Everyone can get into the holiday spirit this year, even if you’re typically only as cuddly as a cactus or as charming as an eel. Capture the original Christmas curmudgeon, Dr. Suess’ Mr. Grinch, with these mean, green, holiday crafts. Try a lime-hued baked good or a simple construction paper Grinch-themed decoration; we've rounded up a variety of projects for kid crafters of all ages and levels. Your heart will grow three sizes after you try some of these Grinch-themed craft suggestions.
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Paper Plate Grinch
A lime-colored paper plate is a perfect base for a smiling (or sneering) Grinch face. Glowing yellow construction paper eyes and a pasted-on Santa hat finish this cute, DIY-ed decoration. Make a whole set and scribble in guests’ names as clever place markers for your family’s holiday dinner.
Paper Plate Grinch from Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
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Channel that Grinchy green via this tactile craft. Mix up a big batch of dough (mostly flour and water), then add a couple of drops of neon green food coloring at a time, until you’ve reached the perfect, ghastly hue. Little ones will have a blast sculpting their own, personalized Grinch statue at your holiday party.
Pro tip: Leave the kids' sculptures out to dry and decorate, then save them for Christmases to come.
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Christmas Tree Ornaments
Hollow plastic bulbs are essentially a blank slate—they can be filled with everything from crinkled paper to colorful candies, and will readily accept paint and glitter too. These specific ornaments use a paper cutting machine for Grinch’s features, but his eyes and smile could just as easily be puffy-painted on freehand.
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Peekaboo Pound Cake
Spoil your holiday guests with a sweet surprise hidden in their dessert. Mix up two pound cakes—one in neon green and the other in red—then employ your heart-shaped cookie cutter to form a bright crimson heart, running the length of a loaf pan. Fill the pan with the neon green cake batter directly over top, then bake until done. Top with frosting and sprinkles to fully disguise Grinch’s growing heart.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Why not give Christmas party-goers something to do while the roast beast (er, beef) cooks? Print out a 2-foot Grinch, thanks to this handy template, then color or paint him perfectly green. Cut enough hearts for your guests to pin, then let the games begin.
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Mean old Mr. Grinch had a tough time shimmying down the chimneys of Whoville, and you can capture his faux pas with this cute wreath. An adult should loop green tulle through a round or square wreath form, but kids can definitely help decorate it. Teeny ornaments, presents, and bows look great before popping in a pair of felt Grinch legs. Take this one the extra mile by threading a set of LED twinkle lights through.
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Even the littlest of Santa’s Helpers can join in on the fun creating these sweet treats. Dip marshmallows in lime green chocolate, then decorate with a marshmallow Santa hat and a piping bag full of colored icing for Grinch’s eyes and mouth. For a more decadent dessert, try subbing cake pops for the marshmallows.
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While this craft does take a little more skill than a few of the others included here, it’s worth the extra effort and adult supervision. Cover a crude wire hand in green fuzzy fabric, then pinch into the perfect Grinchly grasp (a wire hanger can be repurposed for your base). Add a Santa cuff and shiny ornament, then hot glue the entire thing into a gilded frame.
Sneaky Hand from Holly’s HomeContinue to 9 of 10 below.
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Recycle an empty jam jar into a clever storage container for your holiday ornament hooks, spare twinkle lights, or bits of festive ribbon. Paint a clean jar green, then add Mr. Grinch's features using precise paint pens. Or, consider this a gift-able container for that hand-dipped candle or homemade cookies. This is a great option for a DIY-ed teacher gift that kids can directly help personalize.
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For that special Mr. Grinch in your own family, stitch a custom furry green stocking to string along with all the Who stockings hung with care. This craft is definitely a good project for beginning sewers: a robust faux-fur fabric will hide any uneven hand stitches well, so encourage budding seamstresses to tackle this as a first piece.