After the last couple of years we’ve had, the only requirement of Christmas 2021 is extra rest, relaxation and lashings of festive fun. COVID-19 means that how we celebrate the holidays is likely to be a little different to those gone by – but different doesn’t have to mean bad. From fabulously festive decorations to yummy Christmas bakes, we have compiled a list of 24 easy Christmas crafts as presented by top bloggers that are bound to keep everyone in the Christmas spirit, with something to suit all ages and abilities.
Easy Christmas crafts to do with children
Looking to spend an afternoon inside with a bit of glitter, DIY and some paint? Here are five easy Christmas crafts for children, with step by step guides by the creative DIY blogger behind the ideas.
#1 Handprint snowman
Amanda is a self-proclaimed ‘artsy momma’ and her Fun Handprint Art Blog is filled with lots of easy Christmas crafts ideas. These cool handprint snowman baubles not only look amazing but they also promise to be a sentimental decoration that you can keep for years to come. We recommend only using plastic baubles with kids to be on the safe side.
#2 Paper plate reindeer
The ideal craft for pre-schoolers, this paper plate reindeer is a super fun educational art project to make in time for Christmas. For easy Christmas crafts, you just need paper plates, brown card, paints and something red like a pom pom for Rudolph’s famously vibrant nose. You could even add some elastic on the back and turn this cool reindeer into a mask (the non-2020/21 kind!). Check out this article for the full guide to making your reindeer inspired crafts project!
#3 Easy Christmas baking crafts? Rudolph biscuits are for you!
A yummy treat featuring our favourite reindeer or Christmas character, these are particularly delicious with a steaming cup of hot chocolate. With strawberry jam in the centre and decorated with chocolate writing icing, these 3 ingredient biscuits from All About Kids take less than ten minutes to bake and are relatively easy to make.
#4 Paper straw Christmas tree ornaments
Created by Crafts by Courtney, these delightful decorations are cheap to make and will look great as a garland or hanging on the tree. All you need is colourful straws, scissors and glue, and whatever decorations you like. It can be a little tricky so this craft would be best suited to ages 6 and up; with help from a grown up.
#5 Salt dough decorations
Salt dough has been used as a modelling material for centuries, with some saying that this easy and versatile medium dates back to ancient Egyptian times. Baked at a low temperature, most salt dough recipes use a combination of three simple ingredients: flour, salt and water. Don’t forget to use a straw to cut out a circle at the top to hang it up on the tree. Here’s a step by step guide by Mod Podge Rocks. Did you know they last for many years?
#6 Father Christmas bookmark
This cute Father Christmas bookmark craft for kids to make could be an excellent accompaniment to a book gift for an adult. Adding a personalised and useful touch your recipient will love, this craft is suitable for beginners and children of all ages.
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#7 A festive Christmas wreath
If you are looking for an ideal way to spend a craft-ernoon, why not build a wreath for a festive welcome to your home. Whether you want to go for something cool and contemporary, simplistic, or vintage, there are so many options available online. If your prefer to keep your decorations classic, check out The Woodland Trust for an easy step by step guide to making your own holly wreath.
#8 Origami ornaments
These gorgeous origami Christmas decorations are surprisingly easy to make, and they certainly look beautiful. You could use these 8-pointed stars as a garland, to make hanging decorations or even make a larger one to adorn the top of your tree.
#9 A festive garland
Whether it is for the mantelpiece, around a door frame, or for down the bannister, there are so many different types of Christmas garlands. However, we personally love this gorgeous vintage DIY choice from the Craft Patch blog. Plus, you can use different ribbons to ensure that it matches perfectively with your festive décor.
#10 Book page tree
A popular craft amongst DIY and crafts bloggers, this piece is an elegant decoration that offers an excellent opportunity to reuse and recycle an old book. There are a few different versions of this craft online, but we like this one from Kayla Aimee.
#11 Felt decorations
Felt is such a fun material to work with, and there are so many different Christmassy crafts you can create with it. For example these cute Christmas trees from Its Always Autumn are ultra-cosy and can be decorated however you like. Whereas if you are looking for a more difficult project to get your teeth into, check out these gorgeous ornaments from The Inspired Wren blog.
#12 Easy crafts for a macramé Christmas stocking
Made from a series of knots and macramé cotton, this unusual stocking is ready to be stuffed with seasonal gifts from the big man in red. Check it out at A Beautiful Mess, a lifestyle blog filled with crafts, home décor and various recipes.
#13 Easy Christmas crafts for an Advent activity calendar
For advent with a difference, this simple activity photograph advent by Lemon Thistle uses photographs and promises to be lots of fun not to make! Consider your family traditions over December and the things that you could do each day of the month. Colleen ordered her photo prints from MyPostcard app to use for her DIY activity advent calendar.
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#14 Indulgent chocolate truffles
Christmas and chocolate go hand in hand, and these deliciously indulgent chocolate truffles are certain to go down a storm. When it comes to truffles, there are so many different recipes online but we love these from Sally’s Baking Addiction. Plus, you could easily mix and match some of the flavourings. For example, you could add some booze for an adult’s-only treat or roll the finished piece into chopped nuts for a bit of crunch.
#15 Christmas themed homemade Bath bombs
One of our favourite easy Christmas crafts, bath bombs are surprisingly fun to make and can be customised with a combination of essential oils to suit your lucky recipient. Check out this guide to making your own at Lynne and Tristen’s Knowlton’s blog.
#16 Memory quilt
Memory quilts are a beautiful homemade gift that can be treasured for years to come. You can use old children’s clothes, sports jerseys, souvenirs, sweatshirts or any other material you know your recipient will appreciate. However, if you are using materials other than cotton, this may not be the easiest of our easy Christmas crafts. Check out this guide at Suzy Quilts for simple step-by-step instructions.
#17 Christmas tree cards
Get crafty with your tots and enjoy messy play when making these fabulously fun Christmas tree cards from the Kid’s Craft Room. You could either use green paper as recommended or get the paints out and let their imagination run wild.
Alternatively try out the MyPostcard app to personalize a card with your own photos
#18 Personalized Scrap Book
A super personalised gift that they are sure to treasure for years to come, a memory book or scrap book is one of the best DIY gift ideas. Get your favourite photographs printed onto postcards to make your very own picture book starring you and your loved one. You could include private jokes, funny phrases that you repeat a lot, screen shots of your message conversations, or even your favourite memes. Lydia from Lydia Collins blog has a great guide to making your first scrapbook.
#19 Jams or chutney
Whether you opt for traditional strawberry, blackberry or raspberry jam or create some yummy pickle chutney, this is a rustic DIY gift that will please the whole family. There are so many recipes available online, but you could check out this fail safe jam recipe from BBC Good Food. Alternately, check out this Indian mango chutney recipe from Rasa Malaysia.
Easy Christmas crafts for setting the table
#20 Napkin rings
Add a touch of elegance to your table set up with these gorgeous DIY napkin rings from Heart Handmade (as of 2023, no longer an active site). These ones say ‘Happy New Year’, but you could easily change the message. Alternately, you could use them as napkin rings/ place holders combined and write the name of the person sitting there.
If this is a project you liked, then check out Claire’s free Christmas craft magazine available to download on her homepage!
#21 (Easy) Christmas cracker crafts
A staple of any British Christmas and many around the world, crackers are a must at many Christmas tables. Unless you purposely buy cracker snaps, these from House Beautiful may not necessarily bang but they are easy to make and more eco-friendly. Plus, making your own means you can include whatever gifts you like. Don’t forget to add the joke – the cheesier the better!
#22 Table runner
For a pulled together Christmas table that offers elegance and traditional style, this table runner from the crafty quilter will tie your whole décor together. This simple textiles project is relatively easy to make with a machine, but it could always be hand sewn if you do not have one available.
#23 Homemade mulled wine
Traditionally known as glühwein, this delicious hot drink smells of Christmas itself. Containing wine, oranges, cloves, and all manner of festive flavours, guests are sure to be impressed with this recipe from A Wandering Foodie (as of 2023, no longer an active site).
#24 Gingerbread house
A traditional holiday activity that the whole family can participate in, a gingerbread house is definitely one of the most popular easy Christmas crafts. It is lots of fun and you can make your house as complex as you like. If you are looking for something simpler, kids will love these no bake easy gingerbread houses from Red Ted Art.
Do you know any easy Christmas crafts?
If we’ve left out your favorite bloggers’ (or your own) easy Christmas crafts projects then add it in the comments! Otherwise… Merry Christmas