As you begin the countdown to 2019, there’s nothing like spending time with your loved ones and talking about the year gone by and planning ahead for the new one!
How about combining that with something useful? Here are 5 super fun craft ideas, from IKEA, that we thought you might enjoy with your family.
This is a kind of calendar, but revamped for the New Year! Get everyone involved to make countdown bags, complete with fun activities inside and puzzles on top – plus a treat if you figure out the riddle!
The bigger, the better, and full of hope! New Year’s resolutions might not always work out, so get the gang together to write out what they wish for on sparkly little stars and set a paper tree, on a table, to hang them on. You can then put it up on the wall to gaze at and reminisce.
What better way to ring in the New Year than with a party? And no party is complete without a banner. This time, make a glorious tinsel banner – your kids will love playing with the sparkly materials to create something they can put up for everyone to see! While you’re at it, make sure to create some colourful garlands as well – it’s your very own décor craft session!
New Year celebrations are the one time of the year we encourage everyone to make noise, especially the little ones! The family is going to enjoy creating paper blowers, made of straws and decorative paper of your choice. It’s not just the kids – adults will also enjoy making some noise with their creations on New Year’s Day!
Speaking of noise making, when the fireworks go off and the clock is about to strike 12, make your own noisemakers using jars and beads and basically any material that will clank together to create cheery sounds.
Fireworks in a jar
Fireworks are the heart of any New Year’s Eve celebration – but it may not be possible to have them where you live. But don’t worry – the experts at IKEA have got a science experiment and craft idea rolled into one! All you will need is a tall jar, warm water, oil and food colouring. Fill the jar with water, add a layer of oil, then carefully drop the food colouring into the oil. What happens next guarantees those oohs and ahhs.