This easy Christmas craft for kids will be a beautiful addition to your holiday decor! Families can make this poinsettia canvas together.
Some of you who have been on the blog for a while will remember the egg carton art I made years ago (the post was updated last year). This was such a popular painting craft with kids that I wanted to recreate it, completely different from the egg carton crafts I’ve done before.
I was brainstorming a Christmas craft for kids that I could make with my niece and I realized there is a dearth of decor projects – other than ornaments.
kids christmas canvas
I know parents want their house to look “nice” during the holidays and sometimes kids’ art looks that way too. , , , Children’s Art. But what if there was a kids Christmas craft that looked cool enough to wear with your other holiday decorations?
This poinsettia canvas is a project that parents can make together with their kids (of all ages), and it looks great when you’re done! This is one of those Christmas crafts for kids that you can put on the mantel and integrate with your other holiday decorations. It’s very cute!
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type of paint to use
If you’re wondering what type of paint is good for a kids project like this, I recommend Apple Barrel Paint. It is cheap but its quality is good. The colors are uh-amazing. And this product is non-toxic and safe for kids (plus it’s made in the USA!).
Are you ready to take on this recycled crafts for kids? keep reading!
gather these supplies
- 9″ x 12″ canvas
- Mod Podge sparkle or gloss (optional)
- Acrylic paint – green and red
- Egg Carton – Cardboard
- Green Pipe Cleaner – 6
- Gold Pipe Cleaner – 6
- Gold Ribbon – 24″ Length
- craft glue or hot glue gun
- pencil, awl, or other poking tool
- paint brushes
The first step is to completely paint the canvas. You don’t need to do anything special; Just paint a few coats and let dry.
Once you let it dry, look at the canvas and see if there are any areas that need filling. Paint and let dry again. I always seem to miss an area when painting, and so do the kids!
An egg carton has 12 compartments (typically). You’ll want to use a cardboard carton for painting purposes. With a pair of scissors, cut apart the 12 cans.
Use scissors to cut egg carton cartons into flower shapes. This basically involves cutting a “U” or “V” shape on each side of the can.
Older kids can do this by themselves, but you’ll probably have to help younger kids. This is a perfect thing to do when kids are painting on their canvas.
Use red paint to coat the 12 egg cartons which now look like flower buds. This is the fun part! Your kids will love painting the egg cartons. Coat everything thoroughly and let dry.
Parent Tip: Speed up paint drying time with a hair dryer! This helps so the kids don’t have to sit there watching the paint dry for 20 minutes.
In six of the egg cartons, you’re going to make four holes. There is a circle in the center of the base of the cartons, so poke a hole in the middle of each “petal” outside the circle.
The reason you are going to dig these holes is because you are going to thread the gold pipe cleaners into the six flowers.
This is why you need an awl, pencil, or other “poking tool”. Even a barbecue sink or small knitting needle works. Be careful not to crack the bottom of the egg carton flower. Just twist and push gently!
This is something that older children may be able to handle, but parents should do the same for younger children.
Time to string the pipe cleaners! You must have six gold pipe cleaners; Cut them in half.
Insert half of the pipe cleaner through two holes, and the other half through the other two holes. Those pipe cleaners should be criss-crossing the bottom.
Repeat with the remaining five flowers. Fold them over to secure the pipe cleaner down the middle and trim if you wish. Your amazing Christmas craft for kids is almost done!
You’re probably wondering what you’re going to do with the remaining six flowers that weren’t decorated with pipe cleaners. you’re going to glue a flower to a pipe cleaner to enter An empty flower, folding so that the petals do not match.
You can use craft glue or hot glue to stick.
For the green pipe cleaners, you’ll want to tie them together with a length of gold ribbon.
Arrange your flowers however you like on the canvas, then affix with craft glue.
Trim green pipe cleaners to fit under the poinsettias, and glue them down as well. Let everything dry.
What do you think of the version that my niece and I made? This Christmas craft for kids is one of my favorites, and looks great with holiday decorations.
Would You Make This Recycled Christmas Decor? What are your favorite Christmas crafts for kids? Let me know in the comments! Also, if you liked this idea, I’d love for you to check out these other things to do for the holidays: