9 Last-Minute Christmas Ornaments

Even in the middle of the holiday rush, there’s still time to hang a handmade ornament or two on the tree! Try these fun, last-minute projects to get one more seasonal craft in before Christmas. Most of these projects were submitted by our awesome community. They’re all designed to bring joy to both parents and kids, with a practical result!

Borax DIY Ornaments

Borax Ornament DIY Completed
These sparkly Borax Ornaments are courtesy of Stephanie S

We love crystal ornaments, and these double as a science project! You don’t even need to wait for weeks to see these crystals form. Using borax instead of salt or sugar will give you awesome, unique ornaments overnight!

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Awesome New Year’s Traditions From Around the World

As a kid, I remember being allowed to stay up on New Year’s Eve until the clock struck midnight. Then (after giving everyone a celebratory hug) we’d go outside to bang pots and pans. At the time, I didn’t realize that all that pot-banging began as a way to ward off bad spirits. My aunt begins each year by stepping forward on her right foot–to literally start her year off right! On New Year’s Day, our neighbors invite the whole neighborhood over for a pot of Hoppin’ John (black-eyed pea stew) that is said to bring good luck.

These are just a few popular American New Year’s traditions but there are many other customs in the U.S. and around the world. Does your family have a special way to ring in the new year?

All over the world, people celebrate the new year with different traditions. Here are a few awesome examples from around the globe: 

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Candy Cane STEM Experiments | 4 Fun Activities for Kids

Candy Cane STEM Experiments

The holidays are fast approaching, bringing candy canes as ubiquitous decorations and treats. Grab a handful and set young scientists on the path of discovery with these kitchen experiments!

  • Start off by learning how candy canes are made, how different components combine to make something new.
  • Dissolving Candy Canes: hypothesize about what will happen in different liquids.
  • Candy Cane Ornaments: How does heat changes matter?
  • Candy Cane Knots: What makes candy bend vs. break?
  • Candy Cane Construction: use candy canes to solve engineering challenges.
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3 Amazing Edible Experiments for the Holidays

Edible Experiment: Peppermint Meringue

Now you can combine holiday cooking with STEM learning with these delicious recipes adapted from the book Amazing (Mostly) Edible Experiments by Andrew Schloss published by Quarry Books. Simple to make, with easy teachable moments, these festive dishes bring kitchen science into the season. Make them with your friends and family for more holiday fun!

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5 Last-Minute Christmas Decorations Kids Can Make

Last-Minute Holiday Decorations: Felt Christmas Tree

Whether you just remembered that Christmas is coming — or trimmed the tree back in October — you can never have too many Christmas decorations! And never fear, there’s still plenty of time to make these short-and-sweet projects. Heat up some cocoa, crank up your favorite Christmas tunes, and deck the halls with these fun crafts!

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DIY Snowman Ornaments | Recycled Crafts for Kids

DIY Snowman Ornaments: Completed Bottlecaps

Don’t feel like you need to wait for snowfall to start working on homemade holiday decorations. Especially if you reside where snowfall is more an aesthetic than actual precipitation, these snowman ornaments will have home & hearth starting to look a lot like the holidays. Channel pre-Winter Break energy into finding reclaimed materials for these kid friendly craft projects. Objects from the recycling bin, garage, and basement plus some paint and ribbons are easily transformed into “jolly happy souls” that add magic to holiday decorating. 

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9 Creative Holiday Traditions from Around the World

It’s the most creative time of the year! All over the world, friends and family gather to make wonderful things for the holidays. Whether it’s painting ornaments to hang on the tree, twining wreaths to decorate the house, baking cookies for holiday swaps, beading necklaces for Kwanzaa, or dipping Hanukkah candles,  handcrafting treasures together is the best kind of celebration.

To celebrate the season, we explored the globe in search of delightful and creative hand-made traditions to share with you.   Here are a few of our favorites:

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5 Easy DIY Wrapping Paper Ideas

This year, our family was inspired to make our own wrapping paper for all our Christmas presents. It seemed silly to buy some when we already had yards and yards of kraft paper in our art supply closet just waiting to be turned into festive gift wrap. I love the natural handmade look, and my kids are so proud to give presents they wrapped themselves! Below, I put together a list of 5 awesome DIY wrapping paper ideas, many from the KiwiCo community. Enjoy!

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6 Awesome Techniques for Building Cool Snowmen

Photo Credit: Frankie Frankeny

All over the world, people have turned bad weather into great sculpture–from the igloos of Alaska to the Ice Palace in Finland and the mega-snowman in Bethel Maine. If you’ve got snow, chances are you got snowmen!  In fact, snow is a great medium; a brilliant, white, three- dimentional canvas with infinite sculpting possibitites. And it’s free! With just a few tools and some physical exertion, you can create a winter wonderland full of creatures, buildings, planets and more–from simple to spectacuiar.

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