Nothing gets kids into the holiday spirit quite like a great Christmas craft -- and below are 13 festive and fantastic crafts. All of these Christmas crafts involve recycled materials or materials you and your child can source in nature. Note that some of these crafts do require parent participation; especially if you've got a younger child -- but no worries because these crafts are fun for people of all ages!
Pine Cone Gnomes
These pine cone gnomes are just about the MOST adorable craft ever and an awesome way to use those pine cones your toddler loves to pick up on nature walks. This cute craft is perfect for winter as is, or you can make bright green and red felt hats and mittens if you want more festive gnomes.
Toilet Paper Roll “Christmas Lights”
It’s surprising that you can make such realistic “Christmas lights” with plain old recycled toilet paper rolls! Bonus, these look great on a tree yet don’t get hot to the touch.
DIY Christmas Tree Crayons
This craft is more than just fun for a young child because recycled Christmas tree crayons also make a great stocking stuffer or small gift for your little one’s friends, meaning your child gets to help make homemade holiday gifts.
Toilet Roll Reindeer
I bet you never thought recycled toilet paper rolls could be so adorable! Young kids especially will love this easy Christmas craft.
Felted Christmas Trees
If you’ve got a handful of scrap felt or old sweaters full of holes, then this sweet Christmas tree craft can help you recycle that wool into something awesome. You can check out other helpful felted tree tutorials here and here.
Traditional Christmas Wreath
A wreath is for sure a craft parents will need to help with. However your child will have lots of fun helping you collect fresh fir branches and other nature items to use for the wreath, plus he/she can help you plan a unique design using ribbon and other decorations.
Recycled Christmas Village
Dig through your recycle bin, pull out various boxes, grab some scrap wrapping paper and glue and let the kids go to town, making their very own Christmas village.
Twig Star Ornaments
Let your kids gather twigs then add a bit of glue and natural raffia and boom, you’ve got a pretty and unique Christmas tree topper or great ornament.
Natural Candy Cane Play Dough
This all-natural candy cane play dough is bright, festive, simple to make and safe even for kids who still put stuff in their mouths.
Recycled Paper Mini Christmas Tree Ornaments
You can use recycled books, newspaper, magazines, sheet music or any other scrap paper you choose to make these cool fanned out Christmas tree ornaments. Then hang them on the tree or set them on a holiday table.
DIY Christmas Tree Gift Toppers
These small gift toppers are super cute, made with found twigs and some scrap embroidery thread. Plus, they let your child learn about making gifts more personal.
Recycled Wine Cork Miniature Christmas Trees
Got wine? We know you do parents! That said, why not save the corks and let your kids make some cute and colorful Christmas trees with them?
Recycled Holiday Luminaries
This recycled luminary craft is easier for older kids to help with, but even younger kids can help you plan designs. Once done, the whole family will enjoy how festive these pretty lanterns look both indoors and out. As an alternative to an image design, consider writing words, like “Peace” or “Joy” on your cans.