38 DIY Christmas Crafts for Personalized Decorations and Gifts

Get crafty even if you think you're not!

The holidays aren't just about choosing the perfect gifts, hosting parties, decking the halls, and decorating your front door in Christmas style. They're also about sharing time with the people you love. So why not host a "crafternoon" and get everyone together to make fun decorations and gifts? These Christmas craft ideas are a great way to spend a few hours getting creative with friends and family while your favorite holiday movie or playlist gets everyone in the spirit. Princess Decorations

38 DIY Christmas Crafts for Personalized Decorations and Gifts

It's totally fine if you don't consider yourself crafty. We've got ideas that are super-simple to make. You might just discover a whole new artsy side of yourself. From shiny to glam to rustic, we've got a Christmas craft with the right vibe for your home and your gift-wrapping style. Some of these ideas use foraged items you can find in your own garden, while others are made from craft kits that include everything you need, so you have no excuse not to get creative!

These easy Christmas crafts range from projects you can complete in a single sitting to ones that take a few evenings to finish. You'll find an assortment of Christmas tree decorations, from colorful beaded garlands to ornaments made of fabric scraps or dried fruit. Most of these Christmas craft ideas are great for giving too: A few make perfect gift toppers, and others count as stocking stuffers. Or just make them for yourself! Check out these fun and easy Christmas craft ideas.

Upcycle found items by collecting sticks in your garden or on a walk in the woods, then tie together lengths to create a tree. Add tiny metal bells and ornaments for a rustic vibe.


Consider this a craft and a gift idea! Create these super-cute hot cocoa bombs, and package them up with a new mug for an adorable DIY gift that everyone will love.

Get the tutorial at Julie Blanner.

Glue strips of burlap fabric around an ornament or wrap it in burlap ribbon. It's a great way to give new life to old ornaments that aren't your favorite colors or don't go with your new Christmas tree color scheme too.

This elegant and easy garland is just the thing for adorning your mantel, wreath, or tree. It fits perfectly into traditional, cottage, or modern Christmas decorating styles—and it smells divine.

Get the tutorial at Julie Blanner.

To add color to a simple green garland, layer it with a garland made of colorful wooden beads. A few shiny ornaments hung from the garland complete the cheerful look.

Get the tutorial at The Crafted Life.

Need to spruce up your holiday centerpiece or coffee table display? Incorporate these felted wool acorns, which you can easily make with a kit that includes four colors of wool, 12 natural acorn tops, and an instructional booklet.


You know all those tiny scraps of fabric you've been saving? Turn them into stuffed ornaments. If you don't want to draw shapes freehand, trace cookie cutters for the design.

Dress gifts in plain white boxes with these ombré ribbons made of fabric scraps. Not only is this wrapping material fun to make, but it's a little more eco-friendly than using rolls of disposable wrapping paper and ribbon.

Get the tutorial from Rit Dye.

Whether you're eager to work on your quilting skills or you're an expert, a Christmas quilt makes an excellent seasonal craft. Plus, you can either keep it or gift it.


Making your own wreath is a great way to reflect your own personal style statement. You can start with a premade wreath of fresh or faux greenery and just add decorations or wire your own evergreen bundles onto a wreath form. It depends on how much time you have and how detailed you want to be—and it's a great activity for a party.

Get inspo from our roundup of DIY Christmas wreath ideas.

Cross-stitch is so easy and satisfying! Make a few of these handmade ornaments to give away as gifts, or add them to packages tied on with a bow.


Bake a batch of your favorite gingerbread cookies, and punch a hole at the top with a straw before baking. When cooled, thread through some yarn to make these old-fashioned cookie ornaments. Just keep them out of your pet's reach!

Upgrade your advent calendar tradition with this sweet DIY version. The little wooden houses are surprisingly easy to make out of gingerbread, and they're the perfect mantle decor.

Get the tutorial at Sugar and Charm.

Glue tiny pom-poms on pine cones you've foraged from your own yard or walks in the park, then add a length of yarn for a hanger. Little kids will love helping you make these.

Could anything be cuter than these animal-themed finger puppets? This kit includes felt and decorations to make a penguin, reindeer, and polar bear. It's also easy enough for beginning sewers.

If you love paper honeycomb decorations, this is the perfect craft for you. Spray paint them a little white paint at the top for a frosted look, and surround them with fairy lights for a glowing display on a tabletop or mantelpiece.

Get the tutorial at Lia Griffith.

These coasters are like mini rugs for your hot cocoa or coffee. They're easy and satisfying to make, and fun to gift too!

Make your craft cocktails look even prettier by serving them on these DIY snowflake coasters. Twisted together out of white pipe cleaners, Christmas crafts really don't get any easier than this.

Get the tutorial at Sugar and Charm.

Make a garland with green construction paper or card stock and faux red berries. Bonus: Glue mini leaves onto red and white paper straws for a themed tabletop.

Paint found branches white, then use them as a mini tree to hang tiny ornaments. It's the perfect simple but creative tablescape for a winter scene.

Hadley Mendelsohn is the co-host and executive producer of the podcast Dark House. When she's not busy writing about interiors, you can find her scouring vintage stores, reading, researching ghost stories, or stumbling about because she probably lost her glasses again. Along with interior design, she writes about everything from travel to entertainment, beauty, social issues, relationships, fashion, food, and on very special occasions, witches, ghosts, and other Halloween haunts. Her work has also been published in MyDomaine, Who What Wear, Man Repeller, Matches Fashion, Byrdie, and more.  

Kelly Allen is the current Associate Editor at House Beautiful, where she covers design, pop culture, and travel for digital and the print magazine. She’s been with the team for nearly three years, attending industry events and covering a range of topics. When she’s not watching every new TV show and movie, she’s browsing vintage home stores, admiring hotel interiors, and wandering around New York City. She previously worked for Delish and Cosmopolitan. Follow her on Instagram.

Arricca Elin SanSone has written about health and lifestyle topics for Prevention, Country Living, Woman's Day, and more. She’s passionate about gardening, baking, reading, and spending time with the people and dogs she loves.

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