Winter Holiday Crafts

Haley Tomasso and Nathalie Tucker

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It’s now December, and everyone is gearing up for the holidays. Whether it be Christmas or Hanukkah, there are many fun crafts and decorations for people of all ages to display in their houses. Here are a few of our favorites:

Sock Snowman

PictureThe finished product of the snowman craft. Photo by Haley Tomasso

What You’ll Need:

  • White sock
  • Colorful sock (for the hat)
  • Rice
  • Rubber bands
  • Ribbon
  • Glue gun
  • Pom-poms
  • Markers/paint


  1. Fill your white sock with rice. To reduce mess, roll up a piece of paper and funnel the rice into the sock.
  2. Once you are happy with the size, grab a rubber band and tie the top. Then, grab another rubber band and place in the middle of the sock to form the bottom and the head shape.
  3. Paint on eyes and smile with black paint.
  4. Use the glue gun to glue on poms poms as the buttons for your snowman and the nose.
  5. Take your ribbon and use the glue gun to wrap it around your snowman as a scarf.
  6. Use a colorful sock and cut it as needed to fit on your snowman’s head. Use a hot glue gun to attach it.
  7. Give your sock snowman as a gift or use as a festive decoration.

Popsicle Stick Ornaments

What You’ll Need:

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Glue Gun
  • Green, blue and silver paint
  • Ribbon
  • String


The finished product of the Star of David. Photo by Nathalie Tucker

Instructions for Star of David Ornament:

  1. Paint three popsicle sticks blue and three popsicle sticks silver.
  2. Glue the three blue ones into a triangle, and the three silver ones into a separate triangle.
  3. Flip one triangle upside down and glue it onto the other triangle to make the Star of David shape. It does not matter which color is on top.
  4. Using white paint, make polka dots about a centimeter apart.
  5. Hang it with string wherever you’d like!

Instructions for Tree Ornament:

  1. Paint three popsicle sticks green.
  2. After they are dry, use the hot glue gun and glue them together in a triangle.
  3. Zig-zag the ribbon around the tree, use glue to secure it.
  4. Place a star sticker on the top to finish off your tree.


The finished product of the Tree Ornament. Photo by Nathalie Tucker

Marshmallow Dreidels

PictureThe finished product of the Marshmallow Dreidels. Photo by Nathalie Tucker

What You’ll Need:

  • Marshmallows
  • Hershey’s Kisses
  • Pretzel sticks
  • White frosting (used for “glue”)
  • Sprinkles


  1. Grab a pretzel stick and stuff it into one end of the marshmallow.
  2. Spread icing all over the marshmallow.
  3. Pour sprinkles all over marshmallow.
  4. Spread icing on the bottom of the hershey kiss and place it on the top of the marshmallow.
  5. Eat and enjoy!

Mason Jar Snow Globe

What You’ll Need:

    • Mason jar
    • Christmas figures (available at any local craft store)
    • Waterproof glue (Gorilla Glue)
    • Silver glitter
    • Glycerin (optional)
    • Water  



The finished product of the snow globe craft. Photo by Nathalie Tucker


  1. Glue Christmas figures to the bottom of the mason jar lid – let sit and dry.
  2. After the glue has dried, pour glitter onto the bottom of the jar.
  3. Fill jar with water.
  4. Close the jar and shake away!