46 Best Christmas Arts and Crafts Ideas

Updated on February 6, 2020
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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!

6. Snowman Faces Garland

For a cute, super easy Christmas garland, make this snowman faces one. You'll find the tutorial at Better Homes and Gardens. So easy because they are just air-dry clay formed over foam balls. I'm sure you'll be able to think of other ideas for using them also.

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. Snowman Ornaments

You can make these simple but beautiful snowman ornaments for Christmas this year. Find the instructions at I heart naptime.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. Scrabble Ornaments

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

14. 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.

15. 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.

16. Cork and Burlap Reindeer Ornament

Gather a bunch of girl friends together and have a craft night to make these whimsical reindeer. I love this little reindeer. For the tutorial to make one like him, go to Inch of Creativity

17. 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.

18. Everygreen Angel

Learn how to make this evergreen angel by finding the instructions at Canadian Living.

19. Jar Lid Ornaments

A great family time Christmas ornament making party. Go to craftown.com to see how these are made.

20. Quaint Santa Figure

21. Christmas Magnets

Make magnets by using the pictures supplied by Insightful Nana or use other pictures for magnet.

22. Snowflakes

The kids will love making these beautiful snowflakes because they get to use painters tape and paint to make them. Find the instructions for making the snowflakes at TEN KIDS AND A DOG. A very nice classroom project that will impress the kids and parents.

23. Angels Among Us

These little angels are cute in their colored dresses and feather wings, ribbon legs and button feet. Find the instructions and patterns for this project at Kids & Glitter.

24. Christmas Terrarium

Beautiful! This is one of the most spectacular Christmas arrangements that I have seen for a long time. You can make this beautiful Christmas terrarium by following the tutorial at pink PISTACHIO.

25. Christmas Village

Make a beautiful Christmas village centerpiece for your table or for under your tree.

26. Winter Wonderland Art

Kids love to paint winter art, so this project will one they will really enjoy. See how this teacher prepared for her class by going to her site, Terri’s Teaching Treasures.

27. Santa Pants Flower Pots

To make this outstanding Santa pants flower pot, go to Club Chica Circle for the tutorial.

28. Egg Carton Bells

29. Handprint Snowman Ornaments

Whether this is made as an ornament or just a piece of artwork, it will be special because of the hand print made to make the snowmen. Go to U Create for the instructions.

30. Christmas Snow Globes

Displaying Christmas snow globes is extending a Christmas greeting to all who look upon them.

31. Stained Glass Poinsettias

You can make beautiful stained glass appearing poinsettias by following the directions that you'll find at The Crafty Crow. Who would believe that they started out as paper tubes and coffee filters.

32. NOEL

This is a Pottery Barn knock-off craft. On the site, Life SWEET Life you'll find the instructions for making the letters and a picture of the Pottery Barn original.

33. Christmas Tree Skirt

If you've been wanting to get a tree skirt but you're not wanting to spend a lot of money on one, this is a perfect project for you. Not only is felt fabric quite inexpensive, there are also a number of colors to choose from. Follow the directions at Woman’sDay to make your own Christmas tree skirt. Who knows, it will probably become a family heirloom.

34. Ruffly Apron

Whether you make this Christmasy apron for yourself or to give as a gift, the apron will certainly cheer up a kitchen while you, or your friend, are making special Christmas treats. For the tutorial to make this ruffly apron, go to Skip to my Lou.

35. Three Kings

Made using a cup and a ball, you can make these important characters in the Nativity following the directions at Activity village.

36. Printable Paintstick Ornaments

These are fabulous! You need the 5 gal. sized paint sticks for this project. Today’s Fabulous Finds includes templates with the instructions for making these ornaments. This is a great idea for stocking stuffers or when you need a lot of small gifts.

37. Paint Stick Snowmen

These ornaments were made using the left over curved end of the 5 gal. paint sticks used for the Printable Paint stick Ornaments. You'll find the instructions for these cute snowmen at Today’s Fabulous Finds.

38. Elf on a Shelf

Now you can make your own Elf on a shelf by following the tutorial at Jane of All Crafts. This little fellow is sure to become a treasured family heirloom.

39. Candy Christmas Train

I can definitely see little candy trains like these used as table decorations for a holiday celebration. See how to make this cute candy Christmas train at ALLFREECHRISTMASCRAFTS.

40. 3-D Paper Christmas Tree

This 3-D paper Christmas tree project is perfect for a classroom activity.

41. Wrapping Paper Christmas Trees

42. Bottle Cap Snowman Ornament

Be sure to keep your bottle caps to make cute Christmas tree ornaments. This would be a nice classroom project. One that the kids will enjoy making and hanging on their home Christmas tree. Maybe add the year on the back side of the ornament. Go to VIEWS from the ‘Ville for the instructions.

43. Sparkly Christmas Angel

Make a choir of these sweet sparkly Christmas angels. Simple and unique.

44. Jolly Christmas Elves

Chenille stems, wooden beads and face beads are all you need to make these cute little jolly elves. For the instructions go to #2 in the slideshow on Parents and then gather the kids and start making a tree full of these elf ornaments.

45. Photo Book

This is just the greatest idea for how to save and display the yearly Christmas photos that you receive each year. Go to the close 2 my art site to see how easily this photo book is to make.

46. Money Tree

If you've ever been stumped about what to give to a teenager or a college age kid, this money tree is the perfect answer. You know your gift will be appreciated and you can use whatever denomination of bill that you choose. The tutorial for making this money tree is found at Then She Made...

Questions & Answers

  • What do you need to make the candy Christmas train?

    Under the photo of the candy Christmas train, you'll find highlighted site name, All Free Christmas Crafts. Click on the site name and you'll be directed to the tutorial.

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      7 months ago

      there awesome

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      19 months ago

      I like the Christmas magnets

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      Nicole K 

      2 years ago

      These are so cute! Thanks for the fun ideas. I really like the Santa and Elf rice bags and the Scrabble tile ornaments! My family loves Scrabble, so that would be perfect!

    • lbrummer profile imageAUTHOR

      Loraine Brummer 

      5 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Hi peachpurple! Thanks for stopping by. Merry Christmas!! I'm hoping the new year is a Happy New Year here at HP for you and all.

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      5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i love the angel ornament, so cute, gonna make them

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      6 years ago

      This is my favorite Christmas craft lens yet! I love the dowel reindeer. Bookmarked this page!

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      6 years ago

      Love the "Everygreen Angel "

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      7 years ago

      Love the xmas houses.

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      7 years ago

      Lovely ideas and crafts for Christmas, enjoyed my visit from this colorful page of Christmas crafts.

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      8 years ago

      All fun stuff for christmas! bless you..Merry Christmas!

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      8 years ago

      Lot's of wonderful craft ideas and projects, Blessed by an Angel for Christmas :)

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      8 years ago

      Lot's of wonderful craft ideas and projects, Blessed by an Angel for Christmas :)

    • waldenthreenet profile image


      8 years ago

      your craft ideas are better than mine with burlap coffee sacks.

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      8 years ago

      I loved looking at your projects! Thanks for sharing. I'm off to check out your blog :)

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      8 years ago

      Really cute ideas for the Christmas tree as well a giving to friends for theirs

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      8 years ago

      Great stuff - clever with the snowman jar tops! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Mary Norton 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I like the card ornaments...what a brilliant idea. I always felt bad throwing those cards.

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      Mary Norton 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I like the card ornaments...what a brilliant idea. I always felt bad throwing those cards.

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      Nicole Pellegrini 

      8 years ago from New Jersey

      Very cool ideas. I really want to try the ornaments made from Christmas cards, for sure!

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      8 years ago

      Thanks for the ideas!

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      8 years ago

      Such a nice lens. I love your christmas craft ideas!

    • lbrummer profile imageAUTHOR

      Loraine Brummer 

      8 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      @nyxxie: Thanks for the visit, the comment and the "like," it's what I'm starting to believe I live for. I didn't know Squidoo would be so addictive.

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      8 years ago

      Very cute lens with fun ideas! Love it.

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      Loraine Brummer 

      8 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      @sudokunut: Thank you for the visit and may all your lonely socks become snowmen.

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      Mark Falco 

      8 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Lots of fun ideas here. I love the snowman. Finally a use for all those lonely socks!

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      Loraine Brummer 

      8 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      @spiritualll: Thank you for your comment. It'll probably be quite awhile before this earns anything, but I'm having fun anyway.

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      8 years ago

      Nice lens!Good luck on squidoo!May you earn much money!

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      Loraine Brummer 

      8 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      @wolfie10: I feel the same way. Thanks for stopping by. Come again.

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      Loraine Brummer 

      8 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      @moonlitta: He is and so easy to make. Thanks for the comment.

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      8 years ago

      Your snowman is a cutie:0

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      8 years ago

      very nice lens. i love chrismas too, but the old fashion way. gifts aren't the most important things but if you have made them yourself that makes them special.love the ideas you have presented here


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