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Festive Ideas for Personalized Christmas Crafts

INSIDE: With these personalized Christmas craft ideas, you can surprise your friends and loved ones with an extra special gift, while saving money at the same time.

Nothing says “Merry Christmas” like a personalized, DIY Christmas gift. Personalized gifts are great because it lets people know that you were really thinking about them.

Personalized craft gifts are also great for the budget. If you have tons of people to buy for on your Christmas list, DIY Christmas crafts can be much more cost-effective than going to a big box store and trying to find something for everyone. 

Easy personalized DIY Christmas craft ideas

If you want to give the people on your list an extra special and extra personal Christmas gift this holiday season, here are some easy personalized DIY Christmas craft ideas.

Delicious baked goods

Fill your loved one’s hearts and their bellies with some delicious homemade baked goods. Nothing is better at Christmas than your favorite homemade treat.

To make this edible gift extra special, you can get crafty and decorate a mason jar with some Christmas cheer and then fill in with homemade fudge, cookies, or candy. 

Cozy Christmas candles

There’s no better time for a candle than at Christmas. An evening around the fire surrounded by the flickering of candles can create the perfect Christmas ambiance.

To make a personalized DIY candle you can decorate a mason jar with paint, personalized labels, or Christmas themed material. To make the candle you will need wax (soy, paraffin), long candle wicks, and some essential oils if you want to incorporate a special, personalized scent. 

Personalized photo book

I love to give and receive personalized photo books during the holidays. They are just as fun to create as they are to open up at Christmas.

Take a walk down memory lane and choose your favorite photos to incorporate. There are many different photobook tools that you can use to create your personalized photo album online and you can even have it directly shipped to the receiver. 

Homemade monogrammed Christmas ornaments 

An easy and fun way to personalize a Christmas gift is by making a monogrammed ornament. All you need are clear glass or plastic Christmas balls and whatever decorations you want to use.

To add a personal monogrammed touch you can paint initials of the receiver on the Christmas balls or use monogrammed stickers. You can get as creative as you want with these Christmas ornaments. 

Personalized gift wrapping paper

You can even personalize the wrapping paper that you wrap your gifts in. There are tons of ways to get creative with this. For something easy, you can make some paint splatter gift wrapping paper in with your favorite colours.

All you need is plain wrapping paper (think butcher paper), acrylic paint, paintbrushes, and something to put your paint in. This will be messy so if you live somewhere warm, you can do this outside. If you live somewhere cold, maybe put some paper or a drop sheet down so you can get really into your painting!

Personalized Christmas crafts kids can make

Is there anything cuter than a Christmas craft made by a little one? Maybe I’m biased because I have two littles at home but there’s nothing I love more than a handmade craft from one of my boys.

If you want to get your kids involved with making holiday crafts, here are some easy ones you can try as a family. Not only are they fun but they’re also a great way to put everyone in the Christmas spirit. 

Child’s handprint, footprint, and fingerprint crafts

My boys and I have made a variety of child’s handprint, footprint, and fingerprint crafts. There are so many Christmas designs you can make using your kiddo’s little fingers and toes.

Some of my favorites include personalized cards with Christmas penguins made out of my kids footprints and reindeer Christmas cards made from their little handprints.

All you need to get started is card stock, non-toxic paint for your kids (because you know they’re going to need to taste it), and any other decorations you want to include – googly eyes, ribbon, or even glitter if you’re willing to clean that up for the rest of the year! 

Glitter pinecones

If you’re looking for something super easy to make with your littles you can try glitter pinecones. The best part is getting outside with your kids to go searching for the perfect Christmas pinecones.

Once you have a selection of pinecones all you need is glue (you can use non-toxic white kids glue), a paintbrush to brush on the glue, glitter, and decoration hooks or ribbon. 

Popsicle stick ornaments

If you have a mass of left-over popsicle sticks at your disposal there is literally no end to the Christmas ornament crafts you can make.

Last year, my children and I made popsicle stick ski ornaments for the tree. They were fun to make and looked adorable on the Christmas tree.

For a list of everything you need and a step by step instructions, you can go here. I will say, these were a bit more challenging and intricate than some of the other options on this list, so be prepared.

Christmas crayon stocking stuffers 

These are incredibly easy to make and are really beautiful when they’re finished. All you need to make the perfect stocking stuffer are broken crayons (which I know you have tons of if you have toddlers) and silicon muffin tins in festive shapes. 

You can get your kids involved by asking them to peel all of the paper labels off of the crayons (assuming there is any left on), then you can have them break the crayons into little pieces (again, assuming your crayons aren’t already in tiny pieces).

Finally, you can ask them to help you sort the crayons into colours that they think would go nicely together. Or, you can have them sort each colour into a single pile and go for one tone Christmas crayon stocking stuffers. 

Once you’ve sorted your colours then you can put your different combinations into each muffin tin.

Now it’s time for an adult to take over as your crayon creations will have to go into the oven to bake for about 20 min at 200 degrees. Once they’re done wait until they have completely cooled before popping them out of the pan. 

Baked Christmas ornaments

I make these every year with my kids. The year my eldest son was born I couldn’t find a “baby’s first Christmas” ornament that I loved so I used this recipe to make his first Christmas ornament.

All you need is a simple salt dough recipe (flour, sea salt, water), Christmas cookie cutters in your favorite shapes (I did stars and candy canes), a mixing bowl, acrylic paints, paintbrushes, and something to hand your ornaments (hooks, ribbon, fishing line). 

Final thoughts about these personalized Christmas craft ideas

If you’re willing to get crafty and creative there are tons of DIY projects you can make to give personalized Christmas gifts.

From personalized Christmas cards to advent calendars, cookies, and even socks. Personalized Christmas gifts are great because they are so much more meaningful than a generic gift card or sweater.

DIY Christmas gifts are also a good way to keep costs down during the holiday seasons. If you’re not incredibly crafty or you simply don’t have the time to create some of these gift ideas, you can also consider purchasing upcycled goods to give as gifts in order to keep your Christmas costs to a minimum.

–By Jessica Martel 

SmartCents Mom