Christmas should be filled with joyful gatherings with loved ones, lots of delicious baking, and memory-making activities. Slow down the frantic holiday shopping pace and try these fabulous DIY family holiday activities and launch some cherished new Christmas traditions this year.
DIY Family Holiday Activities
This is such a simple game to put together, and one the whole family can enjoy together while munching on Christmas snacks, listening to holiday music, or with a beloved Christmas playing in the background.
- Cardstock 8×10 paper – standard copy paper can work as well.
- Clear contact paper – optional, but can be placed over the DIY Christmas bingo cards so they can be used year after year.
- Small candies to use as bingo markers
- If you want to go old school, you can make the Christmas bingo cards using colored construction paper and holiday theme stamps instead of a computer printed version.
- Find a free bingo template to download online or insert a table into a text document using your word processing software.
- Put a Christmas Bingo header on top of the bingo template or table.
- Download Christmas themed graphics and place them into a spot on the bingo template or table. Suggested graphics: Santa, Christmas tree, wrapped gifts, holy, snowman, star, elves, reindeer, and jingle bells. You could also use family photos taken at past Christmas celebrations in the template or table spot. Make sure to print a second set of all graphics chosen for use a bingo calling cards.
- Place a Christmas border around the template, table, or the entire page.
- Cut the clear contact paper large enough to cover the DIY Christmas bingo card and cover both the front and pack to preserve it for future use.
Hand Print Christmas Tree Skirt
This DIY Christmas family activity will become a cherished keepsake that will likely be passed down through generations.
- White Christmas tree skirt or white sheet cut into a circular shape that can be draped around the base of the tree.
- Fabric or craft paint – fabric paint will work best.
- Fabric or permanent markers
- Paper plates
- Pour a healthy amount of paint onto each paper plate.
- Spread the Christmas tree skirt or white sheet out onto a table.
- Have each family member dip their hand into a different paint color and then press their palm down firmly onto the Christmas tree skirt or sheet. You may need to help the little ones only press straight down and not move their hand even slightly in a side to side motion – that would cause the paint to smear.
- Allow the paint handprints to dry overnight before putting the DIY Christmas tree skirt into place.
- Tip: The handprints can be arranged in any position desired, but if the DIY Christmas tree skirt will be added to every year, position the hands so prints created in future years can be placed directly beneath the first one, using the same color paint, so serve as a holiday growth chart for all the children in the family.
Everyone in the family can make their own gingerbread house (or barn, or camper, or whatever their imagination inspires them to do) and the edible DIY Christmas decorations can be placed onto an iced cookie sheet and used as a gingerbread village table display.
- Graham crackers
- Rice Krispies Treats
- Icing – either homemade or in a tube purchased from a story for easy use during decorating.
- Various candies, edible paint pens, peppermints, edible decorating gel, and edible cake decorating embellishments.
- Cookie sheet
- Aluminum foil
- Give each family member a piece of aluminum foil, 2 Rice Krispies Treats, and enough graham crackers to make the sides and roof of a house.
- Place the Rice Krispies Treats on top of each other in the center of the piece of aluminum foil – securing them together by adding an icing layer between them is a deliciously good idea.
- Attach the graham cracker side panels of your house or structure to the Rice Krispies Treat inner frame using icing.
- Repeat this step, using icing like glue, to attach the graham cracker roof to the top of the side panels. This will be the most difficult part of the project and may take several attempts to get it to stay in place.
- Add faux windows, doors, and other decorations to your graham cracker gingerbread-style house.
- Ice the cookie sheet and place each individual structure on it to create a table display.
These DIY family Christmas activities can also be used for youth, school, and church group holiday gatherings.