Christmas Gifts; Crafts That Kids Can Make

You made your list and check it twice. Here are some ideas for Christmas gifts, crafts that kids can make and give. They don’t cost a lot. The projects are also fun and easy to do.

Making these crafts and giving them to friends and family will allow you to be Santa Claus this year. Only you won’t have to be the one to go down the chimney.

Christmas gifts

No Sew Scarf

With it getting colder outside, everyone on your list will want one of these. The scarf is quick, simple, and inexpensive to make.

fleece scarf

You will need 12 inches of 60 wide fleece fabric. Twelve inches is 1/3 of a yard. Depending on the price per yard for the fabric you can make a scarf under a dollar.

cut off salvage

Cut the salvage off each end of the fleece. The salvage is the strip of material that looks different from the fleece. It is not fuzzy.

mark line with pins

Now measure 6 inches from the where you cut. Mark the line with pins.

tie ends together

Cut from the edge to the pins making strips. You will want an even number of strips.

Tie two of the strips together. Continue until all the strips are tied.

Do the same for the other side.


This is a great gift for the bookworms in your family. It will save the pages in books from getting dog ears.

Christmas bookmark

You will need;

  • Cardstock
  • Tissue paper
  • Hole punch
  • Glue stick
  • Craft string
glue tissue to cardstock

Cut a piece of cardstock 8 1/2 by 2 3/4 inches. Cut strips of tissue paper to fit the bookmark.

Glue the strips on the cardstock.

punch holes around outside

With a hole punch make hole around the outside of the bookmark.

sew with craft string

Thread a craft needle with four strands of craft string. Start at the top center hole, go from the back to the front around the bookmark until you come to the hole that you started with. Make a tassel and make a knot near the bookmark.

Santa’s Sleigh

Here is a candy dish that uses recycled fruit cups.

Santa's sleigh


  • Two empty, clean individual plastic fruit cups
  • Red craft foam 9 by 12 inches
  • Black craft foam
  • 2 Craft sticks (Popsicle sticks)
  • Two red paper clips
  • Two binder clips
  • 2 candy canes
  • yarn
cut pieces of craft foam

Cut out a sleigh shape from red craft foam. The size is 12 by 4 1/4 inches. It will look something like a mountain.

Cut a piece of black foam 5 by 1 1/4 inches. Place around the front of the fruit cup. Use the binder clips on each side to hold the foam in place.

add Popsicle sticks

Place the craft sticks on the sides of the craft foam starting at the cut edge. With the paper clip fasten the craft foam to the craft stick.

wrap foam around fruit cups

Tape the two fruit containers together.

Fold the craft foam around the fruit containers.  It will not reach all the way around; you will have an opening at the front. Use the binder clips to fasten the craft foam to the cup near each cut ends.

add black foam

Add the black piece to the front.

add candy

Loop a piece of yarn through the metal rings on the binder clips. Now Santa can steer his reindeer with the reins.

Tape a candy cane to the bottom of the candy dish so that they look like runners on a sleigh.

Fill the fruit cups with Christmas candy.

Snowman Puzzle

Puzzles are a fun activity for anyone to put together. Here is a one that your child can make to give to a sibling or friend.

snowman puzzle

What you will need;

  • 10 Popsicle sticks
  • 30 transparent white pony beads
  • 5 transparent red pony beads
  • 1 transparent orange pony beads
  • Black marker
  • Tacky glue
color Popsicle sticks

Color your Popsicle sticks black with the marker. Arrange them so they are against each other.

add beads

At the top arrange 15 white pony beads in a small circle, glue with tacky glue. Be careful not to glue the Popsicle sticks together.

Inside your circle, glue two red beads for eyes, three red beads for a mouth, and your orange bead for a nose.

With the rest of your white beads, arrange them to form a bigger circle that attaches to the smaller circle.

move apart and let dry

Move the Popsicle sticks away from each other so when the glue dries the sticks don’t get stuck together. Let dry over night.

The next day you can disassemble the pieces of the puzzle and then put it back together again. You can put it in a decorated box to put under the Christmas tree for someone you love.

Other Simple Christmas Gifts - Crafts that Kids Can Do

Mom, Dad, and grandparents will like anything that you make especially for them. Here are a few other ideas that do not cost a lot.

Have your child draw a picture and give to their favorite person.

Have them make a coupon book with nice things that they can do for their special person.  Include pages with a free hug, doing a chore for that person that would normally do, cuddling on the couch to read a book, letting them have fifteen minutes of alone time, etc. If your child can’t write they can draw pictures.

Make a play dough ornament. See our recipe page for homemade play dough.

If you don’t want to use play dough our ornament page has several crafts that you could make and give.

Make a “gift in a jar”. There are lots of recipes where the ingredients are placed in a jar such as hot chocolate, favored coffee, muffins, cookies, etc. You could even make you own. Find a favorite recipe. Then layer the dry ingredients in a jar. Write the recipe on an index card and attach to the outside of the jar with a ribbon. Place a piece of fabric over the lid for a decoration.

Have your child write down why they love their mom, dad, or special person. Give the paper to that person. You could write the words on cardstock and then place it in a picture frame.

Christmas gifts crafts that kids can do are more fun than shopping.  Mom or dad will love your thoughtfulness.

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