November 29, 2023

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38 Best Christmas Crafts for Kids to Make in 2023

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1

Reindeer Food Cones

In the lead up to the visit from the big guy in red enlist the kids to craft reindeer cones that they can use to sprinkle a snack for Donner, Dasher, Dancer, and Comet (really for the birds but the fantasy is the fun!) when they come to drop off presents.

To make:
Cut a piece of brown kraft paper into a shape that can be rolled into a cone shape. Draw reindeer antlers, eyes, and a large red nose in the middle of the paper. Roll the shape into a cone and tape together. Fill cone with birdseed.

2

Advent Paper Bag Houses

brown paper lunch bags with houses drawn on them filled with candy and toys and used as an advent calendar

Recruit the kids to help make their advent calendar or one for a little brother or sister. Made from paper bags and a few different colored markers, it’ll be so fun to see what house styles they dream up!

To make: Draw windows, a door, and a roof on 24 small paper bags using a white paint pen. Write the numbers, one through 24, on the bags with a red pen. Use a small hole punch to punch two holes through the bags. Fill bags with treats then tie closed with red and white baker’s twine, adding a holly leaf, if desired.

3

Yarn Ball Ornaments

mini yarn balls with toothpick knitting needles hung on a christmas tree

Sweet and soft these ornaments just might peak your kids interested in learning to knit or crochet. Get ready for an ugly sweater gift next year!

To make: Wrap yarn around a clear plastic Christmas ornament, holding the beginning of the yarn in place with a dab of hot glue, until the ornament is completely covered. Thread bamboo cocktail picks through the yarn to mimic knitting needles. Hang as desired.

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4

Craft Bead and Button Snowman

snowman made from craft balls with button hats and a red felt scarf

These cute as a button snowman are great for hanging on the tree or adorning presents.

To make:
Draw snowmen faces on wooden craft beads with markers. Thread a length of baker’s twine through a brown button. Thread both ends of the thread twine through two plain buttons then through the button with the face. Thread twine through 5 to 6 black button to creating a hat. Tie twine close to the top button to hold everything together, then tie again about 2-inches up to create a loop for hanging. Cut a thin piece of red felt and tie between the top to buttons for a scarf.

5

Yarn Stars

ornaments shaped like stars covered in colorful yarn hung on a tree

So simple to make you made find that the kids have gone wild and there are yarn stars in every room of your house!

To make:
Cut a star shape from a piece of cardboard using an X-acto knife (adults should help kids with this). Wrap the star in yarn, using dabs of hot glue to help hold the yarn in place near the points of the star, until fully covered. Glue the ends of a length of yarn to the back on one point to create a loop for hanging.

6

Cookie Cutter Candy Corral

cookies cutters filled candy fitten in a shirt box

Have the littles help you package up a candy assortment using cookie cutters to stylishly separate each sweet. Or, lay them out on a tray and fill with snacks at a holiday gathering.

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7

Twine-Wrapped Toppers

cookie cutters wrapped in twine use to decorate wrapped presents

Kids will love helping wrap cookies cutters with bakers twine that will add a playful touch to presents.

To make: Wrap baker’s twine (if your twine is thin, wrap two strands at a time) around cookie cutters, holding the ends in place with glue. Secure to presents with extra twine.

8

Cookie Cutter Ornaments

vintage cookie cutters filled with mini holiday notions hung on a lighted christmas tree

A handmade ornament will bring back sweet memories every year when you hang it on the tree and what’s sweeter than the memory of a craft days with the kids.

To make:
Hot-glue tinsel and mini Christmas notions in solid-backed aluminum cutters. Tie or glue a piece of thin ribbon to the back for hanging.

9

Oversized Pom Poms

ice skates with pom poms
Becky Stayner

When it’s time to head outside for a little skiing and skating, kids will love showing off the oversized pom poms they made for their skates!

SHOP POM POM MAKERS

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10

Snowflaked Stamped Bags

christmas craft for kids
Becky Stayner

After you’ve spent time with the kiddos in the kitchen making and decorating cookies, shift to the craft room and put together a quick set of snowflake covered gift bags for gifting your delicious treats.

To make:
Stamp snowflakes on the front of brown paper bags using snowflake rubber stamps and light blue, dark blue, and white ink. Use a small round hole punch to make two holes in the top of the bag. Thread and tie a piece of red and white bakers twine through the holes.

11

Santa Advent Calendar

christmas crafts for kids santa advent calendar
Brian Woodcock

The kids will love helping Santa’s beard grow with fluffy cotton balls. By the 25th he will have the full monty!

To make: Cut Santa’s face from white craft paper. Add texture with colored pencil. Cut pink cheeks, eyes, and nose from construction paper; glue to the face. Cut the hat from red and white craft paper; glue to the face. Glue a large cotton ball at the point of the hat. Cut a long beard shape from white craft paper. Write the dates of the month leading up to Christmas on the beard. Hang the calendar and set a bowl of cotton balls and a bottle of glue nearby.

SHOP COLORED PENCILS

12

DIY Hot Cocoa Kit

christmas gifts for kids hot cocoa mix
Brian Woodcock

We can guarantee that you’ll have to make the kids a cup of hot cocoa when you recruit them to help assemble these sweet DIY kits. But spending quality time making gifts for loved ones will be worth the sugar rush.

To make: Paint a red circle with acrylic paint (or use a round red sticker) on a 1-cup mason jar. Once dry paint on a bit of greenery and write hot cocoa. Layer hot cocoa mixture, chocolate chips, and mini marshmallows in the jar. Place a square of seasonal fabric between the lid and screw band and tighten.

SHOP MASON JARS

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13

Felt Wreath

christmas crafts for kids felt wreath
Brian Woodcock

Simply tie strips of green felt around a wreath form to create this fluffy and fun holiday decor.

To make: Cut strips of two different shades of green felt. Tie strips around a wreath form. Attach small red ornaments throughout the wreath with hot glue. Loop a length of wide ribbon around the wreath to hang.

SHOP GREEN FELT

14

Jingle Bell Swag

christmas crafts for kids jingle bell swag
Brian Woodcock

Kids will love helping you make this sweet holiday noise maker. Have them thread the bells on the ribbon while you tie the bow. Hang on the front door, above the mantel, or at the end of a bed.

To make: Thread large jingle bells onto three lengths of ribbon; knot one end of the ribbon. Tie the unknotted end around a small wreath form or a length of wire shaped into a circle. Wire together a small bunch of seasonal greenery; attach to the wreath or circle form. Tie an oversized bow and hot glue to the wire just above the greenery.

SHOP LARGE JINGLE BELLS

15

Christmas Character Treat Bags

christmas crafts for kids treat bags
The Homes I Have Made

If your kid has a Christmas party at school or you’re hosting one of your own, these sweet Christmas treat bags make the perfect carrier for taking home goodies. Make a cast of characters for even more fun!

Get the tutorial at The Homes I Have Made.

SHOP PAPER BAGS

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16

Christmas Character Candy Pots

christmas crafts for kids candy pots
Crazy Little Projects
17

Paper Plate Santa Claus

christmas crafts for kids santa plate
I Heart Crafty Things
18

DIY Christmas Balloon Wreath

christmas crafts for kids balloon wreath
Studio DIY

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19

Pinecone Tree Craft

christmas crafts for kids pinecone
PJs and Paint

This project is so easy to put together, you don’t even have to go to the craft store to find the supplies. Just venture to your yard for materials for these pine cone crafts, paint the pine cones green, and add dots of color for “ornaments.”

Get the tutorial at PJs and Paint.

SHOP SLICED WOOD

20

Sparkly Snowflake Ornament Craft

christmas crafts for kids snowflake ornaments
The Best Ideas for Kids

There’s nothing wrong with making snowflakes by cutting holes in paper, but we think these are just a little more jazzy. Your kids will love deciding which colors to use and, of course, bedazzling each flake.

Get the tutorial at The Best Ideas for Kids.

SHOP STICK-ON SNOWFLAKES

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Food and Crafts Director

Charlyne Mattox is Food and Crafts Director for Country Living.

 

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