17 New Year's Crafts and Recipes for Kids

Looking to celebrate New Year's Eve with a bang? Check out these 17 crafts, snacks, and faux cocktails for the perfect family-friendly bash.

NYE Homemade Noisemaker
Photo: Marley Kate

It's almost time to ring in the new year! Whether your child is staying up until midnight or sticking to their normal bedtime, you can plan something extra special on December 31.

Need some inspiration? Check out our fun round-up of New Year's Eve ideas! It includes sparkly crafts that'll help with the countdown (think party hats and noisemakers), recipes that'll impress even the pickiest eaters (like croquembouche and cheese fondue), and festive mocktails made with kid-friendly staples (apple pie punch and peppermint shake, anyone?)

By incorporating some of these crafts and recipes into your New Year's Eve, you might create family memories that'll last a lifetime!

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Party Hats

NYE Bust Out The Party Hats
Marley Kate

The perfect toppers for your kid's New Year's duds: sparkling crowns and fascinators!

Make A Crown: Cut an 18x3½-inch strip of felt, then cut a zigzag along the top. Hot-glue on rhinestones (an adult's job); let dry. Glue each side of a hair elastic to the outside middle edges of the crown to bring it together; glue a small piece of felt on top of the elastic for extra security.

Make A Fascinator: Trim a 4-inch-wide cork coaster into a 2½-inch-wide almond shape. Paint it; let dry. Hot-glue on pom-poms, tulle, rhinestones, and feathers. Let dry, then glue to a headband.

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NYE Croquembouche
Marley Kate

Can your kids say croquembouche three times fast? (That's OK, neither can we!) This chic French dessert—often served at celebratory events in Europe—is traditionally made by piling cream-filled pastry balls into a tower and holding them together with honey. Our easy and impressive version is made by decking out store-bought treats with chocolate and fun sprinkles and then serving them around a Styrofoam cone.

Start by thawing about 60 frozen cream puffs. Melt 8 oz. finely chopped bittersweet chocolate. Dip top of each cream puff and set chocolate-side up on a tray. Decorate with silver and gold sprinkles and chill until set, about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, wrap a Styrofoam cone (ours was 3⅞ x 11⅞ inches) tightly with parchment paper; tape to secure. Place on a serving plate. Working with one puff at a time, stick a toothpick through the puff and attach to bottom of cone. Continue this way, working in concentric circles, until the cone is covered. Sprinkle with more decorations, if desired. Chill until set, about 15 minutes. To eat, simply pull a cream puff off a toothpick—the toothpick will stay attached to the cone.

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New Year's Glitterball

NYE New Years Glitterball
Marley Kate

Just because you're not in Times Square doesn't mean you can't have your own ball. Fill a flashy piñata-style globe with candy, trinkets, and confetti—then at midnight have the kids pull the strings to get doused in goodies!

What To Do: Fringe about twenty 24-inch strips of holographic bird tape (find it in the garden section). Starting from the bottom, tape each fringed strip to a 16-inch paper lantern, overlapping as you go. Cut a cardstock circle about 1 inch wider than the bottom opening of the lantern. Poke a hole in it, then push a length of ribbon through, tie a knot, and tape it securely to the other side of the cardstock. Place the circle inside the piñata so that it covers the bottom opening, then lightly tape a few more lengths of ribbon to the circle (at least one per kid). Fill it from the top, then hang it up. When the time comes, each kid pulls a string—and one will unleash a surprise!

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Bacon and Cheese Fondue

NYE Fondue It Bacon And Cheese
Marley Kate

Ditch the formal dinner for one that kids can dip: "Fondue is fun and interactive—plus it feels like such a fancy, special meal that they're guaranteed to look forward to it," notes Cyd Converse, editor of The Sweetest Occasion blog. Serve our bacon-infused version using the recipe below with goodies like tortellini, veggies, and tater tots and they'll be full in no time!

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Bacon and Cheese Fondue How-To Video

Watch this video to learn how to make bacon and cheese fondue, which is the perfect New Year's recipe for kids!

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Homemade Noisemaker

NYE Homemade Noisemaker
Marley Kate

These noisemakers are super easy to craft and just as loud as the store-bought kind—in the best possible way!

What To Do: To make this New Year's craft, each kid will need two jumbo wooden craft sticks and two 1-inch pieces of toothpick. Help them cut a piece of paper to slightly smaller than the craft sticks, then sandwich it between the sticks with a toothpick piece under the paper on one side, and over it on the other. Secure with washi tape. To make noise, blow into the space between the sticks!

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Lucky Bubbly Bar

NYE A Lucky Bubbly Bar
Marley Kate

Around the world, people believe that certain foods bring good luck for the coming year. Our twist? Drink your luck! Put out (plastic) champagne coupes with seltzer or sparkling cider and let the kids dress up their bubbly with juice mixers and special garnishes. "Set little place cards next to each one explaining the custom," says Michelle Bachman of Little Miss Party, a party-planning firm in New York City. Here are a few of our favorite combos inspired by these traditions:

Greek Goddess: Seltzer, pomegranate juice, and a colored-sugar rim

The Grape Gatsby: Sparkling cider, grape juice, and frozen berries

Orange You Lucky: Lemon-lime soda, tangerine juice, and maraschino cherries

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New Year's Bingo

New Year's Bingo
Courtesy of Suann Song

Download these one-of-a-kind Bingo boards, full of New Year's images like balloons, confetti, streamers, and noise-makers. Then, see who can get B-I-N-G-O before the final countdown begins!

Download the Bingo PDF from Hip Hip Hooray.

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Backwards Balloons

Backwards balloons
Davina Fear

This is an easy New Year's craft for toddlers and kids. Skip the helium and hang balloons from the ceiling with ribbons.

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Time Capsule

Time Capsule
Courtesy of Kelli Crowe

Capture the year's memories and bottle them up in a time capsule at the end of every year. Insert a family photo in a jar, and fill it with your favorite mementos.

Visit Kelli Crowe for more details on the time capsule.

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Blowing Bubbles

Blowing Bubbles
Courtesy of Lori Marie: Pretty Little Things

Save yourself from having to clean up the New Year's confetti mess. Instead, make these mini bubble bottles and have all your guests fill the air with a completely mess-free celebration.

Visit Lori Marie: Pretty Little Things for more details on the bubbles.

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Party Poppers

Party Poppers
Courtesy of Little Birdie Secrets

End your bash with a bang by making these treat-filled party poppers. Fill a recycled toilet paper tube with lots of goodies, and then wrap the tube in red tissue paper. Add a cracker snap (you can find these at local packaging specialties stores), and then wrap again with patterned cardstock.

Visit Little Birdie Secrets for more details on the party poppers.

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Holiday Party Cheeseball Pops

Cheeseball Pops
Photograph by Raymond Hom

Flavored with sweet cranberries and toasted pecans, this twist on classic cheese balls is a hit with guests of all ages. Find the how-to video below.

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Holiday Party Cheeseball Pops How-To Video

Watch this video for instructions on making the cheeseball pops. The New Year's recipe will be a hit for kids of all ages!

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Mirror Ball

Mirror Ball
Courtesy of The Mother Huddle

Bring a little Times Square into your home by crafting this sparkly mirror ball and building your own ball drop. Simply cover a large Styrofoam ball with small craft mirrors and jewels, and hang from your ceiling. Turn on some bright light and party under the glittery glow.

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Confetti Pom-Poms

Confetti Pom Poms
Courtesy of A Subtle Revelry

Spread some holiday cheer with these celebratory pom-poms. Cut a circle from leftover wrapping paper, and then cut strips towards the center, leaving a 1-inch circle intact in the middle. Pinch together at the top, and attach to some string, ribbon, or paper strips to hang.

Visit A Subtle Revelry for more details on this New Year's craft for kids.

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Countdown Treats

Countdown Treats
Courtesy of A Subtle Revelry

Crack open a special message or treat every hour of your countdown. Start by wrapping embroidery thread around a balloon and then dredge your covered balloons into a bowl of fabric stiffener. Once they're dry, pop and remove the balloon, and then cut each circle in half. Fill the cups with treats or special New Year's resolutions, and then tie the cups together with red ribbon to seal.

Visit A Subtle Revelry for more details on these treats.

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Chocolate Spoons

Hot chocolate spoons
Shelly Strazis

Mix up some midnight hot chocolate with these clever chocolate-coated spoons.

What To Do: Stamp words like Sweet and Delish on the ends of bamboo spoons. Heat up chocolate melts and dip spoons in to coat. Swirl spoon around until it's thickly coated with chocolate. Let dry on wax paper. Decorate with sugar.

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New Year's Mocktails

Holiday Mocktail
Kang Kim

Pump up your holiday party with delicious drink recipes that are fun for kids and adults.


For Kids: Mix together 4 oz. apple juice, 1 tsp. lemon juice, and 1/2 tsp. grenadine syrup. Top with crushed ice and garnish with an apple slice.

For Adults: Substitute 1 oz. of apple juice with light rum.


For Kids: In a shaker, mix together 4 oz. cranberry juice, 1 oz. orange juice, and one tsp. honey. Pour over ice and top with chilled club soda.

For Adults: Substitute champagne for club soda.


For Kids: Shake together 3 oz. low-fat milk, 2 oz. French vanilla half and half, a drop each of peppermint extract and vanilla extract, and two drops of green food coloring with ice. Strain into a glass and garnish with crushed candy cane.

For Adults: Substitute in 1/2 oz. vodka and 1 1/2 oz. Bailey's Irish Cream for half and half.

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New Year's Mocktails How-To Video

Want to make mocktails this New Year's Eve? Check out this video for some easy recipes.

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