The most wonderful time of the year is made even more wonderful by the classic Christmas movies that we have come to know line by line. How many of these 36 Christmas movies have you seen? Is part of your family bucket list to make sure you introduce your kids to your childhood favorites?
These DIY Christmas movie scratch-offs will help! And I am going to show you exactly how to make a scratch-off in a few very easy steps. Because the entire sheet is laminated and the scratch-offs are so easy to recreate, these printables can even be reused year after year!
I’ve created two version of this scratch-off…one for grown-ups and one for families. The grown-up version contains movies that are definitely not kid-friendly, such as Love Actually and Die Hard, and movies that some families might feel are iffy, such as Gremlins and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.
Always remember to visit Common Sense Media, Kids in Mind, Plugged In, and IMDb’s parent guides to help you determine whether a movie is appropriate for your child. Personally, I like the IMDb’s parent guides the best because they are not opinion pieces. They offer very detailed, factual guides that share exactly what is involved in questionable scenes.
MATERIALS YOU’LL NEED
- Printables (download links are at the bottom of this post)
- Laminating sheets.
- Acrylic paint
Be sure to use a dark color. At first, I tried to use red paint, but needed 4 coats in order to cover up the pictures, making it difficult to scratch off.
- A small paint brush
- Dish soap
1. Print out the scratch-offs, trim the edges of the paper, and laminate them by hand or using your laminator.
2. Scratch-off paint is made by mixing a small amount of dish soap and acrylic paint. For one printable, you’ll only need about 2 tablespoons of paint and 1 tablespoon of dish soap. It is always a 2:1 ratio.
3. Using a small paint brush, paint over each movie cover. It’s really hard to paint a perfect rectangle, so…seriously, don’t worry about being sloppy. After the paint dries, you can easily scratch off the edges (see step 4). See, look at mine. Compare the sloppy paint job above to the finished one below.
4. Let the paint dry for about an hour. Use something small and thin to scrape the edges to shape up the rectangles a bit. I used the tip of a pointy nail file.
5. Pop some popcorn, make some hot chocolate and watch a Christmas movie!
The entire list of movies that are on the larger card are:
(These affiliate links will take you to Amazon. I have also noted if they are available on Netflix and Hulu.)
- A Charlie Brown Christmas
- A Christmas Carol (1951)
- A Christmas Carol (2009)
- A Christmas Story
- Arthur Christmas
- Babes in Toyland
- Die Hard
- Frosty the Snowman
- The Greatest Story Ever Told
- Gremlins (also available on Netflix Instant)
- Home Alone
- Home Alone 2
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) (also available on Netflix Instant)
- It’s a Wonderful Life
- Jingle All the Way
- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
- The Little Drummer Boy
- Love Actually (also available on Netflix Instant)
- Mickey’s Christmas Carol
- Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
- Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
- Muppet Christmas Carol
- National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
- The Nativity Story
- The Nightmare Before Christmas (also available on Netflix Instant)
- The Nutcracker
- The Polar Express
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
- Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
- The Santa Clause
- The Santa Clause 2
- Scrooged (watch for free with Amazon Prime, also available on Hulu)
- Shrek the Halls
- White Christmas (also available on Netflix Instant)
The movies that are on the grown-up card, but not on the kid card are:
- Die Hard
- Jingle All the Way
- Love Actually
- Nat’l Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
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