…I guess the next room decor is only one more art project away.

Handprint Flower

homemade flower decor

Other Project Ideas to check out: