The weeks leading up to Christmas are some of the most exciting all year, especially for kids (and kids at heart) anxiously awaiting Santa’s arrival on Christmas Eve. It’s also one of the busiest times of year for parents, who are scrambling to buy gifts for everyone on the list, get the house ready for holiday visitors, and finalize the Christmas dinner menu — all while keeping the kids entertained during winter break. The good news is, easy Christmas crafts are one of the best ways to ensure little hands stay busy and safe while you focus on holiday preparations. Plus, kids will enjoy helping display their homemade decorations. You can make new family traditions and have the kids create Christmas keepsakes, like ornaments and wreaths, which can be hung up this year and for years to come.
Christmas DIYs don't need to be fancy, either. Keep the materials list short for less stress and less expense — you'd be surprised by how much you can do with construction paper, clothespins, and popsicle sticks. These 25 easy and festive Christmas crafts allow kids to get creative and embrace the holiday spirit, without making too much of a mess. And when you need more ideas for fun, kid-friendly Christmas activities, you can't go wrong with our lists of the best Christmas movies for kids, the best Christmas cookie recipes, and Christmas party games for all ages. You can even call Santa Claus on the phone now!
Trace and cut out a large circle (about 18 inches in diameter) of green construction paper or patterned scrapbook paper. Then, cut out a small circle (about 6 inches in diameter) in the middle to create a wreath shape. Using dots of glue, attach pom poms in various sizes around the wreath to look like berries.
Glittering Popsicle Stick Christmas Tree Ornaments
Is it even a kids' craft if it doesn't involve colorful popsicle sticks? Grab some stick-on rhinestones, or pom poms and hot glue, to make these adorable tree ornaments.
Using black paint, permanent marker, or tape, have kids create a thick stripe around the middle of a red ornament. Cut a small square of gold glitter paper and cut a smaller square in the middle so it looks like a belt buckle. Glue the buckle to the center of the black line to create Santa's belt.
Frosty Peppermint Snowman
To make this adorable craft, simply sprinkle icing sugar into the bottom of a glass canister and then stack three peppermint candies on top to build a snowman, affixing the pieces together with glue as you go along.
Use brown or black icing for the eyes and mouth, and glue a striped candy atop a circle of black paper for a hat. Tie a red ribbon around the neck of the jar for a finishing touch.
Sparkling Star Ornament
To make this sparkly star, push whole and halved toothpicks into a 1-1⁄2" foam ball. Then apply 1 to 2 coats of silver spray paint. While it's still wet, dust silver glitter over the entire ornament. Once it's dry, use a dab of hot glue to attach a string for hanging.
Simple Felt Stockings
Kids will love getting to make their own stocking, and knowing that Santa will see their handiwork when he comes down the chimney on Christmas Eve.
Dangling Star Ornaments
These star ornaments combine the best of both worlds: crafting and baking. To make them, mix 1 cup of salt, 2 cups of flour, and 3/4 cups of water (and any food coloring you'd like). Then knead the mixture until thoroughly blended.
Once it's mixed, roll out dough and cut it into shapes with cookie cutters. Grab a skewer and use it to poke a hole in the top for a ribbon to go through later. Then bake the ornaments at 350° for 10 minutes. Once they've cooled, hot glue decorative sequins and string a ribbon through the hole.
Personalized Christmas Stockings
Help kids personalize their own stockings with an afternoon spent decorating. Provide plain burlap stockings and plenty of DIY embellishments: Fabric paint, ribbon, pom pom trim, felt cut-outs, and holiday stickers.
The best part about this craft? Getting to eat as many peppermints as you can while you make them, of course! Plus, they are so simple to make that even the tiniest of kiddos can help out.
Clothespin Snowflake Ornaments
There's something about crafting with clothespins that instantly reminds us of childhood, and these pretty star ornaments are the perfect example of a classic childhood craft.
Winter Ice Wreath
It doesn't get much easier than dropping sliced fruit into a bundt cake tray filled with water. Plus, this doubles as a bird feeder, so your kids can enjoy some wildlife right at your doorstep.
Have the kids collect small sticks outside (bonus: everyone gets some fresh air!), then use twine and colorful wire to tie them together in star and tree shapes to make pretty ornaments inspired by nature.
Santa Advent Calendar
After making this cheerful construction paper Santa advent calendar, kids can attach a cotton ball every day during the month of December. On Christmas morning when the countdown is complete, Santa will have a full beard.
Candy Cane Garland
How sweet is this simple candy cane heart garland? To make, all you have to do is attach candy canes together with hot-glue. Then, tie twine around canes where glued, and just hang over red twine.
DIY Hot Cocoa Kit Gift
Kids will love lending a hand to make these DIY hot cocoa kits — and they'll be happy to taste test while assembling the gifts. To create, simply paint a red circle with acrylic paint (or use a round red sticker) on a 1-cup mason jar. Once dry paint on a bit of greenery and write hot cocoa. Layer hot cocoa mixture, chocolate chips, and mini marshmallows in the jar. Place a square of seasonal fabric between the lid and screw band and tighten.
Felt Ties Wreath
This fun felt wreath DIY requires no sewing — kids just tie felt strips around a wreath form. If you have younger children, you can easily skip the hot glue "berries," too. To make, cut strips of two different shades of green felt. Then, tie strips around a wreath form. Attach small red ornaments throughout the wreath with hot glue. Loop a length of wide ribbon around the wreath to hang.
Popsicle Stick Snowflake Ornaments
Embroidery thread adds a pop of color to these simple popsicle stick ornaments. To make, our friends at Good Housekeeping say to first paint popsicle sticks white and let dry. Arrange matching sizes into a X-shape and glue together in the middle. Arrange 2 X’s diagonally on top of each other to create a snowflake shape and glue in the middle. Let dry completely. Weave colored embroidery thread around the popsicle sticks to create an X or grid pattern. Tie the thread at the back of the snowflake and trim any excess. Glue a ribbon loop to the back of the snowflake to hang.
Jamie Kravitz (she/her) is the digital editor at Woman's Day, where she oversees the brand's digital platforms and covers holidays, food, and more. Before joining WD in 2021, she was a digital editor at the Rachael Ray Show. Jamie has over five years of experience writing relationship, entertainment, home, and gifting content for publications including The Knot, Martha Stewart Weddings, Insider, and Elite Daily. She graduated from Emerson College with a BFA in Writing, Literature and Publishing and lives in Brooklyn with her cats, Lumos and Linus.
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