We’ve rounded up the best Christmas craft ideas for the whole family, from festive wreaths and tree top angels to quilted Christmas stockings and felted gnomes.
Christmas is a time for family and friends to come together and show how much you care about yourself, and what better way to bring everyone together than a Christmas craft session or a nice handmade gift. think. “Taking the time to do something with or for someone seems to make the season better,” says Sam Duffy, talented craftsman and founder of British craft brand PaperSam. “Crafts are very therapeutic, whether it’s something you do on your own, with children or with friends, it allows you to take stock of what matters while creating great memories and memories.”
Christmas crafts not only bring a personal touch to the festivities, but it is also an opportunity to create more lasting decorations and gifts. “There is definitely a trend this year for upcycling, as people are becoming more environmentally conscious,” Sam explains. are geared towards craftsmanship throughout the lockdown. “
There are endless ways to add a homemade and lasting touch to Christmas, whether it’s making your own wreath, hand printing wrapping paper, or creating cards. One of Sam’s favorite craft activities is making simple gift tags from scraps of paper, fabric, and other ephemeral items sewn onto luggage tags. “Cut your ribbon, paper, and other materials into small pieces, then use a sewing machine to sew from top to bottom on the label,” she recommends. “They look super stylish with just a brown paper gift wrap.”
Read on to find more of our favorite Christmas craft ideas from Sam and other talented UK artisans and bloggers, including special craft kits that include everything you need for to start.
1. Cone ball embroidery
Create your own folk embroidered Christmas baubles to decorate the tree or fireplace with this downloadable design from Nancy Nicholson. This is the perfect way to use pieces of felt or other fabrics.
The design has several embroidery designs and instructions for making the balls as well as tips and other advice. You can also get a Christmas bauble kit that includes most of the materials you will need.
Downloadable pattern available on Nancy nicholson, £ 8.40
2. Making whiskey barrel crowns
These chic and rustic barrel hoop wreaths are cleverly crafted from reclaimed Scotch whiskey barrel hoops.
“Our wreath making kit includes everything you need to make your barrel hoop wreath including rustic hoop, yarn, duct tape, burlap tape, preserved eucalyptus, fake berries and snowy branches, ”says craftsman Kristen Hunter. “You can follow our guided tutorial to learn some tips and tricks for making a wreath like ours or getting off the slopes and getting creative with the materials! “
Craft kit and lessons available from Bento Class, £ 35
3. The angel of the treetops
Give your Christmas tree a special touch this year with a Treetop Angel kit from Paper Sam. Simply assemble the cute wooden angel, then paint your own design on her dress.
“I make and sell tree angels and I feel really honored to imagine them on someone’s tree, but more and more I realized that people wanted to create theirs,” says Sam. Duffy, founder of PaperSam. “Whether you’re really good at it or helping kids have a go, whether they’re good or bad, they’re all adorable. “
Available from PaperSam, £ 15
4. Macrame garland
Add a bohemian touch to your festive decorations this year with this pretty macrame garland. The craft kit, available from Wool Couture, offers a quick and easy way to learn macrame – and the results will be as good all year round as they are at Christmas.
“If you’ve wanted to learn macrame but don’t know where to start, this kit provides tips and all the materials you’ll need to get started,” says Claire Gelder, founder of Wool Couture.
Available from Couture wool, £ 14.99
5. Quilted Christmas stocking
Brittni Mehlhoff, who runs the Paper & Stitch blog, has plenty of fun Christmas craft ideas. One of our favorites is this cute patchwork Christmas stocking. All you need are some simple sewing supplies and a little patience.
“I love these socks because they are a nod to a more traditional style, while still retaining a modern touch,” says Brittni. If quilting isn’t your vibe, she also offers tutorials for making Christmas stockings from tea towels and a pop art-inspired fluffy Christmas stocking.
See more at Paper and point
6. Christmas cross stitch gift cards
Add a thoughtful artisan touch to gifts this year with these contemporary cross stitch labels from Bobo Stitch. Each kit contains everything you need to make five festive gift tags. Simply place the models on the blank labels and carefully make small holes in which you will prick the design.
“The kit offers an easy and relaxing way to create extra special touches for your loved ones,” says Hannah Sturrock, founder of Bobo Stitch. “And, lucky recipients can hang the finished labels on their Christmas trees year after year.”
Available from Bobo point, £ 10
7. Baby penguin felt crafts
This felt sewing kit from Yorkshire Craftsman Corinne Lapierre contains everything you need to create three adorable penguins that you will cherish for many years to come, with fairly easy-to-follow instructions for beginners.
“We use a soft, tactile felt that contains 45% wool and 55% viscose,” reveals Corinne Lapierre. “It’s a real pleasure to work with. After Christmas, baby penguins are just as good decoration all year round in a child’s room.
Available from Corinne Lapierre, £ 14.40
8. Succulent wreath
Nothing inspires a festive feeling more than a beautiful wreath hanging from the front door – and with a little help from artist Alyson Mowat, you can create a unique botanical wreath from succulents that will live on. well beyond Christmas.
“I walk you step by step through the process necessary to create, maintain and display the ultimate party decoration,” says Alyson. “You can even propagate the cuttings to create a whole new succulent creation!” The DIY kit includes everything you need and you can either join a Zoom virtual class or take an instructional video.
Available from Alyson mowat, £ 85
9. Name Place Craft Kit
“When I was a kid, my mom always gave me the job of writing names for the Christmas table and I have fond memories of guests closely inspecting the beautifully decorated table to find their place,” explains Sam Duffy, founder of PaperSam.
“So this year, I launched my name place craft kits. They are great fun, easy to make, and help set the scene. They’re also great fun to take home as a boost to a special shared meal. The kit includes all the materials you need to create six fun Christmas characters.
Available from PaperSam, £ 12.50
10. Needle felting of Nordic gnomes
The Nordic Gnomes Needle Felting Kit from the Crafty Kit Company contains everything you need to make two cheeky Scandinavian Christmases “tomato“the gnomes.” This is a beginner’s kit, so perfect for anyone new to needle felting and wanting to try out this relaxing and rewarding craft, ”says Jo Lochhead, founder of The Crafty Kit Company.
The finished gnomes stand 10-15cm tall and add a touch of Scandinavian charm to Christmas decor. The kit comes beautifully presented in a gift box, so it’s perfect for giving too.
Available from The company Crafty Kit, £ 12.00 plus shipping
11. Knitted pine cushions
It’s easy to create a forest of soft and cuddly Christmas trees with this kit from Yorkshire craft brand Wool Couture.
“Pine Tree cushions are simple but beautiful and can be made up in no time,” says founder Claire Gelder. “They would also look amazing at Christmas placed in your favorite room or even as an accent in your room.” If you’re feeling creative, you can even add your own Christmas decorations to the throw pillows.
Available from Couture wool, from £ 49.99
12. Rainbow sprout decorations
Give Brussels sprouts a starring role on the tree this year with this cute DIY decorating kit. “The rainbows have been so symbolic in 2020, so this year we have taken our ‘Craftmas’ DIY kits to another level with a lovely set of majestic decorations in the colors of the rainbow.” , explains Ruth Oliver, chef artisan at The Make Arcade.
“Our kits are great for beginners because they contain everything you need to create a set of decorations to give away or hang on your tree. A few simple cutouts and grade level stitching are all it takes to make the set!
Available from The brand’s arcade, £ 16