Holiday Photo Props

Every holiday season, I get an early start on brainstorming ideas for our family holiday card. I love thinking of ideas that showcase the kids’ fun personalities and expressions through photographs. Here is a sneak peek at how we made fun holiday-themed photo props for this year’s card!

What you’ll need:

  • card stock paper (white, orange, black, red, green, brown)
  • skewers
  • black Sharpie pen
  • pencil
  • tacky glue
  • scissors
  • pom-poms (red and white)
  • tape

First, I took some white card stock paper and sketched out some designs with a pencil. (I made them a little smaller for kid-sized faces.) Then I outlined the designs with a black Sharpie pen.

I was also able to incorporate a great teaching lesson with Lucas, my six-year-old, as he watched me sketch in horror. I was able to show him that even grownups can’t draw everything right the first time!

Then I cut out all the shapes.

Next, we matched up the cut-out shapes with the corresponding colored papers and traced the outlines with a pencil.

After we cut out all our shapes on the colored paper, we glued on our fun pom-pom balls to the mistletoe, hats, and reindeer nose. Feel free to add glitter, sequins, and more fun decorations!

Finally, we used tape to attach the skewer sticks to the back of our creations. We placed the sticks on either the right or left side (as opposed to the center).

Then it was time to take photos with the kids! As you can see, there were lots of giggles as the kids took turns being Rudolph and Santa.

The kids also loved the the holiday speech bubbles.

Lucas and Ella were so excited to get baby Kellan in on the fun!

To see more holiday project ideas, visit The Studio, a directory of handpicked, hands-on projects for kids.

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