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Feeling festive? Our selection of thrifty craft ideas will add a unique home-made touch to your celebrations. Whether you're a leader or a parent, these fun and simple projects are a great way to get into the spirit of the season. 

Treat Tub

1. Rudolph's treat tub

This cute reindeer can store festive treats for the holiday season – anything from sweets and chocolates to oranges and carrot sticks.

What you'll need:

What to do:

  1. 1. Cut a white paper strip, the length of the circumference of the pot and the width of the rim.
  2. 2. Decorate the white strip. The more festive, the better!
  3. 3. Use a craft knife to score 2cm lengths from both ends of two craft sticks at an angle. Cut with scissors, then glue to full size craft sticks and let dry. Glue to inside edge of pot rim as shown.
  4. 4. Glue pompom nose and wiggly eyes to pot.
  5. 5. Use black marker to draw on mouth. Let dry.
  6. 6. Glue gold tinsel pipe cleaner around base of pot.

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2. Paper snowflakes

This classic craft is an old festive favourite, but a display of intricate paper snowflakes remains one of the most visually stunning seasonal decorations, whether stuck to a windowpane or hanging from the ceiling.

What you'll need:

  • Thin white paper or tracing paper, cut into 15cm squares (about 6")
  • Scissors

What to do:

  1. 1.Fold the paper diagonally to make a triangle.
  2. 2. Fold this larger triangle in half to form a smaller triangle.
  3. 3. Position your triangle with the longest side facing away from you. Fold your triangle in thirds, making sure the edges line up neatly.
  4. 4. Cut the top of your triangle off at an angle so that all the layers of paper are equal. Cutting at an angle will give you a six-pointed snowflake.
  5. 5. Begin cutting away from the sides of the paper. You can follow a pattern or just use your imagination to come up with your own design. Why not try introducing a Scout motif like the fleur-de-lis?
  6. 6. Unfold the paper carefully. Flatten them between the pages of a book before displaying them.

Reindeer Lollipop

3. Reindeer lollies

These smiling festive treats with lollipop noses are a great treat for kids and will help to spread some seasonal cheer...

What you'll need:

  • Your favourite lollipops in wrappers
  • Red and green card
  • Gold glitter
  • PVA glue
  • Scissors
  • Sticky tape
  • A black marker pen

What to do:

  1. 1. Draw a reindeer face onto the coloured card and cut them out.
  2. 2. Draw on the antlers, ears, eyes and mouth using a black marker.
  3. 3. Go over the antlers and ears with PVA glue, then sprinkle over glitter. Leave to dry.
  4. 4. Stick the lollipop in place with sticky tape.

Concertina Tree Card

4. Concertina tree cards

Impress friends and relatives by making and sending these clever pop-up greetings cards.

What you'll need:

What to do:

  1. 1. Fold a piece of white or cream card to form an A5 greetings card.
  2. 2. Cut a rectangle of red paper and stick centrally to the inside of the card, leaving a narrow border all the way round.
  3. 3. Cut the green paper into rectangles of graduated lengths and widths, making each layer 1cm wider and 2cm longer than the previous strip.
  4. 4. Pleat each rectangle concertina style, making the same size folds in each.
  5. 5. Stick the rectangles in the inner spine of the card, gluing the ends to create a pop-up tree that expands as you open the card.
  6. 6. Stick a star at the top of each tree.

Paper Chain

5. Paper chains

Another seasonal classic craft that will brighten up any room. Why not make them from wrapping paper to use up those little pieces that always seem to be left over after any gift-wrapping session?

What you'll need:

  • Wrapping paper of different colours, patterns or designs
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick or stapler
  • Blu-Tack

What to do:

  1. 1. Cut the wrapping paper into strips, about 3cm wide, and form a pile of each pattern.
  2. 2. Take a strip from the first pile and form a loop by sticking or stapling the ends together. Make sure the patterned side of the paper faces outwards.
  3. 3. Take a strip from the next pile and loop it through the first link. Again, stick or staple the ends together.
  4. 4. Continue until you've made a long chain.
  5. 5. Attach Blu-Tack to each end of the chain and decorate your home or Scout HQ.

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6. Peace dove card

The dove is a traditional symbol of peace and also appears as a messenger in many cultural stories. Why not make these beautiful cards to send season's greetings to friends and relatives?

What you'll need:

What to do:

  1. 1. Using the image above as a guide, cut out the shape of a dove body and wing from the white card.
  2. 2. Decorate the dove with self adhesive gems, and illustrate the details with pens and pencils, leaving a space for your message on the wing.
  3. 3. Add googly eyes to the dove's head.
  4. 4. Attach the wing to the body with a paper fastener.

After more festive inspiration? Check out the Christmas activity pack from Hobbycraft, specially designed to keep your section busy with seasonal crafts. It's a great way to help your Beavers or Cubs work towards their Beaver Creative Activity Badge or Cub Artist Activity Badge, sponsored by Hobbycraft.

Did you know that leaders can also enjoy a 20% discount in store when they spend over £20? Find out more here, and don't forget to pick up your copy of The Big Craft Book from your local store, packed with product information and discounts for Scout Groups.

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