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45 Best Christmas Arts and Crafts Ideas

Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and easy craft tutorials.


Making Christmas crafts is a great tradition to start with the family. Kids love to put ornaments that they have made on the tree. Making a nativity creche together helps remind us of the real reason for the holiday. Wreaths and centerpieces take on a special meaning when personally crafted. Christmas crafts are beautiful and thoughtful gifts to give.

I love Christmas and all the activities involved with it. Family get-togethers, decorated homes and businesses, Christmas trees, gifts—what's not to love about it? Kids love to make decorations for their classrooms and gifts for mom and dad. Many people like making their own Christmas decorations, and some of the items (like the easy, no-sew snowman) could become family heirlooms.

To find directions to make the unique Christmas houses shown above, go to the Craft website.


1. Mini Angels

You'll find the tutorial and the template for making these beautiful mini angels when you visit The Craft Train site. So very easy that the kids can make these for the family tree or to give as gifts.


2. Advent Calendar

Children love to count the days until Christmas using advent calendars. The tutorial for making them is found at Pysselbolaget. Be sure to hit the translate button.


3. Christmas Gnomes Ornaments

What a nice idea for using pine cones. I love these little Christmas gnomes. Find out how to make them by going to the Better Homes and Gardens site. Unbelievably easy to make.


4. Sculpty Nativity Set

You might want to start now to make this Nativity set because there are a number of figurines to make. You'll find the tutorials at Then She Made… Notice that the first tutorial includes a listing of the supplies needed, and how to make the wisemen. Click “tutorials” at the top of the page, and then under Christmas, to find the rest of the nativity characters and the stable tutorials.


5. J-O-Y Letters and Yarn Tree

For a beautiful mantel, shelf or tabletop display, make these large letters and yarn tree. Find the tutorial for both of these items at The Ribbon Retreat. Simple and elegant!

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6. Wineglass Snowman

For cute, super easy Christmas snowmen, make snowman faces on wineglasses. You'll find the tutorial at Crafty Morning.


7. Snowman Sentinel

Who better to watch over you while you prepare for Christmas than a group of watchful snowmen? Find "Snowman Sentinel" and other Christmas projects in the Christmas Projects Gallery on the Kids & Glitter elementary art projects blog.


8. Baseball Snowman Ornament

Wouldn't this be a perfect ornament exchange gift? It is suitable for a guy or a gal, and you can make it yourself. Find the tutorial for making this baseball snowman at Grassy Branch Farms.


9. Savior is Born Advent Calendar

An Advent calendar is a great way to guide the children and to remind them that the birth of Jesus is the real reason for celebrating Christmas. If you are thinking about making an Advent calendar, be sure to take a look at this one. You'll find the tutorial for this project at Sunlit Pages.


10. Music and Twine Bottles

If you don't have old music sheets to use for this project, consider doing a Google image search for some free pages to print off. Then go to Sweet Something Design to find and follow the tutorial that you'll find there.


11. Oh Holy Night Art

If you've ever wanted to paint a Christmas scene on canvas but were just too afraid to try, this art project is for you. Find out how easily you can paint a beautiful Christmas picture by going to VIEW ALONG THE WAY and following the easy to understand tutorial. You'll be so proud of your art.


12. Scrabble Ornaments

Do you have a Scrabble game that has missing letters? Recycle by making scrabble ornaments using the instructions at Happiness is Homemade.


13. Metal Look Reindeer

These deer look like a real expensive decorator piece that you'd place on an elegant fireplace mantle. These are made using wooden dowels. Find the tutorial at TAKENS-TIDBITS and see how easily you can make reindeer like these.


14. Scraps Angel Ornament

Beautiful! Make beautiful angel ornaments using scrap materials that you've been keeping for just this opportunity. You'll find the pictured tutorial for making this angel at Selilmut-ku.


15. Burlap Reindeer Ornament

Gather a bunch of kids together and have a craft party to make these whimsical reindeer. I love this little reindeer. For the tutorial to make one like him, go toThe Resourceful Mama.


16. North Pole Street Light

This cute Christmas idea uses a solar light to make Santa's street lights. I love this idea, you'll find the tutorial for making this craft at dollar store crafts. Some solar light are super inexpensive and would be perfect for this project.