The holidays are a magical time for kids — full of delicious smells coming from the kitchen, the sound of Christmas carols on the radio, and crafting fun DIY projects to keep and remember from year to year.
Are you in the mood to make some cute and fun DIY Christmas crafts with your kids? We’ve rounded-up 10 of the most amazing tutorials to help you do just that — all in the nick of time before Christmas, of course!
1. Popsicle Stick Christmas Tree
Not only is this an incredibly simple afternoon craft, but it also allows you to put those leftover wrapping paper scraps to use. Fill the center of popsicle stick triangles with patterned wrapping paper, then kids can paint and decorate the wooden craft sticks with stick-on gems and glitter. This project is a great introduction to simple shapes, as well as simple design, for little ones.
2. DIY Christmas Tree For Kids
This is a perfect Christmas craft for kids and help kids to be more creative. You can hang it on the wall and let children re-arrange ornaments all they want.
This DIY Christmas tree for kids is made from eco-friendly material. As well, this DIY felt Christmas tree can keep your kids busy but also cheerful during the holiday. It’s suitable for children over 18 months, and under 18 months be accompanied by an adult will be better.
3. Toilet Paper Roll Christmas Tree
Trim a stack of empty toilet paper rolls to roughly form a triangle, then glue together with regular white glue.
The recycled cardboard takes paint well, so you can easily use a washable, kid-friendly formula and still achieve a colorful result.
Add a loop of string to turn this decoration into a homemade ornament.
4. Unicorn Ornaments
These unicorn Christmas ornaments are so fun to make!
We were inspired to make them when we saw these unicorn ornaments that you can purchase from Etsy.
The cost of them is over $40 though, and we were able to make a whole pack of ornaments for under this (and could be less if you already have some of the supplies on hand).
We had a lot of fun making the horn and working with the clay for these. You could make these for a unicorn party or simply have a fun unicorn-themed afternoon and make them along with our popular unicorn slime.
5. Paper Cup Angel Craft
Here’s what you’ll need to make these glowing angels:
Clear Plastic Cups
• Printer paper
• Sharpie Markers
• Clear Tape
• LED Tea Lights (1–2 per angel)
Let’s make some paper cup angels!
Step 1. Roll your plastic cup over a sheet of paper and trace along it’s edges as it rolls. Now you’ll have a curved shape which will fit nicely over your cup. Cut the shape out, and trim off about 1” to 1 ½” off the top (shown by the curved line) so that you’ll have space for the angel’s face.
Step 2. Colour in your curved shape.
Step 3. Accordion fold your shape.
Step 4. Cut out different shapes holes (it’s like you’re cutting out a snowflake!)
Step 5. Open up your folded piece of paper. Use Sharpie markers to add more decorations to your design. Yay! Now your angel has a lovely lacy dress to wear. Cut out and colour a face and pair of wings.
Step 6. Tape your dress, face, and wings onto your plastic cup.
Aren’t they beautiful? I hope you enjoy making these lovely glowing pretties with your children.
6. Egg Carton Christmas Tree
Scour the recycle bin for your kids’ craft materials more often — it can be a veritable treasure trove of reusable supplies.
Try fashioning a Christmas pine tree from an empty egg carton. Add a few layers of paint, then decorate. This project looks adorable with paper-made decorations (such as teeny twinkle lights).
7. Cardstock Christmas Tree
This kids’ craft couldn’t be simpler.
Cut three to four triangles out of colored cardstock, then fringe with scissors.
For children ready to work on cutting skills, this is the perfect project for practicing small cuts.
Pre-made foam stickers or sparkly sequins make easy decorations on this paper Christmas tree.
8. Cardstock Christmas Tree
What you need:
- Paper rolls (toilet paper roll, kitchen paper towel rolls,…)
- Yarn in many colors — we recommend yarn that isn’t too expensive — we love this pack of assorted colors (think it’s a good value and you get a nice variety of colors) or this color changing yarn set. If you want something magical though do check this color (not the frugal one but oh my!)
- Tissue paper
Step1. Start by cutting yarn into threads.
You’ll need plenty of threads, all with equal lenght, the length depends on the width of your paper roll — so you’ll have to find the perfect lenght for yourself.
You can start with cutting 1 thread and trying it out.
Cut the paper roll, you only need a thin “ring”.
“Fold” the yarn thread in half and push the “loop” side through the paper roll.
Now take the other end and “fold” it over the paper roll and into the loop. Pull to get a knot.
Step 2. Rinse and repeat until you have all the paper roll covered with yarn.
Once all is covered you will need to push the yarn through the paper roll.
I found the easiest way to do that is to “twist” all threads and just push them through.
Step 3. Roll a small ball out of tissue paper.
Push it into the paper roll — this will help you get the perfect hat shape and keep the yarn in place.
Now all that is left to do is to tie a knot around the threads to get a nice hat shape and trim the pom pom to get a nicer shape.
Have fun crafting!
9. Cardstock Christmas Tree
Bring a little sparkle to your holiday craft time with this straightforward paper project. Kids can squirt glue in a scribbled zigzag, then add color and shine by sprinkling glitter on top. This idea works well for handmade holiday cards or thank you notes, too.
10. Christmas Sensory Bottle
OK let’s get started on how we made these Snow Globe Christmas Sensory Bottles. The key to these glitter sensory bottles of course is the glitter! So first you need to find some great supplies of things you’d want to put into this homemade sensory bottle. We found some puff balls, glitter, fabric snowflakes and foam balls.
Supplies You’ll Need to Make Your Christmas Sensory Bottle
- Plastic Snow Globe
- Silver Glitter
- Tinsel Pom Poms and/or craft foam balls
- Fabric Snowflakes
- Glycerin (Optional — this will make the silver glitter not fall so quickly, but don’t use too much or it will stick to the bottom)
- Other assorted glitter (snowmen, lettering, snowflakes, etc)
1. Fill the snow globe 3/4 of the way up with water.
2. Add in a bit of glycerin if using (optional)
3. Drop in whatever supplies you have gathered.
4. Put in LOTS of tiny glitter — that will give it the ‘snow globe’ effect
5. Hot glue around the cap of the snow globe to ensure your little ones can’t open the snow globe when playing with it
That’s it! You can make lots of different colored versions of these homemade glitter sensory bottles. I personally really liked the blue and silver DIY Snow Globe but red & silver, red & green or pink and silver would be really fun Christmas colors too!