Operation Christmas Child 2012 Craft Ideas

Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes is run by Samaritan’s Purse and helps kids by packing gifts, toys and prayers for children in a simple Christmas shoebox for Christmas. How more on tips see my section: How to Pack a Shoebox.

For other great Operation Christmas Child homemade ideas check out these links or visit my Operation Christmas Child Pinterest Board. Operation Christmas Child Crafts is a page where you can learn some homemade crafts and crafts to do for your box.  Simply click on the title below to see the full tutorial.

Operation Christmas Child Homemade Purse

If you’ve got scraps of fabric, create these easy-to-sew purses for any age shoeboxes.

Operation Christmas Child Wooden Game

This wooden craft is a little more difficult to make but would be a great cadets or boy scout project and are perfect homemade crafts for 12-14 year old boy boxes.

Operation Christmas Child Homemade Crochet Purse

I can just imagine a little 12-14 year old girl thinking these homemade crochet purses were the “Bees knees!”

Operation Christmas Child Homemade Notepad

I like to include a notepad in every shoebox but if you’ve got spare paper and a paper cutter or pair or scissors you can make some inexpensive ones.

Melted Crayons.

These melted crayons are a perfect homemade craft for a 2-4 year old box as they are easy for small fingers to grip.

Mini Craft Kits.

Add a bunch of crafty items to a small container and another child will have a mini craft kit!

Painted Rocks

Your kids will get messy but have a blast painting rocks for a homemade craft for 2-4 year old box.

Popsicle Stick Bracelets.

These snazzy bracelets started life off as a popsicle stick! Perfect for 5-9 year old girls.

Drawstring Purse

This is an ideal homemade craft for Operation Christmas Child if you want to teach your child to sew as it’s not too hard and will help them as well as helping another child!


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