15 Easy Christmas Craft Ideas Anyone Can Make This Holiday Season

felt holly corsage
Photo: Johnny Miller

The holidays are a time for everyone to gather 'round and appreciate the simple beauty of being together. And what better way to do so than by starting a new tradition? We think making Christmas crafts as a group is a great way to enhance holiday cheer.

All of these projects are simple enough for any beginner crafter to try, which makes them fun for loved ones of all ages. Turn a set of stockings into an advent calendar with special treats as you count down to Christmas. Old toys gain new life when they are repurposed into tree ornaments. For a quick craft that's also sweet, candy canes easily transform into the tails of festive mice party favors.

Most of these crafts take mere minutes or less to complete, which means you can deck the halls and make things merry in speedy fashion. Be sure to relish this time, though—it isn't every day that you get to make something beautiful with the people you love most.

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Felt Holly Corsage

holiday corsage

For a playful nod to the traditional Christmas pin, try these cheerful corsages. They're easy enough for a child to make but sophisticated enough for Mom to wear. Once you gather your supplies, it's a snap to create multiple corsages in a single afternoon.

Print the template and cut out. From a piece of felt, cut one 2 1/2-by-5-inch rectangle for each pair of leaves. Fold the rectangle in half lengthwise. Crease with an iron set to "wool." With the rectangle still folded, trace the template and cut out the shape using scissors; unfold. To make the four-leaf design, cross two felt shapes; using a low-temperature glue gun, attach at the center. For the two-leaf version, dab glue at the center of one felt shape, and fold, angling the leaves. Glue desired trimmings to the front and a bar pin or a barrette to the back.

To it prepare as a gift: Cut a 4-by-5-inch piece of card stock. Punch two small holes, about an inch apart, into the center of the card. Attach the pin or barrette. Using a rubber stamp and a white ink pad, stamp a "tag." Lastly, write the recipient's name and a greeting.

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Silver Seed-Pod Ornament

silver ornaments pinecones acorns
Nico Schinco

Take a walk around your neighborhood and forage a few pinecones, poppy pods, and acorns. Then turn your haul into stunning tree ornaments by covering them in metallic paint and adding hooks.

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Paper-Punched Christmas Trees

paper Christmas trees
Burcu Avsar

When grouped, these handmade paper trees become a sweet winter scene. To make them, use a craft punch to create paper circles in graduated sizes (the ones shown here have 6-, 7-, 8-, and 9-inch diameters). Cut the circles in half, roll them into cones, and secure them with double-sided tape. Then, cut a skewer to accommodate them. Snip the tip off the largest cone, slide it down the skewer, and secure it with hot glue. Repeat with progressively smaller cones, overlapping them by about a half-inch. For the top cone, do not snip a hole; just glue it onto the skewer. Then insert the skewer into the wood bead's hole and glue it into place.

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Felt Christmas Stocking with Stars

red and green star stockings
Lennart Weibull

Add personality to your stockings by making them yourself. For this jolly set, simply download our template and trace the pattern onto two pieces of felt. Attach pre-cut stars, then sew the felt together to make a complete stocking.

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Paper Snowflakes

Aaron Dyer

Grace your panes with paper snowflakes, attaching them with poster putty. Or, tape them together to create a paper snowflake wreath or garland.

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Threaded Pomanders

pomanders with neon thread and cloves
James Merrell

We created geometric patterns by weaving hot-pink, silver, and gold cords around embedded cloves for these thoroughly modern pomanders: Insert cloves into citrus at points of an arrow, diamond, or other shape, spacing them evenly around fruits' circumference. Tie one end of cord around head of a clove, leaving a 2-inch tail. Wrap cord around each clove head to form desired shape. Some designs (like diamonds) may require tying off cord after a couple of shapes and retying cord to another clove. Continue wrapping cord around cloves until you reach starting point. Tie together end of cord and tail left at start. Trim off any excess.

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Shoe-Organizer Advent Calendar

shoe organizer advent calendar hanging on wall

Make the countdown to Christmas even more exciting with this DIY advent calendar. Just paint the dates onto a shoe organizer and fill each pocket with candy, a few wrapped gifts, heart-felt notes, and more.

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Candy Cane Mice


It's the kids who will be doing the nibbling when these sweet mice are around. A combination of two Christmas motifs—mice and candy canes—these tiny fabric creatures, with their red-and-white-striped tails, make fitting favors at a holiday dinner or delightful gifts for children to give to friends and relatives.

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Cookie-Cutter Ornaments


These cookie-cutter ornaments make sentimental gifts; luckily they're faster to make than cookies are to bake. Use inexpensive aluminum cutters and choose patterned papers or pictures photocopied onto card stock to personalize a set for your whole family.

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Snow Dioramas

snowy winter diorama
Seth Smoot

Capture the season under glass—and check lots of folks off your list easily with these mini wintry worlds that combine the cuteness of snow globes with the beauty of bell-jar terrariums. Using the lid as a base, form a snow-covered mountain or frosty iceberg with a mound of clay. (We used glitter to mimic the sparkle of snow). Figurines such as these skiers and penguins can be found at hobby shops, and the jars can be bought in bulk.

To make one, mold clay into mounds of snow. (To create a pond, first mold clay onto a small mirror.) Let dry. Glue clay (or a mirror) to the underside of the jar's lid. Brush clay with glue, and cover with glitter; let dry. Brush figurines with glue, and set in place; let dry. Line the inner rim of the jar with silicone adhesive. Carefully invert the jar over your scene, and screw to the lid; let dry.

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Wired Wreath

wreath made with a wire hanger
Lucas Allen

Deck the halls—or your front door—with a petite bough, formed from a wire coat hanger and greenery left over from garland making. Using wire cutters, trim off the hanger top, as shown. Push the bottom of the hanger inward to shape it into an upside-down V. Wrap floral wire around entire hanger, forming a web in the space between the hanger wires. Wrap sprigs of greenery together with floral wire to create several small bundles. Wire greenery to the hanger, overlapping bundles to create a full appearance. For a festive finishing touch, add a ribbon bow.

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Embroidered Name Christmas Stocking

mantle blue wall stocking

Your handwriting can turn your Christmas stockings into heirlooms. The personalized, embroidered keepsakes will bring joy year after year.

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Pinecone Elves

elves christmas crafts

Memo to Santa's assistants from Head Elf: It has come to our attention that these elf figurines are a joy to make. All you need are pinecones, pipe cleaners, and other simple supplies (no toy-making expertise necessary). Best of all, the charming sprites have many applications. They can be used as decorations on a mantel, under a tree, or atop presents. We expect the little guys to be big hits this Christmas.

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Paper-Star Gift Toppers

Ms crafts ornament

Your gifts will shine above the rest when you adorn then with these paper-star toppers. Using the template, cut out the design onto cardstock; accordion fold the strip, then connect the ends at the remaining tab. It's that easy.

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Painted Christmas Stockings

gold painted Christmas stockings
Kirsten Francis

The secret to dashing off this pretty basket-weave motif is the tool: Just dip the end of a 1-inch foam brush in fabric paint, then tap it in three parallel lines. Change directions and repeat until you have a band across the top, or go with the flow down to the toes.

(Tip: For straight, even rows, keep the felt brush parallel to the top or side of the stocking as you work, says former Living home editor Lorna Aragon.)

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