9 Holiday Crafts to Make With Your Kids Squeeze in some quality family time while creating DIY décor and gifts

9 holiday crafts to DIY with the kids
Photo: Fall for DIY

The holidays are the perfect time for some family crafting. In fact, I’m fairly certain DIY is best done over a cup of hot cocoa! I’ve rounded up 9 holiday crafts to help you get started, and they are great projects to work on together with your little ones – especially if your crew is already getting stir-crazy this winter.

These would be wonderful holiday party activities, too. Your guests could take them home as adorable heirlooms to treasure for years to come! Whatever you create together, be sure to share it with us on social media using #washingtonfamilymag so we can all “ooh” and “ahh” over your creativity!

DIY Recycled Paper Star Decorations by Fall for DIY

Here’s another great way to use up some of that extra packaging that we all acquire this time of year. There’s no end to the number of shapes and designs you could create, and you can add paint to keep little hands busy!

DIY Swirled Melted Crayon Ornaments by The Sweetest Occasion

Would you believe us if we told you these beautiful baubles are filled with bits and pieces of every child’s favorite coloring implement? That’s right – this shockingly easy project is a great way to use up the stumps of crayons that have otherwise outlived their usefulness. It’s also a perfect opportunity to teach your kids about mixing colors!

holiday crafts to make with kids
Photo: Shrimp Salad Circus

Mini DIY Christmas Village Ornaments by Shrimp Salad Circus

Turn $1 mini wooden birdhouses from the craft store into adorable holiday décor. This little tiny Christmas village is perfect hanging from the tree or adorning the mantel. This idea is the perfect kids’ activity at a holiday party, and everyone goes home with a homemade party favor!

DIY Macramé Rainbow Ornaments by A Bubbly Life

Even if you don’t put up a tree for the holidays, these macramé ornaments are a must. You could make them in any color combination imaginable, and they totally have a second life as a backpack charm or keychain.

DIY block printed wrapping paper holiday craft
Photo: Lulu the Baker

DIY Block Printed Wrapping Paper by Lulu the Baker

Put an adorably handmade twist on all your gifting this year with hand-printed gift wrap. You can stamp any design you can doodle. Bonus: For an eco-friendly twist, print on newspaper or the extra paper that comes stuffed in all those Amazon boxes!

5-Minute Pom-pom Wreath by Design Improvised

In a hurry? You can use store-bought pom-poms in your favorite color palette to make a plain old evergreen wreath really pop. Stock up on mini wreaths and let the kids each make their own holiday masterpiece

Customized holiday gifts
Photo: Tried & True

Customized Holiday Gifts for Grandparents by Tried & True

Nobody loves a personalized gift more than a grandparent, right? Make their whole holiday season with an adorable hand-lettered rolling pin. Pair it with an apron printed with their favorite little humans, and you’re all set.

DIY Holiday Felt Garland by Alice and Lois

How fun would this felt garland be with different-colored leaves? It’s shockingly simple, and you could even add little pom-pom “berries” for an extra pop of color and texture. You don’t need any special tools or machines to whip up a strand.

DIY wood bead garland
Photo: By Brittany Goldwyn

DIY Wood Bead Christmas Tree Garland by By Brittany Goldwyn

Are you more into minimal holiday décor than bright colors? This unfinished wooden garland will be just the thing for you, and it’s a great way to practice patterns with the kids using different shapes and sizes. And honestly, it would be beautiful on display year-round, don’t you think?

About Lindsay Ponta

Lindsay Ponta created the DIY and lifestyle website Shrimp Salad Circus in 2009 to inspire busy women to live perfectly-imperfect creative lives. She lives in Silver Spring, MD. Find easy DIYs and recipes at www.shrimpsaladcircus.com.

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