Looking for something different to do with your kids during the long holiday weekend? Break out your art supplies, create something original and beautiful, and enter it in one of our two holiday contests.

2012 Holiday Crafts Contest

The submission period is now open in Local Living’s third annual contest. Be creative — your craft can be made of any material you like, so long as it is themed for the winter or holiday season. The winning design will receive a $500 American Express gift card and be featured in Local Living.

Submit your design and upload a photo to our gallery, read the contest rules and see photos of the winning entries from the past two years.

Deadline: Entries must be submitted online by Dec. 3, 11:59 p.m.

Elizabeth Tung won last year’s holiday craft contest with her paper stars sewn with gold thread. (Matt McClain/For The Washington Post)

2012 Holiday Wrapping Paper Contest

We’re looking for Washington-area kids age 12 and younger to design their own holiday gift wrap and send it to us here at The Post. A panel of judges will choose 12 finalists, based on creativity and execution (three from each age group: 6 and younger; 7- to 8-year-olds; 9- to 10-year-olds; and 11-to 12-year-olds).

The finalists will have their work published online and Washington Post readers will vote for the winner. The winning design will be printed in Weekend on Dec. 21 as a sheet of gift wrap.

Complete rules can be found here.

Deadline: Entries must be received at The Washington Post (1150 15th Street NW, Washington D.C., 20071) by the close of business on Monday, Nov. 26.

This design by Shivani Nelson won the 2011 wrapping paper contest. (The Washington Post)