Every crafter loves a good Christmas craft. Our go-to projects are usually snowflakes or Santa hat ornaments. And while those are super fun to make (and definitely a family favorite) it’s something everyone does. Besides, how many gingerbread men should you really have hanging from your tree? A family of five, sure, but anymore may be a bit much. Here are three Christmas crafts that’ll change up your décor and stretch your crafting muscle.
You could go out and buy a Christmas village at the department store, but wouldn’t it be more meaningful to make your own? It would!
- Tea lights
- Paper towel tubes
- Acrylic paint, assorted colors
- Markers, assorted colors
- Scrapbook paper, assorted colors
- Small pointy scissors
- Hot glue gun
- Packet of hot glue sticks
- Using your scissors cut the paper towel tubes in half. The tubes will serve as elf houses.
- Draw windows on the sides of the paper towel tubes. Cut them out with the scissors.
- Paint the tubes in the color of your choice. Set aside and let dry.
- After the tubeshave dried, draw doors and other details.
- Roll the scrapbook paper into a coneand tape it together. The cone will act as the house’s roof. Hot glue the cone to the top of the roll.
- Place the finished house over a tea light. You have Santa’s village. To really get it looking like the North Pole, purchase some fake snow and spread it around the houses on your mantel or bookshelf.
Mason Jar Votives
- Mason jars
- Blue painter’s tape
- Glass paint, assorted colors
- Stencils (reindeer, Christmas tree, etc.)
- Coffee beans, optional
- Black Sharpie
- Wash and dry the mason jars.
- Trace the negative space of the stencil with the black sharpie. Fill in the space with blue painter’s tape.
- Paint the mason jar your desired color of choice. Set aside and let dry. For a distressed look, rub sandpaper or SOS pad along the jar after the paint has dried.
- Once the paint has dried, gently remove the painter’s tape.
- Fill the bottom of the mason jar with coffee beans, this will provide support for the candle and make any dripped wax clean up much easier.
- Cut a 10 in. strip of twine. Tie it around the mouth of the mason jar. Put a candle in the mason jar and light it. You have a rustic, romantic mason jar votive!
- Construction paper, light brown, red and white
- Red string
- Mini pom-poms, red
- Elmer’s Glue
- Glitter, silver and red
- Markers, assorted colors
- Reindeer stencil
- Santa sleigh stencil
- Exacto knife
- Trace nine reindeer on the brown construction paper. Cut out and set aside. For a free template, click here.
- Trace Santa’s sleigh on the red construction paper. Cut out and set aside.
- Run glue along the outlines of the reindeers’ antlers. Sprinkle with silver glitter. Set aside and let dry. Repeat this step with the outline of Santa’s sleigh, but use red glitter.
- Glue a red pom-pom on the tip of the first reindeer’s nose, it’s Rudolph!
- Take the twine and wrap it around the reindeers’ necks and around Santa’s middle.
- Drape the finished garland and tape the ends of the garland over your mantle, book shelf or media console. You can even hang it above the kids’ beds!
Christmas craft ideas abound online. Visit your favorite craft store for supplies and get started on yourholiday project before it’s too late!