12 Winter Crafts to Get You in the Holiday Spirit

April 14, 2021 |
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If you live here in Texas, you might be struggling to find the holiday spirit, what with the weather pinging back and forth between spring and fall every other day.  Soon it’ll be consistently cold (supposedly), but until then, I’ve gathered up several creative winter crafts to jump start those holly jolly holiday feelings.

A winter themed wreath on a thin frame with a red bow on top and a house on the bottom
photo credit: confessionsofparenting.com

1. Pottery Barn Inspired Wreath

This adorable wreath is the perfect modern take on a traditional decoration.  I think the stars and the tiny little windows are just dreamy, but the electric candles inside really score a perfect 10 on coziness.

A Christmas tree shape made out of colorful scraps of red and green wrapping paper rolls.  There is a snowflake on top and a ribbon to hang it from.
photo credit: momswhosave.com

2. DIY Christmas Paper Ornament

We all tend to find ourselves buried in odds and ends of wrapping paper discards after a busy night of holiday prep. This clever little decoration reminds me of those late night gift wrapping battlefields, and I love the opportunity to turn scraps into decor.

A cozy chair with a handmade gnome snuggling in blanket next to a ghome themed pillow.  On the floor there is a book rack with another gnome sitting on a stack of books. The gnomes have big noses emerging from a forest of beard with cut little sleep hats on.
photo credit: kippiathome.com

3. Easy Gnomes DIY

You’ll never be gnome alone again when you make these new friends.  As the saying goes, there is just no place like gnome. Especially when gnome is where the heart is. (Yes, I can keep going. No, I will not apologize.)



Three 8 pronged decorative paper stars dangle in front of a gray background.  One is gray and yellow, another is red, yellow, and white, and the third is red and white with polka dots.
photo credit: gatheringbeauty.com

4. DIY 3D Paper Star Decoration

Truth be told, suspended paper decorations are one of my go-to favorites for ANY occasion. These paper stars are impressive and festive–but they are also highly customizable, so keep that in mind the next time you are wandering down the paper aisle of your favorite craft store.

A wooden snowman smiles at the camera while leaning against a red brick wall.  He has a black top hat with an argyle ribbon around it and a matching scarf.
photo credit: happiestcamper.com

5. DIY Wood Snowman

If you live in North Texas, then you already know that this adorable craft might be the closest we get to snow. Then again, if you really live in North Texas, you have experienced at least one Snowmageddon and are fully aware that all (weather) things are possible. The snow is a gamble, but this tutorial is not. Treat yourself to a hardy, happy snowman without risking a full power grid shutdown, that’s what I always say.

A cozy little snow scene sits inside a glass jar.  There is a small house with lights in the windows and a deer walking out front, surrounded by pine trees.  The jar sits on a fleece blanket with mistletoe, peppermints, and pinecones around it.
photo credit: francinesplaceblog.com

6. Snow Scene Jar

This cozy little miniature snow-scape will have you singing “Dashing Throw the Snow” in no time. It’s the perfect winter weather scene to warm your heart and brighten your home. Bonus: it also acts as an excellent Texan souvenir for Feb 2021. Gift one to all your friends.



A decorative wooden banner spelling "JOY" hangs from a white fireplace mantle. The mantle is covered in fake pine needles.
photo credit: modpodgerocksblog.com

7. Joy Banner

Have all these tutorials left your mantle out in the cold? Warm it up with this joyous little holiday banner! Create the perfect word art for your home, maybe even call in the kids and let them help you decorate it.

Three mason jars sit on a wooden table.  The jars have been painted to look like a reindeer, Santa's suit, and a snowman's torso with three buttons.
photo credit: happiestcamper.com

8. Christmas Mason Jars

These DIY Christmas jars are adorable for decor, but they would also make a great packaging solution for so many cute little gifts. I’m thinking homemade vanilla or a delicious hot cooca stash. What about those cookies in a jar mixes, or, my favorite, a small rosemary tree or some planted herbs for a windowsill garden?

A wooden sign reads "days til christmas" and beneath it on a wooden rod hangs two fabric flags with the numbers "24" on them.
photo credit: adventuresofadiymom.com

9. Countdown to Christmas Sign

Who doesn’t love a good countdown?!  This is a fun way to decorate the house and build anticipation without feeling like you need another advent calendar. Somehow we ended up with two this year, y’all. I don’t know why. So many little boxes to fill.



A small village sits on a wooden table. The houses have been constructed out of old greeting cards.
photo credit: whatsupfagans.com

10. Mini Christmas Village with Old Holiday Cards

Have you stashed holiday cards of yesteryears, feeling bad to throw them away, but all the while wondering what purpose they will serve?  Your moment of glory has arrived. Now you can build a Miniature Christmas Village! Or two! Or six! Build the entire metroplex! And then send me pics because I would love to see that.

An embroidered hoop with the word "joy" has been turned into a small wreath with pinecones on top. It hangs from a white door.
photo credit: momenvy.co

11. Embroidery Hoop Wreath

Hoop there it is! (Sorry not sorry.) I think this craft is full of possibility, whether you want to personalize it with vinyl or just get stitchy with it, you can take this inspiration and run with it for a lovely little accent to add to your holiday home.

A cozy white wreath made out of chunky, soft yarn sits on a wooden surface.  There are snowflakes woven into the yarn throughout the wreath.
photo credit: justthatperfectpiece.com

12. Braided Chunky Wreath

This soft, squishy, snowy wreath is like all my winter dreams wrapped up into one perfect little braid.  I love those simple crafts that make a big impact, and this wreath feels like a quick, easy way to turn any home in to a winter wonderland.



Woohoo, winter craft vibes for the win!

Wreaths, miniatures, signs, oh my!  You’ve made it through 12 winter crafts to get you in the holiday spirit, and I’m feeling ho-ho-hopeful that you get some crafting time in soon because I want to see what you come up with. If you STILL resisting the impending holidays and feeling rather UNfestive… well… we might have a bigger problem than just the weather.

The grinch stands with an xray over his heart revealing that it is indeed 2 sizes too small because he has not yet partaken in any winter crafts.
Just kidding, buddy. You are going to be okay.
A collage of winter crafts shows a wooden snowman, decorative mason jars, a petite wreath, and a tiny village instead of jar.  On top of the collage, a title text reads "12 winter crafts to get you in the holiday spirit."
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Originally posted on December 02, 2019.

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