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After the year we’ve had, the only requirement of Christmas 2020 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 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!

Easy Christmas baking crafts shown here are cut out raw biscuits in Christmas shapes

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.

Easy Christmas crafts ideal for adults

Easy but not too easy? You’re looking for easy Christmas crafts for adults! Discover 6 arts and crafts projects to keep you feeling festive and your decorations looking fine!

#7 A festive Christmas wreath

Two women craft a DIY 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

Final step to making easy Christmas orgiami decorations
Copyright: Yvette Streeter / MollieMakes.com

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

Tutorial on felt DIY Christmas tree decorations
Copyright: Ren Murphy / TheInspiredWren.BlogSpot.com

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

An Easy Christmas Activity calendar using photo prints with activities
Copyright: Coleen Pastoor / LemonThistle.com

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.

DIY gifts for the extra touch

Last minute present ideas, the extra touch or a thoughtful idea. Give the gift of time this year with these DIY ideas for Christmas.

#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

Easy homemade winter bath bombs with gold glitter under a Christmas tree
Source: Olga Chapova / Shutterstock.com

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

Handprint Christmas tree cards for your relatives homemade by kids
Copyright: Emma Smith / KidsCraftRoom.com

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

easy christmas crafts like this napkin ring are great for dinner parties
Copyright: Claire Donovan-Blackwood / HeartHandmade.co.uk

Add a touch of elegance to your table set up with these gorgeous DIY napkin rings from Heart Handmade. 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 DIY Christmas cracker being tied with string
Source: Daisy Daisy / Shutterstock.com

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.

#24 Gingerbread house

Decorated Gingerbread house in front of Christmas decorations
Source: Aleksandra Suzi / Shutterstock.com

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

Next up…

Do you have a drawer full of photos, stickers, and other mementos you’re not really sure how to use? While 2018 has already begun, you may want to consider making a photo collage diary documenting your adventures big and small.

Want to be able to look back on your year and all the memories you’ve had? Here’s how you can!

Read on to find out how to make your own photo collage diary.

Scrapbooking 101–Getting Started on Your Photo Collage Diary

If you’re new to scrapbooking, you may think that the hobby is all about picking out ribbons and colorful tapes and getting to use all the fun papers at the craft store.

And honestly, that’s not too far off. But, you’ll also want to put some thought into your source material. What are the highlights of your day or month? Are you sticking with photos only or ticket stubs and other reminders of fun times past?

Camera Stuff

If you’re going to make a photo collage diary, you’re going to need some photos, and as such, you’re also going to need a camera.

The type of camera you use to document the year’s goings-on really depends on the activity at hand and your photography skills. And while you can use your phone for just about anything, other types of cameras have their strengths, too.

Here’s a quick look at some of your options:

Smartphone

It’s always with you, so you don’t need to worry about buying anything new. Maybe download some apps to improve the quality of your pics.

VSCO is a good choice–it’s easy to use and kind of like an upgraded version of Instagram. Or Snapseed. The Point is, there are tons of apps out there designed to give your phone pics a professional polish.

Now, we get that we are talking about old school scrapbooking, not some sort of digital photo diary. What we like about using your phone is–it’s an affordable way to get some great pictures, especially for the impromptu moments you just can’t plan for.

And when you’re ready to start selecting the pics that make the cut–you can always download the images to a computer and either print them out or get them printed professionally.

Digital Camera

Whether you go with a SLR or DSLR, investing in a digital cam can help you develop your photography skills while giving you the freedom to take as many pictures as you want.

While you get many of the same benefits with a digital camera as you do with your mobile phone, the benefit of a separate camera is, you have more control over the features like F-stop, balance, aperture, and more.

Digital cameras are certainly an investment, but if you want something a little more hands-on than selecting filters on your iPhone, it might be a worthwhile purchase.

Disposable Camera

You might not get the best shots, and you certainly don’t get the fun filters and editing capabilities you’ll get with a phone or a digital camera. But, disposable cameras are cheap, and you can bring them on hikes or other adventures that might ruin your phone or a nicer camera.

What’s more? After you get these developed, you’ll love looking through the snaps you took–chances are, they’ll be funnier and more candid than your average selfie.

Go Vintage with an Old Point and Shoot

Another “wildcard” so to speak — you can find vintage cameras of all kinds at estate sales and Goodwills. The benefit of picking up an old school camera is, you’ll get that old school quality without any filters.

Vintage cameras range in price from the cheap and fun cam you can bring on a freewheeling vacation, to rare statement pieces that require some careful handling. Try out different types of film and practice your photography techniques.

Our favorite part of going analog? The surprise element in getting your film developed. In an era of polished selfies and carefully edited feeds, there’s something special about relinquishing that control–something that can take your photo collage diary to the next level.

Polaroids

Polaroids were basically made for scrapbooking. Whether you go with the small Instax film or keep things full-size, these instant photos come with the perfect border and always add an element of cool to any photo collage diary.

While the camera itself can get a little clunky, Polaroids are the perfect accessory for your photo collage diary.

Decorating Tips for Your Photo Collage Diary

Sure, it’s your diary, do whatever you want. However, if you want to create a cohesive reflection on your year, you might want to take some of these tips to heart.

Here are some of our recommendations:

Pick a Focal Point
The focal point may cover the whole scrapbook or a single page, but you’ll want to hone in on a few elements. For example, if you’re doing one theme per page, choose your strongest photo, then accent it with papers and other embellishments.

Use Embellishments that Compliment the Photo(s)
Consider the colors in the photo and bring them out by using decorative papers (a mix of patterns and solids). An image with lots of green can be enhanced with reds or burgundies and lighter neutrals. When in doubt, consult the color wheel and accent with complementary colors.

Give Each Page a Background
Before gluing down photos and accents, you’ll want to lay the groundwork for a powerful page. This could mean you do a subtle abstract watercolor piece to accompany your gorgeous beach pics or glue down a solid, deep red to commemorate that romantic Valentine’s date. Or use a pattern that makes you happy. Again, your diary, your rules.

Don’t Forget About the Junk Drawer
It’s easy to go super crazy at the craft store. We get it–so many tiny items, fabrics, paints, stickers, oh my. Do yourself a favor and see what else you’ve got on hand. Paper clips and pipe cleaners, magazine cutouts, tissue paper–all can be repurposed to highlight your year in memories.

Get Inspired by Nature
Breathe some life into still photos and include pressed flowers alongside your images. A tangible reminder of that summer by the lake or Spring’s first bloom, a few petals here and there add some texture and interest to a page. Store dried flowers in wax paper inside a heavy book until you’re ready to glue them down.

Select Your Basic Supplies
This could be different for everyone, but, you’ll want to stock up on some go-to items that highlight the theme(s) in your photo collage diary, plus, you know, glue and scissors.

A few examples:

  • Acid-free tape and glue sticks
  • Pens, markers
  • Watercolors
  • Cardstock and patterned paper
  • Photos
  • A book or album

Either way, your choice of decor is a matter of personal taste. Keep things minimal or go all out–whatever you think best showcases your experience.

Choosing Your Photos

Less is more when it comes to photos. Think like a curator and select only the best options of the bunch.

Some guidelines:

  • Choose photos that highlight more than a basic happy face
  • Smiles are great, but your photo collage diary should capture some of the quiet, unscripted moments in your life
  • Skip the blurry shots unless the effect was intentional
  • Keep an eye out for good lighting and in-focus subjects
  • Matte photos work best, as glossy prints are prone to smudging and fingerprint marks

Deciding on a Layout

Figuring out how to best format all your photos and accents may well be the hardest part of scrapbooking.

Again, you’ll want to select a focal point before you go to town with your acid-free adhesive. Where do you want to direct the eye–if it’s a particular photo, limit the number of competing images on that page and keep the background simple.

Don’t be afraid to cut and crop! Cutting your images down or into interesting shapes can be a great way to both fit more into space and add visual interest.

Final Thoughts on Making a Photo Collage Diary

In the end, scrapbooking is all about telling a story. Your photo collage diary might tell the story of your year of traveling, or the course of your engagement, or just a year in the life of the little things that make you happy.

To recap, there are plenty of techniques you can employ, from mixing and matching digital and film photos to incorporating little mementos from the year’s best moments.

For more ideas on how to take better photos, check out our blog. We’ll look at travel destinations, selfie tips, and a whole lot more.