Last minute Christmas decorations (that your kids can make!) — plus a new After School Linky

Christmas is next week!  Need some last minute Christmas decorations?  This week’s round-up features some simple decorations that you can probably make with things that are in your house.  The best part?  Your kids can make them!

Read on for simple crafts that your older kids (ages 5+) can make to decorate for the season.

last minute christmas decorations the kids can make - the measured mom

paper plate wreath

Isn’t this a lovely paper plate wreath from Reading Confetti? To think that you can make it with a simple paper plate and cardboard tubes!


To make this eye-catching ornament you just need a toilet paper roll, stapler, and some basic essentials from your craft drawer.  Learn how your kids can make their own over at Molly Moo.


Kids of any age can make this simple wreath craft from Fantastic Fun and Learning.  Just grab some green paper and extra Christmas ribbon.


Pull out a needle and thread and have your kids string pom poms for a lovely garland on your tree – from 3 Dinosaurs.


You can also make the classic popcorn garland  — find this and other ideas over at Kids Activities Blog’s post about frugal holiday decorating.

button christmas ornament

Don’t you love these button Christmas ornaments  from Imprints from Tricia?


Even big kids love fingerpaint!  Get the tutorial for this handprint wreath at ABC Creative Learning.

christmas deco2

Make these adorable clothespin angel ornaments from Mess for Less with just a coffee filter, clothespin, glitter, and pipe cleaner.


The truth? You’ll need more than the last minute to make these paint stirrer snowmen. But they are so much fun I had to include them. Wouldn’t they look great sitting in your potted plants?  Or with magnets glued to the back, decorating your refrigerator?

You’ll need some paint sticks, paint,  and some cheap knit gloves (yes, that’s what those hats and scarves are made of!).  Dig in your craft drawer for the rest of the decorations.  Get the tutorial over at Enchanted Homeschooling Mom.

And now, the linky!

Please remember to save your preschool posts for other link-ups and share activities for kids in ages kindergarten and up. Thanks so much!

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We’d love for you to share your School-Age Post (for kindergarten and up) about your learning week after school.  Tell us about your Crafts, Activities, Playtime, and Adventures that you are doing to enrich your children’s lives after school, homeschool, or on the weekend!

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Link up your After School Crafts, Activities, Playtime, and Adventures for kids in kindergarten and up! We’d love to see them!

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