Easy Christmas Crafts

Holiday decorations made from wooden spools
Holiday decorations made from wooden spools

Easy Christmas Crafts to Make

These easy Christmas crafts make great stocking stuffers, tree ornaments, holiday decorations or products for your Christmas craft sale or bazaar. Some of them will work as Christmas crafts for kids.

Decorations Made from Wooden Spools

The picture at the top of the page shows three cute decorations suitable for hanging from the holiday tree or for sitting on a counter top.

They are made from wooden spools, paper, glitter, and old earrings.

The spools above were made using a scalloped die and a die cutting machine. However, you can make your own similar ones by cutting and folding manually.

First, use craft paint to color the spools. Choose a color that works with the paper that you pan on using.

To make the "skirts", cut a strip of paper that is approximately ten inches long and about as wide as the height of the spool that you are using. Carefully fold this into tiny pleats. Fit this around the spool as shown, in a tight circle. Glue the ends together.

Cut a second strip of paper, the same length as before, but half the height of the spool. Pleat and attach to the spool as before Layer this over the first skirt, so as to form two layers of frills.

Use glitter glue to add sparkle.

Use old earrings, buttons, beads or other decorative elements on top of the spools.

If desired, attach a string or wire for hanging.

Hand Made Advent Calendar

Make a Hand Made Advent Calendar

Advent Calendars (also known as Countdown Calendars) have come a long way since the days when the people of Germany used to light a candle every day to mark the progression to the Advent.

Today, Advent Calendars in many forms are a tradition in many homes as youngsters eagerly remove their daily candy or gift as December 25 approaches.

This Advent Calendar is easy to make and economical as well. It's made with a felt or cardboard backing and trimmed with colored papers. Decorate with Christmas ribbon, buttons, stickers or anything else you have handy.

This craft project is easy to make when you use the video tutorial described below.  

Cone-Shaped Christmas Tree

Why not make a few cone-shaped Christmas or holiday trees? They're so easy to make using poster paper, colored paper and a bit or ribbon to decorate. Use them as the centerpiece on your table, to sell at craft fairs or to decorate home, school or office. They're so easy that they make good Christmas crafts for kids -- but may be too complex for younger children.

Here's a special tip : Craft stores are selling spray-on snow. Its actually dimensional glue with product added to resemble snow. It would be a great addition to these trees.

Just view the video demonstration below to see how to make these easy Christmas crafts.

Video Tutorial for Cone-Shaped Christmas Trees

Hanging Paper Snowflakes

Embossed Snowflakes
Embossed Snowflakes | Source

Hanging Snowflakes

These hanging snowflakes are an attractive craft project that involves rubber (or acrylic stamping) and heat embossing.

You will need one or two medallion shaped stamps. It is not necessary to use the exact stamp shown here. Any circular, medallion stamps will work.

Locate a medallion shaped stamp with a pattern that lends itself to cutting in two and layering. Failing that, find two medallion stamps with one being smaller than the other.

You will need a heat embossing tool, watermark ink such as Versamark ink, and embossing powder in a holiday-like colour. Additionally, you will need glue for assembling, scissors for cutting, and decorative beads or glitter for trim.

  1. If using one stamp with appropriate patterns, stamp and heat emboss FOUR identical images. Stamp onto sturdy cardstock in a color you prefer.
  2. Using paper cutting scissors, cut out all four medallions, but in two of them, cut around the inner patterning so it is smaller than the first and can be layered. Refer to the picture shown.
  3. If using two stamps, stamp and heat emboss two of each, and cut out.

Assemble

  1. The snowflakes have a front and back. First, glue one small medallion on top of a larger medallion. If desired, use dimensional tape or pop-dots to add additional dimension.
  2. Glue the second small medallion on top of the other larger medallion.
  3. Arrange the two medallions back to back. You can glue them in place, or you can add dimensional tape (ie poster tape) in between for extra dimension.
  4. Decorate as desired, with beads, glitter, etc.
  5. If desired, attached string, cord or wire for hanging.


Easy Christmas Bookmarks

These bookmarks are an easy Christmas craft project, and one that's suitable for kids. The video demonstration below shows making the image with stamping and heat embossing, which might be unsuitable for smaller kids. You could use stickers instead.  When it comes to homemade Christmas crafts, these easy, bright, colorful and useful bookmarks get top marks.

Tuck them in a stocking, attach them to a gift, distribute them at a kid's party, or sell them at a craft bazaar. 

Video Demo of Christmas Bookmark Craft Project

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Cindy Lietz 8 years ago from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

These are sweet little projects Nightcats! Like the advent calendar idea, might have to make one with the kids!


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Cindy Lietz 8 years ago from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Sorry, looks like I pushed the submit button twice!

Anyways, Have a great Christmas with your family!


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nightcats 8 years ago from North Vancouver Author

Thanks, and the same to you!


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Party Girl 8 years ago

Lovely hub, makes me feel all christmasy (is this a word?), well done Nightcats. Happy Christmas to you!


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nightcats 8 years ago from North Vancouver Author

Thanks, Party Girl! Yes, Christmas is coming, probably faster than we want to think about! And a Happy Christmas to you as well.


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mroconnell 7 years ago from France

I love seeing more craft tips on HubPages, even if I'm a little late for the season.


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nightcats 7 years ago from North Vancouver Author

There is always next year! Thanks for posting.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

You had some very good ideas. Thank you for sharing them.


festivals schedule 6 years ago

Those are very good ideas. Beyond awesome. Thank you for sharing.


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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

I love these! Especially the cute little bookmarks. Thanks for sharing these :0)


Gingerale 5 years ago

luv all of these christmas crafts!

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