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9 Super Easy Christmas Crafts

You don't need a lot of time or a bunch of expensive supplies to make these simple crafts. Spend a few hours crafting with the kids this weekend, and your home will be decked out for the holidays!
  • Tinker Toy tree

    This is the perfect mini tree for a kids' room or playroom, and chances are good you won't need to buy a thing! Using Tinker Toys, make the base of the tree as shown, leaving room for the tree trunk, then adding several circles (the kind you insert the pegs into) on top of each other, with small pegs between each. Add the longest pegs to the bottom row, and use shorter pegs as you go up, finishing with the smallest pegs in the top row. Add a peg to the very top of the tree, and insert a star cut from card stock into the slit. Let the kids hang some child-friendly mini ornaments from the branches. So festive, and so reminiscent of simpler times!

    Date Published: December 3, 2013
    Date Updated: December 7, 2018
    Tags: Christmas, Crafts
  • Ornament display

    What a fun way to display antique or sentimental ornaments that you really want to showcase during the holidays! Make this hanging wire "tree" from heavy-gauge craft wire, or even old hangers. Form a large triangle, twisting the open ends together at the top to make a loop. Then cut cross-wires, wind around the tree sides to secure them, trim off the excess, and use needle-nosed pliers to curl the ends. Repeat, making several cross-wire rungs. 

    Screw a hook into the underside of the top of an antique picture or mirror frame, with the glass and backing removed. Hang the wire tree from the hook, cover the hook with a star ornament, add a ribbon to the top of the frame, and hang on the wall. Add your ornaments and enjoy!

    Date Published: December 3, 2013
    Date Updated: December 7, 2018
    Tags: Christmas, Crafts
  • Button tree

    This is a fun snowy-day project! Use any buttons you have in your button jar, or buy various sizes of buttons. You can stick with green, red, and gold, or use any colors you want! Starting with the larger buttons, simply use pearl-headed pins to cover as much of a foam cone as possible. Use smaller buttons to fill in the gaps, layering them randomly over each other until the entire cone is covered. Pin a glittery star to the top, and display on your mantle or table. This would be especially cute in a sewing room, and would make a great gift for anyone who likes to sew!

    Date Published: December 3, 2013
    Date Updated: December 7, 2018
    Tags: Christmas, Crafts
  • Paper forest

    Scrapbook paper often comes in packs of different patterns that coordinate with each other. Use several different coordinating Christmas papers to make this pretty pine forest. Wrap the paper around foam cones, gluing it into place, and cut the excess off the bottom so the cone will sit flat. Hot glue or pin a bead to the top, and that's it! You could also simply cover cones with white or green paper, and let the kids go to town with markers and crayons, drawing garland and ornaments onto their paper trees. This would be a fun Christmas Day activity for the kids' table!

    Date Published: December 3, 2013
    Date Updated: December 7, 2018
    Tags: Christmas, Crafts
  • Pistachio pinecone

    Now here's a decoration everyone will enjoy making! First, eat a bowl of pistachios. (Or shell them and use the nuts in the recipe below!) Then, hot glue the shells to an egg-shaped piece of craft foam. Start at the pointed end and work your way up in rows, layering shells over the row beneath them, as shown, to make a pinecone! Tie a cord around a pretty pin, insert it into the top of the ornament (add a line of glue onto the pin to help secure it in the foam), add a pretty ribbon, and you're all set!

    Date Published: December 3, 2013
    Date Updated: December 7, 2018
    Tags: Christmas, Crafts
  • Paper-punch pinecone

    This adorable decoration is done in much the same way as the pistachio pinecone. Use a large circle paper punch to cut circles out of the colorful Christmas cards you received last year. Glue a dot to the pointed end of the egg shape, then work your way up the form, layering each row slightly over the row beneath it, to create a pinecone effect. Pin a ribbon into the larger end of the ornament, and hang! You could also use this method to cover foam cones, creating layered Christmas trees.

    Date Published: December 3, 2013
    Date Updated: December 7, 2018
    Tags: Christmas, Crafts
  • Ribbon candy ornament

    This simple craft looks just like beautiful ribbon candy! Our version may not taste as good, but it's a whole lot easier to make! Tie a piece of embroidery floss through a clear pea-sized bead, and thread the floss through the middle of a piece of striped ribbon, about 1/2" from one end, with the "good" side facing down toward the bead.

    Make a loop to one side, and thread the floss through. Make a loop of the same size going the other direction, and thread in the middle. Repeat again and again until the entire length of ribbon is looped and threaded, as shown here. Add another bead on top, press down a bit to get the desired effect, and tie a knot to keep the bead in place. Hang from your tree with the remaining floss. You can also use strips of scrapbook paper for this project, but the ribbon will hold up better.

    Date Published: December 3, 2013
    Date Updated: December 7, 2018
    Tags: Christmas, Crafts
  • Naturally beautiful candles

    Even in winter, Mother Nature provides decorating supplies. Take a walk around your acreage for seed pods, nuts, sprigs of berries, little boughs of pine, and even sticks. Hot glue, pin, or tie them around pillar candles, add ribbon or burlap bows, and nestle among some greenery above the fireplace. Just make sure that if you light the candles, the flame won't be close enough to the adornments to start a fire.

    Date Published: December 3, 2013
    Date Updated: December 7, 2018
    Tags: Christmas, Crafts
  • Tiny treat cups

    Add a name tag to these pretty mini candy cups to make place cards for your holiday table, or just set them all around the house so guests are never far away from a sweet treat. Hot glue strips of ribbon and garland to small tin cans or plastic lids you no longer need. The lids from cans of non-stick spray work perfectly. Fill with mini candy canes and other tiny treats, and that's it!

    Date Published: December 3, 2013
    Date Updated: December 7, 2018
    Tags: Christmas, Crafts

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