Paper mache has always been a little intimidating to me. I envisioned it being super messy, and since all the finished projects I saw looked so beautiful, I figured that it must be really hard to do. One day I finally decided to learn how to make paper mache Christmas decorations, and I am so glad I did! I was right that it can be a messy process, but I was wrong in thinking that it is hard to do. With some store bought mod podge and a few other simple materials you can easily create amazing Paper Mache Christmas Crafts for Kids!
Whether you use traditional or vintage paper mache Christmas decoupage paper, your project will turn out great! Creating this NOEL letters with paper mache is a cheap and easy Christmas craft for kids!
Crafting With Kids:
- Following directions and talking about the steps of the project are great for vocabulary development and speech!
- Working on the intricate details of crafts, such as cutting, pasting, brushing, and maneuvering supplies are good for strengthening fine motor skills.
- Crafts provide an outlet for relieving stress and expressing creativity.
- Math skills like counting, adding, and measuring can easily be incorporated into craft time with children.
- Projects like paper mache are easy ways to teach the importance of cooperation and team work!
How do I make a Noel Paper Mache Craft?
Before you begin your project, you will need to prepare your letters. If the paper you have purchased is light colored, you will first want to paint the letters white.
Let your paint dry. A nice coat of white paint will ensure that the colors of your decopage paper don’t fade into the wooden letters.
Next you will need to prepare your paper.
Tear the paper into small pieces. Do not worry about ripping it neatly!
This can be a messy process, so you may want to have a paper plate or bowl handy to place the torn paper into so that it does not go everywhere!
Once your letters and paper are prepared it is time to cover the letters with decorative paper.
Since this part can be a little messy, you may want to spread some newspaper or roll out white paper onto your table where you are working. This will help with a quick clean up and keep your table from getting too sticky.
Mix a small amount of Mod Podge with a little water to thin it out. A popsicle stick can be a useful tool for stirring the mixture!
Using a brush, cover one side of the letter in Mod Podge.
Apply the paper to the letter, making sure the paper overlaps. Spread more Mod Podge over the top of the paper to help it stick together.
TIP: Don’t worry too much about which pieces of paper you place where. It will always turn out beautiful!
Repeat the process of adding paper and mod podge until you have covered the entire letter.
Once you’ve finished, let it dry completely.
Don’t worry if you missed a spot! You can always go back and add more layers!
Display your festive letters around your home! Use any extra materials you have to create paper mache ornaments or other holiday decorations!
Clean-up Tip: Prepare Ahead!
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More Paper Mache Ideas For Kids:
Once you start creating Christmas crafts with paper mache, you will be on the hunt for more easy craft activities using paper mache!
- Create easy DIY Christmas ornaments! Pair paper mache Christmas tree ornaments with a homemade Christmas card for an easy gift!
- Paper mache other Christmas words like Joy, Ho Ho Ho, Merry, and Christmas!
- Paper mache is not only an easy kid craft idea for Christmas, but can also be great for year round craft projects. Paper mache the letters of your child’s name for an adorable bedroom decoration and fun name letter recognition project!
Our Favorite Christmas Books:
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Once your child’s creativity is sparked with this fun activity, take it a step further with these engaging resources:
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Grumpy Monkey Oh, No! ChristmasHow to Catch a Gingerbread ManLittle Blue Truck’s ChristmasThe Jolly Christmas PostmanMadeline’s ChristmasPete the Cat’s 12 Groovy Days of ChristmasThe Giving Snowman: A Children’s Bedtime Story about GratitudeThe Nativity Story for Toddlers and Kids: The Christmas Book with Simplified Classic Bible Jesus’ Birth Story and Cute, Large Pictures (Christian Stories for Children)Don’t Push the Button! A Christmas Adventure: An Interactive Holiday Book For ToddlersHumphreys First ChristmasConstruction Site on Christmas Night: (Christmas Book for Kids, Children’s Book, Holiday Picture Book) (Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site)Jan Brett’s The NutcrackerPolar Express 30th Anniversary EditionThe Best Christmas Pageant Ever (The Herdmans series Book 1)The Littlest Reindeer (Littlest Series)
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