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24 Easy DIY Christmas Crafts You Can Give as Gifts

Kim Bryan has experience as a waitress in a diner. She's sharing her tips (that will hopefully result in big tips!).

DIY Christmas crafts

DIY Christmas crafts

Christmas Craft Ideas for Gifts

Can you believe it's almost that time of year again? We know it comes every year, but somehow, for some of us, it always sneaks up on us. Well, this year, I decided to get an early start on my gifts and decided to share some of the great ideas I've found for DIY Christmas crafts you can give as gifts.

1. No Sew Gift Pillow

You can't find a simpler yet more stylish gift than this no-sew gift pillow. All you need is a pillow, ribbon, and your hot glue gun. Add a sprig of mistletoe to add extra flair.

2. Terra Cotta Snowman

According to the directions provided by Home Depot (click on photo source link to see instructions), this adorable terra cotta snowman is super easy to make. You need 3 terra cotta pots: 8", 10" and 12 inches, acrylic paints, white cabinet knobs, a small wooden dowel, landscaping glue, and ribbon for a bow (optional).

3. Goody Mason Jars

Jennifer Jangles says these jars are super easy to make. Just spray paint the lids, use a nail to make a hole in the center of the lid, insert craft wire, add beads, and finish off with a little hot glue and you have a cute jar for all those yummy Christmas treats.

4. Pine Cone Fire Starters

This adorable craft is great for any occasion, but Christmas is definitely one of its more popular seasons. They are easy to make and can be very expensive if you have a place to gather pine cones. Watch the following video for detailed, easy-to-follow instructions.

5. Paintbrush Ornaments

This cute craft has so much potential! All you need are new paintbrushes in a variety of sizes and acrylic paint. "Dress them up" as Rudolph, Santa's suit, Frosty (see above photo) or any of your favorite Christmas characters.

6. Christmas Countdown Plate

An inexpensive charger plate and some chalkboard paint make an adorable Christmas countdown plate—as a gift or to keep for yourself. You can find the simple three-step instructions at Lizzie's Creations.

7. Gumball Machine Inspired Jars

So cute and so class and oh, so easy! All you need is a terra cotta pot with a drain bowl, a fish bowl of the same diameter as your pot, a hot glue gun, and acrylic paint, and you have a gorgeous Christmas gift you can fill with all kinds of goodies. Click the source link on the photo above to get the full instructions at See Jane Blog.

8. Pallet Christmas Tree

With just a pallet (or pine board), a saw, wood glue, acrylic paint, and a set of Christmas lights from the dollar store, you can create a stylish Christmas decoration that also makes a great gift. The instructions for the pallet Christmas tree can be found at DIY and Crafts.

9. Log Snowman Family

Am I the only one who wants the pallet Christmas tree and this wooden snowman family for my house this season? With some wood, scrap fabric, acrylic paints, and the instructions from Lovely Little Snippets (click photo source link to get full instructions), it can certainly happen.

10. Clothespin Christmas Wreath

This eye-catching yet simple Christmas wreath is a favorite among those who receive them—especially teachers! Watch the quick tutorial below on how you can make your own.

Kids love Christmas, and most drive their parents crazy, asking repeatedly, "How many more days until Christmas?" Now you can eliminate the question and fuel the excitement with an easy-to-make cookie sheet Christmas countdown calendar with instructions from Live Craft Eat.

12. Shutter Snowmen

Habitat for Humanity and similar stores have plenty of old shutters in stock just looking to be upcycled, and here is a fabulous idea. You'll preferably want a white shutter, but colored shutters can be made white with a couple of coats of spray paint. You'll also need three large buttons, a wooden dowel, acrylic paint, and wood glue. Get creative!

13. Upcycled Vintage Gelatin Mold Jingle Bells

Ribbon, hot glue, fabric, a jingle bell, and some thrift store gelatin molds are all you need to make these beautiful Christmas bells. (Click on photo source link for instructions.)

14. Glittered Monogram Ornament

Who doesn't love monogram gifts? There are so many options for creativity with these three-step glittered monogram ornaments. Only a handful of basic supplies and three easy steps are all it takes to decorate your own tree or make these as special gifts. (Click on the photo source link for instructions.)

15. Salt & Pepper Shakers

You'll ask yourself, "Why haven't I thought of these before?" This snowman salt and pepper shaker set is the perfect holiday gift...or addition to your own decor.

16. Snowman Mug

These super simple, two-supply snowman mugs are perfect gifts for teachers, co-workers, and neighbors. Add Hershey's Kisses or mini Reese's cups for a little extra treat.

17. Pillar Candles

The holiday isn't officially over until you've given or received a candle. Ok, maybe that's not true, but candles are indeed a favorite gift to both give and get. Dollar store candles and a few inexpensive accessories turn a plain candle into a gift you may want to keep. (Click source link photo for instructions.)


18. Hot Cocoa Gift Set

Tall, slender tubes, hot cocoa powder, mini marshmallows, cinnamon sticks, and peppermint chips combined with a little fabric and, only if you want, a few seasonal floral picks, and a decorative tag equals a fabulous gift for so many. (Click the photo source link for instructions.)

19. Joy Light

Patio umbrella lights, three paper mache letters, and spray paint are all you need to create this adorable lighted sign. I love the tutorial at Uncommon Designs, but I believe I'll make one adjustment to the one I plan to make: LED outdoor string lights. (If you consider this, remember it will need to be placed where it gets plenty of sunlight by day so it can shine brightly at night.)

20. Sea Salted Caramel Gift Set

Sally's Sea Salted Caramel recipe is to die for! Teachers especially love them. All you need is pint size (rectangular recommended), granny smith apples, red apples, and a clear wine gift bag. One piece of advice: keep a couple for yourself. You can thank me later.

21. Pine Cone Wreath

Follow the simple instructions on how to glitter your pine cones at The Country Chick. Once your glitter is set, you're ready to move on to the simple video tutorial that follows. You'll need a wire hanger, chain links, a hot glue gun, and ribbon for a large bow.

22. Burlap Tree Skirt

I love the rustic look and would love to have a burlap tree skirt, but I can't even sew a button on! Well, thanks to Tawny's Tidbits, I have no-sew burlap tree skirt instructions. With just a few yards of burlap, an inexpensive tree skirt to serve as a template and underlining, and a hot glue gun, you can make one too.

23. Wooden Nativity Silhouette

I love the rustic look of this easy-to-make nativity silhouette at Sugar Bee Crafts. Simple and relatively quick to make but makes a perfect piece of Christmas decor for yourself or a friend. (Click on photo source link for instructions.)

23. Microwavable Heat Pack

Even though these are recommended closed with a sewn stitch, truth is you can use fabric glue or heat bonding sealer to make these popular-because-it's-awesome gift of microwavable heat packs. All you need is rice, fabric, glue/tape or sewing machine and the simple instructions from Life as Mom.

24. Lighted Friendship Jar

This is one of the most beautiful, stylish, yet easiest-to-make gifts on this list. Watch the video tutorial to see the simplicity of this otherwise sophisticated DIY gift.

© 2016 Kim Bryan