Cute and Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids
Create homemade Christmas crafts with your kids! The whole family can get involved with holiday kids' T-shirts, Christmas window clings, fun ornaments, and more. We have the full instructions and everything you need to make fun Christmas crafts for kids.
String Tree Craft
Use our free pattern, below, to create a unique display-worthy card holder for Christmas. Wrap linen fabric around cork board, then use nails and string to design a tree shape inside. Our guide makes it easy!
Christmas Tree Shirt
Add holiday spirit to a purchased T-shirt with appliques from a fabrics store for a quick and easy Christmas craft for kids. This shirt features a skinny fabric trunk, a star, and the word "noel." To add the yarn branches, simply zigzag-stitch over the yarn with clear monofilament thread.
Homemade Christmas Wrapping Paper
Get your kids in the spirit of giving by letting them make their own wrapping paper. All you need is a roll of white or kraft paper, colorful acrylic paints, sponge rollers, and a kitchen sponge. After rolling a design onto the paper, cut a shape -- a Christmas tree or a star -- from the sponge and put the finishing touches on your homemade wrapping paper.
Christmas Crafts for Kids Tip: Let one paint color dry before starting with the next. Set up a fan near your work to minimize drying time.
Snowman Snack-Container Craft
Throw together this creative and simple snowman snack holder using a recycled plastic drink container. First, remove the label from the drink container. Using crafts glue, adhere a blue pom-pom to each side of the lid. Then glue each end of a black pipe cleaner directly above each pom-pom. Crumple, then roll a 1x1-inch square of construction paper into a small cone shape. Glue the paper cone onto the container using crafts glue. Tie a strip of light blue rickrack around the container for the snowman's scarf.
Colorful Clay Christmas Ornaments
A quick trip to the crafts store is all you need to make these pretty Christmas ornaments. Roll oven-bake clay into sheets 1/8-inch thick. Gently press a colorful clay bead (we used millefiori beads) into the center of a sheet; use decorative-edge scissors to trim around the bead. Bake the clay and the bead in the oven according to the package instructions; let cool.
Use glue to adhere the clay pieces and the clay beads together. Thread a 12-inch piece of crafts wire through the clay bead and add more beads to both ends, securing the beads by twisting the wire into a small loop.
Personalized Christmas Ornament
Any ornament can be customized in seconds with a name or Christmas message using simple letter stickers found at crafts stores. Add holiday stickers along with the name for a creative touch to these Christmas crafts for kids to make.
Paint Stick Snowflake Wreath
Let the kids help you make this Christmas wreath. All you need are paint sticks and paint, hot glue, ribbon, and pine.
Transform a pair of kid's polar fleece slippers into fun reindeer pals in a few simple steps. Cut the antlers and ears from different colors of crafts foam. Stuff the slippers with shopping bags to help hold their shape while you fasten the pieces. Use fabric glue to adhere the pieces in place, and use straight pins to hold everything together while the glue dries. Glue a pom-pom nose onto each slipper; attach googly eyes and a length of tan chenille cord for the mouth.
Salt-Dough Cookie Snowflake Ornaments
Just because your kids can't eat these cookies doesn't mean they won't love making them! Let your children roll out the salt-dough ornaments and decorate after baking with a marking pen.
Make this Christmas Crafts for Kids:
Mix 1/2 cup of salt, 1 cup of flour, and 1/2 cup of water until sticky. Roll the dough to a 1/4 inch-thick sheet and cut out snowflake shapes with cookie cutters. Use a skewer to make a hole for hanging. Bake for 4 hours in a 200˚F oven.
Snowflake Gloves for Kids
Make a pair of ordinary gloves extraordinary with a few pom-poms and sequins. With washable fabric glue, fasten tiny pom-poms all over the gloves. To make a snowman, glue a large white pom-pom to the front of the glove and use smaller ones in different colors for the eyes, nose, and mouth. Or, fasten small pom-poms to snowflake sequins for a frosty glove design.
Postcards, magazine clippings, and old Christmas cards make beautiful holiday decorations. Let your kids pick their favorite designs, then simply punch holes at the top to make these easy Christmas ornament crafts for kids.
Yarn Christmas Ornament
Colorful yarn ornaments are easy Christmas crafts for kids to make. Create the pom-poms using our step-by-step instructions (below) and skeins of brightly colored yarn. Add a hanging string, then let them hunt for the perfect spot on your tree to add it.
Make a kid-friendly Christmas tree from a container of Tinkertoys. Create the tree by placing eight equal-size rods in a wheel and assembling the rows of branches in graduating sizes. Put the tree together by placing a center rod between each horizontal layer of branches. Build the tree from the bottom to the top, starting with the wheels of larger rods and ending with the wheels of smaller rods. Place the tree in a small pot or mug.
Christmas Crafts for Kids Tip:
Decorate this Tinkertoy tree like you would a real one: Add a foil star at the top and hang a few small ornaments.
Jingle Bell Runner
Young kids can help dress up a standard table runner by gluing on small bells to spell a holiday word; let older kids hand-stitch a row of larger bells along the ends of the runner. Give ordinary picture frames Christmas cheer by gluing bells around the edges or along the top; place the frame atop the embellished runner for a final touch.
Let kids pick the color scheme for this Christmas wreath -- and then let them help make it, too! Simply help your kids hot-glue colorful pom-poms and vintage light reflectors onto a flat-back foam wreath base. You also could use bulbs, vintage buttons, or recycled materials.
Handmade Felt Christmas Stocking
Kids will have so much fun decorating their very own stocking to hang on the mantel. Draw stars and other designs onto colorful felt squares and carefully cut out each one. Cut the stocking shape from two 11x17 pieces of felt. Pin the patterns onto one piece of felt and glue the pieces in place. Fasten the two stocking pieces together with a blanket stitch all around the edges, leaving the opening at the top. Fold a piece of felt in half for the hanging loop; glue or stitch the ends inside the top right corner of the stocking.
Graham Cracker Christmas Village
A quick trip to the candy store is all it takes to find ingredients for this easy-to-make Christmas scene. Pick out various types of candy and small cookies; grab a few tubs of frosting and boxes of graham crackers. To make the base for your buildings, stack enough graham crackers to make a cube, then build the walls around it. Adhere the walls and roofs using frosting between pieces, and decorate your buildings with sprinkles and candy.
Treat your kids to a fun and easy-to-make Christmas snack made with snack cakes, fruit rolls, and candy. Cut a diagonal line in a snack cake so one piece is slightly longer than the other piece. Flip the smaller piece over so when the two pieces fit together, they form a stocking shape. Press the pieces together. Cut a length of fruit roll for the cuff and let the kids use decorator gel to spell a name on the fruit roll. For the hanging loop, cut a narrow strip of fruit roll and fold it in half, tucking the ends of the loop inside the top of the cuff. Kids will love decorating their stockings with mini candy pieces, which can be secured to the snack cake with small amounts of frosting.