Keep the kids amused this Christmas with these easy, creative and budget-friendly craft ideas
1. Easy felt Santa Claus ornament
You only need basic craft materials to make these jolly Santas a reality.
2. Egg box tree
This craft project is a fun exercise in upcycling and they make cute tree toppers too.
3. Festive tree cones
Behold, the magical simplicity of fairy lights! This craft needs small battery-powered lights. Once you’ve helped assemble these cone trees, let the kids go to town with the decorating them.
4. Pine cone turkeys
How cute are these? Wrap up warm and venture outside with the kids to collect a big bunch of pinecones for this project. You’ll have a whole posse of turkeys...
5. Pompom decorations
Cut Christmassy shapes out of card and let the kids loose with a bag of pom poms and stacks of imagination.
6. Santa's belly pops
You’ve heard of cake pops, now it’s the cookie pop’s time to shine. Baking biscuits is a great family activity, then the kids can have fun decorating them.
7. Colourful fingerprint fairy light cards
A really fun project for when you have half an hour of time to fill. Let the kids do the fingertip fairy lights first, then you can fill in the rest (or older kids can do the wire themselves). Perfect homemade Christmas cards!
8. Christmas treat buckets
Kitchen roll is the perfect shape for these cute Christmas buckets. Attach a handle so they can be hung on the tree and filled with treats.
9. Glittery toilet roll stars
A simple idea with a beautiful result – glue five thinly-cut toilet roll rings together and let the kids get creative with glitter and paint.
10. Rudolph hat
This is another creative use for handprint cutouts, this time to make Rudolph’s antlers on this cheery homemade hat. Make one for each guest on Christmas day for a bit of a change to the usual cracker hats.
11. Cork reindeers
The grown-ups drink the wine; the kids create Christmas animals from the corks. Everyone’s a winner.
12. Mistletoes card
Little ones will love creating this personalised Christmas card which gives them a legitimate reason to stomp around barefoot in paint. Works in all sizes.
13. Potato print wrapping paper
Potato printing is hard to beat when it comes to simple and affordable crafts for children, and here’s a great way to show off the fruits of their labour.
14. Homemade snow globes
A really fun and rewarding craft project when you and the kids have a little more time on their hands. These would make lovely gifts for friends and family.
15. Paper tree garland
Cover the house with festive paper garlands of different Christmas shapes with this really simple idea – try snowmen, angels, snowflakes or holly.
16. Paper plate snowman garland
The house will be a cheery place with this smiley snowman paper plate garland.
17. Snowflake garland
A lovely and simple way to display the kids’ cut-out snowflakes.
18. Cotton wool Santa beard
Cotton wool balls are the perfect material for Santa’s woolly beard. For additional Christmas sparkle, throw on some glitter and sequins.
19. Elf doughnuts
Go to town with wheat hoops, icing and sprinkles, and leave these delightful mini doughnuts out for the elves on Christmas Eve.
20. Paper plate angels
These charming paper plate angles make great Christmas tree toppers or mantel decorations, and the kids will love drawing on different facial expressions.
21. Roll reindeers
Another great use of kitchen rolls, this time they’re transformed into jolly reindeer tree ornaments.
22. ‘Snowman from above’ cards
This clever idea was conceived by art teacher Hope Knight to introduce her students to the idea of perspective. We think the result is adorable.
23. Plastic cup Christmas scenes
Create a magical Christmas scene with a plastic cup, some card, and the kids’ choice of mini Christmas ornaments.
24. Handprint Christmas wreath
Green felt or painted card works well for this ingenious handprint Christmas wreath.
25. Paint splat cards
Watch out parents: here’s an opportunity for the kids to get really messy. Get the whole family involved in creating a giant paint splat canvas then cut up and mount on coloured paper to make attractive abstract cards.
More Christmas crafts
See our 17 easy DIY decorations for other inventive ideas.