Free & Printable Christmas Crafts for Kids

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… The countdown to Christmas is on!

Christmas movies are starting to appear on TV, shopping centres are putting out the Christmas decor, and Santa has been working hard to ensure that he’ll be able to follow all government guidelines when dropping presents under the tree.

Here at Pyjama Foundation headquarters, we’ve been busy compiling our favourite Christmas crafts to get you through the festive season!

We’ve got a bunch of ideas for kids of all ages, so keep reading for our top 10 favourite Christmas craft ideas.

Cardboard Roll Christmas Characters

This is one of our favourite crafts for Christmas – it is so easy to make but it provides hours of creative play! Kids can decorate any Christmas character they choose, and use their new toy to create endless Christmas stories. If you have the time, we recommend also decorating an old shoebox as a Christmas scene and using your newly recycled toys to create a miniature puppet show. Time to start putting all those toilet paper rolls we collected during COVID to good use!

Step-by-step instructions can be found here.

An image of Christmas crafts. Four christmas themed characters made from toilet paper roll and cardboard. The image contains a reindeer, snowman, Santa and Mrs Claus

Christmas Rooftop Spinner

Our team at The Pyjama Foundation created this PDF specifically for our angels and kids! Simply download and print the free PDF, cut and colour, and pin the pieces together. This craft is simple for kids of all ages, and we hope you love playing with it as much as we loved creating it!

Download the Christmas Rooftop Spinner PDF here.

An image of a circle spinner. There is a tile roof and a sleigh and reindeer riding over the top.

Fluffy Santa Slime

Perfect for slime lovers of all ages! This craft could get a little messy, but is sure to provide hours of slimy fun. We love the added touch of a cute decorated mason jar to store your slime in.

Check out the recipe and instructions, including a video, here.

A mason jar decorated to look like Santa Claus's outfit. The jar contains red slime.

Snowglobe Thaumatrope

Create an optical illusion with this simple craft activity. All you need to do is draw an image one one side of your paper, colour in the snow globe, tie the pieces together and spin! The illusion will make it appear as if the image is inside the snowglobe.

This activity works through the persistence of vision, and is a great introduction to the scientific principles that led to early animation. If you want to learn more about the persistence of vision, we recommend checking out this website for an easy explanation for kids.

There are two options available for download. The first just needs to be coloured in, or you can use the second template to design your own snowglobe!

You can see the full explanation, including a video tutorial, by clicking here.

The PDFs are available to download below.

Click here to download the Christmas designs.
Click here to download the design-your-own snowglobe.

Three side-by-side images of a simple thaumatrope in different positions. It forms an image of a Christmas tree in a snowglobe.

Australian Snow

Make your dreams of a snowy white Christmas in Australia a reality, with this fake snow! You can make this fluffy snow with simple ingredients that are probably already sitting in your kitchen. This tactile craft is great for younger kids, but we think kids of all ages would have a blast making miniature snowballs and snowmen. Beware of mess!

Click here to view the tutorial.

An image of two hands holding a lump of fake snow. There is a red bowl with more fake snow in the background.

Hanging Birdseed Ornament

This outdoor ornament not only looks great hanging from the trees in your garden, it also helps feed the local wildlife! All you need is birdseed, some chopped nuts and coconut oil to bind it together. Set it in your favourite Christmas cookie cutter, and you have the perfect sustainable Christmas decoration!

Learn how to make it here.

A birdseed ornament shaped like a Christmas tree, hanging from a branch

Christmas Greeting Cards

We all love the feeling of giving and receiving thoughtful cards from our friends during the holiday season. This PDF has lots of different images that you can colour and cut out to create your own personalised Christmas cards, including a Christmas message in 5 different languages! This is a useful prompt for kids that may be learning a language other than English at school – you could follow up this craft activity by learning how different cultures around the world celebrate Christmas. We found the interactive map on this website useful.

Download the DIY Christmas Card PDF here.

A picture of a handmade Christmas card with the words 'Joyeux Noel'

Beaded Snowflake Decorations

These sweet beaded snowflakes are a great activity for older kids. You will need a few more supplies for this craft, but the results are worth it! They look beautiful as decorations on your tree, and would also make lovely presents for friends.

Click here to view the tutorial.

An image of four beaded snowflake decorations of different colours and sizes.

Christmas Tree Bookmark

It’s no secret that we love reading here at The Pyjama Foundation, so of course we needed to make some bookmarks for our Christmas crafts list! We’ve shared tutorials on this easy folded corner bookmark previously, but we love the Christmas twist.

Click here to view the tutorial.

An image of two Christmas Tree bookmarks on an old book.

Reindeer Ornament Frames

These cute reindeer photo frames make a lovely addition to the Christmas tree! You can add whatever photos you like, or you can use this idea to frame a small drawing.

We found the inspiration on this website, but there are no instructions listed, so we made up our own! This is a great opportunity to flex your creative problem-solving skills with your child.

The materials we used are:
– Popsicle sticks
– Ribbon or string (to hang)
– Picture for the frame
– Cardstock for the face and tail
– Paint or pens
– Reindeer features: pipecleaner, googley eyes and pompoms (optional)
– PVA glue

All you need to do is arrange your materials and glue them together, and you’ve made yourself a sweet reindeer ornament!

Christmas crafts. An image of paddlepop sticks arranged to make a picture frame, decorated like reindeer.

We hope you love these Christmas crafts as much as we do!