Fun-to-Make Christmas Holiday Crafts

Brighten your holiday home with these clever handmade Christmas decorations.

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Patterned Paper Christmas Trees
Patterned-Paper Christmas Trees

    Spruce up your holiday decor with patterned-paper trees. Cut or punch a decorative edge from 1x2-1/2-inch and 3/4x2-1/2-inch strips of patterned paper; curl the edges by wrapping them around a pencil. Hot-glue the pieces to a foam cone (ours are 9, 12, and 15 inches tall). Top each tree with a star cut from felt and held in place with wire. Add a gem for sparkle. Trim the tree with button, brad, and gem ornaments.

Holly Leaves Christmas Tree Skirt

    Make a tree skirt that you won't want to cover with gifts. To make the skirt, cut a desired-size circle, with a slit for the tree trunk, in the fabric of your choice. Cut holly leaves from two colors of green fabric and in two sizes (24 and 26 inches long), and cut circles from red fabric for the berries. Hand-stitch long straight stitches with embroidery floss down the center of the leaves. Glue the leaves and berries onto the skirt.

Felt Medallion Window Garland

    This garland gives a window a lift. Hot-glue 2-inch felt circles to string; hang. Then attach felt-embellished medallions as desired.

Ribbon Christmas Card Hanger

    Display a friendly season's greeting to all guests. To create a ribbon card hanger, simply stitch ribbons in flaps and attach a kicky bow at one end with a few stitches. Add a picture hanger to the back of the bow and hang on the wall. Tuck a card under each flap and adhere with double-stick tape.

Felt Dove Garland

    These pretty felt doves will add subtle holiday cheer to a fireplace mantel or shelf when paired with similarly styled natural decor.

Festive Holiday Urn

    Turn a garden urn into a sophisticated Christmas decoration by using it as a stand for an evergreen wreath. Adorn the arrangement with berries, pinecones, and sparkling orbs. Add symmetry with neatly wrapped presents in brightly colored packages on both sides of the urn.

Retro Ornaments Felt Stocking

    This hand-sewn felt stocking will brighten your fireplace mantel with its colorful 1950s-style ornaments and white Christmas stars.

Colorful Holiday Pillow

    Give a plain pillow a holiday makeover by giving it a new slipcover made from red burlap and acrylic paint.

White Yarn Christmas Wreath

    This festive Christmas wreath made from white yarn and felt will stand out against a brightly colored door; if you have a plain white door, reverse the colors for the same contrasting look.

Embroidered Fabric Christmas Tree

    Craft a clever Christmas tree from colorful fabric scraps and display it front and center in a bright frame to make a fun holiday decoration.

Tied in a Bow

    Buy pillows in holiday colors and then wrap them with ribbon to look like pretty Christmas packages.

Sweet Treats

    Make a tasty felt lollipop by sandwiching a poster board circle between two decorated felt circles; sew the stack together with a blanket stitch, leaving a small opening for the stick. Cut a length of dowel and insert it in the bottom of the lollipop. Hot-glue a ribbon bow to the dowel and display in a small vase filled with tiny marshmallows.

Wire Ornament Holder

    Gather your favorite collectible ornaments and trim the boughs of a whimsical art piece. Hung inside a frame topped with a bow, the ornaments are the center of attention.

Winter Flurry

    This picturesque scene is crafted using simple knitting, crocheting, and embroidery techniques. The winter wonderland pillow is great for Christmas decor and can be displayed all winter long.

Cute-as-a-Button Wreath

    Gather white buttons from your stash and sew them onto fabric to make a wreath that's suitable for framing.

Great Tidings

    Propped on a windowsill or a mantel, these papier-mache letters will greet your guests with cheer. Use them to display a holiday sentiment or your family's last name.

Pretty Packages

    To make a pretty floral gift, cover a block of florist's foam with button mums. Stick a pearl-head pin through the center of each flower to secure it to the foam. Tie a red velvet ribbon around the finished package, or hot-glue it to the top.

Fork It Over

    Put old or mismatched forks to use as Christmas card holders. Place a piece of green florist's foam inside a clear glass or vase. Stick forks into the foam and use the tines to display Christmas cards. Tie a velvet or satin bow around the glass for a finishing touch.

    Editor's Tip: You may need to bend the fork tines for the cards to stay in place.

Christmas Container Covers

    These container covers, crafted using an old wool sweater in holiday hues, have endless possibilities. Felt a sweater by washing in hot water and tumbling dry. Cut the sweater into rectangular pieces and sew into tubes to fit your containers. Make them to cover pots of planted evergreens or glasses to hold Christmas candies. They also work great for to-go coffee cups (great gifts for your espresso-loving friends).

    Editor's Tip: To hold the wool cover in place, attach the hook side of adhesive hook-and-loop tape to the container and slide the wool cover over the top of the container.

Cookie Cutter Christmas Wreath

    If making cutout cookies isn't your thing, use cookie cutters in a new way this Christmas. To make this wreath, arrange large cookie cutters on a paper-covered work surface in a circular shape, and fill in the gaps with smaller cookie cutters. Glue the arrangement together with an adhesive appropriate for metals; let dry. Spray-paint the wreath, if desired, and finish with a festive bow.

Family Christmas Calendar

    Build anticipation for Christmas day with a handcrafted countdown calendar. Basic crafting supplies, a computer, and your creativity can transform a plain wooden plaque into a calendar filled with family photos.

Red & White Christmas Pillows

    Pillows add instant personality to any room. And handmade pillows like these are sure to be used for the holidays year after year. Our tree pillows were done in red-and-white, but you can use different color felts to match your style.

Cheery Christmas Blanket

    Give a purchased blanket a personalized touch with ribbon and pretty stitching in red and green. The result is a cuddly throw, perfect for a Christmas gift or an extra cover for holiday guests to use.

Photo Finish

    Mounted on cardstock and trimmed into photo-framing ornament shapes, these paper accents make whimsical decorations for the tabletop or mantel.

Christmas Message Board

    Keep yourself organized in style this holiday season. Wintry blue and white fabric and ribbons elevate a humble bulletin board to art-gallery status. Use pretty thumbtacks to post your essential holiday lists, recipes, party invitations, and reminders, or simply tuck your important papers between the ribbons.

Trees for Your Table

    Use fabric scraps and crafts wire to make these fun Christmas tree napkin rings. They're quick to make and require just a few supplies. Make a set for your holiday table or as a handmade present to give a friend.

DIY Snow Globe

    Snow globes can be found in stores by the dozen. Why not make your own? The trick is to use liquid glycerin -- an ingredient used to make handmade soaps -- available at crafts stores.

Christmas Village

    Build a neighborhood of houses for your Christmas mantel or table. Our "blueprints" give you the dimensions for re-creating these miniature homes.

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