Eco-friendly Christmas crafts are becoming more and more popular every year and we're fully behind them! Handmade Christmas gifts, eco-friendly wrapping, and sustainable decorations are great ways to start on your eco-journey. It's about using what you've got, raiding that stash, and using nature's foliage to create beautiful ornaments and home decor.


To help you make this December the greenest one yet we've gathered a whole bunch of eco-friendly Christmas crafts for you to create. Keep scrolling to find your next project and make sure you check out our hundreds of free Christmas crafts.

Best sustainable Christmas crafts

1. Pom napkin rings

Sarah Heart's shows you how to turn yarn into holly pompom napkin holders. She uses wooden rings for these napkin holders so for a more sustainable version dig out some old curtain rings and repurpose those into these cute decorations. You can learn how to make a pom pom right here on Gathered.

2. DIY foliage wreath

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Every home needs a festive wreath on its door. Learn how to make Christmas wreath from scratch with The Flower Appreciation Society's free tutorial. They use natural foliage and winter blooms making it fully sustainable. Simply compost once the Christmas celebrations have ended.

3. Orange peel decorations

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This Healthy Table shows you how to turn old orange peels into mini stars for the ultimate eco-friendly Christmas craft.

4. Embroidery hoop wreaths

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Turn old or spare embroidery hoops into adorable Christmas wreaths with Love Create Celebrate's tutorial. Once Christmas is over you can turn your hoops back into embroidery holders and stitch one of our free embroidery patterns!

5. Leaf decorations

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Decorations don't come more sustainable than Sweet Paul's rustic tree ornaments. Using just leaves, twine and scissors they've created a bunch of eco-friendly decorations for you to replicate.

6. Advent calendar stockings

How to sew advent calendar Christmas stockings

These mini advent calendar stockings are the perfect stash-busting project. Use up all those spare Christmas materials and turn them into a DIY advent calendar. You could even fill them with eco-friendly presents and vegan treats.

7. Cinnamon stick decorations

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Eco-friendly Christmas decorations don't come anymore au natural than Jojotastic's cinnamon stick himmeli ornaments.

8. Christmas sack

How to make a Christmas gift sack

Avoid gift bags this Christmas and opt for the more eco-friendly choice, fabric Santa sacks! Learn how to make a Christmas gift sack with Rebecca Reid's free tutorial.

9. Eco-friendly Christmas wrapping

Suminagashi gift wrap tutorial

Ditch wrapping paper this year and make your own! We have everything from suminagashi gift wrap tutorials to handmade wrapping paper DIYs. You can also learn how to make gift bags out of wrapping paper so you can make this Christmas the most handmade yet.

10. Star place holders

How to make a Christmas star table place holder

Another stash-busting project is Anna Alicia's star place holders. These are great because you can use them again and again for New Year's Eve, birthday parties, dinner parties or you could even turn them into bunting for the little one's room.

11. Rosemary wreath decorations

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Spoon Fork Bacon's mini rosemary wreaths make wonderful, eco-friendly gift decorations or place cards. They're even more sustainable if you grow the rosemary yourself!

12. Origami star decorations

How to make origami stars with fabric

Learn how to make origami stars from fabric scraps with Anna Alicia's free tutorial. We have lots of easy origami for beginners here on Gathered so get folding!

13. DIY clay decorations

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Forget the cheap plastic decorations, air clay ornaments are simple to make, affordable and will keep the whole family entertained. Homemade Productions shows you how to make your own in their free tutorial. They also show you how to make little trinket dishes which would make fab gifts! For more clay tutorials check out our DIY coasters and Scandi Christmas star garland projects.

14. Christmas tree bunting

Free Christmas bunting Sewing Pattern

Turn old clothes into eco-friendly Christmas decorations with Anna Alicia's free Christmas bunting pattern.

15. Turn sweaters into stockings

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Use Skip to my Lou's tutorial and turn an old fleece into a stocking. If you need all your fleeces to keep warm this winter then we recommend raiding the charity shops. We also show you how to refashion a blanket into embroidered Christmas stockings right here on Gathered!

16. Fabric scrap baubles

Easy Christmas baubles tutorial

Collect up all your scrap materials and revamp last year's baubles with our fabric scrap bauble tutorial. You can also turn your scrap fabrics into eco-friendly Christmas decorations with our fabric paper chain tutorial.

17. Scrap yarn trees

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Vicki Howell shows you how to make eco-friendly Christmas decorations using scrap yarn from your stash. Her free tutorial includes the pattern for this super cute knitted tree.

18. Toilet roll tube snowflakes

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Eco-friendly Christmas decorations are ones you can easily recycle when the festivities are over. Save up your empty toilet rolls and transform them into these snowflake decorations with Vera's tutorial.

19. Quilted gift tags

Free Christmas foundation paper piecing patterns

If you're a quilter this is an eco-friendly project for you. Gather up those scraps and use our free Christmas foundation paper piecing patterns to create these lovely gift tags. Browse our modern quilt patterns and free Christmas quilt patterns for more stitchy projects.

20. Lollypop stick snowflakes

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A Girl and a Glue Gun show you how to turn wooden lolly sticks into gorgeous wooden snowflakes over on her blog. As her name suggests you will need a glue gun for this tutorial so if you're on the hunt for one have a read of our best glue guns guide.

21. DIY Christmas cards

Free knitted Christmas cards

Shop-bought cards often come wrapped in plastic and contain lots of glitter which is both bad for the planet and for your carpet! Learn how to make your own cards with our knitted Christmas card patterns and for more card making projects check out our free card making downloads.

22. Recycled paper stars

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The Mini Smallholder has a whole collection of eco-friendly Christmas crafts on their blog. They include a tutorial on how to turn old papers into these ornate Christmas stars.

23. Macrame decorations

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Spruce up old baubles with A Place of My Taste's macrame tutorials. There are four designs to choose from so grab your rope and start knotting. If you're a macrame newbie then head to our basic macrame knots guide.

24. Make your own Christmas jumper


We all know the effects fast fashion has on the planet so rather than buying your 2020 Christmas jumper why not transform an old t-shirt? Simply Crochet show you how to make and add this T-shirt tree embellishment to your outfits. We also have a whole bunch of free Christmas decoration crochet patterns which will help you make your own handmade ornaments for the tree.

25. Pinecone swans

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Pick up some pinecones on your winter walks then turn them into Handmade Charlotte's elegant swan decorations.

26. Peanut snowmen

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Evermine shows you how to turn peanuts into little snowmen over on her blog. This would be a fab and festive afternoon activity to do with the kids. Look through our craft ideas for kids for more creative projects to do with the little ones.

27. Gold leaf placemats

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Hello Honey shows you how to turn autumn leaves into personalised gold place cards in her tutorial. Eco-friendly Christmas crafts have never been so decadent.

28. Cardboard gingerbread banner

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Transform cardboard boxes into a gingerbread garland with Pillar Box Blue's free tutorial.

29. Dried fruit garlands

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Master the art of drying fruit with Evermine's tutorial. Oranges, grapefruits, limes and lemons all make for gorgeous, traditional and most importantly, eco-friendly Christmas decorations.

30. DIY Christmas crackers

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Many high street Christmas crackers use lots of unrecyclable materials and are filled with plastic toys. Instead, make eco-friendly Christmas decorations by learning how to make Christmas crackers. We've also rounded up 11 of the best Christmas cracker kits which include several eco-friendly versions.

31. Sew your own gift tags

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Stitch up your own gift tags with A Wonderful Thought's tutorial. She provides you with a printable template but for a more eco-friendly version why not just copy hers using your own hand?

32. DIY snow cones

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These DIY snowy pinecones by Sew Historically use completely natural ingredients making them a fab eco-friendly Christmas craft.

33. Popcorn garlands

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Here's a tasty twist on tradition! Add a splash of colour to your decoration with this popcorn and cranberry garland tutorial - just try not too eat too much of it!

34. Salt dough ornaments

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Go old school with by learning how to make salt dough. It's an affordable eco-friendly Christmas craft that the whole family can make.

35. Star anise wreath

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Who knew star anise could make pretty, eco-friendly Christmas decorations? This super simple wreath tutorial by Thistle + Fig will look and smell lovely hanging in your home.

36. Floating candles

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Every eco-friendly Christmas home needs candles. Today's Creative Life features this floating candle tutorial which uses easy to find and natural materials including ferns, berries and water!

37. Pomegranate table runner

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Fruit and veg make great eco-friendly Christmas decorations. Spruce up your table with Julie Blanner's natural pomegranate table runner.

38. Minimalist Triangle Tree

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Make My Green Closet's minimalist/Scandinavian style Christmas tree for your mantelpiece.

39. Paper stars

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Turn old newspapers and books into traditional paper stars with Homemade Gifts Made Easy's tutorial. We also have some super cute and traditional paper Christmas decorations that will make these stars perfectly.

40. Herb garland

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This herb banner will smell as good as it looks in your home. Follow A Fabulous Fete's tutorial and make your own eco-friendly banner.

41. Glass Christmas frames

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Finally, make those unused frames (or go and raid the charity shops) into Christmassy signs with Northern Feelings tutorial.

42. Christmas table runner pattern

Christmas table runner pattern

Use all your scrap festive fabrics to make Jessica Entwistle's festive Christmas table runner pattern. Once you've sewn yours you can bring it out year after year for all the family to enjoy.

43. Christmas patchwork coasters

Christmas patchwork coasters

Learn how to make Christmas patchwork coasters using Jess Entwistle charming pattern. These are great beginner-friendly eco-friendly Christmas decorations that are suitable for newbie sewers. Head over to our sewing for beginners guide for tips and tricks that will help you sew these coasters.

44. DIY Christmas baubles

DIY Christmas baubles

Transform plain baubles into beautiful gold-dipped ones using nail varnish! Follow Lana Red’s DIY Christmas baubles tutorial to upcycle your old Christmas decorations.

45. Christmas calligraphy upcycled crate

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Need some Christmas storage? Upcycle an old crate into a festive box with just a calligraphy pen and some red card! Use Kirsten Burke's Christmas calligraphy upcycled crate tutorial to make your own.

46. Clay Christmas star bunting

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Clay is a great material for making eco-friendly Christmas decorations. Creature Comforts shows you how to make this Scandinavian Christmas star garland here on Gathered. If you fall in love with clay making (we bet you will) then head over to our air dry clay Christmas decorations tutorial after making your star garland.

47. DIY felt Christmas decorations

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Everyone has spare felt in their craft stash! Use that felt to make Sabina Gibson’s DIY felt Christmas decorations. They're the cutest eco-friendly Christmas decorations and they'd make lovely gifts.

48. Button Christmas tree

How to make Christmas tree decorations out of buttons

Collect all your spare buttons and transform them into a tiny tree with our easy tutorial. Learn how to make Christmas tree decorations from buttons right here on Gathered.

49. Sustainable Christmas garland

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Eco-friendly Christmas decorations don't come more sustainable than Miesje Chafer’s recycled Christmas card garland. Dig out all those old cards (or hit the charity shops) and turn them into this colourful sustainable Christmas garland.

50. Easy-sew DIY Christmas decorations

How to sew softie Christmas tree decorations

We've got another tutorial for those of you with loads of festive fat quarters left over. Follow Rebecca Ried's easy-sew DIY Christmas decorations and whip up your own eco-friendly Christmas decorations.

51. Origami Christmas tree

DIY Origami Christmas tree

Gather up your leftover Christmas papers and turn them into a cute origami Christmas tree. If you don't have any spare papers then we have lots of colourful Christmas patterned papers that are perfect for paper crafting.


We hope you've enjoyed our eco-friendly Christmas decorations round-up. For more creative projects head to our five minutes crafts round-up.


Phoebe Burt
Phoebe BurtSEO and Communities Editor, Gathered

Phoebe has worked for Gathered, and our sister magazine Mollie Makes, for 3 years. She manages our Arts & Crafts section and specialises in social media and content strategy. She has a background in all things marketing, a flair for Pinterest and a knack for finding the next big craft trend. Previously she worked as Digital Campaign Executive for Fat Media. You may recognise her name from Mollie Makes Social Media magazine, where she shared her expertise and top tips on becoming social media savvy.

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