29 Simple Christmas Crafts to Make at Home

29 Simple Christmas Crafts to Make at Home

The festive season can be such an expensive time of year. Costs can spiral with gifts to buy and friends and family to entertain. One of the areas in which you can save money is by creating Christmas crafts for gifts and home decor.

Crafting can not only be a relaxing and enjoyable process but also has the added benefit that it can result in a unique item for the home or a thoughtful gift for a friend or relative.

Handmade items can give your home a beautiful, unique look. Plus, a homemade gift is often more well-received and appreciated than a shop-bought one.

These simple Christmas crafts are fun to make and can save you a little money in the festive season.

Simple Christmas Crafts for the Festive Season

We’ve collated a round-up of our favorite Christmas crafts for you to try out.

Whether you spend a quiet solo afternoon creating handmade Christmas cards or gather a group of friends together for a fun evening making wreaths and garlands, a few hours of mindful craft is excellent for relaxation.

Some of these crafts are simpler than others. Some are perfect for crafting with children, while others are slightly more involved and require a more adept hand.

Christmas Crafts To Make With Paper & Card

3D Paper Snowflakes

Cut and fold paper to create intricate three-dimensional snowflakes for hanging.

making paper snowflakes

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Origami Christmas Decor

From stars to Santa Claus, origami offers a variety of festive options.

Paper Poinsettias

Craft poinsettias using colorful craft paper as a tree or table decorations.

Paper Fan Decorations

Round paper fan decorations can be made with colored craft paper, wrapping paper, and even scraps of left-over wallpaper. Make a batch of differing sizes and group together for maximum impact.

folded paper fans

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Christmas Crafts To Make With Children

Paper Chain Garland

Cut colorful strips of paper, then glue the ends to create chain links, then thread them together to make a sweet and nostalgic garland.

Salt Dough Ornaments

Create a simple salt dough recipe using flour, salt, and water. Then, cut out shapes with cookie cutters and bake until hard. Paint and decorate.

Popcorn & Cranberry Garland

Use a needle and thread to string together popcorn and cranberries for an old-fashioned tree decoration.

diy garland with popcorn and cranberries

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Handmade Christmas Cards

Use watercolors, stamps, or collage materials to create unique holiday greeting cards. To make life easier, you can create your Christmassy pictures, upload them to a computer, and then print duplicates rather than creating each masterpiece by hand.

diy greeting cards

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Pinecone Christmas Trees

Paint pinecones in green and add little beads or stars for decorations.

Paper Plate Angels

Use paper plates to craft angel wings and faces, and attach golden tinsel for the halo.

Twig Stars

Bind together twigs to make rustic star decorations.

Christmas Crafts Using Upcycled Household Items

The recycling bin is an excellent source of relatively free craft supplies. Whether you are tossing out a cork or yesterday’s newspaper, the bin is full of creative possibilities.

Button Garland

String colorful buttons on a strong nylon thread or string to make unique garlands.

Wine Cork Reindeer

Use old wine corks to make the body of a reindeer and use twigs for the antlers.

Mason Jar Snow Globes

Glue tiny bottle brush trees and miniature figures to the underside of a mason jar lid. Then, fill the jars with a mixture of water, glycerin, and glitter to create a homemade snow globe.

Or save a few steps and go waterless, like these versions:

DIY waterless snow globe in a vintage glass jar

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Clothes Peg Snowflakes

Remove the metal from old clothes pegs, then assemble the pieces to form intricate snowflake patterns. Once you’re happy with your design, glue the clothes peg sections together with hot glue. Once complete, you can paint or leave them natural for a rustic, wooden look.

wooden snowflake ornaments

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Cardboard Dove Christmas Garland

Don’t throw your old shipping boxes away! Create a DIY dove Christmas garland with them instead! The run-up to the festive season sees lots of deliveries and, with it, lots of excess cardboard. Instead of sending it to the recycling depot, turn it into a beautiful Christmas craft decoration for your home.

christmas dove garland made from cardboard

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Homemade Christmas Home Decor

These Christmas crafts are easy to create and will bring a touch of nostalgic Christmas charm to your home.

Beaded Candy Canes

Thread red and white beads on a pipe cleaner, then bend them into a candy cane shape to hang on the tree or onto a garland.

Christmas Lanterns

Decorate jam jars, short cylindrical vases, or hurricane candle holders with Christmas-themed stickers or transfers, then pop a tealight candle inside.

Alternatively, you can create a paper snow scene to wrap around the inner base of your glass vessel, then fill the jar with tiny fairy lights for a festive look.

Christmas lantern for a rustic Christmas by upcycling the light bulb cages into luminaries with sheet music

Image credit: Sadie Seasongoods. (Click photo for tutorial)

Cinnamon Stick Candles

Bind cinnamon sticks around pillar candles and tie them with a rustic ribbon or jute string.

Jingle Bell Ornaments

Attach colorful ribbons to store-bought sleigh bells or mini jingle bells, and hang them on your front door, the Christmas tree, or around the house.

Miniature Sleighs

Create miniature sleighs using candy canes for sled runners. Glue a piece of cardboard between the ‘sled runners,’ then pile up with miniature chocolate bars or wrapped gifts.

Clove and Orange Pomander

Create a simple festive pomander by studding oranges with cloves.

diy pomander with orange and cloves

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You can elevate this Christmas decoration by scoring the fruit’s skin with a lino-cutting tool. This seasonal decoration looks good and will make your home smell delicious, too.

Christmas Crafts Using Fabric & Haberdashery Items

Fabric and haberdashery items offer a vast and creative avenue for crafting beautiful Christmas decorations and gifts. Here are some creative and festive ideas to consider.

Hessian/Burlap Tree Skirt

Use hessian to create a rustic tree skirt, then decorate it with sequins, lace, or pretty ribbon.

Yarn-Wrapped Christmas Trees

Wrap colored yarn around conical shapes, adding beads or stars for additional Christmas sparkle. You can create cone shapes from cardboard or buy maché or polystyrene cones from craft stores or Amazon.

Or, sometimes you can find old serger thread cones at antiques shops and thrift stores. They’re perfect for upcycling into little trees!

Christmas craft project with serger thread cones

Image credit: Sadie Seasongoods. (Click photo for tutorial)

Ribbon Chain Garland

Instead of paper, use fabric ribbons to make colorful chains for the tree.

Felted Wool Ornaments

Felt old wool sweaters or blankets by washing them on a hot cycle in the washing machine, then tumble-drying them until shrunken and felted. Once you’ve done this, cut out festive shapes for ornaments and thread with ribbon or string.

Crochet Snowflakes

For those who can crochet, delicate snowflakes make beautiful tree ornaments or window decorations.

Felt Stockings

Hand-sew small stockings from felt, then decorate them with buttons, ribbons, and embroidery.

Sock Snowmen

Fill a white sock with rice or beans, tie sections to form the snowman’s body, then decorate with buttons, and create a miniature scarf and hat with scraps of paper or fabric.

Pom Pom Wreath

Make pom poms of different sizes and colors, then stick them onto a foam wreath to create a fun and eye-catching pom pom wreath.

diy pom pom wreath

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Traditional Christmas Crafts for the Win

For some, purchasing Christmas decorations or a store-bought gift is more feasible and practical. After all, not everybody has the time, resources, or skills to create homemade items.

That said, some of these traditional Christmas crafts are so simple a child could do them. Many won’t take much time to create, and the joy of gifting — and receiving — something that’s been lovingly handmade is unparalleled.

Creating homemade gifts and home decor offers many benefits compared to purchasing store-bought items. Many people find making homemade items more satisfying because homemade gifts and decor inherently carry a personal touch. They show someone took the time and effort to create something unique for another person, which can make the recipient feel special and valued.

Christmas ornament crafting with switchplate covers

Image credit: Sadie Seasongoods. (Click photo for tutorial)

These gifts carry a special significance because they are infused with the time, effort, and love of the maker.

When you make something yourself, you can tailor it to the specific tastes, needs, and preferences of the recipient. This allows for a level of personalization that is hard to achieve with mass-produced items.

Unique and One-Of-A-Kind

Homemade items are unique. Even if you’re following a pattern or a recipe, all handmade items will differ due to the natural variations in materials and the human touch involved in their creation. The knowledge of emotional connection and time and effort spent can make homemade gifts and decor feel more valuable and sentimental than store-bought counterparts.

There’s a particular joy in creating and receiving something made with love and care.

Crafting at home can help you learn new skills or hone existing ones. Whether it’s sewing, painting, woodworking, or any other craft, the learning process can be as rewarding as the final product.

These Christmas crafts can be a relaxing and rewarding way to spend your time and also allow you to express your creativity.

And — best of all — you’ll have one-of-a-kind decorations to adorn your home for the holidays. Or some specially hand-crafted Christmas presents to gift to family and friends.

upcycled christmas crafts to make

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Christmas is a time steeped in tradition. For many, childhood memories of the festive season include crafting, baking, or creating decorations. Engaging in these activities can evoke a sense of nostalgia, reconnecting us to simpler times and cherished memories.

Christmas crafting is the perfect way to merge the joy and spirit of the holiday season with the inherent benefits of creative expression, resulting in an activity that nourishes the soul.

This article originally appeared on Wealth of Geeks.



budget friendly christmas crafts to make

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Caro Davies

Caro Davies is a former art director turned copywriter and content creator. Caro is the editor behind UK lifestyle blogThe Listed Home. She writes about home-related topics, from interiors and DIY to food and craft. The Listed Home has been featured in various publications, including Ideal Home, Grazia, and Homes & Antiques magazines.


  1. So many ads I stopped reading your post …. Kinda defeats your purpose:(

    • Just so you know, Linda, I would never ask you to work your job for free, so please don’t ask me to do that, either. I’m not independently wealthy and this website is how I contribute to our household bills. Fare thee well.

  2. So many great ideas! Next time I get a box, I’m doing that dove garland!

  3. Sharon Caulineau says

    Oh Sarah, I love every craft idea you have presented here. I always love your blog, but you really out did yourself this time. I don’t know where to start. I’m sure I will do the pomanders, and for sure love the cardboard box garland. Thanks so much for teaching me how to be frugal and still have beautiful Christmas decorations. Have a blessed holiday, and a happy new year. Sharon

    • I’m so glad you loved it, Sharon- it’s actually an article by a different blogger which I syndicated. Some of the project photos are hers, some are mine- and yes, her cardboard crafts are amazingly gorgeous, I couldn’t agree more!

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