“Christmas to a child is the first terrible proof that traveling, hopefully, is better than arriving,” English comedian and actor Stephen Fry once said. And that feeling is certainly due to all the fun festivities and craft activities that lead up to the big day, so make the most of the moments of anticipation with fun and easy Christmas crafts that get everyone in the holiday spirit. Plus, most of these projects double as stylish Christmas decorations or gifts, so you’ll be getting rid of those chores while you’re working on them. Get ready, make yourself comfortable, and start crafting.
Gingerbread House Advent Calendar
Upgrade the tradition of your Advent calendar with this DIY version of Sugar and Charm. Small wooden houses are surprisingly easy to make, and they are perfect for lining the mantle.
Make your craft cocktails even prettier by serving them on these DIY snowflake coasters. Made with white pipe cleaners, nothing could be simpler. Learn how to make them from sugar and charm.
Make a garland with green construction paper and faux red berries. If you have extra scraps of paper, glue small miniature sheets on red and white paper straws.
This table scenery is full of Christmas craft ideas. First, create a winter “bouquet” like this using found branches, a spool of beige thread, and white paint. Then use pipe cleaners and small wooden beads to create a star decoration.
Take construction paper in fun and vibrant colors, then cut out shapes. Then glue them together and hang them on your garland to give it a fresh and personal touch. To match everything, tie a matching colored ribbon around the end of the railing.
Giant Christmas Lights
To make your home extra festive, consider DIY oversized felt Christmas lights, like the ones from Sugar & Cloth. Or use construction paper and cardboard if you have any of these lying around. If your door is painted a bright color, pair some of the “lights” with it, but keep the others Christmas themed.
Paper poinsettia flowers
This is not a drill, these are flowers made of real paper, but they’re just as pretty as the real thing. Follow the steps of The House That Lars Built.
Advent calendar in the shape of a tree
Here’s another great DIY advent calendar brought to you by Sugar and Charm. You’ll just need plywood, small tins, and a hot glue gun (and some goodies, of course).
Temporary Tattoo Ornaments
Raise your hand if you have no skills with a brush. So this is the right holiday craft for you because all you need to do is paste a temporary tattoo on an ornament. See how it’s done at The Crafted Life.
Coffee filter garland
You can really use anything to make pretty Christmas decorations if you think about it. This garland is made of coffee filters! If you don’t have any lying around, use tissue paper and make it an afternoon. Get the tutorial from Country life.
We favor a minimalist and understated approach to holiday decorating, like this geometric crown from Sugar & Cloth. Plus, minimalist crafts and DIY projects are by definition easy to do!
These modern wreaths from Sugar and Charm are the perfect activity for a holiday party. Simply set up the supplies on a craft table and print out the simple instructions.
Copper Christmas trees
They are so pretty that you will want to leave them on all year round. It really doesn’t get any easier than that either. Get the tutorial from Lia Griffith.
Make each family member their own Christmas stocking to use year after year. These easy DIY stockings from The House House Lars Built are upbeat and festive, but also unique.
Pine scented candles
These candles will make your home smell like Christmas spirit (even if you have an artificial tree). Learn how to make your own from Sugar and Charm.
Instax + Wreath of garlands
Nothing says celebration like the garland. This crown of stars from The Crafted Life is easy to reproduce, just add your photos. Or you can pull out a Polaroid camera at a holiday party and have everyone add their own photos in the moment.
Origami Christmas trees
Get to the rhythm of these creations, and you could end up with 100 of them. Choose paper that matches the colors in your home so that they blend in well when you display them. Get the tutorial on Sugar and Charm.
If you have tissue paper left over from all of your gift wrapping, put it to good use with these ornaments. It’s also the perfect craft idea for kids. Get the tutorial on Mod Podge Rocks.
Colorful Christmas tree lights
These fairy lights light up an entire room, even if they are just paper. Playful, colorful and fire-free, and they’re fun to make! Get the tutorial on Studio DIY.
Christmas tree decorations are so much more special when they have sentimental value. Create your own marble embellishments with this guide from Sugar and Charm.
Santa Hat Drink Stirrers
Your guests will be obsessed with these cute little Santa hats. Plus, they’ll make your drinks much more photogenic. See how it’s done at Sugar & Cloth.
Paper feather garland
This garland from Lia Griffith ensures that you won’t have to let the holiday decor get in the way of your bohemian style. Who needs paper snowflakes when you can have paper feathers instead?
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