39 Cute Crafts Projects to Make as Thoughtful Christmas Gifts
Travel Chinese Checkers Game
A travel game is the perfect unique Christmas gift for anyone who loves a good time. Follow this easy DIY, whip up this Chinese checkers game, and get playing.
Polymer Clay Earrings
These colorful DIY clay earrings are perfect for anyone who loves to make a bold statement. Don't let the bright colors and patterns fool you; these earrings are so easy to make, you can whip up a a whole set of pretty clay earrings for everyone on your list in just a few hours.
Playful fabric can turn into an adorable Christmas gift idea you can make in an afternoon. Help your friends corral their reusable utensils inside our roll-up pouch that has divided pockets to fit narrow and wide spoons, forks, and straws. Then roll it up and fasten the tie ends for compact storage your besties will thank you for.
Punch Needle Doormat
If anyone on your Christmas list has recently moved to a new home or apartment, this sweet punch needle doormat will be a welcome addition to their new space. Pair it with one of our other favorite gifts for new homeowners for a sweet first Christmas in their new home.
Cute Wine Bag
Bottoms up! This toast-worthy gift is perfect for hosts and guests alike. Simply turn a flour-sack towel into a wine holder with just four easy helpers: Iron-on fusible adhesive ($4, Michaels), freezer paper, a kitchen sponge or sponge paintbrush, and fabric paint. Pop in the bubbly and you’re golden!
Dried Flower Resin Coasters
These bright and fun DIY resin coasters are the perfect gift because they're totally customizable. Once you pour the resin, you can fill them with anything you like: Dried flowers, photos, or even small trinkets.
Please everyone on your Christmas list with the gift of food. This delicious DIY breakfast comes together in a snap, thanks to purchased pancake mix, a container of milk, pure maple syrup, and fresh blueberries. Make identifying tags from twine and cardstock; an unused guest check transforms into an adorable recipe instructions sheet.
Handmade Dog Toy
Canvas Tote Bag
This oversize canvas tote bag is a stylish DIY gift for anyone on the go. We'll show you how to make it using canvas and faux leather. Customize the bag's liner with a colorful pattern for a cute Christmas gift they’ll use again and again.
Colorful Resin Hair Clips
Decorative Clay Knots
We all have someone on our list who is hard to shop for. These DIY polymer clay knots are a great option for that person who already has everything, because each one is totally one-of-a-kind. Plus, it's easy to choose clay colors that match their existing decor, so you'll know they'll fit right in.
Stunning Sun Hat
Have a friend headed to a beach vacay? This DIY sun hat Christmas gift proves handmade is so much better than store-bought. Round up a whimsical sun hat and customize it with any phrase you like.
Adorable Felted Whale
"Cheers" Wine Wrap
Put your DIY Christmas gift on display with a clever package idea. Pour a little red wine or grape juice into a shallow bowl. Fold a plain cloth kitchen dish towel ($4, Target) into quarters and lay flat on a table. Dip the edges of the base of a wineglass into the wine. Quickly set down the wineglass on the dish towel to create a circular wine stain. Using a letter-stamping kit, stamp your message across the center of the wine circle. Once dry, tie the dish towel around a bottle of wine.
Fabric Yo-Yo Art
A colorful and creative piece of artwork makes the perfect unique Christmas gift for anyone in your life. These fabric yo-yos assembled in straight rows show off the beautiful patterns. Sew yo-yos together, then attach them to the edge of the frame with a staple gun. To speed things up, skip the sewing and use a hot-glue gun to secure the yo-yos in place.
Everyone loves a Christmas craft, and in this craft, colorful baker's twine and paper mache come together to create a too-cute monogrammed Christmas gift. Embellish a flat wooden frame with varying widths of wrapped twine on opposite corners. Then display a twine-wrapped paper mache letter inside the frame opening.
Shibori Tea Towels
Add pizzazz to plain tea towels for a heartfelt and practical Christmas gift idea. Simply use an easy dyeing-technique to create these colorful shibori tea towels.
DIY Cork Coasters
Popcorn isn't the only thing we string at Christmastime. Cheers to another holiday season with these simple painted cork coasters! Just punch a hole and string around festive beer bottles. Bonus: They can double as ornaments!
DIY Bath Bombs
Monogram Travel Map
Unique Christmas gifts don’t have to cost a fortune. Commemorate a special vacation shared with your loved ones with a map-covered monogram letter. Use decoupage medium ($3, Michaels) to adhere a map to the front of a paper mache letter. For extra durability, brush the surface with a second coat of medium and let it dry before adding flag-top pins to mark your visits or favorite cities.
Trendy Cactus Terrarium
Glittering Kitchen Canisters
The foodie in your life will display these DIY canisters front and center in the kitchen. Create the easy Christmas craft in two easy steps. First, adhere letter stickers ($4, Michaels) to white ceramic canisters, then use gold and brown fine-tip oil-base markers to fill in the tiny dots. Let dry, peel off the stickers, and wrap them up!
Transform plain plates into colorful DIY dishware with the help of decoupage medium and patterned fabric. Make a set using her favorite colors and designs for a thoughtful gift she'll love to display.
Here it is! The perfect Christmas gift idea for the fashionista in your life. For a fashion-forward jewelry display, place fabric over a corkboard and adhere on the back using glue. Paint a picture frame in a matching color. Place the corkboard in the frame, then gift with simple pearl-head pins for hanging.
Baker's Twine Pom-Pom Bookmarks
The book-lovers in your life will be wowed by our pom-pom bookmarks that double as cute Christmas gifts. To make, simply hot-glue a felt flower and baker's twine pom-pom to a purchased felt-covered elastic headband. Print the pattern and cut three petal shapes from felt for the flower, then top with an easy-to-make pom-pom.
People who sew know how essential a pincushion is to their craft. So why not make one of these practical tools done up in fun trims and fabrics? These DIY modern pincushions start with geometric cut felt pieces.
In need of Christmas gift ideas for mom? A seldom-used or thrifted wooden tray easily transforms into an adorable chalkboard that's perfect in its new role as a photo display. Use yellow and black chalkboard paint ($3, Michaels) to decorate; once painted, wrap a picture-hanging wire through the handles and across the tray front. Twist the wire ends together on the back of the tray. Mini clothespins make perfect picture holders.
You won’t find another mug like this on the shelf. Use a ceramic pen to personalize this cute Christmas gift as you please. Keep it cheap by searching thrift stores for the perfect cup and saucer.
Mosaic Desktop Tray
This sweet mosaic organizer starts with eggshells and a wash of color. Draw a design on transfer paper. Apply a thin coat of decoupage medium to a ceramic or plastic tray; let dry. Transfer the design to the tray. Rinse the interior membrane from eggshells; let dry. Apply crafts paint to some shells. Break the shells into small pieces. Coat the tray with decoupage medium, and lightly press shells to the surface to create the design. Apply clear acrylic resin or polyurethane to protect your design.
Personalized Tea Kit
Make a gift as warm as your holiday sentiments. A custom tea blend with all the trimmings gives your favorite tea-lover a reason to think fondly of you with every sip. Start with individual-size heat-seal tea bags. Create or buy a loose tea blend and spoon it into the bags. Insert a length of decorative twine into the bag, keeping it in the center of the bag opening. To seal, press down on the edge with a warm iron. Glue an embellished tag to the end of the twine. Arrange tea bags and honey sticks inside a teacup to complete the kit.
Memory-Saver Photo Frame
Highlight special memories of a trip, destination, hobby, or other event with a gift that serves as a visual reminder of both the giver and the occasion. Permanent blendable-ink markers create the shading and coloring. Arrange words and phrases in an illustration program or image-editing program, and convert them to an outline font. Print on art paper or marker paper. Color the words and outline them in black. Use as a mat to frame a photo. Embellish as desired.
Alphabet Artwork Gift
Spell your sentiments with bright colors and patterns. Create an alphabet collage, compose a saying, or spell a name. Use a papier-mache letter as a template to trace the shape onto the back of patterned paper. Paint the letter blocks in coordinating colors. Cut out the paper shapes and glue them to the letters. Use a crafts knife to trim any excess paper, then assemble your personalized message.
Painted-Glass Botanical Art
Got a frame, a paint pen, and a print? You can transform this pretty Christmas gift idea into real life. Print a copyright-free botanical image from an online source. Place glass from a picture frame over the image on a hard surface. Trace the outline of the botanical onto the glass using a fine-tip permanent paint pen. Let dry. Using an extra-fine-tip pen, fill in details. Let dry. Place glass in the frame; place colored fabric or paper on the painted surface. Replace the frame's backing and secure.
Embroidered States Artwork
Capture memories of places near and dear by stitching the outlines of states in this cute Christmas gift. Choose places your recipient has lived or favorite destinations. Mark special locations with felt hearts.
Nature-Theme Log Art
Your unique Christmas gift practically sings when colorful birds are emblazoned on log discs. Reminiscent of souvenir log art, this display combines rustic charm and vivid color. Use a miter saw to cut a slice of wood. Print an image of a bird or other wildlife onto iron-on transfer paper ($13, Staples), then follow the manufacturer's instructions to apply the image to the wood. Protect the transfer with gloss sealer.
Capture memories of exotic vacations or dreams of yet-to-come adventures. Framed destination maps make handsome displays. On a vintage or new map, select a location and cut out that section in a size to fit your frame. Mount it on a backing using spray adhesive ($8, Michaels) for a smooth look, then add the mat and frame.