16 Easy Christmas Crafts and DIY Holiday Decor

Even though Christmas always seems so far away, there’s nothing like getting a good head start on the holidays. As my friend’s mom always said, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” And while I subscribe to the idea that Christmas (or any holiday!) is more about the people you love than how cute your house is, there’s no doubt that I have a big love of the Christmas season and all the opportunities it presents for DIY decor and crafts!

All of these cute Christmas crafts can be made by adults and kids alike, and they are all pretty simple and fun to create. I hope you love them as much as I do!

Planning for the holidays? Check out these 16 great ideas for decorating this Christmas! Lots of cute crafts for kids and grown-ups, as well as holiday decor and advent calendars! Everything you need to create the perfect holiday home.

If you love counting down the days until Christmas, try using toilet paper rolls to create this adorable advent calendar! Fill it full of treats for the kids and make the holiday truly special.

Adorable Toilet Paper Roll Advent Calendar

I love this really easy Christmas garland made from wood slices! Have the kids paint on their favorite holiday symbols, or go the country chic route by painting some stick figure reindeer!

Rustic Reindeer Garland | Simple Christmas Craft

If you’re the type who loves a bargain, you can make a gorgeous holiday wreath with items you can find at the dollar store!

Simple and Elegant Holiday Wreath Using Dollar Store Materials

I’m a sucker for little Christmas trees, and these ones take hardly any time at all. You can add decoration or keep them plain, and you’ll definitely have a gorgeous assortment of decor!

Simple Decorative Yarn-Wrapped Christmas Tree Craft

If you want to keep the party going all winter, you can make this cute little snowman craft that works for months!

Simple Decorative Styrofoam Snowman Craft!

Decorating the tree is even more fun when you can make your own ornaments. This one is great for kids, and they can make each one different!

Easy Ribbon and Craft Stick Christmas Tree Ornaments

Another easy ornament are these winter sleds made from popsicle sticks! They can be hung on the tree or even placed on a mantle for some extra winter cheer.

Christmas Craft - Holiday Sled Ornament

This is a total country Christmas vibe using an embroidery loop for a fun wall hanging. I love the look of the deer, but you could change it up to any symbol you like! It’s a total feeling of coziness you can’t beat!

Felt and Flannel Deer Wall Hanging

Another little ornament you can make features a Mason jar lid! Just wrap it up in some ribbon and tie a string around it for a lovely upscale look!

Mason Jar Lid Wreath Ornament

Okay, so this one SAYS Valentine’s Day, but couldn’t you just see this hanging all winter long? The flannel just screams snow!

Valentine Craft Flannel Heart Wall Hanging

If you’re the sort who goes all out, check out this awesome Elf on the Shelf tablescape. It’s perfect if you’re hosting a holiday party or even dinner on the day! How great is it for kids!?

Elf on the Shelf Christmas Tablescape | A Mother Thing

Speaking of kids, this one is perfect. Take a dollar store stocking and jazz it up with whatever craft supplies you have! Instant fun for the little ones!

Upcycled Dollar Store Stocking | A Mother Thing

Even better, help them make a felt Christmas tree! Stick the ornaments on with velcro so they can re-decorate it as often as they want. Plus, it will keep their hands off of your REAL tree.

Christmas Craft - Felt Christmas Tree | A Mother Thing

Turn a wooden picture frame into holiday decor with this easy DIY joy sign. Perfect for the fireplace mantle or on your front porch!

Easy Christmas Craft - DIY Joy Board | A Mother Thing

If you’re not really the crafty type but still want to make a statement, try this easy candy cane jar. Paint the outside white, and then use some red paint to make stripes. Fill it full of straws or even actual candy canes for a fun holiday look.

Christmas Craft - DIY Candy Cane Mason Jar | A Mother Thing

As mentioned above, I’m a sucker for little trees at Christmas. These ones are made from paper – whatever scrap you have laying around. Turn them into adorable decor pieces.

DIY Decorative Paper Christmas Trees | A Mother Thing

You can’t beat handmade home decor at Christmas. Something about a DIY Christmas feels so cozy and lovely. Christmas on a budget is always a good thing. Fill your house up and keep your kids busy this season. You won’t regret it!


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Katie Reed

Katie Reed

Katie Reed is a 38 year old mom blogger from Salt Lake City, UT. She is married to the man of her dreams and together they have four beautiful boys. Dexter is 9, Daniel is 7, Chester is 5 and Wilder is 2. She writes about living with mental health issues while navigating motherhood. Her blog focuses on tips and tricks for moms, information and parenting news, kid-friendly recipes and crafts. She loves to reflect on the humorous side of parenthood and shares the reality of her life, with a "warts and all" attitude.

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