Whether you're a hardcore crafter with your own hot glue gun and an entire arsenal of crafty bits and bobs or - like me - the kind of person whose crafty creations NEVER resemble those you find on Pinterest, most of us will end up having a go at some Christmas crafts with our kids. So to save you the effort, Playpennies has trawled the internet on your behalf, hunting for fun family-friendly Christmas crafts that both you and the kids will love.
So without further ado, here's our pick of ten of the best Christmas crafts. Just click on the image to find out more...
1. Reindeer Gift Bag
I love the simplicity of this Christmas craft activity, and the fact that it serves a useful purpose and won't just end up squashed at the bottom of your box of festive decs once your Christmas craft enthusiasm has been and gone. It's perfect for popping a little present inside for your little one's teacher at the end of term, too. The instructions are super-simple to follow, and it looks like you'll only need a brown paper bag, some red glitter and glue, brown pipe-cleaners, and the various assorted bits of card plus glue. Easy!
How ridiculously cute is this Christmas craft? And what a gorgeous way to remember your baby's first Christmas. Plus all you really need is some green paint and an obliging pair of little feet. Might be one to try at nap-time, though? Trust me, when those perfect little toes turn into great big feet that leave a trail of stinky socks wherever they go, you'll wish you had something like this to remember those good old days...
3. Torn paper Christmas tree cards
Who needs uber-expensive fancy Christmas cards when you can make these gorgeous cards with the kids as part of a Christmas craft? I just love this idea of using sheet music from Christmas carols, too, and if that appeals then check out this printable Christmas music we've found - how cool?
4. Pasta Bow Christmas Wreath
I'm a fan of Christmas crafts that don't take forever to make, and this pasta bow Christmas craft caught my attention when I was looking for a Christmas wreath to make - forget felting and all that jazz when you can just paint pasta shapes! It looks like one the kids could manage with only minimal interference from me, and you could either make one to hang up in your home or perhaps affix one to the front of a special Christmas card.
5. Reindeer thumb print tree decorations
I think these Christmas tree baubles are adorable and you could even make a set featuring the whole family's thumb prints! Again, it's not just a fun Christmas craft but a lovely way of remembering baby's first Christmas or even just the days when your little one's thumb prints were, well, little!
6. Lollipop Stick Nativity Scene
I do like a good dose of Christmas tradition in my Christmas crafts, and this cute lollipop stick Nativity scene looks like it could be both lots of fun to make, and a lovely decoration for a mantelpiece. Again, you could even stick this scene on the front of some heavy duty card to make your own traditional Christmas cards.
7. Pine Cone Elves
Aren't these little chaps adorable? If my Christmas crafts ever turned out halfway decent I'd definitely be making a whole troop of these, and maybe even turning them into decorations to hang on the Christmas tree. I can imagine my lads would have loved playing with these guys after making them, too. And the only thing better than a fun Christmas craft is one that leaves you with something that keeps the kids occupied thereafter!
8. Waterless Snow Globes
These are probably for the slightly more seasoned Christmas craft fan, although the craft blogger who made them says she managed to make four in under half an hour! They don't seem particularly tricky to make but you will need various crafting bits and bobs that you might not have to hand, including a got glue gun, some jars and some fake snow.
9. Toilet roll reindeer
No Christmas craft post would be complete without some sort of festive activity involving empty toilet roll tubes. Ta-dah! One of my kids made these at school last year and they are SO adorable. It still has pride of place on our mantelpiece - all year round. This is ideal if you're looking for a Christmas craft that your child can pretty much get on with by themselves with only minimal supervision, too.
10. Chocolate scented reindeer play dough
I might have slightly overdone the reindeer theme here but c'mon - chocolate scented reindeer playdough? That's my kind of Christmas craft! Best of all, this Christmas craft play dough requires no cooking, and all you'll need to make it is some flour, cocoa powder, salt, oil and warm water. That's our afternoon's activity sorted, then!