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New Year’s Eve Crafts
After Christmas, we shift thinking about New Year’s Eve at the end of December. I remember scrambling to find some new year’s eve crafts to make and things to do for my kids. Now that our kids are older, it has gotten a little easier. We play games, watch movies, and watch the ball drop and fireworks at midnight. I hope some of these ideas can help you whether you’re going to new year’s eve parties, hosting your own new year’s party, or just hanging out with your own family.
I was asked to create a Deco Mesh New Year wreath for the holiday season. I made my first deco mesh wreath and personalized it by adding lights, disco balls, and an interchangeable year. You can find the tutorial at Deco Mesh Light Up New Year Wreath
Most years we get the chance to watch the New York Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball drop on TV. I have been lucky enough to see this ball in Times Square and wanted to create our own to celebrate in our home. You can find the full tutorial at Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball
New Year’s Eve is coming and I wanted to create a little decor and something fun to do with my family. I decided to make a new light up sign and a countdown banner game that will bring my family together for some fun. You can find both of these tutorials at Light Up New Year Sign and Countdown Banner Game
Do you remember the first time you watched the New Year’s Eve Ball drop? I do. My parents had told me at midnight we watch this special sparkly ball drop at midnight. I remember being so excited just at the idea of staying up until midnight. When it was time, I remember waiting with anticipation to see this sparkling ball drop! Then the countdown began and the ball started to lower… what? my heart sank… It was lowering not “dropping”. In my head, I had pictured that the ball would be released and fall to the ground. I didn’t know what would happen when it “fell” all the way down but this was not what I had pictured. What was I thinking? What a mess it would have been. LOL! I will show you how to make your own New Year’s Eve ball and I have 2 options for you. You can make these to lower down or just hang them as a decoration. The great thing is you can use them for more than just New Year’s if you like. You can find both of these tutorials at New Year’s Eve Ball – 2 options
If you’re looking for something for the kids to do you can try this fun project! Trying to decide what to do with those Christmas Cards? Need a fun craft for the kids? Make snowy pictures with Epsom Salt! You can find this tutorial at Snowy Pictures with Epsom Salt Painting
If you’re looking for a DIY craft and a game to play for the evening, you might enjoy this! I found this tumble tower game at Dollar Tree. I love playing games during the holidays with my family and I knew just how to spruce this game up to build memories this holiday season. You can find the full tutorial at Tumble Tower Holiday Game
This is an easy craft and can be used for so many holidays and occasions. What is a thankful jar? The holidays are coming and I came up with a simple and inexpensive thankful jar project that was easy to make, cause reflection, and become a great conversational piece for our holidays for years to come! You can find the full tutorial at A Thankful Jar For the Holidays
After a challenging year of several surgeries and breast cancer, it was recommended to me that I write down 3 things I’m grateful for every morning to keep my spirits up. I decided to create a reusable grateful board to start practicing this as we move into the new year. You can find the full tutorial at DIY Reusable Grateful Board
New Year’s Crafts or Kids:
Here are some fun craft ideas, new year’s eve activities, and you only need a few crafting supplies to do many of these and let kids unleash their creativity.
- Use paper plates to make snowmen
- Decorate a cookie
- Make party poppers or DIY confetti poppers
- Make your own playdough, and play with it.
- I used a lot of free printables from DTKL Crafts For Kids site when my kids were toddlers, preschoolers, etc. They had a lot of things from party crackers to toilet paper roll crafts
Ideas of things and party supplies to have for New Year’s Eve Parties
You can make your own or purchase many of these
- Party Hats
- Party blower
- Photo props
- Countdown Clock
- Disco Ball
New Year’s Food Ideas
- Beverages like Champagne, Sparkling Juice, Pop, Water, Hot Apple Cider, etc
- Appetizers – meatballs, veggie tray, quick frozen items that can be cooked quickly, fruit tray, meat and cheese tray, etc
- Desserts like paper fortune cookies, cake
- We always made turkey soup with our leftover turkey and you can find those recipes here: Delicious and Easy Turkey Bone Broth with Amazing Soup Recipe
New Year’s Eve Party Ideas and Activity Ideas for New Years
- Watch movies
- Play Games
- Watch the ball drop
- Balloon popping with fortunes inside
- Play with bubble wands and bubbles
- Create sensory bins filled with things like rice, corn, and small items to find (treasures) Here is an idea that you can let kids make and take home with them – Find It Game & Ornament
I hope you have a wonderful New Year’s Eve celebration filled with fun activities and a lot of fun.
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New Year’s Eve Crafts Q & A
What can I do with my family on New Years Eve?
There are many fun and festive activities you can do with your family on New Year’s Eve. Here are some ideas to consider:
- Family Game Night: Play board games, card games, or video games together. This can be a fun way to bond and enjoy each other’s company.
- Movie Marathon: Have a movie night at home with your favorite films or choose a theme for the evening. Make it even more special by creating a cozy movie-watching space with blankets and snacks.
- Cook Together: Prepare a special dinner or snacks together as a family. You can try making festive dishes or cooking something everyone enjoys.
- Reflect on the Year: Take some time to reflect on the past year as a family. Share your favorite memories, accomplishments, and discuss your goals for the upcoming year.
- Create a Time Capsule: Put together a time capsule with mementos, notes, and predictions for the next year. Bury it in the backyard or store it away to open on a future New Year’s Eve.
- Attend Local Events: Check if there are any local New Year’s Eve events or fireworks displays happening in your area. Many cities organize celebrations that include music, fireworks, and other entertainment.
- Virtual Celebration: If you can’t be physically together with your extended family or friends, consider a virtual celebration. Connect via video call to countdown to the New Year together.
- Themed Party: Have a themed New Year’s Eve party at home. Whether it’s a costume party, a decade-themed party, or a black-tie affair, dressing up can add an extra element of fun.
- Craft Night: Get creative with a family craft night. Make DIY decorations for the New Year, or work on a project that can be a keepsake for the year.
- Outdoor Activities: If weather permits, consider outdoor activities like a bonfire, stargazing, or a nature walk. Being outdoors can provide a refreshing and different way to welcome the New Year.
Remember to consider the preferences and interests of your family members when planning your New Year’s Eve celebration. The most important thing is to spend quality time together and create lasting memories.
What are family traditions for New Years?
Family traditions for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day can vary widely, but they often focus on reflection, celebration, and spending quality time together. Here are some popular family traditions for the New Year:
- Countdown and Toast: Gather as a family to watch the New Year’s Eve countdown on television or attend a local celebration. Toast with non-alcoholic sparkling cider or a special drink as the clock strikes midnight.
- Midnight Kiss: Share a midnight kiss with your loved ones. This is a classic tradition symbolizing love and connection as you enter the new year.
- New Year’s Resolutions: Sit down as a family and discuss your goals and resolutions for the upcoming year. Encourage each family member to share their aspirations and support each other in achieving them.
- Memory Jar: Throughout the year, write down special moments or achievements on small pieces of paper and place them in a “memory jar.” On New Year’s Eve, empty the jar and reminisce about the highlights of the past year.
- Family Photo: Take a family photo on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day. This can become a yearly tradition, allowing you to document how your family changes and grows over time.
- First-Footing: Embrace the tradition of “first-footing,” where the first person to enter your home after the stroke of midnight is considered to bring good luck for the coming year.
- New Year’s Day Brunch: Start the year with a special brunch or breakfast together as a family. This can be a leisurely meal with everyone contributing to the menu.
- Watch the Sunrise: Welcome the first day of the year by watching the sunrise together. This can be a peaceful and reflective way to start the new year.
- Movie Marathon: Have a New Year’s Day movie marathon with family-friendly films. Create a cozy space with blankets and snacks for a relaxing day of bonding.
- Outdoor Activities: Start the year with a refreshing outdoor activity, such as a family hike, bike ride, or nature walk. This can set a positive tone for the year ahead.
- Game Night: Spend the evening playing board games or engaging in other family-friendly activities. This can be a fun way to bond and enjoy each other’s company.
- Burning of the Old: Write down any negative experiences or things you want to leave behind from the previous year on pieces of paper. Safely burn them as a symbolic way of letting go and starting anew.
Remember, the most important aspect of these traditions is to spend meaningful time together as a family and to create lasting memories. Feel free to adapt or create your own traditions that resonate with your family’s values and interests.
How do you make a noise maker with a bottle?
Making a noise maker with a bottle is a simple and fun DIY project. Here’s a basic guide on how to create a homemade noise maker using a plastic bottle:
- Empty plastic bottle (with a lid)
- Small pebbles, rice, dried beans, or small pasta (for the noise)
- Decorative materials (optional): stickers, paint, markers, ribbons, etc.
- Clean the Bottle: Ensure the plastic bottle is clean and dry. Remove any labels or stickers.
- Add Noise-Making Elements: Drop small pebbles, rice, dried beans, or small pasta into the bottle. The amount you add will depend on your preference for the intensity of the noise.
- Seal the Bottle: Put the lid back on the bottle securely. You can also use strong adhesive or hot glue to secure the lid in place if you want to prevent it from accidentally opening.
- Decorate the Bottle (Optional): Get creative and decorate the outside of the bottle using stickers, paint, markers, ribbons, or any other decorative materials you have on hand.
- Shake and Test: Give the bottle a good shake to ensure the noise-making elements inside are creating the desired sound. Adjust the amount of material inside if needed.
- Personalize (Optional): Add a personal touch by writing a message or drawing on the bottle. You can also attach a tag with the date or a New Year’s greeting.
- Use on New Year’s Eve: Bring out your homemade noise maker when the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve. Shake it to create a celebratory noise and join in the festivities.
Remember to be mindful of the noise level, especially if you are celebrating in a shared living space or neighborhood. Adjust the amount of noise-making elements inside the bottle to suit your preferences and the environment. Have fun crafting, and happy New Year!