Christmas Craft Projects for a Festive Holiday Season

Christmas Craft Projects for a Festive Holiday Season

As the holidays loom in the not-so-distant future, it’s definitely time to start thinking about the Christmas craft projects you want to work on. We’ve all learned that hard lesson of waiting too long to start and then before you know it, time runs out. Thankfully, these festive repurposed crafts will definitely inspire you to rummage through a few drawers and closets and start crafting up a storm in no time.

Christmas Craft Projects with Glass Jars

DIY waterless snow globe in a vintage glass jar

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Waterless snow globes are the easiest snow globes to make, and they really are just as cute! And while you can use new jars and decorations from the craft store, I’m partial to old jars and vintage decorative bits like these.

But, honestly, jars from your recycle bin would work just as well!

Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

Upcycled version of a Charlie Brown Christmas tree

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The Charlie Brown Christmas tree is iconic, isn’t it? And this version is not only easy to make, but started as a most unexpected thing: A banana holder from the thrift store!

Or the one you no longer use at home.

Mini Ornament Hooks

mini ornament hooks from christmas ornament hooks

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If you love those tiny ornaments that hang on tabletop trees, then you definitely need this easy Christmas craft project: Mini ornament hooks! They are super easy to make and they start from cheap, basic ornament hooks. And they make a HUGE difference when it comes how your tiny ornaments look on their tabletop trees.

Christmas Cloche

Winter Christmas scene under a cheese dome

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Have an old cheese dome or cloche tucked in the back of your cupboard? Or perhaps you spotted one at the thrift store the other day. Either way, they are the perfect thing for upcycling into Christmas or winter scenes, like this little ice skating pond.

Christmas Craft Projects with Plastic Ornaments

christmas ornament in buffalo plaid

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Humdrum plastic ball ornaments aren’t really all that special- and plenty of them end up at thrift stores after the holiday season. But they’re ideal for embellishing into Christmas plaid ornaments with this simple craft idea: wrapping them in flannel and decorating with woodland bits.

The tutorial for this project can be found in my book, “Crafting with Flannel” by Sarah Ramberg.

DIY Candy Canes for the Porch

diy candy cane decorations

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Perfect for holiday porch decor, these oversized DIY candy canes started as a thrift store find. Or perhaps you or a loved one used one of these for a bit and now no longer need it. Either way, with this “sweet” makeover, you’ll be decorating your porch in no time.

Mason Jar Lid Wreath Ornaments

Mini Christmas wreaths from mason jar lids

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There are any number of Christmas craft ideas that involve mason jars, but this one focuses solely on the lids. Specifically, the band or ring portion of a mason jar lid. They are super easy to upcycle into darling wreath ornaments using craft supplies you probably already have in your stash.

Christmas Craft Projects for Storage

holiday magazine storage ideas

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If you’re anything like me, then you save your Christmas magazines season after season. And storing them couldn’t be easier or cheerier with this fun upcycle! A picnic basket from the thrift store (or your attic) got a fresh and festive makeover and the magazines fit perfectly inside.

Rustic Flannel Wreath

Plaid Christmas wreath from recycled flannel shirts

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One of the coziest wreaths you can make for the winter holidays is one that involves plaid flannel shirts like this. The red and green make it Christmas-y, but you could just as easily focus on blue, white, and green for a winter version, as well.

Wooden Clothespin Snowflakes

wooden snowflake ornaments

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Vintage brooches with broken clasps are an ideal focal point on DIY Christmas ornaments that are made from clothespins. Even if they’re missing stones or are still in good condition, they add sparkle to your tree instead of sleeping in a jewelry box.

Sewing Pattern Tissue to the Wrapping Rescue

Sustainable gift wrapping with vintage sewing patterns

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Vintage sewing patterns from the thrift store are one of the cheapest craft supplies out there. And one of my favorite Christmas craft projects uses the pattern tissue for wrapping gifts like this! In fact, I wrapped gifts in three different ways using them here.

Upcycled Christmas Card Box

Holiday card holder and buffalo check Christmas decor

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If you’re anything like me, you keep a few Christmas cards each year- cherished memories from loved ones or just really adorable cards you can’t bear to toss. So, a storage box like this (upcycled from a thrift store find) is the perfect thing for storing them year after year.

Christmas Mantel Decor

decorative presents for christmas mantel decor

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They may look like lovely wrapped gifts, but unfortunately, they’re just decorative and perfect for your Christmas mantel. The secret to these wrapped present decor? Thrift store picture frames

Flannel Christmas Crackers

fabric christmas crackers from crafting with flannel

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Christmas crackers are a fun little surprise to add to your dinner parties or for wrapping smaller gifts. And while these don’t have the traditional “pop”, they are doubly-repurposed: using old flannel shirts as the fabric and cardboard tubes from paper towels or gift wrap.

The tutorial for this project can also be found in my book, “Crafting with Flannel” by Sarah Ramberg.

Switch Plate Ornaments

Christmas ornament crafting with switchplate covers

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Here’s one of the more unusual Christmas craft projects, but hear me out: DIY ornaments made from inexpensive switch plate covers from hardware stores or thrift shops like Habitat ReStore! They are super cheap and easy to work with, which is perfect if you’re planning an ornament-making party for kids or adults, alike.

Canning Jar Lid Ornaments

Mason jar lid ornaments with vintage Christmas wrapping paper

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Canning jar lids and vintage wrapping paper might not be a pairing you’ve ever put together before. But look how cute they are together as DIY Christmas ornaments. And the truth is, you could use any number of items in place of wrapping paper: old Christmas cards, photos, etc.

Christmas Craft Projects to Upcycle This Season

upcycled christmas crafts to make

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From ornaments to wreaths to decor and wrapping gifts, there are so many fantastic upcycling ideas to make during the holidays! I hope these Christmas craft projects have you itching to run to the thrift store, paw through a junk drawer, and break out the glue gun- Merry Craftmas to you and yours!

Craft on!


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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.

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