40 Adorable Winter Crafts for Kids That We Want To Try Right Now
With winter weather blowing in across the country, now is the perfect time to get creative in the classroom! Try one (or more) of these adorable, easy-to-do classroom winter crafts and watch your kids light up. Perfect just for fun or as a present to take home for the holiday season. Pair your craft session with a winter-themed read-aloud for extra learning and fun.
1. Irresistible pinecone crafts
This blogger has created the cutest pinecone crafts ever! From the adorable elves and hedgehogs to the fairies and owls, your kids will flip for these little forest creatures.
Get into the holiday spirit with a steaming hot mug of hot chocolate … or at least a craft that looks like one. All you need are craft sticks, glue, cotton balls, and paint to create these adorable winter crafts in the classroom.
Read the timeless classic Owl Moon by Jane Yolen, then make your own wintry white owls. The pinecone base holds the cotton fluff perfectly and gives the owl a feathered look. Add wings and the head and your owl is ready to perch!
All you need for this craft is flat rocks, white paint, and colored Sharpies. Decorate each stone as one part of a snowman, and once you’re done, you can mix and match the bodies or stack them up to build a really tall snowman!
Make a treat for your fine feathered friends with this pumpkin bird feeder. Hollow out a small pumpkin (or acorn squash). Then, using a sharp knife (grown-ups only!), puncture the pumpkin in four places. Feed sticks through to act as perches and hanging hooks. Fill the gourd with birdseed and hang it in a nearby tree.
There was a time when every schoolkid brought one of these home for their mom, but we’re thinking this one has skipped a generation. So why not bring it back into fashion? Your home will smell delicious and they make a great centerpiece.
The secret to making pinch pots is using the right kind of clay. This version uses air-dry clay. Once the sections are formed (see tutorial below), give them plenty of time to dry. Then treat them to a coat of glossy white paint, and add pipe cleaner arms, face, and buttons.
Only for the brave of heart—because this craft involves glitter! Start with a watercolor background, then add swirls of white glue. Before the glue dries, sprinkle on glitter. Once the glue dries, add accessories such as button eyes and fabric scarves.
A simple stunner! All you need is a variety of pasta shapes, glue, and white spray paint to create these winter crafts. Tie a pretty ribbon on them and hang them in the window or on your Christmas tree, if you have one.
Here’s a fun twist on the age-old art of paper snowflakes. All you need is a bundle of sticks, some white copy paper, and scissors. Warning: You might want to have the recycle bin handy to capture all the scraps!
Simple yet lovely, these nature-inspired winter crafts are made from twigs and decorated with ribbon, twine, and berries. Attach a bright-red ribbon and hang them from willow branches in a vase, or suspend them in front of a window.
These gorgeous winter wreaths are easy to make and also terrific for supporting fine motor skills for kids. Full-size versions are shown in the video, but the project can easily be adapted to make smaller versions.
This beautiful Christmas cactus craft is simple to make and, best of all, requires zero maintenance. Crafted from card stock, tissue paper, and bendable wire, it would make a lovely gift for your students to pass on to one of their favorite people.
A very simple craft for younger students, this sled requires Popsicle sticks, glue, pipe cleaners, and mini pom-poms. Adorable as a tree ornament, or put a few Hershey’s Kisses or a tiny wrapped present on top for a sweet winter display.
OK, this craft requires confetti and sparkles, so brace yourself! Using a toilet paper roll and a balloon, students will fill their popper with confetti, then cover the whole thing with beautiful scrapbook paper. A fun treat to take home and use for the end-of-the-year countdown.