Get into the Festive Spirit with Christmas Art’s and Crafts
Nothing beats getting into the Christmas spirit like decorating the tree and the house! Why not make it a little more special by making some of your own decorations and crafts, it’s a great way to spend a little quality time with the kids too!
Recycled Light Bulb Ornaments
These recycled light bulb ornaments are so cute, and there are so many Christmas characters you can create like a Santa, a polar bear!
Pop into Art and Hobby in their Jervis Centre or St Stephens Green store, they have a huge selection of arts and crafts supplies all year round. With a huge selection of glass paints, that would be perfect for painting these light bulbs, or pick up materials like felt or paper to stick on and play around with some textures!
Christmas Reindeer Jars
These Reindeer Jars, are a great way to decorate the house, and also would make a cute gift and stocking filler! (Not a bad idea for getting rid of those old glass jars either!).
Gather all your old jars from around the house, and pop into Tiger on Nassau Street, Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre or GPO Arcade, for the pipe cleaners, googly eyes, and card! Simply glue on the googly eye and nose for the face and for the antlers cut a pipe cleaner into three pieces and glue it onto one long pipe cleaner, easy!
Yarn Wrapped Reindeer
The extra little ones will love making these cute yarn reindeer! Just cut thick card into triangle shape, stick down the starting part of your yarn then start wrapping your yarn around the card. Make sure to glue down the last bit of the yarn – so it won’t unravel! Stick on your googly eyes, red pom pom for the nose and wha la! You have Rudolf! Add the pegs as antlers and pop some more yarn or pipe cleaners around them for a super cute effect.
Head down to WM Trimmings on Capel Street, for the yarn and ribbon! They have an incredible selection of embroidery threads, yarns and or course all things textiles and fabrics. Pop down and take a look!
This Ribbon Wreath from Home Focus at Hickey’s is a super cheap and easy decoration to make! All you need is a 12 inch embroidery hoop and 8 – 10m of assorted ribbon (preferably wire ribbon) in the colours and patterns of your choice!
Simply tie each ribbon around the hoop in a bow, cutting the ribbon off the spool after each bow is made. Fill the the hoop with the bows which will be around 28 bows, and then tie a larger piece of ribbon to hang. The kids will definitely be masters of tying bows and their laces by the end of this crafts activity!
Pop into Hickey’s on Henry Street and see their selection of fabrics and craft accessories while you are there too! Hickey’s also has a great ‘how to’ blog with full instructions on how to make their Ribbon Wreath, and they have an amazing line up of Christmas crafts demonstrations coming up check here for details.
Focus at Hickey’s
Try making this bunting out of card and string! Cut different colours of card into triangles, and let the kids draw their festive creations from snowmen, puddings, and of course Santa! When the kids are happy with their master pieces, fold the large end of the triangle, and use double sided tape to secure it, then pop a string through all the folds and connect all the triangles to make your special home made bunting!
Head down to Easons on O’Connell Street and choose from their selection of colourful card, paper, paints , glues and glitters, which will have your special bunting looking super Christmassy!
Popsicle Snowflakes are always a classic Christmas craft! Grab a bag of popsicle sticks from Art & Hobby and glue them together to make the snowflake shape. Then make them your own by adding glitter, pompoms or paint to make them extra festive!
Pop into the Celebration’s Party Shop to pick up your glitter and choose from their vast selection of festive goodies that they have stocked all year around, which will make your popsicle snow flakes extra special!
We would love to see your DIY Christmas crafts! Tag us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and make sure to tag #DublinTown and #DublinatChristmas! Happy Holidays!