Discover: 20 Kid-Friendly Holiday DIY Ideas

For the past couple of years, we’ve participated (with a group of makers from around the globe) in an incredibly fun holiday collaboration. After hours of work, countless video takes, several spreadsheets, and extra-long message threads, we all get together for a “virtual gift swap” to celebrate a holly, jolly Craftmas by sharing our holiday DIYs.

From handmade decorations and tree trimmers to DIY stocking stuffers and wearable accessories….the collection of holiday craft ideas we’ve amassed are all perfect projects to sit down and make with your kiddos this season.

It is such a joy for us to put these together each year, and we hope you have just as much fun hopping from blog to blog to gather up all of our kids’ holiday activities (while bookmarking some stylish makers to follow along the way too!)

For more festive but simple kids’ crafts, visit our latest round of Craftmas projects – 15 holiday projects for kids that use simple household supplies you already have at home!

20 Kid-Friendly Holiday DIY Ideas

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For those of you whose holiday accessories have gone to your head…check out this absolutely adorable DIY reindeer headband from Oh Creative Day.

Don’t these colorful cardboard Christmas tree table decorations from Creating Creatives look so unique?

Let the kids get out their holiday crazies while creating a set of simple and stunning paint-splattered gift boxes from Handy With Scissors. So chic, and such a wonderfully fun process!

Deck your halls with 3 festive, fresh and bright felt holiday garlands from ART CAMP. This is a wonderful exercise in pattern-making and color-picking for kids.

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I absolutely adore this set of snow woodland shadowboxes from ART CAMP. It’s kid holiday arts & crafts ELEVATED.

Recycle a few old bits and bobs to make your own collection of enchanting (and stylish) stacked toy decorations from Handy with Scissors.

‘Tis the season for sixties-era peace, love, and aesthetics with a cardboard and paper peace and love wreath from us!

And for those celebrating Hanukkah, a nature-inspired kid-safe DIY twig menorah (also from us).

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Fine motor skill practice never looked so festive! Grab some yarn or thread to try sewing tree ornaments from hello, moonpie.

If you’re looking for a project that will produce immediate “ooh”s and “ahh”s, run to these instant winter terrariums from Babble Dabble Do – a guaranteed holiday craft kid-pleaser!

How cute are these precious pom-pom penguins from Red Ted Art? Make your own ear-muffed winter crew.

Experiment with design and pattern-making this holiday season with a modern layered-pattern winter forest garland + pattern plates for toddlers from us.

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These paper bag poinsettias from Make It Your Own are an instant Christmas classic!

Recycle cardboard tubes into cool mod paper roll ornaments from Brainy Beginnings Network.

Mix up a quick batch of delightfully squishy salt dough for this festive salt dough fox wreath from Brainy Beginnings Network for us.

Perfect for stocking stuffers, these cookie cutter-printed DIY crackers from Julie Curtin involve a fun, (seasonally appropriate!) printing process for kids to explore.

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Oh the tiny magic of these miniature walnut ornaments from The Art Garden! Create miniature holiday scenes you can hang on the tree (perfect for older kids).

Work a little holiday process art into your celebrations with this sweet kid-made scrape-painted ornament garland from Make it Your Own.

Celebrate a very, merry coastal Christmas with this ingenious tutorial for DIY pinecone mermaid ornaments from Creating Creatives.

Use household supplies to create magical DIY snow fairy dolls from Left Brain Craft Brain.

You can follow along (or participate in!) our annual Craftmas tradition on Instagram by following #Craftmas or using the hashtag to share your own creations!

Amanda Eldridge
Amanda Eldridge

With a passion for cultivating imagination, Amanda aims to help kids and families discover their creative potential through art, play, adventure, activism, conservancy, and community. Amanda has a background in graphic design, environmental design, and art curation. When not playing with ideas and designs for barley & birch, she enjoys working in freelance design, art, and illustration.


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