The day before Christmas Eve is always the hardest at our house.
The kids have been out of school for a few days already, enough to have done all the activities at home, but it’s too close to Christmas to brave the traffic and people and go out anywhere. But it’s not close enough to Christmas to open presents, or visit family, so it’s kind of a limbo day… almost Christmas, but not quite.
We’ve already made a batch of gingerbread pancakes, and dug out the Christmas play dough mats this morning, but the pre-Christmas anticipation is getting to everyone and I know it’s going to end in tears if I don’t occupy the kids with something productive!
Time to break out one last Christmas craft, a really fun and simple one! Let’s make these paper cone Christmas decorations.
These cute little paper cone Santas and Christmas trees are quick and easy to make and will keep everyone occupied.
Make a Paper Cone Christmas Decoration.
To make a paper cone Santa or Christmas tree you’ll need some paper, a printer, scissors, a little glue or tape, and some markers or pencils to colour them in.
To get started, print out the pdf pattern.
There is a coloured version that just needs cutting and sticking, but it’s lots of fun to print the black and white versions and add your own colours and designs.
These printables are A4 sized pdf files. If you are printing on US ‘letter sized’ paper be sure to select ‘fit’ or ‘shrink to fit’ from your printer options.
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Now all you need to do is cut each one out and colour them in (or use the coloured versions if you like).
You could use pencils, markers, or even paint to add colour to your Santa and Christmas tree. You could even add some extra features such as glitter or collage. The tree would look great with a sparkly star on the top, and I think Santa would love a little pom pom on the top of his hat!
Roll the coloured design into a cone shape and add a bit of glue to the tab to keep it all together and you’re done!
These cute little guys look good sitting on a shelf, or add a string out the top and hang these paper cone Christmas decorations on the Christmas tree.
They are also great for imaginative play, and they even work as finger puppets!
Do your kids find the pre-Christmas anticipation a little hard to manage?
What do you do to keep things ‘merry and bright’ in the days before Christmas? How do you keep multiple kids, of different ages, happily entertained while you rush around finishing all the pre-Christmas jobs?
If you are looking for more fun, free printable, Christmas activities, you can find all of our Christmas printables here.