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DIY Holiday Craft Projects for Older Kids or Adults

Updated on May 17, 2015
Holiday Ornaments Made from Wooden Spool
Holiday Ornaments Made from Wooden Spool | Source

Make These Easy Christmas Crafts to Celebrate the Holidays

This page gives pictures and instructions for several diy craft projects suitable for older kids or adults. Two video demonstrations are included as well as information about supplies and tutorials.

Nothing is as personal and rewarding as hand made decorations, ornaments and gifts for the Christmas or holiday season. Many of these easy craft projects are so simple that the kids can help make them.

All you need are some colorful papers or cardstock, glue, scissors and maybe some ribbon or trim. You'll be making your own loved holiday craft projects in no time.

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Hand Made Advent Calendar
Hand Made Advent Calendar | Source

Make this Great Advent Calendar

How about making this great Advent Calendar? Its truly beautiful to look at and you can make it with everyday items that you could have around the house. If not, you can probably get everything you need at the Dollar Stores. Hang this from the wall or set it on a table or cupboard for a great display.

You can make this easily when you use this Video Tutorial of Advent Calendar

Make this Colorful Cone-Shaped Holiday Tree

This holiday tree is so pretty and colorful you'll want to make several in different sizes and colors. They make great centerpieces for your holiday table, or great decorations for your home or office. Even better, they're so easy to make that the older kids can make their own.

You will need a large circle of card stock or poster paper. It must be flexible enough that it can roll into a cone shape properly.

To draw a circle, I use a dinner plate or pizza pan or some other large circular item to make my pattern.

Besides the paper, you will need scissors, adhesives, and material for trimming.

Video Tutorial: Make a Cone Shaped Tree

Snow Flakes
Snow Flakes | Source

Make These Gorgeous Hanging Snowflakes

These beauties are made from a K and Company Kit, Swell Noel. All you need to do is punch the snowflakes out, layer them, attach with dimension tape, then trim with the included pearls or rhinestones. Hang them with a thread or ribbon. They're stunning.

If your local store doesn't carry this kit, you can probably find it online.

Easy Christmas Tags with Rudolph
Easy Christmas Tags with Rudolph | Source

Try These Christmas Bookmarks or Gift Tags

These items can work as bookmarks or as gift tags. Make them any size you want, in any combination of colors and designs. Older kids can make them using a heat embossed stamped image, and younger kids can use stickers.

They are fast, easy and economical and make great stocking stuffers or gifts for kid's Holiday parties.

Video Demo: Make Christmas Bookmarks or Tags

Zentangle Snowman
Zentangle Snowman | Source

Decorate a Zentangle Snowman

For this and similar shapes, locate a white snowman or other holiday-themed shape. They are sold often at craft fairs or in stores where holiday craft projects are found.

You will need a shape and a black Sharpie pen.

Using the black sharpie, make free form shapes on the white form. Fill in the shapes with doodling as shown. This is an art technique known as zentangling.

Punch a small hole in the top, if necessary, and string a ribbon or cord through it. Hang your snowman on a tree or elsewhere.

Its simple enough for children to do, and artistic enough that adults can create lovely images.


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    • writerkath profile image


      4 years ago

      I used to do crafts all the time at Christmas. Loved it! If I had more time, I'd do it again. :)

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      5 years ago

      I think my kids would really enjoy making the bookmarks. We can make them together and they can give them out as Christmas gifts. Thank you for sharing.

    • junecampbell profile imageAUTHOR

      June Campbell 

      6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @psiloveyou1: Thanks!

    • psiloveyou1 profile image


      6 years ago

      good ideas...Merry Christmas!

    • junecampbell profile imageAUTHOR

      June Campbell 

      7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @hayleylou lm: Thanks.

    • hayleylou lm profile image

      hayleylou lm 

      7 years ago

      Great ideas :)

    • junecampbell profile imageAUTHOR

      June Campbell 

      7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @julieannbrady: The same to you.

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      7 years ago

      Merry Christmas my dear!

    • junecampbell profile imageAUTHOR

      June Campbell 

      7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @JenOfChicago LM: It is a good complement for a book gift, thanks for pointing that out,

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      JenOfChicago LM 

      7 years ago

      I love the bookmark idea, that makes for a great add on to a book gift.

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      June Campbell 

      7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @hlkljgk: You bet!

    • hlkljgk profile image


      7 years ago from Western Mass

      crafting is an essential part of christmas :)

    • junecampbell profile imageAUTHOR

      June Campbell 

      7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @CofCJenny LM: Me too! It is an addiction -- but a great one!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      I have always loved advent calendars and that tree is adorable!

    • junecampbell profile imageAUTHOR

      June Campbell 

      7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @Sylvestermouse: Thank you!

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      CofCJenny LM 

      7 years ago

      I love making crafts for every holiday! :)

    • junecampbell profile imageAUTHOR

      June Campbell 

      7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @Rita-K: Great! I hope you do make the bookmarks. They are so easy and have good eye appeal

    • Rita-K profile image


      7 years ago

      I love the reindeer bookmarks...I am going to make a few...a great addition to a book gift! And maybe a couple for myself!

    • junecampbell profile imageAUTHOR

      June Campbell 

      7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @alesxandrea: Oh great. I hope you try it. Its' a cute little decoration if you don't hae a real tree -- or as a centerpiece if you do.

    • alesxandrea profile image


      7 years ago

      The Cone-shaped Tree would make a cute christmas tree. So unique! I might try that in my place cause it won't take a lot of space. ^_^ Thank you for this idea!

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      8 years ago

      Fantastic - I Love Christmassy Craft Ideas! Thank you for creating this lens.

      Knit a Santa Teacosy

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      9 years ago

      Nice lens with great ideas! 5 star from me. I was looking for Christmas craft ideas that me and my kids can do this Christmas and I'm glad I found this lens. Christmas is upon us but I think we still can catch up!


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