Angels are often my “go-to” theme for a Christmas craft keepsake, but this holiday season I have doves on my brain. Doves are symbolic of peace and love, welcome inspiration at Christmas, or any time of the year. So here are two Christmas dove art projects that make touching keepsakes… and display beautifully. Bonus: I’ve included a free downloadable printable to use for the crafts.
Squish Painted Dove
Create a symmetrical dove pattern or download the printable in this post to use as a template. Cut out one bird from white 8 ½ inch x 11-inch cardstock paper for each child completing the project.
This printable is for individual and one classroom use only.
Set the doves out onto a table along with red and green paint and spoons.
Invite your little learners to spatter paint their dove.
Then help them fold the dove, and smooth their hand over it. Placing newspaper underneath and overtop the folded birds helps absorb excess paint.
Ask your little ones to unfold their birds. They are bound to be excited to see the art they have created.
After the doves dry, hot glue a sprig from a Christmas stem underneath each beak.
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