25 Holiday Crafts for Awesome DIY Gifts

by Meghan

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Black Friday pandemonium looms just one week away.  I, personally, have never been one to join in the shopping at midnight insanity.  I prefer to stay home, enjoy my family and let my turkey digest.  I am, however, all in favor of getting a jump start on preparing for Christmas.  So this year, I’ve decided to opt for Craft Friday with the family over Black Friday with the crazed masses.  I’ll be working with the girls on these great holiday crafts that make awesome DIY gifts for friends, family, classmates and anyone else on your shopping list!  Would you like to join me?

25 Holiday Crafts that Make Awesome DIY Gifts

Craft Friday – Holiday Crafts for Gifts

This is the third post in our Holiday Savings series.  Instead of jostling with the throngs of shoppers fighting to save a few bucks, or get that one un-gettable holiday gift, stay home on Black Friday, and do some crafting with your family instead.  Make gifts, ornaments and holiday decor instead of buying them, and save yourself some money in the process.

9 Kid-Made Ornaments and Holiday Decor

Deck the halls, the walls, and your tree with these holiday crafts that the kids can take part in creating.  You can even wrap them up and give them as gifts to loved ones, neighbors, teachers, and more.

Craft Friday - Holiday Crafts and DIY Gifts Ornaments and Decor

Cinnamon Dough Ornaments from Playground Parkbench

Decorated Clay Christmas Ornaments by Mum in the Mad House

Christmas Wreath Ornament from Munchkins and Moms

Tin Can Lanterns from Kid Craft Room

Nutcracker Silhouette Wall Art by The Crafted Sparrow

Bird Seed Ornaments from The Resourceful Mama

Giant Craft Stick Snowflakes by Crafty Nest

Paper Straw Christmas Ornament from Simple As That

Embossed Clay Ornaments by Gathering Beauty

7 DIY Gifts for Kids, by Kids

These fun holiday crafts make great options for holiday party gifts, stocking stuffers, or just gifts for your children’s friends.

Craft Friday - Holiday Crafts and 7 DIY Gifts for Kids

3D Advent Calendar from Craftulate

Rainbow Peg Doll Families by Rhythms of Play

Simple Christmas Treat Cups from Simple as That

Homemade Soap for Kids by Craftulate

Holiday Slime Balls from Left Brain Craft Brain

Christmas Tree Play Dough Activity Bag by Learn with Play at Home

14 Things to Make with Crayons from Moms and Crafters

9 DIY Gifts for Grown-Ups by Kids

And lets not forget – gifts for grown-ups!  These holiday crafts all make great gifts for grandparents, dad, aunts, uncles, and even teachers.

Craft Friday - Holiday Crafts and 9 DIY Gifts for Grown Ups

DIY Sparkly Photo Frames from Craftulate

Kid-Made Painted Votive Candle Holders by Rhythms of Play

Peppermint Sugar Scrub by Glue Sticks and Gum Drops

DIY Custom Photo Coasters from Playground Parkbench

DIY Heart Scribble Mug by Messy Little Monster

Finger Print Christmas Cards from Hands on As We Grow

DIY Man Cave Coasters by Playground Parkbench

Felt Coffee Cup Cozies from Craft Whack

Punch Art by Play Dough and Popsicles

So spend some time at home with your family next weekend, instead of fighting the crowds and waiting in line for hours, while also keeping money in your wallet.  Say YES to Craft Friday!

Craft Friday - 25 Holiday Crafts that Make Awesome DIY Gifts

This is the third post in our Holiday Savings series.  To save more this holiday season, check out the first two posts in our series below.  You can find all of these, as well as all our Financially Savvy Friday posts here and on our Financially Savvy board on Pinterest.

Tips for Holiday Savings - Part 1

Tips to Save on Holiday Cards

 6 Gift Giving Ideas for Holiday Savings

Gift Giving Ideas to Save Money

Need more ideas?  Check out our first book: Green, Crafty & Creative!  Featuring 70 green crafts and family-friendly activities from me and 9 of my favorite kids activity and eco-friendly bloggers.  Available in paperback, eBook and Kindle formats, starting as low as $4.99.


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Kim November 25, 2015 - 11:56 pm

I am not a fan of shopping anytime during the holiday season and definitely not on a Black Friday. Crafting sounds like a much better option to me. Thanks for including one of my gifts.

Emma November 21, 2015 - 8:42 am

Perfect – I’ve been in such a crafty mood lately that making gifts is a perfect idea!

PGPBMeghan November 21, 2015 - 2:46 pm

Way more fun than fighting for parking spots and standing in checkout lines!


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