Christmas is the time of year that even older teens love to make things. High school religious education students are never too old for holiday crafts. At youth group meetings, confirmation classes and high school CCD classes, crafts are a great team building exercise and a good way to let teens relax and have some fun.
Pick a Christmas craft that is difficult enough to be challenging, but remember, even older teens like to cut, color and paste.
Stained Glass Pictures
Supplies needed to make stained glass pictures are:
- Acrylic sheet (the kind used for report covers)
- Tissue paper in various colors
- Glitter glue tube
On a plain sheet of paper, teens draw the design they want for their stained glass picture. The drawing should use up most of the paper and be in basic shapes, keeping in mind a stained glass window and its sections.
Lay the clear acrylic sheet on top of the drawing. Trace the tissue paper in sections, cut to fit and glue it onto the acrylic sheet in sections, keeping the glue only at the edges of each piece. Line the sections with glitter glue or gel to cover the seams. Pipe a border of glitter glue around the outside border. When the glue is dry, the stained glass picture can be lifted off the acrylic sheet and hung in a window.
Supplies needed to make a holiday candle are:
- Baby food jar
- Tissue paper in various colors
- Votive candle
Regular white glue should be thinned out by adding some water and mixing well in a small container. Cut tissue paper into tiny squares of various sizes and shapes. Ripped edges instead of cut edges provide a different look. Brush thinned glue onto the baby food jar and apply the tissue paper pieces, smoothing down with fingers. Overlap the tissue paper pieces until the entire baby food jar is covered. Then, brush on a thin layer of glue all over the jar and sprinkle lightly with glitter. Place a votive candle inside the jar and tie a ribbon bow at the top.
Christmas Card Bulletin Board
Teens will love to make a Christmas card holder that can double as a bulletin board. Supplies needed for this craft are:
- About 100 upholstery tacks
- Christmas print fabric
- Foam core board
- Hot glue gun
- Measuring tape or yardstick
Cut the foam core board down to the size you want. Stretch the fabric over the board and pull the edges to the back. Attach the fabric ends to the back side of the board with hot glue, pulling the fabric taut as you work. Attach the ribbon by starting one end at the back near the top, anchoring it with hot glue. Stretch the ribbon diagonally from one corner to the opposite corner, holding it in place with hot glue on the back. Make ribbon lines about 3 inches apart. Repeat with diagonals in the other direction, making a criss-cross pattern with ribbon.
Push the upholstery tacks into the board where the ribbons intersect. To hang the Christmas card bulletin board, hot glue picture hangers on the back. To attach Christmas cards, tuck the card edges under the ribbon.
What teen-ager doesn’t like candy? This candy wreath craft is a great group project. Supplies needed for this craft are:
- 1 coat hanger
- 30-40 pieces of hard candy, wrapped
- Curling ribbon, cut into 30 8-inch pieces
- Wire cutters
- Masking tape
Unbend the hanger and cut it in half with the wire cutters. Bend one piece of the hanger into a circle, leaving about 4 inches at the top. Twist the end piece into a hook for hanging. Start putting candy on the wire wreath base, by taking one piece of ribbon and folding it in half. In the middle of the ribbon, tie a piece of candy onto the wire wreath. If using hard candy, attach it by the twisted cellophane end. Lollipops are attached near the base of the candy part. Tie all the candy on with double knots. Use the scissors to curl the ribbon selvages.