78 DIY Christmas Crafts 2020

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Danielle Daly

These days, it’s easy to find just about any type of Christmas decoration at your local retailer, but it’s so much more fun to inject your personality and design style into your home. One of the best ways to do this is with Christmas crafts. You can create your own front door wreath to make a great first impression, organize decorations for your gifts, or even put together your own ornaments to showcase your tree. The options are endless if you’re just ready to get inspired and put your hot glue gun to work.

And because DIY means affordable, many Christmas crafts we suggest use common household items you already own. Everything from fabric scraps to basic cardboard boxes can become holiday decor pieces. Get inspired by this roundup of creative Christmas DIY projects, ranging from a striking garland card holder to a playful fabric wreath.

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Ice skate crown

Ditch the traditional crown for one with fur-lined ice skates filled with greenery. Dress them up with pom poms and silver embellishments for even more impact.

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Christmas napkin rings

Rather than throwing away your old Christmas light bulbs, reuse them in festive napkin rings. Simply place a loop of red and white baker’s twine at the bottom of the bulb using hot glue. Tie your new creations around your favorite rolled towels.

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Holiday shakers

Who doesn’t love a good holiday shaker? Show off your creativity by transforming basic salt and pepper shakers into eye-catching holiday decor. Place everything from deer to evergreens in your shakers for a cheerful holiday look.

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DIY citrus garland

For a fun and unexpected twist, use string, nylon thread, or wire to add dried citrus to your garland.

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Holiday cards tree

Go for a mix of vintage and current greeting cards to create a creative Christmas tree. It can also be the perfect photo for family and friends.

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Christmas straws

Pretty red and white striped straws begging to be topped with holly leaves and cut berries.

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Decorative pillow

Transform a basic red pillow into a standout piece by adding a white bow and a splash of greenery.

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Plaid shirt ribbons

To experiment with country-inspired gift wrap, cut out strips from your unwanted plaid shirts (make sure the design appears inside and out). Then create a fringe effect by pulling the loose threads. You can even sew several pieces together to lengthen the stripes if needed. Tie your checkered bands around your gifts and embellish them with doilies, candy canes, and ornaments.

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Garland Card Holder

Enhance the garland with your favorite greeting cards and decorative tassels for a festive look.

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Yarn Gift Toppers

Take advantage of any extra boxes you have around the house and use them to give gifts. Wrap them in kraft paper and add a tree design on top of green and red thread.

Get the Tutorial at Women’s Day >>

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Wire spool crown

Fancy a simple DIY wreath? Take your supply of empty spools and wrap them in tape. Hang your new wreath with wire, and you are ready to welcome guests!

Get the thread spool crown tutorial.

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Gift buttons

Yes, you can stick buttons directly onto the gift wrap for an impressive presentation.

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Foil paper garland

Hang construction paper in two complementary shades of green and cut out leaf patterns to create your own Instagram-worthy garland for your mantle.

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Snowball wreath

Who would have thought that polystyrene balls could be so beautiful? They are exactly what you need to make a nifty wreath. All you have to do is apply the styrofoam balls to a crown shape with hot glue, let them dry, and complete with a bow and wire to hang them up.

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Ladder Advent Calendar

Decorative ladders are versatile, especially for the holiday season. Let yours function as an Advent calendar this year. Tie a ribbon on each rung of the ladder, then use them to hang numbered burlap bags.

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Wire wrapped ornaments

Let your kids participate in the fun of the holidays with a DIY ornament project. All you need to do is paint a wooden ornament or paper mache with glitter paint, then wrap it with vibrant thread.

Get the tutorial on Design Improvised >>

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Cross stitch ornament

You don’t have to be a professional craftsman to create something truly stunning. Even beginners can have fun embroidering this ornament with our easy to follow pattern.

Get the template.

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Embroidery hoop ornaments

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Pine cone wreath

Bring a bit of the outdoors to your front door. Start by arranging the pine cones in the shape you want. Then hot glue all the pine cones in the form of a wire wreath, starting with the main circle. Continue to glue the pine cones in the shape of a five-pointed star. You may need to use some wire and very hot glue to secure a few hard-to-line pine cone tips.

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Candle Cutouts

This one is for serious craftsmen, as you’ll need a Cricut machine. Use the machine to cut the tree design template out of white vinyl. Then you can just peel off the design and stick it on the bottom of a hurricane candle holder.

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Glass filled ornaments

There are a million ways to fill a glass ornament for a one-of-a-kind decoration for your tree. You can use scrub trees, bells, pine sprigs, colorful feathers – whatever you like. You can also coat the inside with white glue (you have to shake it to make it even) and then fill it with colorful glitter – which will stay inside and not rub on your hands year after year.

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Reindeer place cards

Rudolph with your shiny nose, won’t you find my seat tonight? These deer place cards are very festive when you glue gold or silver glitter on the antlers.

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Woven Ribbon Gift Topper

Hone your old summer camp thong skills and get ready to create this creative ribbon gift. Here’s what you do: Start with 12 strands of ribbon. Lay half of them on top of a gift (alternating colors) and use double-sided tape to secure them to the bottom of the box, cutting off any excess. Go back to the top of the box, grab one of the remaining strands and weave it over and under each of the already tied ribbons. Repeat the process using the other five ribbons. So have fun watching your friends try to open it!

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Choice of drinks for Christmas trees

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Home ornaments

The most thoughtful gift – especially for someone who has just moved in – is to DIY an ornament that looks like their house. To make one, print out a photo of the house and cut it so that there is no extra paper around the edges. Outline the shape and cut out a thin piece of cardboard the same size, then attach the photo using double-sided tape. Add glue around the base of the house, on the roof and on the awnings, then sprinkle glitter or fake snow on top. Then you have a house for the holidays.

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Orange gift topper

Or, if you want an alternative to the forest scene, string dehydrated oranges on a ribbon for a gift that looks straight out of the box. Little woman. Use the ribbon to hang the slices on a tree or garland afterwards.

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