5 Gorgeous Winter Crafts for Kids

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Winter may have a reputation for being the dullest season, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still make some beautiful nature crafts this time of year! In fact, there are plenty of beautiful winter crafts for you and the kiddos that are just waiting to be made! You can make use of evergreen, dried flower petals, twigs, pine cones, and all sorts of other materials that are still available during the wintry months.

Even if you don’t spend as much time outdoors, you and the kiddos can still appreciate the beauty of nature with these winter crafts! Here are five to get you started:

1. Ice Ornaments

winter crafts: muffin tin filled with orange  slices, evergreen, pinecones, and rose petals to make ice ornaments.

Ice is a beautiful aspect of winter that lends itself nicely to some gorgeous winter crafts! There are plenty of ways to do this one. If you have a bundt cake pan, you can make ice wreaths. We chose to make smaller ice ornaments with our muffin tin. Here’s what we used:

  • Evergreen clippings
  • Small pine cones
  • Orange slices
  • Dried rose petals
  • Twine
  • Muffin tin
  • Water
  1. First, fill your muffin tin with whatever nature pretties you decide to use!
  2. Tuck a piece of string folded into a loop into each ornament. Use other items to hold them in place.
  3. Pour water on top, then place outside or in the freezer.
  4. Once frozen, run hot water briefly along the bottom of pan to release the ornaments. (This may not be necessary. Ours came out all on their own without applying any heat.)
  5. Hang up your icy ornaments somewhere you can admire them outside!

2. Twig Snowflakes

Would it even be winter if we didn’t include a snowflake themed craft!? These adorable twig snowflakes are on our list of winter crafts for a couple reasons. First, they’re great fine motor practice for your little ones! They also happen to look adorable hanging around the home. If you’re more into the rubber band and tuck method, try out these! Or, if your kids enjoy gluing and crumpling paper (always a win for us), try these!

3. Nature Snowmen

If your kids want to build a snowman but there’s no snow outside, opt for these adorable little guys! Snowmen definitely had to have their place among our list of winter crafts. Here’s what you’ll need to make these:

  • Cardboard
  • Sharpie
  • Orange felt
  • Black felt
  • Scissors
  • Elmer’s glue/Modge podge
  • Q-tips
  • Baby’s breath flowers
  • Acorn caps
  • Evergreen clippings
  • Yarn/string
  1. Draw the outlines of snowmen onto your cardboard and cut them out.
  2. Draw on a face.
  3. Cut out carrot noses from the orange felt and circle buttons from the black felt.
  4. Glue on the nose, buttons, evergreen arms, acorn cap, and flowers.

If you need further guidance, check out this video tutorial!

4. Magic Wands

Winter crafts that can also be played with after they’re finished are the best! Huzzah for killing two birds with one stone. 😄 Which is what makes magic wands so fun! I especially like these fun nature wands!

5. Nature Crowns

Nature crowns are always beautiful, and it’s fun to make them year round to see how each one reflects the season! This is why we had to have them on our list of winter crafts! Even in the winter, chances are you can still find twigs, pinecones, evergreen, and any dried flower petals you may have saved from summer! Here’s what we used for ours:

Twig crown:

  1. Cut strips of cardboard to fit around your child’s head. We made some straight and others with a pointy crown top. Feel free to mix it up and try several different shapes!
  2. We cut our twigs into several different sizes with the hedge trimmers, but can also keep them all the same if you prefer!
  3. Hot glue the twigs onto the cardboard base until you’re satisfied with the layout. Make sure to leave a little bit of empty space on each end to overlap the cardboard when you close it up into a circle. (I did this step on my own before getting any kids involved.)
  4. Invite your kiddos to paint the twigs. Once the paint is dry, have them glue on sequins or rhinestones wherever they’de like! We went kinda heavy on these. I ended up just painting a whole section of twigs with the modge podge, then had my son sprinkle handfuls of sequins over top to see what stuck where.
  5. Once everything is dry, shake off any loose bits. Close up the cardboard circle with glue or tape so that it fits your child’s head.

Rose Petal Crown:

  1. Cut strips of cardboard to fit around your child’s head with pointy edges on the top.
  2. Lay cardboard flat and paint a layer of modge podge wherever you’d like the rose petals to be.
  3. Sprinkle with rose petals and let dry!
  4. Secure the ends with tape to fit your child’s head.


It may be winter, but that doesn’t mean nature crafts for the kiddos are off limits! There are plenty of winter crafts for you to try, even during the colder months. On days where it’s too frigid to venture outdoors, we substitute that with fun nature crafts! I hope you and your kiddos enjoy!

If you’ve got cabin fever and need some more winter activity ideas, check out these must-do outdoor winter activities for kids or these no-snow winter activities!

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