“Christmas to a child is the first terrible proof that travel is hopefully better than arriving,” English comedian and actor Stephen Fry once said. And that feeling is certainly due to all the fun holiday festivities and crafts that precede the big day, so make the most of the anticipatory moments with fun, easy Christmas crafts that will get everyone in the holiday spirit. From a gold wreath made from metallic paper to mini copper Christmas trees, there’s definitely a festive craft you’ll want to dive into on this list. Plus, most of these projects are stylish Christmas decorations or gifts too, so you’ll be getting those tasks out of the way as you work on them too. Get cozy and start crafting!
Paper Honeycomb Trees
If you love paper honeycomb decorations, this DIY from Lia Griffith is a must-try craft. Surround them with fairy lights for a glowing display and spray them a bit of white paint on top for a matte look.
Punching Needle Coasters
These coasters are like mini rugs for your hot cup of hot chocolate or coffee. The best part? You can easily make them with this punch needle kit from Hoop Atelier on Etsy. You can make one to eight coasters with a Christmas tree, reindeer, snowflake, gingerbread man or wreath.
Gold Paper Fern Wreath
This wreath literally looks like it’s made from solid gold, but it’s actually made with metallic gold paper, wire, and a vine wreath. Get all the details on how to make it from Lia Griffith.
Make your tree even more radiant this year with a few sequin ornaments. This kit from Royal Sequins on Etsy ensures you have everything you need, including a 2-inch Styrofoam ball, pins, beads, two sizes of sequins, and ribbon. Beware: It doesn’t come with instructions, but you can check out the brand’s Instagram for tutorials.
Wine cork tree
If you like to put wine corks in a bowl or other decorative display, consider using a few to make a mini wine cork Christmas tree. Add pom poms as ornaments and top it off with a wooden star. Learn more about how to make these from A Magical Mess.
Want to brighten up your Christmas arrangement or coffee table display? Use these felt acorns, which you can easily make with this kit from Gray Fox Felting on Etsy. It comes with four colors of wool, 12 natural acorns and an instruction booklet.
Go a little more abstract with your nativity scene this season. With this kit from Otter Creek Sign Co. on Etsy you can paint wooden blocks and spheres to set the mood. It’s perfect for kids and adults alike, and it comes with instructions!
Made of yarn, cotton rope, beads and wooden letters, this raised rainbow Christmas ornament is very pleasant to look at. Bonus: There’s a kit from Motley Bliss on Etsy that comes with everything you need, including a printable PDF and a link to an instructional video on YouTube.
Gingerbread House Advent Calendar
Upgrade your advent calendar tradition with this DIY version of Sugar and Charm. The little wooden houses are surprisingly easy to make and they are perfect for lining the mantle.
Make your craft cocktails look even more beautiful by serving them on these homemade snowflake coasters. Made with white pipe cleaners, it doesn’t get any easier than this. Learn how to make them from Sugar and Charm.
Make a garland using green construction paper and faux red berries. If you have extra scraps of paper, glue small mini leaves onto red and white paper straws.
This tablescape is full of Christmas craft ideas. First, make a winter bouquet like this one using found branches, a spool of beige thread, and white paint. Then use pipe cleaners and small wooden beads to create a star decor.
Grab some construction paper in fun, vibrant colors, then cut out some shapes. Glue them together and hang them on your garland for a fresh, personal touch. To make it all match, tie a ribbon of a matching color around the end of the handrail.
Jumbo Christmas lights
To make your home extra festive, consider making oversized felt Christmas lights, like these from Sugar & Cloth. Or use construction paper and cardboard if you have any of those materials lying around. If your door is painted a bright color, match some of the “lights” with it, but keep the others in the Christmas theme.
Paper Poinsettia Flowers
This is not an exercise – these are flowers made of real paper, but they are just as beautiful as the real thing. Follow the steps of The House That Lars Built.
Tree-shaped advent calendar
Here’s another great DIY advent calendar from Sugar and Charm. All you need is some plywood, small cans and a hot glue gun (and then some goodies, of course).
Temporary Tattoo Ornaments
Raise your hand if you don’t have any skills with a brush. So this is the holiday craft for you because all you need to do is stick a temporary tattoo on an ornament. See how it’s done at The Crafted Life.
coffee filter crank
You can really use anything to make beautiful Christmas decorations as long as you put in the effort. This garland is made of coffee filters! If you don’t have one lying around, use tissue paper and make an afternoon of it. Download the tutorial from Country living.
We’re all into a minimalist, understated approach to holiday decor, like this geometric wreath from Sugar & Cloth. Plus, minimalist crafts and DIY projects are by definition easy to make!
Brass Ring Wreaths
These modern wreaths from Sugar and Charm are the perfect holiday party activity. Just put the supplies on a craft table and print out the easy instructions.
Copper Christmas Trees
These are so pretty you’ll want to leave them on all year round. It really doesn’t get any easier than this. Download the tutorial from Lia Griffith.
Make everyone in the family their own Christmas stocking to use year after year. These easy DIY stockings from The House House Lars Built are cheerful and festive but also unique.
Pine scented candles
These candles will make your home smell like Christmas (even if you have an artificial tree). Learn how to make your own from Sugar and Charm.
Instax + Tinsel Wreath
Nothing says party like tinsel. This star garland from The Crafted Life is easy to replicate – just add your photos. Or you can turn off a Polaroid camera at a holiday party and let everyone add their own photos right away.
Origami Christmas Trees
Get into the rhythm of making these, and you could end up with 100 of them. Choose paper that matches the colors in your home so that they blend in nicely with your presentation. Download the tutorial at Sugar and Charm.
If you have tissue paper left over from all your gift wrapping, put it to good use with these ornaments. It’s also the perfect kid-friendly craft idea. Download the tutorial on Mod Podge Rocks.
Colorful Christmas Tree Lights
These string lights brighten up an entire room, even if they’re just made of paper. Playful, colorful and no fire hazard at all – and they are fun to make! Download the tutorial at Studio DIY.
Christmas tree decorations are so much more special when they have sentimental value. Make your own marbled ornaments with this guide from Sugar and Charm.
Santa hat Drink stirrers
Your party guests will be obsessed with these cute little Santa hats. Plus, they make your drinks a lot more photogenic. See how it’s done at Sugar & Cloth.
Paper Feather Garland
This garland from Lia Griffith ensures you don’t have to let your boho style cramp up with holiday decor. Who needs paper snowflakes when you can have paper feathers instead?
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