Hold on to your sleigh, we’re off to a Winter Wonderland of kids craft ideas. From sparkly Santas to homemade snow globes, there are so many ways to get mini makers involved in crafts over the holiday season. When it comes to easy Christmas crafts for kids, we are in our happy place. We were those kids at school who covered everything in lashings of glitter as soon as November came around and cut up our Quality Street wrappers to make handmade Christmas cards. The only problem for us in writing this article for you was limiting ourselves to 50 ideas – we had to sneak in a couple of extras. But nonetheless we have forced ourselves to pick some of the most happy making festive projects. Playing Jingle Bells or Walking in a Winter Wonderland on Spotify while you read on is optional but recommended.
This post includes over 50 favourite ideas for merry making, to suit all ages from toddlers to teens. Turn hand prints into wreaths, whip up recycled reindeer, cut paper snowflakes or find inspiration for DIY gifts and kits to keep the whole family busy. We’ve got loads of kids craft decorations to try too– from garlands to DIY tree ornaments. While we’ve included some really awesome craft kits to tempt you, most of the ideas in this guide can be made with basic craft supplies (best stock up on your glitter now) or using recycled household objects from lolly pop sticks to loo rolls.
Looking for DIY elf hats? Handmade snowmen? Handmade gifts and stocking fillers that you can get the kids involved with? Read on to discover the best Christmas craft ideas for kids. And if this kind of thing is up your street, you might also like our guide to the best Craft Ideas for Kids. If you’re on the hunt for grown up festive makes (because why should we miss out on all the fun?) how about these free Christmas decoration crochet patterns or our favourite Christmas knitting patterns? And for the ultimate in hand crafted family festive heirloom, find out How to make a Christmas stocking.
Main image: Handprint wreath by The Best Ideas for Kids.
Best Christmas craft ideas for kids
Turn old buttons into Christmas trees
We always knew that button jar would come in handy! Turn buttons from pre-loved garments into DIY Christmas tree decorations (or if you like this idea for your kids you can also buy some pretty inexpensive button packs online too!
Popsicle Stick Christmas Tree Decorations
Nothing beats recycled junk modelling crafts with kids – not only are the supplies cheap but it fires their imagination about how to convert every day objects into creations to be proud of. One Little Project has this lovely tutorial for How to make lolly pop stick tree decorations.
We’ve intentionally included ideas for all ages in this article and this is the first of many toddler Christmas craft ideas that we’re bringing you. Turn simple hand prints into a DIY paper wreath with The Best Ideas for Kids: How to make a hand print wreath – if you’re feeling brave (and your little ones aren’t still in the phase of wanting to eat or lick everything they touch), you could even reach for the PVA glue and let them decorate with ribbon bows, sticky gems or mini pom poms.
Easy paper tree decorations
Thanks to The Link Site for brining this clever idea for inexpensive, simple but effective paper strip Christmas tree decorations – they’re based on a free tutorial by How About Orange for DIY Paper Flower Ornaments: check it out here: How to make paper strip tree decorations
All you need for this oh-so-fun DIY from Simple Everyday Mom is some Kraft Paper, card and basic craft supplies. Kids will love it twice over – first for the crafting session and secondly for the dress-up potential! Free reindeer headband printable and DIY
Weave Christmas baskets
There is something essentially hypnotic about weaving – kid absolutely love it and many will be entertained for hours as they concentrate on watching their creations grow. If you want a starter kit, try these Basket Weaving Kits (£6.95 for a pack of 4) from Baker Ross.
Paint chip Christmas garland
Why buy expensive Christmas craft supplies when you can refashion DIY decorations using every day items? Girl and a Glue Gun has come up with this nifty way to upcycle paint chip samples into colourful Christmas garlands. How to make a paint chip garland
Elf Hat Printable
You don’t have to watch Elf the movie to make these DIY printable papercraft Elf hat templates from Kids’ Craft Room, but we can’t think of a better excuse to crack open Buddy the Elf on TV! Dressing up has to be one of our favourite types of projects when it comes to Christmas crafts for kids – try it tonight with this Free elf hat printable.
Thread beaded ornaments
Grab a handful of beads and some pipe cleaners and you’ve got all you need to thread and twist mini Christmas wreaths! Makes and Takes shows you how in their tutorial for How to bead your own ornaments
Instant-print Sloth Christmas cards
Slow down and beat the Christmas rush with our fun printable sheets of Christmas sloths! Give kids a pair of safety scissors and some pritt stick and card blanks and let them go to town making their own fun animal Christmas cards! Free Christmas sloths printables
Christmas Bauble Colouring page
Trail of Colours has got a set of free printable festive colouring sheets which will keep kids entertained for hours, including these fun baubles! Free Christmas Bauble Colouring page
Snow slime in a jar
It’s a fact of life that all kids love slime, right? No Time for Flash Cards shows you how to add a festive touch with their Snow Slime in a jar tutorial! How to make snow slime
DIY Plywood Christmas trees
We’re loving this keepsake idea we found on Etsy –it’s the perfect way of combining the chance to get children involved in some messy play with sequins and glue with the chance to make an heirloom decoration to gift to grandparents, friends and family members. Get started with a kit from Mezzy Creations Crafts on Etsy, £6.50.
Paper ball reindeer
Oh ho ho this is one of our favourites in this collection – grab a few pieces of paper and cut them into strips to make your very own DIY Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. Easy, Peasy and Fun shows you How to make paper ball reindeers
Paper plate baubles
This lovely messy play idea lets children design their very own baubles using paper plates and few small scraps of tissue paper, felt or whatever other supplies you have lying around at home (try it with magazine pages or crisp packets if you don’t have suitable art papers to hand). Thanks Arty Crafty Kids for the idea! How to make paper plate baubles
Make Christmas jam jars / mason jars
DIY your gifts with this lovely idea for me-made Christmas presents and socking fillers. Fill them with everything from tasty coffee beans to cookie recipe ingredients, sweets or origami mini stars. This is an easy idea to whip up at home with store cupboard supplies or check out these Mason Jar Gift kits (£19.30 from Not on the High Street)
Easy paper plate angel
Another idea we remember fondly from our own childhoods was making mini angels from paper circles to place on top of the tree. Crafty Morning recreates this classic Christmas craft idea with their guide to How to make Paper plate angels.
Sun catcher ornaments banner
DIY decorations double up as a fun way to keep kids busy while also letting them show off their work proudly when you use it to decorate the house! Playground Park Bench has got a lovely twist on hand crafted kids ornaments with this tutorial for How to make a suncatcher ornaments banner.
Loo roll Christmas Elves
We’ve included a couple of their ideas in this round-up as we have a bit of a craft crush on Arty Crafty Kids (can we come round and play with you please?). Here they show to rescue loo rolls from the recycling bin with their guide to How to make cardboard tube Elf craft.
Crafty Morning brings you the ultimate in simple Christmas crafts for kids – snip simple paper shapes then combine them with pin hinges to make a happy penguin! How to make a moving part penguin
Turn wreaths into paper straws
We do love a Christmas craft idea which uses every day items rather than expensive stash! Turn paper straws into mini wreaths with this tutorial from Projects With Kids – How to make paper straw wreaths
Mix pom poms and pine cones
Any Christmas craft idea that’s an excuse to go for a wonder in the woods before you get cosy at the craft table gets our vote! One Little Project has combined both with this easy DIY for How to make pine cone ornaments
Yarn wrapped tree ornaments
A lovely simple idea this one, cut cardboard triangles and reach for your yarn scraps to wrap them in wool to make mini Christmas trees! Decorate with pom poms, sequins or beads! Easy, Peasy and Fun brings you this guide to How to make yarn tree ornaments
Build a no sew sock snowman
When we think about Christmas craft ideas for kids, snowmen are one of the first things we think of. Try this lovely tutorial from Easy, Peasy and Fun for How to make a sock snowman – no sewing required!
Make your own Christmas rubber stamps
This idea is one for older kids – or for children to ask a grown up to help with as it involves a blade! Get mini makers involved designing their own Christmas stamps and use Mollie Makes‘ tutorial to turn them into DIY rubber stamps! Perfect for turning their designs into DIY festive wrapping paper, cards and tags. How to make a rubber stamp
Make a crafty advent calendar
Create your own DIY advent calendar (we’ve got a few tutorials here on Gathered but this How to make an advent calendar tutorial is a good one to start) and fill the days with different craft supplies, from sequins to glitter glue tubes, pom poms, tissue paper squares for mosaics or beads. Alternatively if you want to splash out, we have got our sights set on this Craftvent Calendar by The Make Arcade (£55, John Lewis).
Salt dough handprint ornaments
This one’s for all those of you looking for Christmas crafts for toddlers – The Best Ideas for Kids brings you this easy tutorial for How to make salt dough ornaments. If you want to learn the basics of making salt dough, we’ve also got a video guide in our tutorial for How to make salt dough.
Paper plate Christmas trees
Another lovely project if you’re on the hunt for Christmas crafts for toddlers – Creative Family Fun show you how to take paper plates, add some glue and pom poms How to make paper plate Christmas trees
Reindeer gift bags
Get children involved in making your own gift wrapping as well as decorations with this fun DIY from Happy Go Lucky blog for how to turn Kraft gift bags into jolly reindeer! How to make reindeer gift bags
My first festive embroidery
If you’ve got older children in the family who are keen to learn the magic of sewing and embroidery then the Holiday season is the perfect excuse to get cracking! Download our free Christmas embroidery motifs from Mollie Johanson and Mollie Makes magazine or check out this lovely Joy Wreath kit from £12 on Not on the High Street.
Free Buddy the Elf printable
A personalised kids Christmas craft idea that the kids will adore, turn your family photos into a merry band of happy elves with Every Day Mom’s Free Buddy The Elf Printable
How to cut paper snowflakes
We’ve included a lot of our own personal favourite Christmas crafts for kids that we remember fondly from our own childhood in this article, and It’s Always Autumn have got a lovely DIY on their website for one of our all time favourite festive makes. Snip and cut paper snowflakes with kaleidoscope effects with this guide to DIY Paper Snowflakes – free templates and tutorial
Rudolf Christmas Craft
One of a few reindeer ideas in this round-up (we may even have enough to pull Santa’s sleigh), The Inspiration Edit bring you this cute DIY for How to make Wooden Rudolf ornaments. Their version uses wood slices for the basic reindeer’s face but you could also easily swap this out for a circle cut from a cardboard box.
Sew easy felt gingerbread houses
Pre-teens and teenagers who are ready to have fun with needle and thread will love our DIY gingerbread houses made from felt and simple shapes!
DIY Christmas candles
Oh ho ho yes we DID say make your own candles. Kids and hot wax – what could go wrong? Luckily Baker Ross have got a starter set which children can use to mould warm wax into their very own festive candles. It’s basically play dough but they get to set light to it! Christmas Candle Kits – Baker Ross (£8.99 each or £25.75 for a pack of 3)
Paper chain advent calendar
Why have we never thought of this before?! Modge Podge Rocks takes paper chains up a level with this guide to How to make a paper chain advent countdown
Try festive needle punching
It’s the craft trend that’s swept our world in 2020 (even lockdown can’t stop us reaching for our needle punching supplies), and now you can get kids in on the action with these super cute Christmas needle punching kits from Party Vale – £14.80 on Etsy. Choose between 5 designs and let the fun begin.
Gingerbread House card
One for all you card making fans – a scrumptious tutorial from i Heart Crafty Things for DIY gingerbread house cards. How to make a Gingerbread House card
Easy paper origami Christmas wreath
For a unique twist on traditional Christmas wreaths, fold paper pieces into an origami version! A great one to get a group of kids together to make as they can watch their efforts grow into the finished wreath! Our example below uses spring colours but adapt it for a more festive feel by swapping the paper you use for dark greens with pops of red (or to match your Christmas colour scheme of choice!). If you want to let the kids take full control, give them some sequins or beads and PVA glue to add “berries” to finish it off!
Pottery painting made easy
If you can’t get to a pottery painting cafe this year, bring the experience to your how with these DIY Paint your own clay ornaments kits (£6 from Not on the High Street). It’s the perfect way to try Christmas arts and crafts for kids with one simple kit (for all those of you who don’t have a pre-stocked craft cupboard) plus these sweet decorations make lovely gifts for grandparents and family members.
Make jumping elf puppets
Dive into this fun DIY project that kids can play with for hours after they’ve finished making it! Kids Craft Room bring you this guide to How to make elf puppets
Air drying fingerprint decorations
Another lovely toddler crafts idea but it would work well with older kids too! Make their fingerprints centre stage of me-made tree ornments with Mum in the Mad House’s tutorial forHow to make clay fingerprint deocrations
Preschool craft idea – name a snowman
A lovely nursery-friendly make from Fun a Day – younger kids who are learning to write their names will love this guide for How to make easy named snowmen.
Turn circles into candy canes
If you’re short of time, why let that put you off when there are quick and easy kids’ craft ideas out there like Fun EZ Crafts’ DIY for How to make simple candy cane ornaments from simple punched circles.
Waterless snow globes
Who says easy Christmas crafts for kids can’t also be magical and pretty impressive? We love this tutorial from Tidy Mum for How to make waterless snow globes.
Easy beaded candy cane ornaments
If you’ve found this post because you’re searching for Christmas Crafts for Kids online, chances are candy canes will be topping your must make list. We’ve found this cute tutorial from Foundation Avenue Kitchen for How to make beaded candy canes.
Paper plate Santa Claus
Arty Crafty Kids are the complete pros when it comes to Christmas arts and crafts for kids – this How to make a Paper plate Santa Claus brings back memories of our own pre-school craft early memories. The beauty of this one is that all you need is a paper plate, some paints, cotton wool and glue to make your on Father Christmas and your mini makers will love showing it off as they get excited about Christmas Eve.
Decorate Christmas jumpers
This is a lovely example of simple Christmas crafts for kids where young crafters get to be in charge of what they do with it and you can sit back and leave them too it (if you can resist joining in too!). Fun Learning With Kids have shared this idea to make a DIY collage kit – fill a tray with different accessories, cut out some Christmas Sweater shapes and leave them to do the rest! How to make a DIY Ugly Christmas Sweaters collage kit for kids.
Make fabric paper chains
Paper chains have to be the ultimate in Christmas craft ideas for kids but why not add fabric into the mix with our step by step tutorial? Not only will they make decorations that you can keep for years and years, but you’ll get to teach them to sew too!
Make lolly pop stick snowflakes
Our second lolly pop stick upcycling idea in this article (because they’re both so cute we couldn’t pick one over the other) – Toddler Approved shows you How to make sparkly snowflake decorations
Decorate finger print Christmas trees
There are a few different ways you can use fingerprints as a central part of your kids crafts this Christmas (and mini makers love the messy element of dipping their mitts in glue), but we really like the way A Dab of Glue Will Do adds the unique element of masking to turn negative space into an easy hand-painted Christmas art project. Make these into cards, gift wrap or tags! How to do Christmas Tree finger print craft
Make sweet button Christmas trees
We found this idea on Not on The High Street (where you can snag a kit from just £2.75) but you can easily recreate this lovely Christmas crafts for kids idea with a few buttons and some thread. They make lovely little Christmas gifts for teachers and stocking fillers.
Melted bead ornaments
How massively cute is this tutorial from One Little Project? (We’re officially hooked on this website). Check out their beautiful but easy to try DIY melted bead ornaments tutorial