Over the years, the girls and I have spent many hours creating Christmas crafts to give away, as well as ornaments for our tree, but we haven’t taken as much time to make decorations for our own home.
We all love to decorate for Christmas and definitely enjoy crafting, so I decided it was time to make some new Christmas projects that we can keep and display.
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These crafts are teen tested – they were all chosen and created by my middle schoolers. Hopefully, you have as much fun working together to make these decorations as we did.
5 DIY Christmas Crafts for Teens that they’ll Enjoy Creating
1. Wire Tabletop Trees
You’ll need: decorative wire, styrofoam cone
This seems like such a simple craft and in a sense, it is. Just wrap some 12 gauge decorative wire around a styrofoam cone, creating a Christmas tree shape. However, once you carefully pull the wire off of the cone, you realize it’s a bit trickier than it looks. Yes, it’s incredibly easy to wrap the wire, but the finesse comes with trying to get it to stand on its own – it’s kind of like a slinky.
It took us a few tries, but we finally succeeded in making a tree by keeping the rings a bit closer than we originally thought.
2. Ho-Ho-Ho Wall Hanging
Over the years, I’ve seen lots of ho-ho-ho wall hanging crafts on Pinterest and always wanted to make one. Luckily, Marianna fell in love with this project, so I finally have one to hang up this Christmas.
We decided to use three 6″x6″ pine craft wood squares as the canvas for our words. Marianna chose 2 patterns of scrapbook paper, acrylic paint that matched it, and 1.5″ ribbon that complimented everything.
Here are the project’s steps:
- Decide which paper will go on each wood square. Paint the edges in its coordinating paint color and let it dry.
- Using spray adhesive, attach the paper to one side of the wood. Once firmly affixed, flip the wood over, with the paper flat on a surface you can cut on. Take the X-Acto knife and cut the excess paper away from the wood square.
- Print out ho-ho-ho in your favorite Christmas font and cut out the letters. Tip – leave a small piece of paper in place to keep the letters attached because it helps with spacing. Trace the letters onto the patterned paper and paint with black acrylic paint.
- After the letters dry, determine your desired spacing for the three blocks, (and your ribbon length) and hot glue the squares onto the ribbon.
- You can either attach a wall hanger on the back or just use a thumbtack to hang it on your wall.
3. DIY Window Clings
You’ll need: puffy paint, wax paper
We have a sliding glass door in our house and it’s always fun to put some window clings on there in honor of various holidays. I had no idea that you could make your own until I came across this Puffy Paint Window Decoration post.
The girls thought this was amazing and immediately started printing off images they wanted to use. They wasted no time creating Christmas window clings to decorate our door, but were bummed that they had to wait for them to dry overnight.
Tip: When you’re tracing over your image with the paint, use a lot of it. The thicker you make the cling, the easier it is to remove from the paper.
I love that there is no limit to what you can make. This project is simple, cheap, and cool!
4. Glitter Christmas Tree Canvas
I don’t really have a ton of extra shelf space, so I was excited that the kids created holiday decorations that could be hung up on the wall.
I showed Abigail this glitter deer canvas so she knew the basic project, but I let her decide what focal object she would use on her canvas. As you can see, she picked a Christmas tree.
She chose two complimentary green acrylic paint colors to make stripes on the canvas and glitter for the tree.
First, she decided how wide to make her stripes, then taped them out on her canvas. One at a time, she painted alternating colors and let it dry. She chose a clip art tree, printed it out, and traced it over the stripes. After filling in the tree with glue, she covered it with glitter.
I love the way it sparkles on the wall!
5. Mixed Media Snowman
You’ll need: access to the Winter Mixed Media Course, canvas, paint, scrapbook paper, sharpie pen, buttons
My kids love the mixed media lessons from Alisha Gratehouse. Every season they have the opportunity to complete 20 different projects, with step-by-step instructions, all from the comfort of our home.
The winter course includes this super cute snowman tutorial. The girls watched the video and completed the artwork completely on their own. Now we get to use their artistic creations as part of our holiday decor!
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Are you looking for even more projects for your older kids? Over the years, we’ve shared quite a few of our family’s favorite holiday DIY crafts.
What Christmas decorations are you going to make with your teen this year?