2021 Christmas craft ideas for adults and children

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From homemade baubles to gingerbread houses and even a beautifully decorated plate for Santa’s mince pies – whether you’re a seasoned crafter or a novice crafter, there’s something about Christmas that brings out the want to get creative and decorate our homes with DIY delights.

Chilly weekends spent crafting paper chains and homemade Christmas cards are a sure way to get into the festive spirit. So we’ve rounded up some of the best kits to make your DIY decorations even more special this year.

From Christmas cards and paper chains even the youngest kids can help, to Christmas wreaths and crochet snowflakes, scroll down to find our top picks in stores in 2021.

Stitched Christmas Card Kit - Card Craft (bthemaker/Etsy)

Stitched Christmas Card Kit – Card Craft (bthemaker/Etsy)

We love the contemporary minimalist design of these embroidered cards and nothing could be simpler to make since this kit contains three pre-punched cards, envelopes, thread and an embroidery needle. If it is a family activity, the seller will very kindly include extra embroidery needles. A buyer who purchased the kit last year wrote in a review that he “had the best time making them! Super cute cards and really easy to make. A very happy customer and with the reaction I have had, will be ordering more next year – love them.”

Create Your Own Christmas Card Kit (PostboxParty/Etsy)

Create Your Own Christmas Card Kit (PostboxParty/Etsy)

A bestseller on Etsy, this set is ideal for young children. Each kit includes festive stickers, Santa, snowman and reindeer cutouts, and envelopes for 12 cards. With googly eyes and pom poms you can make each card unique.

Snowflake Christmas ornament crochet kit (Suzie Jules /Not On The High Street)

Snowflake Christmas ornament crochet kit (Suzie Jules /Not On The High Street)

Make delicate crochet snowflakes that are perfect for decorating trees, hanging in windows or adding to the wrapping of especially special gifts. The kit includes all the yarn and equipment needed to make three snowflakes, plus metallic yarn, ribbon and beads to add your own flourishes to each.

39 Christmas balls to decorate in different sizes (Artemio/Amazon)

39 Christmas balls to decorate in different sizes (Artemio/Amazon)

These white balls provide a blank canvas to decorate with paper, paints, inks, stickers, felt or fabric. For an on-trend marbled look, decorate with the Marabu Easy Marble paint assortment and to give them an ultra luxurious finish, complete with Berisfords Velvet Ribbon.

Christmas Bauble Pom Pom Craft Kit (Wool Couture/ John Lewis & Partners)

Christmas Bauble Pom Pom Craft Kit (Wool Couture/ John Lewis & Partners)

Currently trending on the John Lewis website, this easy DIY is simple enough to do with young children, or relaxing enough to do on a cozy evening curled up watching a Christmas movie. The kit contains yarn, cable ties, silver hanging cord and step-by-step instructions to guide you through the process of making 9cm pom poms for your Christmas tree.

Gingham Paper Chain Craft Kit (CottonClara /Etsy)

Gingham Paper Chain Craft Kit (CottonClara /Etsy)

These cute paper chains are designed to be used year after year, as they don’t need tape or glue to hold them together. Instead, they feature a clever interlocking paper design, which means they can be easily taken apart at the end of the holiday season. Choose the color of your pack – mustard, yellow, blue, green, red, pink or a combination of all – then create a beautiful paper chain. Each package contains 48 paper loops, which makes a chain of approximately 2.4 meters.

2 Pack Wire Wreath Making Rings (Sumind/Amazon)

2 Pack Wire Wreath Making Rings (Sumind/Amazon)

If you’re a fan of finding sprigs of evergreen/eucalyptus/rosemary on winter walks (or just have a thriving conservatory/well-stocked florist nearby), it can be surprisingly simple ( not to say cheap) fashion your own Christmas wreaths using these wire rings.

Frosted Crown Kit (Hobbycraft)

Frosted Crown Kit (Hobbycraft)

If you prefer to get all your supplies in one go, this kit (which is a top product at Hobbycraft) has everything you need to make a Christmas wreath to pop year after year. In addition to the wreath base, the set includes white berries and greenery that can be decorated to your own design. A buyer who bought it recently commented in the reviews, “Such a beautiful kit and very easy to use, it made a beautiful wreath. Would definitely recommend and buy again.”

Gingerbread House Kit (Honeywell Biscuit Co/ Not On The High Street)

Gingerbread House Kit (Honeywell Biscuit Co/ Not On The High Street)

The step-by-step recipe card in this kit makes it easy to create a tasty home, even if you’re not an experienced baker. It includes templates, a piping bag, candies and all the dry ingredients you’ll need (just add butter, eggs and golden syrup).

If you’re looking for a gluten-free version, Lakeland has a lovely festive kit for £7.99, or if you’d rather buy your gingerbread pre-made and ready to decorate, you can pick up a Biscuiteers Hansel & Gretel DIY Gingerbread House Kit for £35 at JoJoMaman Bebe.

Make your own Christmas crackers 6 pieces (Yol Store/Amazon)

Make your own Christmas crackers 6 pieces (Yol Store/Amazon)

Making your own crackers is a fun activity to do with kids. Plus, it means you can skip the usual plastic you find inside and fill them with mini goodies or chocolates that will delight your guests. There’s space to write a name on each cracker so you can make sure your nephew doesn’t end up with grandma’s miniature whiskey. The pack includes the card, ribbons, hats, packages and snaps to make six crackers.

Porcelain Santa and Reindeer Plates (Baker Ross/Amazon)

Porcelain Santa and Reindeer Plates (Baker Ross/Amazon)

Make sure Santa always remembers the treats left for him in your home by displaying them on a hand-painted plate. Decorate with porcelain paint markers. Each kit contains two small dishes, one for the carrot slices for the reindeer and one for sweets or a small chopped pie for the big man himself.

Coloring pajamas (Selfie Craft Co/ Kidly)

Coloring pajamas (Selfie Craft Co/ Kidly)

Cozy festive pajamas and crafts in one, this kit is a great pre-Christmas treat. The pajamas come in sizes for three-to-four-year-olds or four-to-six-year-olds, and the set comes with seven colored fabric pens and practice paper to ensure the final take is a centerpiece.

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