DIY Christmas Decoration Ideas to Make with Kids

Clothespin Wreath
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'Tis the season for crafty holiday projects that you and your little ones can make and enjoy this Christmas season.
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Courtesy of Maya Made

Totally Tubular Countdown Calendar

Roll with it! Decorate toilet paper tubes for an advent calendar garland that holds little surprises for each day. Let the countdown begin!

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Courtesy of Giddy Giddy

Merry and Bright Paper Bag Wreath

Can you believe this wreath is made from painted brown grocery bags? It's festive and it's green!

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Courtesy of Craftiness is Not Optional

Cards and Clothespins Wreath

Decorate your wreath with the faces of the people you love! Clip painted clothespins around a bent wire hanger, then insert the day's haul of holiday cards for all to see.

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Courtesy of Camilla Fabbri

Yarn-Wrapped Pinecones

Spruce up Mother Nature with bits of leftover yarn from your craft closet. Wrap bright yarn in the crevices of a pinecone, then group in a bowl for display or tie on the top of a package as playful gift wrap.

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Courtesy of Cathie Filian

Tissue Paper Trees

Who says it's all about red and green? Decoupage colorful tissue paper to Styrofoam cones, then wrap bits of yarn around the trees to create a minimal, modern look.

Instructions for making a Christmas tabletop decoration by upcycling a magazine.

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Courtesy of Toddler Approved

Your Christmas Angel Tree Topper

Your little one can smile down on you from the top of the tree with this personalized tree topper. Have your own angel join in the fun by finger painting the wings and making the paper plate base.

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Courtesy of The Cheese Thief

Peppermint Marbled Ornaments

It's a minty holiday! Use distilled water and nail polish to achieve this cool marbled look.

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Courtesy of Crafty Nest

Popsicle Stick Snowflakes

Snow day! Arrange craft sticks into snowflake patterns and glue into place. Paint them red or white and add some sparkle with glitter or rhinestones. Tie with a ribbon to hang in a window or display on a wall.

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Courtesy of Welcome Sunshine Home

Mistletoe Kisses Poster

Meet me under the mistletoe: gift-wrap a piece of foam core for the base of this mantle decor project. Cut out a silhouette and glue to your gift-wrapped foam core and rest under the mistletoe!

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Courtesy of Visual Heart

Clothespin Countdown

Countdown the days until Christmas with treats, notes, and surprises clipped to each clothespin.

Brian Pineda
Brian Pineda

Yarn Art Wreath

This colorful creation will give your home a mod feel. Your kids will love wrapping yarn around the wheel and creating homemade pom-poms for a finishing touch.

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Courtesy of Skip to My Lou

Holly Napkin Rings

Deck your holiday table settings with boughs of holly. Download the holly template, cut it out of felt, and glue on some red pompom berries - no sewing required!

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Courtesy of Not Just a Housewife

Pine Tree Topiary

Even better than a Charlie Brown Christmas tree, these mini pine tree topiaries are a great addition to your holiday table, mantle, or even front porch. Just stick a pine tree branch (better if you use a fake one) into a pot filled with plaster or floral foam, and wrap the base in burlap to make it look wintery and rustic.

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Courtesy of DIY Maven

Jingle Bell Garland

Jingle all the way with this crafty crocheted garland. Even if you're a novice when it comes to knitting needles, you can easily make this string of jingle bells. Just attach your bells to some red yarn and make about 15 slip knots between each bell. When you're done, wrap around your tree and start decorating.

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Courtesy of The Inspired Room

Squared Away

To make this winter garland, cut out and stack a bunch of squares of felt -- there's no need for the squares to be exact sizes. Then, thread dental floss through all the squares of felt and add bells to make it jingle.

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Courtesy of Scissor Variations

Felt Petal Tree

This adorable felt tree will never shed its leaves. Layer some felt circle petals onto a foam tree form with straight pins, and add this classy craft to your holidaytable or mantle.

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Courtesy of Sweetpeas and Kisses

Yarn Snowman

Make a Frosty the Snowman that will never melt away! Build your snowman by covering three Styrofoam balls with white yarn and glue them together to keep them upright. Glue bottom of snowman to a painted piece of wood.

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Courtesy of Craftberry Bush

Spruce Stuffed Stockings

Dream of a white Christmas mantle with these spruce stuffed stockings - stamp and number some simple white stockings and attach them to twine with clothespins. Once you have your abbreviated advent calendar, hang your stockings from your mantle and stick a sprig of Christmas tree inside each to make your house smell like winter.

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Courtesy of A Subtle Revelry

Bottle Candelabra

Recycle your empty wine bottles and turn them into a beautiful winter candelabra. Spray paint your bottles white and wrap them with a pretty ribbon. Hang a tag on each ribbon that has a different holiday saying like "joy," "peace," or "love."

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Courtesy of Elsie Marley

Pom Pom Garland

Bring the winter whites to your holiday decor by stringing together some snowball-inspired white pom-poms. Pass a needle and thread through the pom-poms and separate them with natural straws to give your garland shape.

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Courtesy of Crafts by Amanda

Coffee Filter Tree

Quick and easy to make, create this tree by layering a bunch of coffee filters on top of a Styrofoam tree form -- you'll have to cut the centers out once you get to the base. Because the filters have a natural ruffle to them, all you need to do is add a star at the top of your tree and glue on some festive buttons or sequins as ornaments.

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Courtesy of Creature Comforts Blog

Acorn Ornament

Grab some acorns from your lawn before the squirrels sneak them all away for the winter. Then, use them to makes these funny-faced seasonal ornaments. Add an acorn top to some plain wood beads and attach a festive piece of yarn or string to hang.

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Courtesy of Hostess with the Mostess

Pom Pom Snow People

Craft these fuzzy snow people from pom-poms for a cute table display. Stick a bamboo skewer through two pom-poms and a Styrofoam ball for a head, and then top off with a felt hat and a pipe cleaner wrapped as a scarf.

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