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A wooden Christmas tree with decoration strung across it, presents wrapped in white, green and brown paper lie in front of the tree.
These nine easy D.I.Y. Christmas craft ideas will brighten your home and delight your family and friends.

It’s the personal touches that help make the holiday season special. These nine easy Christmas craft ideas will help you deck the halls with homemade joy. They also make for thoughtful (and budget-friendly) gifts. 

Safety tip: Always wear the appropriate safety equipment (safety glasses, gloves, ear muffs and a mask, for example) and always follow the instructions for the product or equipment.

1. Pin the star (a Christmas game)

If you’re looking for a fun holiday-themed game for the whole family, this Christmas version of pin the tail on the donkey is a big hit. Paint a tree on a drop sheet using sample pots of paint, and cut a star-shape into a coaster to use as the object you want to ‘pin’ on the tree.

Pink and orange Christmas tree painted on a drop sheet, with wood coasters attached.

2. Paper decorations for your tree or table

Concertina shapes (circles and angels, for example) make for easy-to-make and elegant decorations for the Christmas tree or table. They are also a striking addition to gift wrapping. This Christmas craft can be created using cardboard or paper, and it’s a fun activity for the whole family.

Two strings of paper decorations hang above a dining table set up with colourful vases and flowers.

3. Botanical-stamped wrapping paper

Add your own creative stamp to this year’s gift wrapping with D.I.Y. stamped wrapping paper. Create prettily patterned, botanical-themed wrapping paper by making your own stamps. Draw or trace flowers, leaves, or plant stems onto adhesive-backed foam and cut out the shapes. Stick the shapes to craft coasters. (This will make them easier to handle.) Using a mini roller and tray, apply paint to the foam shapes and stamp the shapes onto rolls of kraft paper.

Present wrapped in cream patterned paper sitting on a dining table decorated with candles and flowers.

4. Stylish cardboard gift tags

These cardboard gift tags are simple to create and they’ll add a special touch to any gift. All you’ll need is some twine, a few wooden beads painted in the colour of your choice, and slips of cardboard. Assemble the tags, carefully print or paint the name of the recipient, and now your gift has that extra something special!

Tip: For an extra Christmasy touch, paint a holiday shape (tree or star, for example) on one side of the cardboard tag. 

Presents wrapped in brown paper with green Christmas trees and labelled with handmade gift tags lie underneath a decorated Christmas tree.

5. Distinctive candle holder

Turn a simple piece of timber into a striking centrepiece for the table. This D.I.Y. project can hold 13 taper candles. (You choose the colours.) Mark evenly spaced, staggered hole centres on a piece of 90mm x 32mm pine, cut to your preferred length. (We used 400mm for our project.) Make 20mm-deep holes at the marked locations using a drill with a 20mm spade bit.

Sand the entire surface using 180-grit abrasive paper and wipe away the dust. Apply timber wax and insert 21mm taper candles into the holes.

Safety tip: Never leave lit candles unattended and do not let them burn down below 5cm.

D.I.Y candlestick holder with an array of white, pink, red and green candlesticks sitting on an outdoor coffee table.

6. Upcycled decorations

If you want a new look for your Christmas decorations but yours are still in good condition, give them a makeover! Upcycle your ornaments using spray paint or texture paint. Play around with different colour schemes, or combine texture paste with craft paint to give them a unique textured look.

Safety tip: When using spray paint, always work in a well-ventilated area with a drop cloth to protect the surrounding area. Wear a mask and disposable gloves and avoid spraying on a windy day.

Christmas tree decorated with pastel pink, blue and cream baubles. A pastel pink star is placed at the top of the tree.

7. Macramé ornaments

If you want to create your own Christmas ornaments, or if you’re looking for a more natural-looking theme for your Christmas décor, these D.I.Y. macramé ornaments are the ideal holiday craft project. You can create a variety of shapes, including circles, stars, and trees, and all you need is a set of beads, cotton cord and basic D.I.Y. tools.

A macrame decoration on a Christmas tree

8. Timber tree

This D.I.Y. project creates a triangular timber tree out of pieces of pine. You’ll even be able to string decorations or lights. It’s an atmospheric Christmas decoration that’s perfect for people who don’t have the space for a tree, or want a smaller or more portable option.

Take three 1.2m lengths of 140mm x 18mm dressed pine. Using a compound mitre saw, cut the two sides on a 40° angle at one end; butt together to make the triangle top. Cut a base piece with a 25° angle on one end and position against one side; mark the side to length with a 25° angle on the end. Repeat to mark out the other triangle side and base to length and butt on a 25° angle.

Join the triangle pieces using PVA glue and a nail gun. Leave to dry, then fill nail holes with timber filler. Let dry and sand smooth with 180 grit abrasive paper. Wipe away any dust. Apply two to three coats of Danish oil with a paintbrush. Leave to dry after each coat and sand in between with 240 grit paper. Using painter’s tape, mark locations of 15mm cup hooks on the insides of the sides, staggering them. Drill pilot holes with a 3mm bit and screw in hooks, removing the tape.

Close up of a wooden Christmas tree with fairy lights and decorations strung across the frame.

9. Sustainable paper garland

Create a classic-looking Christmas garland with recycled or spare gift-wrapping paper. This is a great project that makes use of those extra cuts and scraps of leftover paper. It’s also a good way to preserve your favourite pieces of wrapping paper that have been passed around through the years. All you’ll need are scissors, recycled or spare wrapping paper, jute twine and craft adhesive PVA glue, and you can create an environmentally-friendly, unique decoration to brighten your home.

Hero image of Christmas garland

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.