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Travel and adventure taking, memory and home making, parenting and play shaking, never faking, tales of family life.

 At Home: Pinterest Christmas Craft Ideas Tested

Christmas Craft Ideas for all the family. From Christmas nature garlands to button Christmas trees and chocolate wreaths. Something festive for everyone, pass me a mince pie!

There is nothing that makes me feel more festive than an afternoon spent crafting with my kids, fuelled by a pot of tea and some mince pies. I decided last month to get ahead so I could spend some time this month enjoying the little treats December brings. We tested out Christmas craft ideas we spotted online and on Pinterest, things we made up, and some things I remembered doing as a kid.

Still two weekends and lots of evenings before the big day. We’ve tested these for fun and difficulty and included some tips, have fun with whatever you are creating and hope they inspire you to spend some quality crafting time!


Orange and Cinnamon Raffia mobiles

Christmas Craft Ideas for all the family. From Christmas nature garlands to button Christmas trees and chocolate wreaths. Something festive for everyone, pass me a mince pie!

I love the way these orange slices catch the light. We bought them, but Chris at Thinly Spread has a tutorial to make your own.

You need – oranges, raffia, beads, cinnamon sticks, glue.

Directions – Simply thread the beads, knot the cinnamon sticks and glue the oranges into place.

Difficulty – 2/5

Mess – 1/5

They make lovely tree decorations too.

Cinnamon and Orange Christmas decorations

Natural Christmas Garlands


These are my favourite this year and they are so simple.

You need – raffia, sprigs of leaves, berries, dried seed heads, pine cones – whatever you find

Directions – i did a post on making these here.

Difficulty – 2/5

Mess – 1/5


Button Christmas Trees

Button Trees

We stumbled on the right pack of buttons with a great range of sizes,  but multicoloured could be just as magical as red white and blue. Baker Ross have a button multi pack.

You need – buttons, string, cotton or embroidery thread, bead for the top, needles.

Directions – We managed without a needle, but it is probably easier with.

Collect your buttons and spend a few minutes organising them into a tree shape.  Cut a long string/thread and thread both ends with a needle. Starting at the bottom of the tree shape, thread both ends of the string bottom button of the tree trunk onto both ends of the string. If the button has two holes this is easy, if it has four use diagonal corners to keep the shape.

Add each button in turn until you reach the top of the tree. Finish with a small bead, then knot the thread, leaving a loop, and trim.

Difficulty – 3/5. With the right buttons and thread this is easy.

Mess – 1/5


Chocolate Wreath


I have always wanted to make one of these, since a friend at running group mentioned how much her girls love doing this each year.  It took a while to find the best way to arrange the chocolates, but apart from that – and having to make a second trip out for more chocolates – simple.

You need: 2 x 695g circular tubs of Heros (we had to go back for a second tin), or your chosen sweet, glue gun, polystyrene wreath ring (try a florist or Hobbycraft)

Directions – we arranged our sweets lengthways around the circular ring in a series of rows with the aim of covering all the white bits of the frame, we then glued chocolates in random directions over the top to fill gaps and make it look more appealing to the eye. Tie on a small ribbon and you are done.

Difficulty rating – 3/5

Mess rating – 1/5


Paper baubles

These are a pretty way to upcycle old baubles, but you can also buy decoupage ones from Baker Ross.

You need: paper baubles, craft paper with a Christmas theme, old books if you can bear to cut them or scan and print an old book or something Christmassy, modge podge decoupage glue

Directions – cut lots of thin strips of paper to half the diameter of the ball. Using the glue stick and varnish them.

Difficulty rating – 4/5 Looks easy but requires more patience and neatness than you would think. Expect to be peeling glue off your fingers for hours.

Mess rating – 3/5


Glitter Christmas Trees

My daughter loved decorating these Christmas trees from Baker Ross, glitter never fails to amuse.

You need: Christmas tree shapes, glitter, PVA glue.

Directions – cover the tree in PVA in glue, dip in glitter, decorate with a small image or cut out words

Difficulty rating – 1/5

Mess rating – 4/5


Woven Stick ‘Snowflakes’

These take me back to my childhood. We used artistic licence with ours, so they are red not white, but with white or silver wool they could look really snowflake like. You can add sequins, buttons or beads for decoration.

You need: twigs or cinnamon sticks, wool, button or beads optional.

Directions – I work anti clockwise, as I am right handed, stick to one direction and you can’t go wrong! Cross two sticks, wrap the wool over one stick, round it once then over the top of the next stick, round it once, over the next stick, wrap round. Keep working anti-clockwise and make sure the strings form neatish rows rather than overlapping.

Difficulty rating – 3/5 Easy once you have mastered the weaving.

Mess – 1/5


Walnut babies – (minus the walnut)

My daughter was influenced by reviewing Maggy Woodley’s Red Ted Art craft book, and has made lots of Walnussbaby with half walnut shells as the baby’s bed, sadly the day we were crafting we had no walnuts in the house.

You need: wooden beads, Christmas string or thin ribbon, material scraps, walnut shells, felt tip, pva/glue gun

Directions – Maggy’s directions are here, otherwise we just made this up as we went along.

Difficulty rating – 3/5 bit of fiddling to get tiny things in the right place and to stick, the glue gun was helpful here.

Mess – 1/5


Snowman scene

Sometimes you just need to let kids have free reign…

You need: Carboard box, felt, cotton wool balls, goggly eyes, pva glue, pom poms

Directions – none, other than have fun making a snow scene!

Difficulty rating – 1/5 grown up help needed with felt scarfs and hat cutting

Mess – 4/5- free reign is always messy, but worth it!


What have you been crafting? Do you have any Christmas craft ideas to share?

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