The most wonderful time of year is finally upon us and as a girls ministry leader or volunteer, you’re likely on the lookout for a fun and creative activity or craft for your girls this holiday season! But because it’s also the busiest time of year for most of us, you might not have time to scour Pinterest for a project that your girls won’t think is lame. That’s why I want to share 3 Christmas crafts with you that teenage girls will love!
These projects are intentional, fun, and most importantly they create valuable time with the girls you’re investing in. As you work on these projects together, you’ll be able to slow down and spend time talking about what celebrating the birth of Christ really means and how we can honor Him in this season.
As you look through these ideas, check out our Lifeway Girls Pinterest account to see the Christmas Crafts board I made specifically for this blog post! There are so many beautiful of variations for each of these projects and plenty of DIYs with simple material lists and easy instructions. I hope it inspires you to try out some of these ideas!
Mason Jar Ornaments
There are tons of different ornament crafts that you can make and with a little intentionality, it won’t feel lame at all! Focus on making ornaments that are cute, but more importantly have a significant meaning behind them.
My favorite idea for a Christmas ornament craft involves using a mason jar lid! There are lots of creative ways you can use a mason jar lid to make an ornament (I have an entire Pinterest board devoted to it) but my favorite idea for girls ministry is to paint on a small circle of cardboard or card stock with chalkboard paint, hot glue it to the inside of the lid, and use chalk paint pens to write on the front. Then you can use twine to hang it from the tree. Alternatively, you can use small tree slices to make chalk-painted ornaments as well.
DIY Advent Calendar
Making advent calendars with your girls for the week leading up to Christmas can be a fun and intentional way to focus on Christ while you’re getting into the Christmas spirit this season! While this may sound like a pretty big project at first, it can actually be quite simple. The most important part is coming up with something they can open or read each day to point to Christ. You may want to write a devotional thought for each day or choose a themed set of verses. You could even have a reading plan of the Christmas story! The best part about this idea is that you can be specific about the themes that you’re focusing on with your girls throughout the advent season.
There are so many easy Advent DIY’s out there but my favorite ones include tying rolled up scrolls of paper (or even envelopes) and hanging them from a long stick (you could use a dowel rod here too) with twine and numbering them 1-7. Then place a verse or devotional thought on the paper (or in the envelope) for each day leading up to Christmas. The girls can hang it somewhere that they’ll remember to check each day!
Like the previous two crafts, this one also comes in all shapes and sizes and that’s exactly why it can be such a fun craft with your girls! You can make holiday garland with scented salt dough, dried oranges and herbs, cinnamon sticks, popcorn, and more! I even found an awesome DIY for a no-bake apple cinnamon dough that you can cut out with fun Christmas cookie cutters and string together with dried oranges, cranberries, and more. Plus, you’ll get plenty of quality conversation time as you’re stringing garland together!
Holiday garland smells amazing and makes everything more festive! Girls can hang them in their rooms, on their Christmas trees, or give them as gifts!
Finally, don’t forget that Gingerbread house decorating contests and Christmas cookie decorating parties are always a hit with girls this time of year as well. Crafts you can eat are the best kind of crafts in my opinion!
Ultimately, the most important part of celebrating Christmas isn’t making a cool Christmas craft or taking a cute Christmas picture, it’s honoring the reason for the season and making Him the center of every celebration. As you flex your creativity with these crafts this Christmas, focus your hearts and conversations around Christ. No craft is lame when you’re making it about Him.
Taylor Cage is a Nashville native, currently living in Oklahoma City with her husband, Baron, who serves as a student pastor at Trinity Baptist Church. After college, she spent three years as a Girls Minister and she’s passionate about building gospel-centered community among women of all ages. Taylor is the Social Media Coordinator for Well-Watered Women and a regular contributor for the Lifeway Girls blog. Most days you can find her writing about God’s Word with a cup of coffee in hand or chasing around her new Goldendoodle, Posie.
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