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75+ Easy Christmas Crafts to Make at the Last Minute

From stocking stuffer ideas to Christmas ornament ideas, we have it all here!

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Last-Minute Christmas Crafts

Just because December 25th is right around the corner doesn't mean there isn't still time to make some easy Christmas crafts. Find stocking stuffer ideas, Christmas ornament ideas, and tons of Christmas craft ideas with our favorite 75 Easy Christmas Crafts to Make at the Last Minute. Whether you're looking to craft your own gifts for friends and family, or whether you're looking to create some unique homemade Christmas decorations, then these are just the projects you need. Don't let the holiday season pass you by without taking advantage of these festive crafts!

Christmas can be a stressful time and you might suddenly realize in the middle of December that you haven't decorated or finished your shopping. Take a deep breath, because we have you covered with this collection of quick Christmas crafts.

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Handmade Christmas Gifts

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One of the biggest stresses leading up to the holidays is finding the perfect present for everyone on your Christmas list.  If you're pressed for time but still want to give handmade Christmas gifts to your friends and family, here's what you should do.  First, don't panic!  Second, take a look at our fabulous list of Christmas Craft Gift Ideas and DIY Stocking Stuffers below to find easy-to-make Christmas crafts for neighbors, teachers, and other special people in your life. See, wasn't that simple?

You've come to the right place for the best DIY Christmas gifts. We have you covered with the perfect match for anyone on your list. Your loved ones will surely feel special when they receive such heartfelt presents.

Handmade Christmas Ornaments

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When you're short on time but still want to create that special homemade feel for Christmas, there's one thing that can really help you out. These simple yet cute Christmas ornament ideas are just what you need. Since they're so small, ornaments are some of the best Christmas crafts to make at the last minute. All of the Christmas ornament ideas featured below can be made in one evening, so don't worry if December 25th is just days away.

You simply can't celebrate the holidays without making homemade Christmas ornaments. What else could make your tree look so unique?

Last Minute Christmas Decor Ideas

20-Minute DIY Holiday Wreath

Even well into December, you can still create a magical Christmas atmosphere in your home.  All you need are some simple ideas for homemade Christmas decorations, like the ones listed below.  From wreaths, to garlands, to mini Christmas trees, and so much more, you're sure to find something you'll love in this collection of easy Christmas crafts to make at the last minute!

Here you'll find Christmas crafts of every type to help decorate your home. This collection includes beautiful garlands, DIY wreaths, tabletop trees, and so much more!

Easy Santa Craft Ideas

Pom Pom Santa Ornament

Quick! You still have time to make these easy Santa crafts before the jolly man comes down your chimney!  Won't he be impressed when he sees these Claus-inspired Christmas crafts proudly displayed in your home?  If you ask us, this is a great way to earn some brownie points with the fat man!

Here's a great selection of simple Santa craft ideas that you will be certain to love. These easy Santa crafts are even great to work on with the kids, so don't be shy and get the little ones involved!

Christmas Crafts to Make and Sell

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Can't get enough of our easy-to-make Christmas crafts?  There are plenty more festive ideas in this collection of Christmas crafts to make and sell, so don't miss out on these great bonus Christmas craft ideas!  Remember, it's never too late to spread holiday cheer!

With these Christms crafts to sell, you'll be able to bring the holiday season to life in a way you never thought possible. Grab your toilet paper rolls and mason jars, and get crafting!

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What a great book. It's not too early to get some Christmas presents put aside. I like a few things in this book and they will make wonderful presents to add to my Christmas box in the closet. Then when the holidays come, I will be ready. Thank you for offering it.

Great ideas for the holiday season. I am so happy that I found this page, it's given me so many DIY ideas for Christmas!

This page is such a lifesaver! Every year I panic about Christmas, but this year I've got it in the bag. I'm going to make gifts in a jar for my neighbors and the monogram mug set for my parents. Thank you so much!


HELP: For some unknown reason, directions do not show up. Also, lost the pic of making a fast/easy flower headband in here somewhere, that too would not show me directions! I'm signed in, so that's not the reason. I also noticed here that someone else is having the same the people of this site ever read the 'comments' and try to help customers.........???

@jesuslovesjeano - Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, I'll need a little more information before I can help. Is there a specific project you could not get the directions for? Also, there is no fast/easy flower headband on this page. Could you give us a bit more information about where you saw the headband? I hope we can help! -- Editor of AllFreeHolidayCrafts

My favorite cratfs are quick and easy. Ornaments are easy, esp ones that we put pics on then decoupage. pet ones are fun

the best craft I ever made was when my children were small and we all worked on gingerbread houses as gifts for people

I love the fact that the crafts are so easy to make and the material for them is readily availabe. The best craft I ever made was a gingerbread house (my first) when my kids were litte. This was about 28 years ago. I found the recipe in a family circle magazine, so i bought all the ingredients and decorations. I made the gingerbread from scratch because the recipe was in the magazine and I made the templates out of cardstock, baked them and used carmelized sugar as glue. It was a little lopsided, but I was so proud of that gingerbread house. Since then, my technique has gotten much better and now I make the gingerbread houses for my grandkids, but nothing beats that very first gingerbread house for the sheer pleasure of seeing my children's faces when they realized they could eat it!

I like making candy canes out of beads and safety pins, for my family to wear on my family's shirts for Christmas

what are the directions for them

The favorite thing I ever made for Christmas gifts was scarfs, was a great stash buster and chance to practice new stiches!

The favourite thing I made for Christmas was a mobile with some of my crocheted snowflakes -- this year I've been busy making decorations from toilet tissue rolls -- having a ball with all the glitter!

My favorite Christmas decoration I've made is a snowman with a top hat and a bright shiny smile!

I knit Teddy Bears for my neicecs for Christmas.

A santa made from a toilet tissue tube using red felt wrapped around for the suit and bits of red for buckles and a nice long hat of red with white felt trim

I made beaded stars for decorating and gave some to my sisters as gifts.

My favorite thing that I've made for Christmas was a photo album for my dad. My sister and I didn't know our father growing up. So several years ago I made a photo album with pictures of my sister and I throughout our childhood and gave it to our dad for Christmas.

The holiday gifts I made that gave me the biggest "kick" were the items I made a year ago. A local mitzvah project was providing warm hats, scarves, gloves etc for school children in one of the poorest cities in our nation. I saw the collection box start to fill with adorable items for girls- items in bright colors, items with cute trims, some very generously donated by people who selected the things from lovely area stores. What caught my eye was the absence of warm things for the boys. I've made things for my son and recently my teen grandson and they have taught me well how to make things in colors and textures that guys will actually wear. The first batch of things I made used up the lovely yarn leftover from the last things I made for my teen grandson. It was so much fun creating clever, attractive items, that I kept visiting the yarn stores and making things in black, greys, browns, dark blues until the project ended. Even better was that friends who saw me crocheting in public asked what I was doing and some of them contributed "guy" items too. By the end of the project, I'm happy to report that the collection boxes were filled 50/50 guy and gal items.

my favorite thing to make is each Christmas I make an ornament for each of my grandchildren each year it is something new this year it was bells and santas

the most favorite thing I've made are crocheted snowflakes--there are so many patterns and they are quick and easy.

the favorite thing I've ever made for Christmas was when I crocheted mini stockings to put gift cards in.

My favorite thing I've ever made for Christmas is a Christmas Scrapbook album of all Christmas pictures together as a family. I love to have it out on the coffee table when family come over to visit for the holidays so they can look thru it.

When my children were little, I purchased different size styrofoam balls, rickrack, pins w/colored heads, all kinds of small decorations and we made all new ornaments for our Christmas tree. We hung them with large plastic candy canes. It was such a beautiful tree - the favorite of all of us - w/all homemade ornaments and, of course, colored lights. After decades, I still hang them even tho I'm an empty nester.

I love anything that I make with my children (9 & 7). They love to craft, and we have fun together... My favorite thing I've made myself is what I'm making this year - a baby blanket for my new nephew, born 5 days ago :-)

My favorite thing I made was an owl iPad cover for my roommate this year. I was so excited about it that I gave it to her yesterday.

I made little toy crocheted bears & purses for Christmas. The kids loved them.

I like to make pajamas for the grandkids every year.

I made a set of Christmas place settings for my mom, sister and grandmother--and I am now using my mother's set!!

Made a macremae christmas tree many years ago and hang it every year

My favorite thing I made for Christmas was a Christmas table runner

My favorite thing I have made for Christmas is Counted Cross stitch Stockings for my family

I love all of the unique ideas. It inspires me to be more creative.

One of my favorite things I made was a large wall hanging of a winter scene with horses at a stream. I edged it with cording and added some matching trim, then I also added a little glittering snow in just the right places. To finish it off, it is hung up on a real tree branch, so it ties it all together.

My favorite was the year I made delicate snowflakes with doily thread and a very small needle. They had to be starched and pinned to a board to dry. Everyone loved them. I was so happy

the favourite Christmas thing that I have made was a Christmas Quilt. For 5 years the quilt hang there that was until I decided that it was too nice to take down and now it hangs there all year. Most people that come through my front door tell me it is not Christmas. But that dosen't matter to me

Snow Mamas as earrings is my favorite Christmas craft...but there are so many other things that were fun to make.

My favorite Christmas craft I made was a countdown to Christmas calendar. I made 12 of them one year as gifts to all the family members. Each year I get wonderful reviews from the family and kids about them. This just warms my heart with the sure pleasure of knowing that these are being passed on down to the next generation.

My favorite craft item that I made for Christmas is a hard one. I think it is a tie between the year i crocheted everyone in the family slippers and the year I made Christmas (red & green) doilies and coasters that the family still brings out every year.

I would have to say that my favorite craft iem that I made for Christmas were a set of 8 ornaments that were all made with cinnamon sticks. There were a reindeer, "stacked firewood" a lace potpouri sachet, and several other items. I made them in the 1980's and I still use them to decorate my Christmas tree!

When my daughter was 9 I hurried to finish a brown cardigan for her for Christmas. It was very late at night when I finished sewing on the buttons. I tucked it into my sewing bag planning to wrap it after work the next day. After work I picked her up from school and as we entered the house she screamed that Duke our young Dalmatian had gotten into my yarn! That's just what half of it looked like- a wad of yarn! Never did find all the buttons...

My favorite are the ornaments that I make each year to give to friends and family. Each year it is a different style and have been doing this for over 15 years now.

I think this is a unique gift craft item.

One year I made a lapghan for everyone in my family. This year it's scarves. I love to crochet year 'round.

My favorite christmas ornaments I've made were hand prints of my children at a very young age. I made them out of cinnamon and glue. It's geat to take them out every year and remember my children at that age. My son and daughter are all grown up now.

My favorite Christmas ornaments I made as a teenager- a boy and girl clothespin angels. I still put them on my tree 30 yrs later!

There is such a wide variety that everyone in the family can participate regardless of their area of talent and who the gift is for. I really think the reindeer cones would be cute hanging with the children's stockings. Great ideas.

I like making glittered inside the glass ornament bulbs no mess and very rich looking!

My favorite was an crocheted afghan I made for my mom last Christmas in her favorite shades of blue.

I knit a bunch of small decorations - stars and mini santas and stockings and mittens. They are so cute -the smaller the better.

My favorite was the crocheted afghan for my 8-year-old grandson because that is what he asked for. He is now 26 and still has it.

These are very cool ideas for fast easy gifts. Thanks.

I made a cranberry wreath from real fresh cranberries. It turned out great. I love the prize too and would be nice to win something.

I made a cranberry wreath made of real fresh cranberries which turned out beautiful. It took a long time but it was worth it.

The favorite thing I ever made for Christmas was in 2010 when I made quilted purses and bags for all the ladies in my family. Each one was different tailored to the recepients likes. It was a hit all around.

One year I went through my husbands boxes of baseball cards that he had collected since he was a child and I organized them all by teams and put them into albums. Gifts where you take the time to transform something meaningful to someone into something cherished are my favorite type of gifts to give.

The favorite craft I made this Christmas was a snow globe :)

Years ago I crocheted slippers for Christmas for EVERYONE....they were so well liked that I had to make new ones for everyone every year after that!!! (about 4 years worth!!) Hmmmm....maybe I should do them again.......

My favorite crafts to do every year are anything with my kids hand/foot prints! It is a cherished keepsake and I love looking at how much they have grown over a years time. They all go on our Christmas tree every year.

Love the ideas. Looks like easy enough for kids.

My favorite holiday project was the beaded pink tulle wreath I made last year. It was so fun and out of the ordinary.

My favorite thing i've ever made was this year I learned to crochet and made a bunch of snowflakes and stars for my Christmas tree.

My favorite Christmas project was the year I made a quilt for each of my two granddaughters and one for my step-granddaughter. I had just learned that year how to quilt. That was about 9 years ago and they are still using and loving the gifts grandma made them that year. I am now teaching two of them to quilt and sew, and the time we spend together is something I cherish.

The best thing I made for Christmas was actually this year. I made crocheted beanies, headbands and scarves sets for terminally ill/traumatized children in St. Louis, MO hospitals and for a local school to give to needy children. I was diagnosed with leukemia in June of this year and started a grueling chemotherapy regimen 7 days a week in July. I have a charity I began in 1999 for terminally ill children and make and donate crocheted and quilted blankets. I have personally made 1,008 and my group just donated our 5,000th blanket. The peace this brought to me is so gratifying knowing that these children will be kept warm this winter. God Bless

Mine would have to be making christmas tree center pieces with the children at church, we made the trees with donated paperback books and also snowmen with quilt batting and ribbon for scarfs. had them set on pieces of cardboard with batting as snow and small wrapped boxes. They turned out really well.

Absolutely LOVE the Shabby Chic wreath! Made one of these years ago, and am in need of a new one... I still have 9 days!!!!

My favorite Christmas project was actually this year. I made crocheted beanies, headbands and scarves sets for terminally ill/traumatized children in St. Louis, MO hospitals and for a local school to give to needy children. I loved making them pretty sets, used brightly colored, cheerful yarns and silk flowers and felt peaceful knowing that many children would be kept warm throughout the winter

My favorite thing I have made with my children for Christmas was the Allspice and Cinnamon scented hand print ornaments. The ornaments smelled wonderful and made the house smell delicious.

When I was little we used to make plastic canvas stockings for all our friends and family. My mom taught us to do the stockings and we would help her sew the plastic canvas. It was a ton of fun!

I made a crochet skirt that goes around the Christmas tree. We made a Christmas tree shape out of construction paper to have up and put all the Christmas cards we received.

This year instead of crocheting afghans, scarves and potholders.. I am making sock monkeys. They are fun to make and watch their personalities emerge as I finish them.

i have been making homemade ornaments with my daughter....i love making stuff all year!!!

When My kids were little we did tissue paper wreaths(paper twisted on the eraser end of a pencil) with their picture in the middle...It was sooo much fun seeing how they decorated them with all the little beads and glitter...I miss that....

My favorite thing this year was no sew fleece blankets! Made a bunch!!

Hands down, favorite craft to do during the holidays is paper snowflakes!!! Just cut and cut and cut to reveal a pretty snowflake design. Any age can do it, and there's no mistakes ;)

My favorite was a rudolph chocolate covered candy cane

I love making ornaments and soap using cookie cutters

My favorite thing was making my grandkids fleece jackets.

You ask what my favorite thing I made for Christmas. It was in school a placemat/ center piece. made of a piece of like burlap with fringed edge. We cut out a design of folded paper, laded it on the cloth 3 or so times and colored through it. thin Ironed over the color to set it in the cloth.

I knitted tiny sweaters as ornaments this year. i made 3 and they turned out so cute!! Going to have to make one for myself one of these days.

my favorite thing was a care bear for my youngest daughter. her letter to santa was in the local newspaper 3 days before christmas,the toy store was sold out so i made one [she was 6] it was her favorite toy, she still has it [ shes 35 ] her children love it too

I love to make a new and different wreath each year!

one year we made hand-painted sweatshirts for all of our family members with a Looney Tunes character that we thought suited them - they were a huge hit!

my favorite thing to make will always be hand decorated cookies. Fun to receive, fun to eat. A gift everyone looks forward to receiving

my favorte was pineapple table cloth I made my mom for Christmas

A classic Christmas afghan with Red, Green, and silver yarn . Did the granny squares in each color during the summer months then stitched together in the fall.

For me my full sized crocheted stockings. I've been making these stockings for over 25 years and never get tired of it. I've given away free, donated to causes and sold. They are the best.

For me it was mini stockings, just learned how to crochet them. First wasn't to good but second came out great.

My favorite, I just learned to crochet mini stockings. First one not right but second one looks great.

My favorite was doll clothes for my baby sister one year - there were close to 2 dozen outfits, my other sister & I would play with them while I was making them

My favorite is plastic canvas snowflakes!

My favorite was the year I made everyone crocheted scarves

my favorite to make was a huge group of crochetred snowflakes...the most wow from the kids? afghans i made (22) while I was flat on my back before surgery and after!

My favorite handmade gift was a ornament of a snowman sitting on a "snowball"...I make a different one each year for my kids...they will treasure them always!

I made some real cute owls and some coffee cut sleves

I'm trying fingerless gloves....

My favorite thing I ever made for Christmas was Apple Butter for gifts to my family. They all loved it.

I make handmade gifts every year so picking a favorite is difficult but I think one of my favorites actually wasn't a gift but the wrapping of a gift. Many years ago I ranout of wrapping paper for the christmas gifts so I had to get inventive. I had lots of tissue paper on hand and I had a unique collection of rubber stamps so I got creative and wrapped gifts using layers of tissue paper and stamped images in torn out spaces or litte openings. My daughter was so thrilled with the wrapping she almost didn't want to open her gifts. I had lots of fun wrapping gifts that year and even more joy and delight watching everyone check out their gifts before opening them.

My favorite thing i've made for Christmas is each year i make a tree ornament for each of my children's families.

I'm doing blankets this year.

My favorite thing I am making for Christmas is lap quilts for everyone!!

My favorite things I crocheted for Christmas this year were the vintage bonnets for my baby granddaughters and caps for my baby grandsons - I have 4 grandchildren 4 years of age and under! As young as they are, they me a skype camera and called me on skype to thank me in their own little baby ways! They live so far away.

My favorite thing this year was these tiny pasta angels found on fave crafts for the tree...

My favorite thing this Christmas season is using which has inspired me to make EVERY gift this year from all of your free patterns. I am a newly disabled RN and was suffering from depression when I found your website. The wonderful patterns and ideas woke me up and now I am happily knitting, crocheting and crafting as never before and don't feel depressed or sad at all. In fact I am proud of myself again! Thanks to all who have made this possible for me. God Bless you all!

When i was a young boy i made a Bird and poinsettia that my aunt and mom still put on the tree every yr :)

My favorite thing was making Christmas Ornaments for the tree. I knitted some and used yarn on plastic molds I made. I'm still using them to this day.

My favorite thing I've ever made would be this year's crafts. I've made quite a few homemade gifts - from knitted dish cloths and mixed media canvas to jewelery.

My favorite thing I've made was a stained glass angel for my in-laws.

My favorite thing I made for Christmas was the year that I joined several friends and made hats and scarfs for homeless teenagers in the Vancouver/Portland area. Knowing they would have something warm for Christmas filled me with joy.

I love the bottles made up to look like reindeer, they are so cute

My favorite thing I made for Christmas a hat I knit for my son.

The best thing I ever made for Christmas was a wreath I made with my nephew. I cut the centre out of a paper plate, had him place his wee hand on green construction paper, while I traced around it and then cut it out. We did the trace/cut out thing about 2 dozen times. Then we glued the green hand shapes around the outer circle of the paper plate, punched holes in the top and threaded through a red ribbon for hanging. I still have that wreath, although my nephew now stands 6'2".

The favorite thing I can remember making is a wreath for the front door that I made with my mom.

My all time favs have been the beaded ornaments that still hang on my tree. They make me happy everytime I look at them.

My favorite thing I made for Christmas; was a Beautiful Blanket for My Daddy,He had 3 different types of cancer and mulitple heart attacks. He was in and out of the hospital and couldn't keep warm no matter where he was. So I crocheted him a big granny square Blanket. When He opened it, there were tears in his eyes. He never let ANYONE else use it or touch it. When he passed 2 years ago; He made sure it came back to me. I now have it, and I cherish every moment of being wrapped up in it.

I make a lots of things for Christmas every year. But the most cherrished is a felted w/beads & sequins. It is all handsewed. I made it over 25 yrs ago. It has snowpeople, trees, bluebirds on it. It was suppose to be a tree skirt but it has its own special table & santa house sits in the middle.

My favorite thing that I have ever made would be the 2 giant scrapbooks that I have made as my husbands Christmas present this year. We recently got a box of all of his daughters pictures back and I took them and put them into scrapbooks for him.

My favorite made-by-me Christmas gift were seed bead candy cane ornaments I made in all different color combos, tho the red white and gold were the best.

My favorite thing(s) I made for Christmas was 13 fleece for each member of my immediate family. That was several years ago and everyone still comments on how much they love them.

The most favorite thing I ever made for Christmas was an artificial evergreen wreath I made for my mom, decorated with wonderful gilt-edged poinsettia flowers and bells. She LOVED it. :-)

Love all these ideas. My favorite thing I ever made for Christmas was....a baby blanket for my nieces' new baby born Dec 22.

These are very cute ideas. Hopefully I will have time to do the wreath. Right now I am working on a memory quilt with some of my daughters favorite clothes. I better get back to it : )

These are adorable. This christmas I made my husband an afghan to keep his legs warm.

Love the idea! the best thing I made for Christmas, I believe it was the recipie books I put together for my children. I included my ideas and the recipies from many family members.

These are so cute. I made broomstick reindeer one year and everyone just loved them. They were super easy and very inexpensive to make.

I think the root beer bottle reindeer would be so cute to hand out at a part with the rootbeer/beer still in them! :o)

The most appreciated item I have ever made for Christmas was a pair of fingerless mittens for my husband. He works outside year around & he really liked the way he could wear gloves & still be able to use his fingers. Apparently somebody else felt the same way because they got stolen!

This year the best thing I made was Glass Christmas Ornaments covered with Polymer Clay Dog Paws for the Canine Pet Lovers in our family and for friends. Each to be hung as a treasure on their Christmas tree.

I think the best thing I made for Christmas is what I made this year for a friend - I mod podged photos she's taken on her various trips abroad onto cork and made coasters for her, then used hoop earrings and beads to make wine charms.

The best thing I ever made for Christmas was actually when I was still in grade school, for art class. I can't recall what it was actually called, but it was kind of like paper mache. Instead of using paper, we used sewing thread and a small balloon. After the threads all dried, we popped the balloon and pulled the pieces of balloon out. This left us with a very unique rounded ornament that we attached a ornament hanger too. Its the absolute best thing I can ever recall making. I just wish I could find the instructions on how to do it again, lol.

The best thing I ever made for Christmas was probably the stuffed dogs I made last year for my girls ... they turned out so cute and my girls loved them!

My daughters and sister and I made "ginger bread" houses out of graham crackers and candy.Then we ate them all up.


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