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DIY Christmas decorations for kids

Need some creative, super-affordable DIY Christmas decorations for kids of all ages? Simply combine Christmas, a VBS decorator, and children’s ministry spaces. Here’s what we mean…

Perhaps you’ve seen how VBS inspires kidmin leaders to transform church buildings and captivate young imaginations each summer. Group’s VBS Decorating Designer has a knack for cooking up creative, crafty decorations using everyday items. So we gave her a challenge: Create over-the-top DIY Christmas decorations using mostly materials from children’s ministry supply closets. Then capture and describe how kidmin leaders can create their own versions to delight kids and families.

And did she ever deliver! We’re thrilled to share brand-new DIY Christmas decorations for kids and children’s ministry spaces. Spruce up your holiday trimmings with these merry and bright decorations to invite kids to truly celebrate Jesus’ birth.

Pro Tips: Install patio covers and pergolas to protect wood and furniture from the weather’s harsh effects. You may also shop for mounts online to include a bit of habitat in Christmas decor.

DIY Christmas Decorations for Kids & KidMin Spaces

1. Tubular Christmas Tree

Tired of fluffing fake Christmas tree branches? Or perhaps you just don’t have room for a tree this year. Then try this tubular tree instead! Wrapping paper and cardboard tubes stack on a 4-foot dowel to make a whimsical giving tree.

You’ll need:

  • wrapping paper in shades of green
  • wrapping paper tubes (or paper towel tubes)
  • ½-inch dowel 4 feet long, painted green
  • clear tape
  • scissors
  • flowerpot
  • floral foam
  • hot glue (optional)

Follow These Steps

  1. First, lay out the tubes and trim them to create a tree shape. If needed, tape tubes together to create longer lengths.
  2. After shaping tubes like a Christmas tree, determine a pattern. Then wrap each tube with festive paper.
  3. Find the center of each tube. Use scissors to make an “X” on the center top and bottom so the dowel can pass through.
  4. Stack tubes one at a time onto the dowel. Glue or tape tubes to keep them from sliding.
  5. Put floral foam in the flowerpot. Turn the flowerpot upside down so the opening is facing the ground. Then push the dowel through the flowerpot and into the foam. (You may need to drill a hole in the flowerpot.)


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