It’s Christmastime again and you know what that means: time to wake up your inner Martha Stewart, break out the eggnog, and start crafting. Whether you’re looking for an activity for your holiday party, some new ornaments for your mantle, or a few DIY Christmas gifts to give friends, these 40 Christmas crafts for adults are sure to fit the bill.
Note: This post was originally published December 9, 2019. It was updated on March 9, 2021 for accuracy.
Finding the Best Christmas Crafts for Adults
There’s something about December that makes everyone go a little craft crazy.
Perhaps it’s the nostalgia for simpler times evoked by all those dreamy Christmas puzzle images or the flood of gorgeous ideas on our Pinterest feeds.
Whatever it is, the holidays makes us want to bust out our glue guns and sequins and start creating beautiful things.
But finding the right craft ideas can be a pain. So many of the DIY projects out there look like something you pulled out of your recycling bin or swept off the floor of your kids’ bedroom. They’re not exactly awe-inspiring.
Or, you see something gorgeous online only to find out you need a $300 tool and a degree in engineering to pull it off.
Not so with these posts. I’ve pulled together 40 gorgeous crafts that anybody can pull off, no special equipment required. Because honestly? The last thing any of us needs at this time of year is to waste time trying to be perfect at one more thing!
These easy Christmas crafts for adults will soothe your DIY itch and make your mantle shine just a little brighter. No perfection required.
Want to Give Your DIY Christmas Crafts As Gifts?
Maybe you’re looking through all these photos thinking there are definitely some people in your life who would love to receive these as gifts…
Why not go DIY this Christmas and make some or all of your gifts? DIY gift-giving is fun, personal, meaningful, and usually more affordable too.
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DIY Christmas Crafts for Adults
I have no idea when gnomes became a thing, but they're adorable and it looks like they're going to be sticking around for a while.
Here are 19 amazing ornaments, from fuzzy gnomes to rustic snow globes.
I didn't even know I had a thing for Gnomes until I saw these adorable little guys. Who could resist them? They are so stinkin' cute and full of personality, I just want to fill my house with them...though that would probably get weird after a while. Get all the details on making these gnome ornaments from Ruffles and Rainboots.
Though still simple, this project takes a little longer and would be perfect for a ladies' night Christmas crafting party. This rustic shiplap sign ornament is perfect if you have a farmhouse holiday theme.
These hand-lettered wood slice ornaments look gorgeous hanging from a picture frame on a mantle or tied onto a gift with twine. Be sure to grab pre-drilled wood slices to make this simple Christmas craft even easier.
If you like the idea of hanging candy canes on your tree but prefer a version that goes better with your decor, these rustic twine candy cane ornaments are perfect. Their neutral color fits in with any theme, and they also make great additions to wreaths or present toppers.
Llamas are incredibly popular right now, and why not? They are quirky, fluffy, and just exotic enough that we always crave a little more. Bring a touch of the trend into your home with this funky upcycled llama ornament.
The winter wonderland scene inside this DIY farmhouse snow globe ornament is so lovely, it might even have you running outside to play in some of the real stuff. Or stay warm inside and admire all your handcrafted beauties.
These no-sew felt ornaments are light as air and unbreakable. Perfect for hanging in a window display or in front of a mirror. The tutorial includes a printable template, making these super simple to whip up.
Here's a perfect way to use up all those extra mason jar rings (am I the only one who has a hundred of these lying around?) Simple twine wrapped around a pair of lids creates a cute, rustic snowman ornament in minutes.
These DIY vintage-inspired ornaments create a little scene inside a mason jar lid using tiny primitive figurine ornaments. Make the scenes as simple or as detailed as you want. Another great idea for a crafting party.
These adorable, inexpensive Christmas angel ornaments are made of pasta and take only a couple minutes to put together. Once they're coated with a copper or gold paint, they're positively charming. This craft isn't just great for adults. Kids can easily make these too.
There's nothing like commemorating our favorite events of the past year to help us celebrate Christmas and the coming of the new year. I love how this keepsake ornament helps us remember trips we've taken in a special way. Over time, such memories will really add up and make for a special Christmas tradition of recalling our most special trips and vacations.
This Christmas ornament craft is on fire--literally! Start with a porcelain ornament, drip a few drops of special ink, add some alcohol and light it up. The beautiful magic happens before your eyes. This is definitely a craft for adults (or at least, adult supervision) and the results are absolutely gorgeous. Check out these Fire Finished Alcohol Ink Ornaments from The B Keeps us Honest.
As wonderful as DIY ornaments are, let's not forget that there are many other places to display our DIY Christmas crafts. How about on the mantle, a side table, or your main entrance?
Here are some of the cutest DIY Christmas crafts for adults to fit with any home decor theme.
I saw trees exactly like this at my favorite home decor store last week and I couldn't stop picking them up and admiring them. Unfortunately, the price tag was not so admirable! I was thrilled to come home and find this great tutorial for creating my own yarn trees so I can save myself some money! It does require a saw and a drill if you want to add the bases, but if that's more work than you want to put in, you can always just leave the trees without a base.
This pinecone wreath is simple enough that you could make several and hang them in a series of windows. It would also be a great use of the bleached pinecones (above). These are awesome for evoking a winter wonderland setting, even if you live in warmer climes.
These farmhouse trees are soft and welcoming. They bring the perfect pop of colour to a neutral decor palette and are a terrific way to use up any scraps of flannel you have left over from other projects.
This sparkly ornament tree sign would look amazing hanging in an entryway, or even on a front porch. It's another project that you can completely customize by choosing an ornament color scheme that complements the rest of your decor.
One of the hardest parts of the post-Christmas scene is figuring out what to do with the Christmas cards you've received. Recycling them feels irreverent, but there's only so many crafts your kids can make with them. This Christmas village is an ideal solution.
Want to try a different take on your front door wreath this year? Have some extra fabric lying around you want to use up? Why not make a rag wreath? They're fun, whimsical, and a fantastic opportunity to upcycle.
I'm totally in love with the paper crafts from Gathering Beauty. It would be lovely to spend an afternoon watching Christmas movies, drinking hot apple cider, and whipping up a forest full of these origami Christmas trees.
Painting rocks is another excellent craft to do at a Christmas party or women's night. It's especially simple and requires almost no supplies. Put out some rocks, some brushes, and some paint and let people's creative juices flow.
Napkin rings are something I've always wanted but never get around to buying. I love the idea of getting some basic ones from a dollar or thrift store and dressing them up with colored beads. Simple and beautiful for the win!
Can I get a heck yes for every craft that consists of felt and hot glue guns? Could anything be simpler and more forgiving? If you want to get serious on this one, you can sew the buttons on with needle and thread, but in a pinch, hot glue does the trick every time. How adorable are these little guys? Learn how to make an Embroidery Hoop Snowman Wreath.
I hope that these ideas have inspired you to create some beautiful ornaments and home decor pieces for this Christmas.
Leave a comment below and let me know which DIY Christmas craft for adults you can’t wait to try and don’t forget to save this post to Facebook or Pinterest so you can find it later.
Sophie Agbonkhese is a writer, veteran homeschooling mother of four, and a recovering overachiever (who occasionally relapses). She is the founder of My Cup Runs Over, a site dedicated to helping busy women simplify and enrich their lives, homes, and homeschools. When she’s not writing or debugging websites, Sophie spends her time reading with her kids, gardening, listening to audiobooks, and striving fruitlessly to have a clean house for at least five minutes. She lives in southwestern British Columbia with her husband, Ben, and their children.
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