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Handmade Christmas Stockings – Hang them by the fire (or blackboard) with care!
Who doesn’t love the the atmosphere that stockings hung by the fire with care add to any room? They contribute a festive touch to any home around the holiday season, and of course kids can’t wait to see what goodies they will receive. Well, why not have your kids make handmade Christmas stockings themselves this year? It’s a fun and easy Christmas craft for kids that will really spruce up your home or classroom, with or without a fireplace.
First cut two stocking shapes for each child out of red felt. Older kids can sew the two pieces together, leaving the top open, of course. Have them turn the stocking inside-out for the best effect. Younger kids can glue the edges together (make sure you supervise so the two pieces don’t turn into one!) or you can staple them. Use a white furry material, batting or even pulled cotton balls to trim each handmade Christmas stocking.
Now it’s time to decorate this easy Christmas craft for kids. Children can spell out their names with sequins, glitter, or puffy fabric paint, so Santa can identify which stocking belongs to whom. Let them decorate their stockings to their heart’s content. Then help them hang their handmade Christmas stockings around the classroom using festive holiday ribbon. I hung my kids’ stockings from the bottom of the whiteboard, like so:
When we returned from the lunch room the other day, “someone” had mysteriously slipped a candy cane into each stocking. The kids were all abuzz as to who that someone could be. It was so much fun to watch.
When it’s time for classes to adjourn for Christmas break, everyone can take their handmade Christmas stockings home and hang them up for Santa!