12 Easy & Fun DIY Christmas Crafts To Make With Kids

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Christmastime means Christmas crafts, and the below are fun and easy to make with your kids—or even if you’re just a kid at heart. So when you’re not busy making festive DIY creations with Mason jars or homemade snow globes, try out the below. Guaranteed fun for kids of all ages!

1. Popsicle Stick Art

From Santa hats and reindeer to Christmas trees and snowmen pictures frames, these popsicle stick projects are a must-do this holiday season.

2. Reindeer Handprint Ornaments

Who doesn’t like kids’ art made from their handprints? These reindeers are so easy—not to mention festive and a great keepsake! We recommend making them each Christmas, so you can chart your child’s progress through the years.

3. Pinecones

Pinecones are not only fun for kids to collect when taking a walk with them, but there are also so many things to make with them—like pinecone elves (that are the cutest elves you’ve ever seen, complete with scarves and mittens) to pinecone gnomes (which also rank way up there as far as cuteness is concerned). And these green pinecone Christmas trees could not make for more perfect gifts!

4. Peanut Snowmen

You’ll never look at a peanut the same way again once you paint one and transform one into an adorable little snowman. (And their little acorn hats make them absolutely precious.)

5. Snowflakes

What’s winter without snowflakes? These are easy to make, and making them out of wrapping paper gives these 3-D snowflakes a fun, colorful twist!

6. Hanukkah Decorations

From candy dreidels to a handprint menorah, these crafts are sure to brighten up your house this holiday season.

7. LEGO Crafts

From a Christmas tree to an ice skating rink, the possibilities are endless with these LEGO creations.

8. Painted Christmas Cookies

I LOVE this recipe by The Pioneer Woman (and her step-by-step pictures). You can either “paint” the cookies before putting them in the oven (which is a genius idea!) or do so afterwards. I tried the afterwards approach the other night with my friend’s daughter and great fun was had by all! (Tip: You can also add peppermint to the dough for a flavorful bonus!)

Even her dad got in on the action and painted a computer code on his cookie. (Bonus points if you know what it means!)

9. DIY Vintage Dictionary Flowers

This one may be best with older kids—but will make the perfect gift for the writers (and word aficionados) in your life! You also do NOT have to use dictionary pages, but can buy books at thrift stores (or find some old ones in your basement). Then, find your friend’s favorite book and make them an entire ornament collection.

10. Reindeer Terracotta Pot

This reindeer terracotta pot requires so few ingredients—like pipe cleaners, googly eyes, and a red pom pom—you’ll want to make them as presents for everyone you know. Plus, you can’t help but smile when looking at them.

11. Gingerbread House Gift Tags

Naturally, you’ll need gift tags for all of the above, and these little gingerbread-looking ones are sure to please! Plus, with your kids drawing the house decors, the houses will be more charming than ever.

12. Gumdrop Christmas Garland

Of course, no Christmas could be complete without garland. And now’s a time where you can play with your food, like gumdrops and Swedish fish for these colorful garlands. Just make sure you don’t eat too much of the sweet snacks in the process—and that you save some for the tree!

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In addition to Simplemost, Natalia is an ongoing writer for Bustle (sex, dating, relationships, and money), HelloGiggles (pop culture and news), The Delite (feel-good stories), and Don’t Waste Your Money (yep, money issues!). You can also find her writing in the L.A. Times, the Chicago Tribune's RedEye, xoJane, Elite Daily, Scary Mommy, Elephant Journal, and Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies, among other publications. She has a Ph.D. in couch-surfing, having spent four years sleeping on over 200 L.A.-area love seats and sectionals, all in an effort to whittle down her student loan debt. She still loves couch-surfing in other cities, too (hint, hint).

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