Ten of the Best DIY Crafts for the Holiday Season

As we near the end of what has been anything but a traditional year, many of us are finding ourselves at home, lacking travel plans that we might typically have around the holidays. You’ve binged watched all of your favorite TV shows, and read a handful of books, so now what? If you’ve never been one to try DIY crafting, we’re here to change your mind about this fun-for-the-whole-family activity. Whether you’re looking to make a gift for someone, or have some festive decorations around your home, check out our list of DIY crafts to make this holiday season.

1. Sock Snowman

White sock snowman with colorful buttons, blue hat, and blue scarf
Photo by Easy Peasy Fun.

First on our list is this no-sew sock snowman. It’s easy to make and a great way to include your children by letting them choose how they want to decorate it. The best part about this craft is that it uses several things many of us likely already have in our homes. You’ll need the following supplies:

  • old white sock
  • one sock in any color for the hat
  • rice
  • rubber bands
  • buttons
  • ribbons or felt for the scarf
  • glue
  • markers
  • orange pom pom for the nose

2. Pinecone Christmas Tree

Three pinecone Christmas trees decorates with white bulbs and a brown star
Photo by Kara Layne.

Like the no-sew sock snowman, this is a great DIY craft for children, but it also looks polished enough to gift or place around your home. And, like a real Christmas tree, you can decorate this however you want. Whether you want to use pom-poms for the ornaments or something like artificial berries, the choices are endless; the only essential supplies are the pinecones and wooden platforms. 

3. Folded Book Christmas Tree

Christmas tree made of book pages, painted gold with a gold star on top
Photo by Christine’s Crafts.

Don’t think you’ll be re-reading one of your old books? We have the craft for you. Number three on our list turns one of your books into a Christmas tree, simply by folding the pages and, once again, choosing to decorate it however you wish. The recommended book-length for this craft is about 150 pages but, if you want a larger tree or have a bit more time on your hands, you can certainly opt for something longer. 

4. Life-Sized Gingerbread Playhouse

Life-sized gingerbread house with Christmas decorations on the outside and a child peering through the door
Photo by Jalynn Baker via HGTV.

Gingerbread houses can be fun and festive, but they can also be messy and often don’t last as long as we wish they would; decorations begin to fall off the roof, and icing starts to crack. So, we have a solution for you and, most importantly, for your children. This life-sized gingerbread playhouse may take some time to assemble, but it’s well worth it. Once you’re finished, you’ll have it for several Christmases to come. Here’s what you’ll need to make it:

  • two large cardboard boxes
  • pencil
  • scissors 
  • straight edge
  • box tape
  • festive duct tape
  • hot glue gun 
  • white felt
  • white paper plates
  • red acrylic paint 
  • paintbrush
  • glitter cardstock
  • pool noodles (red and green)

5. Camping Bedroll Ornament

Felt bedroll camping ornament hanging on a Christmas tree
Photo by Ashley Hackshaw via Lil Blue Boo.

Have some fond memories of camping at one of our RV sites? Here’s a great craft for you. This camping bedroll ornament only requires three items: grey felt, leather lace, and wire. In a few easy minutes, you’ll have a decoration for your Christmas tree to remind you of your camping adventures. 

6. Campfire Ornament

Felt campfire ornament hanging from a red string
Photo by Kelle Hampton.

Another great craft is this campfire ornament, a perfect way to create an even more camp-themed Christmas tree. This craft shares some supplies with the one below, so they’re great to make as a pair. You’ll need the following items:

  • cardboard 
  • scissors 
  • glue gun
  • grey pebbles
  • felt (grey, red, orange, and yellow)
  • sticks 
  • foam marshmallow
  • finishing line
  • twine 
  • large embroidery needle 

7. S’more Ornament

S'more ornament hanging from a red string
Photo by Kelle Hampton.

Our last camp-themed craft is this s’more ornament that looks almost like the real thing. As we mentioned, this ornament is great to pair with the one above, and it’s easier to make. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • cardboard 
  • scissors 
  • glue gun
  • felt (light and dark brown)
  • large white pom-poms
  • brown permanent marker (optional) 

8. Tropical Snow Globe

Snow globe with a pink flamingo and pink Christmas tree inside
Photo by Chelsea Foy via The Spruce Crafts.

If you prefer tropical decorations over camp-related ones, the last three crafts on our list are for you. Snow globes are a pretty standard DIY craft, but you can make yours stand out by using items you might see at one of our Florida RV Resorts or 55+ Communities, like a flamingo. Aside from the miniature flamingo, or some other tropical figurine, here’s what you’ll need for this craft: 

  • snow globe or mason jar
  • strong glue or glue gun
  • glycerin 
  • water
  • glitter or faux snowflakes 

9. Beach Ornament

Glass ornament with sand and shells inside
Photo by My Pinterestventures.

Next in our lineup of tropical Christmas decorations is this beach ornament, perfect for making your Christmas tree look more like the sunshine state. With seven simple items, you’ll have your own miniature beach. These are the supplies you’ll need:

  • clear glass or plastic ornaments
  • shells 
  • glass/sea glass 
  • craft glue
  • hot glue
  • scissors
  • sparkling white glitter
  • funnel 

10. Felt Flip Flop Ornaments

Green, blue, pink, and purple felt flip flop ornaments lined up next to each other
Photo by Ornament Shop.

Complete the tropical craft trifecta with number ten on our list of DIY crafts for the holiday season. This felt flip flop ornament would look perfect next to your beach ornament and is just as easy to make. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • scissors
  • felt (any color)
  • pipe cleaners (coordinate colors to match the felt)
  • beads, buttons, or self-adhesive rhinestones
  • ribbon for hanging
  • glue (optional)

More Holiday Fun

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