12 Days of Christmas Craft – Fun Festive Craft for Kids
This 12 Days of Christmas Craft is inspired by the ’12 Days of Christmas’ carol to celebrate the holiday season and make lasting memories!
For most of us, Jingle Bells is our favorite Christmas carol, since it’s super popular and everyone knows the words. However, for me, the one carol that always intrigued me was the one about ’12 Days of Christmas’. I have often wondered what the lines in it meant!
What are The 12 Days of Christmas gifts?
‘The 12 Days of Christmas’ isn’t just an interesting carol – it is also the longest one! It talks about a long list of gifts the song’s singer gets from his/her true love. Here’s what the gifts look like for each day:
- Day 1: A partridge in a pear tree
- Day 2: Two turtle doves
- Day 3: Three French hens
- Day 4: Four calling birds
- Day 5: Five golden rings
- Day 6: Six geese a-laying
- Day 7: Seven swans a-swimming
- Day 8: Eight maids a-milking
- Day 9: Nine ladies dancing
- Day 10: 10 lords a-leaping
- Day 11: 11 pipers piping
- Day 12: 12 drummers drumming
What are the origins of The 12 Days of Christmas carol?
Many people aren’t aware of when the 12 days of Christmas actually are; they begin on Christmas (25th December) and end on Epiphany (January 6). This period was considered to be a time of resting and being with loved ones, as an extension of the Christmas holiday.
Coming to the song, it was first found in a 1780 book, Mirth Without Mischief. It is assumed that it was probably meant as a game for kids, which tested both their counting and memory. Some believe that the ‘true love’ here is actually a reference to God, who’s blessing us with gifts.
While there are many interpretations of the song, we’re going in another direction – a crafty one! We’ve got a fun 12 Days of Christmas Craft for kids today, which is really easy to make with basic craft supplies you have at home.
12 Days of Christmas Craft – Fun Craft for Kids
- White card stock or thick craft paper
- Craft paper in assorted colors
- Craft sticks
How to make the 12 Days of Christmas Craft:
Download and print the template for the 12 Days of Christmas Craft. Click the image below to get the template from our shop. The template contains the parts need for all 12 crafts. Cut out 12 oval shapes from the white card stock.
1. A Partridge in a Pear Tree Craft
Let’s start with the craft for the first day of Christmas, which is the partridge on a pear tree. Glue the wing on the bird and stick the leaves on the branch. Stick the tree branch on the oval base. Glue the pear on the branches and then glue the bird near the pear. Use a sharpie to add details on the bird.
2. Turtle Doves Craft
3. French Hen Craft
This is a fun craft that also works well for farm-theme projects! Assemble the hen by sticking the wing on the bird’s body, the feet at the bottom, and the crown on the head. Stick the hen on the oval base and add in some facial features with a marker.
4. Calling Birds Craft
5. Golden Rings Craft
6. Geese a-laying Craft
As we move through the Christmas carol, we notice that our birds are beginning to become more active, and here we have geese laying eggs! Stick the wing and beak on the goose first, then follow it up by sticking 3 eggs to the bottom. Stick the bird and eggs on the oval base and add in those details with a marker.
7. Swans-a-swimming Craft
If the geese were laying eggs, our swans have decided to go swimming! This particular section of the 12 Days of Christmas Craft includes a background within a background – there is a yellow-blue background for the white swan, which is then stuck on the oval base.
8. Maids-a-milking Milk Pail Craft
And from birds, we move on to humans, or more specifically, female humans! A milkmaid’s most prized possession has got to be her milk pail, which is what we’re making in this craft. Cut out a little piece of white paper to look like milk in the pail and stick it on the pail. Stick the pail on the base and add some details to the pail to make it more realistic.
9. Dancing Lady Craft
If you love dancing, you’ll love this ballerina craft too! Simply stick the ballerina’s dress on her body and color her hair. You can also add some details to her dress and then stick her to the oval base.
10. Lords Leaping Craft
There are many explanations for why these lords are leaping, of all things, and one of them is that the 10 lords represent the ten commandments. Well, we’ll still have to do some digging here, but while we’re doing it, we can continue with our 12 Days of Christmas Craft! Stick the pants under the jacket, and add the head on top. Stick the hat on top of the head and you’re ready to stick the lord to the oval base.
11. Pipers Craft
Eleven pipers piping? That’s going to be quite the din! Before you put in those earplugs, stick an oval piece of orange paper in the horn of the pipe and then add some details with a marker! This will also work for a Pied Piper project.