8 Dazzling Christmas DIY Crafts: Pictures, Ornaments & Tabletop Décor
Craft yourself a merry little Christmas! Use these 8 winter DIY decoration and gift ideas to fill silent nights and celebrations all winter. Give as gifts, decorate the Christmas tree, and fill bulletin boards and refrigerator doors full of seasonal artwork. Keep warm … craft on!
1. Winter Wonderland Pictures
Turn a black piece of construction paper into a wintry landscape full of cheer with this fun art project. We created our winter wonderland using Snow & Ice Terrific Trimmers®, Rainbow Gel and I ♥ Metal™ Stars Stickers, chalk, black construction paper, and tape.
Begin by cutting three strips from a paper trimmer. Ours were 4½, 3½, and 2½ inches each. You can use any length you choose, just increase the length by one inch per layer.
Cut the ends of each trimmer at an angle.
Stack the paper shapes into a layered-looking tree and glue or double-stick tape together.
For extra interest, use thick craft tape or mounting squares to attach the tree to your paper and make it POP out of the night sky.
Time to decorate! Top off your tree with a large star sticker and add colorful small stickers to the branches. For a perfect fit on the tree, we recommend using our superSpots® or superShapes Stickers.
Use chalk to draw landscape elements to fill in your picture. Surround your winter tree with sweeping, swirling snowbanks, a range of mountains in the distance, smoke spiraling from a far-off chimney, sparkling stars, and more!
2. Tabletop Tree Centerpieces
These centerpieces are the perfect craft to make any space ho-ho-ho-liday ready. These tabletop trees bring cheer anywhere you place them (desk decorations, table centerpieces, bookshelves…).
Curl a sheet of paper into a cone shape for your base. Cut paper trimmers or borders into different shapes, we used teardrops, squares, circles, and triangles.
For the trees shown here we used the following TREND products:
- I ♥ Metal™ Copper Scrolls Terrific Trimmers®
- I ♥ Metal™ Copper Squares Bolder Borders®
- I ♥ Metal™ Stars Mini Accents Variety Pack
- Dots 'n Glitz Terrific Trimmers® & Bolder Borders® Variety Pack
- Color Harmony™ Triangles Bolder Borders®
- Snow and Ice Terrific Trimmers®
Glue a corner of each shape to the cone so the fullest part hangs off the tree.
Begin at the bottom and work your way around and then upward, overlapping each layer. Tape three shapes together to cover the top of the tree.
Mix and match border colors to fit any room decorating theme. Match your classroom theme, party décor, school colors, or choose traditional holiday styles!
3. Color Block Sparkle Ornaments
Gather different colors of sparkle borders and trimmers so each layer of the tree is a different color. Cut three strips of each border color, making each one inch shorter than the last. Layer the strips longest to shortest and glue or double-stick tape together. Punch a hole in the top tree layer and loop a short piece of ribbon through. Tie a knot to hold it in place.
Sandwich the tree top and punched hole between I ♥ Metal™ Stars Stickers. Decorate the trees with superSpots® or superShapes stickers. These make great additions to any holiday tree, perfect for hanging on refrigerators and in cubicles too.
4. Holiday Wreaths
Greet your guests with classic holiday decorations: homemade wreaths! Research the tradition of evergreen wreaths and discover the rich history of this holiday symbol, and then make one of your own. Create a basic wreath “base” out of various green borders and trimmers. Have fun making them unique. Give everyone strips of green paper trimmers or borders and watch creativity happen!
Cut and layer circle bases, combine different shades of green, add fun folds or cut into fringe. Next, decorate your wreath to put your own spin on this holiday classic. Some ideas include framing photos, spelling out greetings or your classroom number with STICK-EZE® Stick-On Letters, tying string bows or making bows out of paper borders … so many options!
We added stickers to give our wreaths some extra personality and color too.
5. Shimmering Bookmarks
Cozying up with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate is one of our favorite winter activities, that’s why we love DIY bookmarks. They’re handy, look great, plus they make really thoughtful gifts! Create your own Shimmering Bookmarks using Sparkle Plus Bolder Borders®. We love these borders for their SHIMMER effect and the fun patterns match the spirit of the candy-cane season. Oh, and you can cut 12 bookmarks out of one single strip of Sparkle Plus Bolder Borders® which is a major BONUS! The hardest part? Choosing your patterns or colors (there are so many FUN styles!).
Once you’re done with all the hard decisions, it’s time to start! Cut one Sparkle Plus Bolder Borders® into 6 strips and cut each of those in half. Punch a hole in the top, loop a string through and knot to hold. Add a special dangler to the string by placing two stickers back-to-back to sandwich the string. We used I ♥ Metal™ Stars Stickers, but other stars or smiles stickers would look just as great (the shapes just have to be the symmetrical).
The bookmark back is a perfect spot for writing reading lists, books to read over winter break, and keeping notes about your current read. If giving as a gift, write a special message on back.
6. Folded Paper Snowman & Tree Ornaments
Everyone loves getting kid-crafted holiday keepsakes! These pleated hanging decorations are always fun for kids and make a wonderful gift idea for parents, grandparents, and friends. Add these ornaments to any eclectic holiday tree or use to bring cheer to work cubicles and desks.
Precut basic shapes for younger kids or provide a tracing line for them to cut out. We created a pine tree and a snowman, but stars and a simple gift shapes are also nice. Once the shape is cut, accordion fold and decorate!
Provide a variety of superShapes and superSpots® Stickers, ribbon, small cutout stars, markers and crayons for kids to make them their own.
Punch a small hole in each “pleat” and string a chenille stem through. Leave enough excess stem on top for hanging.
Parents and grandparents will treasure this keepsake!
7. Holly Jolly Jumbo Paper Ornaments
Decorate with color and showcase your holiday spirit in a BIG way with giant homemade ornaments! With a paper trimmer or border in the middle, staple strips of colorful trimmers at the top and bottom, giving them enough slack to bend outward on the sides.
Layer a variety of colors in solids and sparkles to match your classroom or home theme. Loop and staple a trimmer in a complementary colored border to create a big, beautiful bow.
Add extra strips of trimmer to replicate ribbon strings too. Hook on store-bought ornament hooks or a loop of string to hang.