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41 Easy Christmas Paper Crafts to Make for the Holidays

41 Easy Christmas Paper Crafts to Make for the Holidays

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Are you hoping to make some DIY Christmas crafts this year? I’ve rounded up the best Christmas paper crafts that are a fun and budget-friendly way to spread some holiday cheer! Keep scrolling for my full list!
This post about Christmas paper crafts was written by family travel expert Marcie Cheung and may contain affiliate links, which means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission at no extra cost to you. All opinions remain my own.

While our family is usually traveling a lot this time of year, we’re hunkering down at home this winter.

Since we won’t be doing our usual slew of Seattle Christmas events and Victoria weekend getaways this December, I think we’ll take this opportunity to make all the Christmas crafts we usually put off.

This list is full of Christmas crafts for kids and adults to make this holiday season. You’ll find origami Christmas decorations, Santa Claus paper crafts, DIY ornament tutorials, and more!

Some of these Christmas paper decorations are cute enough to give as gifts!

41 Easy Christmas Paper Crafts to Make for the Holidays

We plan to turn on Netflix Christmas movies, pop some popcorn, and work on these crafts for the full holiday experience!

41 Best Christmas Paper Crafts to Make This Year

ORIGAMI CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS

1. Origami Poinsettia Flower

41 Easy Christmas Paper Crafts to Make for the Holidays: Origami Poinsettia Flowers.

How cute are these origami Christmas decorations? Just glue a ribbon on them, and they become adorable poinsettia Christmas tree ornaments.

Or add them to a DIY Christmas wreath!

2. Easy Origami Christmas Tree

41 Easy Christmas Paper Crafts to Make for the Holidays: Paper Christmas Tree - Origami Expressions

Anyone can make this easy Origami tree. It works well to stick on the front of a holiday card.

3. Origami Reindeer Bookmark

41 Easy Christmas Paper Crafts to Make for the Holidays: Reindeer Bookmark

This cute reindeer craft has a free printable template, making it super easy for kids to do this Christmas craft.

CRICUT CHRISTMAS CRAFTS

4. Christmas Gnome Banner

41 Easy Christmas Paper Crafts to Make for the Holidays: These adorable little Christmas gnomes make the cutest Christmas banner!

This easy Christmas gnome banner tutorial has a free SVG file so you can replicate at home. Perfect for stringing from your mantle or on a wall.

5. 4 Layer Cricut Christmas Cards

41 Easy Christmas Paper Crafts to Make for the Holidays: Cricut Paper Christmas Card

This four-layered paper Christmas card is so pretty you can frame it and put it up as decor.

UPCYCLED CRAFTS FOR CHRISTMAS

6. Recycled Gift Bows

41 Easy Christmas Paper Crafts to Make for the Holidays: Our colourful, recycled gift bows are one small way to cut the cost of packaging this Christmas. Made from junk mail and old magazines they are super simple to make but look just as fabulous as anything you might buy in the shops.

Colorful, recycled gift bows are one small way to cut the cost of packaging this Christmas.

Made from junk mail and old magazines, they are super simple to make but look just as fabulous as anything you might buy in the shops.

7. Repurposed Paper Bag Advent Calendar

41 Easy Christmas Paper Crafts to Make for the Holidays: Repurposed paper bag advent calendar.

This cute advent calendar is made from the Christmas paper bags you get from the stores.

8. Upcycled Book Page Christmas Wreath

41 Easy Christmas Paper Crafts to Make for the Holidays: Book Page Wreath hanging from a red ribbon

Use upcycled book pages to make this wreath for free. It’s a project easy enough to make with kids. It works perfectly as a Christmas wreath or a wreath for any season.

9. Repurposed Map Garland

41 Easy Christmas Paper Crafts to Make for the Holidays: Upcycle old road maps to make a gorgeous DIY map decorations in the form of a garland.

A great way to use those old, out-of-date road maps is to turn them into Christmas ornaments and garlands.

Old maps are often printed in the Christmas colors of red, green, and white, which makes them a festive choice.

10. Book Page Star Ornaments

41 Easy Christmas Paper Crafts to Make for the Holidays: Book page star ornaments.

You can use any book or music sheets to make these cute star ornaments. Of course, it’s extra special if you use a holiday book or Christmas carol music sheets!

DIY CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS

11. Christmas Bell Ornament

41 Easy-to-Make Christmas Paper Crafts to Decorate Your Home: Christmas Bell Ornaments.

DIY paper Christmas ornaments are a quick and easy Christmas craft that will bring festive charm to your home.

12. Paper Pine Cone Ornament

41 Easy Christmas Paper Crafts to Make for the Holidays: Easy DIY paper pine cone Christmas ornament for cheap! It looks so complex but is really so easy & will definitely impress! Perfect for an ornament exchange!

This fun paper pine cone ornament is a unique addition to your Christmas decor! Choose any type of scrapbook paper to best fit your decoration theme.

13. Mickey Mouse Christmas Ornaments

41 Easy Christmas Paper Crafts to Make for the Holidays: Paper Mickey Mouse Ornament DIY. How to make a Homemade Mickey Mouse Ornament for Christmas. Includes free printable. Disney Christmas Crafts for Kids

It’s always fun to do a Disney Christmas project, and these cute Disney ornaments are easy to make and look adorable on any tree.

14. Stand-Up Tree Ornament

41 Easy Christmas Paper Crafts to Make for the Holidays: These paper Christmas tree ornaments come together quickly with just card stock! This easy Christmas craft for kid is perfect on the mantle or holiday table

These sweet little tree ornaments come together quickly using a free printable template. They’d be adorable as a festive addition to a holiday mantle or table or added to a Christmas tree!

15. 5 Minute Christmas Ornament

41 Easy Christmas Paper Crafts to Make for the Holidays: 5-Minute Christmas Ornament

This 5-minute Christmas ornament craft is so easy to do! Get the kids, or just do it yourself and add it to your tree.

DIY CHRISTMAS CARDS

16. Santa Greeting Card

41 Easy Christmas Paper Crafts to Make for the Holidays: Santa Greeting Card

This is a really easy Christmas craft for kids to make this holiday season. It comes with a free printable template, and the results will delight friends and family.

17. Easy DIY Christmas Cards to Make with Kids

41 Easy Christmas Paper Crafts to Make for the Holidays: Easy DIY Christmas Cards for Kids

Try one of these easy, peasy DIY Christmas cards to make with kids! They add the perfect personal touch to any present and make a wonderful holiday keepsake.

18. Christmas Tree Pop-Up Card

41 Easy Christmas Paper Crafts to Make for the Holidays: Easy Pop Up Christmas Card - LOVE these 3d Paper Fan Christmas Tree Cards. How cute are they? Working with concertina paper folding techniques, this is a quick and easy card to make for the holidays. Love both the traditional Christmas Tree and white Winter Tree Card versions. #ChristmasCards #Christmascard #popup #popupchristmascard #christmastree #3dcards #cardmaking

This Christmas card is super easy to make and has a total wow factor. If you can fold paper fans, you can do this Christmas craft.

REINDEER CRAFTS

19. Handprint Reindeer Craft for Kids

41 Easy Christmas Paper Crafts to Make for the Holidays: Handprint reindeer crafts

This hand-print reindeer craft is an easy and fun activity for preschool and kindergarten children.

20. Reindeer Christmas Quilling Craft

41 Easy Christmas Paper Crafts to Make for the Holidays: Quilled Reindeer

Cute as ornaments or even package toppers, these darling paper-quilled reindeer are a unique handmade craft that requires very little in the way of supplies and expenses.

21. Dancing Reindeer Craft for Kids

41 Easy Christmas Paper Crafts to Make for the Holidays: Easy paper reindeer craft for kids

This easy craft for kids comes with a printable template. It’s easy to do at home with your kids or prepare them for a classroom of students.

MORE CHRISTMAS PAPER CRAFTS

22. Red Christmas Truck Paper Craft

41 Easy Christmas Paper Crafts to Make for the Holidays: Red Truck with Christmas Tree

How cute is this paper Christmas truck? You can add a popsicle stick and turn it into a Christmas puppet. Or put it on gift bags or use it as a Christmas decoration.

23. Paper Poinsettia Wreath

41 Easy Christmas Paper Crafts to Make for the Holidays: Paper Poinsettia Wreath

I’m in love with this adorable DIY poinsettia wreath for Christmas! It’s really easy to make and looks cute enough to give as a DIY gift to someone!

24. Nutcracker Printable Puppet Theater

41 Easy Christmas Paper Crafts to Make for the Holidays: Learn how to make a Nutcracker Ballet Stage Kit including free Nutcracker Printables! Image of a Nutcracker paper puppet theater

This is a fun way for kids to experience The Nutcracker at home. Just print out these free Nutcracker printables, and you can create your own puppet theater.

25. How to Make Paper Poinsettia Flowers

41 Easy Christmas Paper Crafts to Make for the Holidays: Paper poinsettia flowers.

This is a fun Christmas craft for kids that just requires grown-ups to prep the pieces. It would be fun to add these to any Christmas project.

26. Buddy the Elf Printable

41 Easy Christmas Paper Crafts to Make for the Holidays: Buddy the Elf Printable

Turn your kiddo into their own Christmas elf with this fun, free printable craft.

27. Watercolor Peace & Love Paper Wreath

41 Easy Christmas Paper Crafts to Make for the Holidays: Peace and Love Paper Wreath

This gorgeous DIY paper wreath comes with printable templates. Simply paint them with watercolors and assemble them for a unique Christmas wreath that will bring you joy.

28. Gingerbread House Bookmark

41 Easy Christmas Paper Crafts to Make for the Holidays: Gingerbread House Bookmark

This cute gingerbread house bookmark is a fun craft for children to use as a bookmark this festive season.

29. 3D Paper Advent Tree

41 Easy Christmas Paper Crafts to Make for the Holidays: 3D Paper Advent Tree

This is a really fun alternative to an advent calendar. Have kids color in the different ornaments, and they can add to the tree every day leading up to Christmas.

30. Woven Paper Christmas Tree Craft

41 Easy Christmas Paper Crafts to Make for the Holidays: Use old recycled artwork to create this woven paper Christmas tree craft. A great introduction to weaving as well as a Christmas craft that you'll keep!

These woven paper holiday trees are a great way to explore different watercolor techniques as well as basic weaving skills!

31. Paper Straw Wreaths

41 Easy Christmas Paper Crafts to Make for the Holidays: These wreath ornaments with paper straws are the perfect colorful addition to any Christmas tree. An easy and fun Christmas craft for kids of all ages.

These little paper straw wreaths are fun for kids to make, and you can easily turn them into cute ornaments for your Christmas tree.

32. DIY Christmas Candy Wrapper

41 Easy Christmas Paper Crafts to Make for the Holidays: Make these DIY Christmas Candy Wrappers for pennies. They make great stocking stuffers and small gifts. They're also a great kids craft.

A simple craft to dress up candy to give as gifts or as stocking stuffers. This craft is also a great party activity for kids.

33. 3D Paper Tree Luminary

41 Easy Christmas Paper Crafts to Make for the Holidays: 3D Paper Tree Luminary

If you like making paper snowflakes and are up for a new challenge, these paper tree luminaries are right up your alley. And just add a tea light to make them glow.

34. Air Force Flight Suit Gift Wrapping Idea

41 Easy Christmas Paper Crafts to Make for the Holidays: box wrapped to look like green Air Force flight suit with 2 birthday hats in the background

Forget about the traditional wrapping paper, and wrap your gifts using green colored paper.

This wrapping idea adds a little creativity and makes it easy to wrap gifts to look like an Air Force flight suit. Personalize the package by putting the recipient’s name on the flight suit name tag.

35. Christmas Printable Wall Art

41 Easy Christmas Paper Crafts to Make for the Holidays: free christmas wall art

Create instant DIY Christmas decorations with this FREE printable holiday-themed wall art. Simply print out your personal monogram onto cardstock and mount it in an elegant frame.

These holiday monograms add a pop of holiday cheer to gallery walls and small spaces.

36. Easy DIY Christmas Crackers

41 Easy Christmas Paper Crafts to Make for the Holidays: DIY Holiday Cracker

Here is how to create your very own DIY holiday Christmas cracker. These simple brown paper packages would be easy to dress up for all sorts of occasions.

37. Christmas Tree Printable for Kids

41 Easy Christmas Paper Crafts to Make for the Holidays: Christmas Tree Printable for Kids

Create a 3D Christmas tree out of paper. Just print out the free template, color it in, and assemble it.

38. Easy Christmas Thaumatrope for Kids

41 Easy Christmas Paper Crafts to Make for the Holidays: Easy Christmas Thaumatrope for Kids

A thaumatrope is a toy that changes the picture when you spin it. This fun Christmas thaumatrope will keep kids busy this holiday season.

39. Gingerbread Man Craft

41 Easy Christmas Paper Crafts to Make for the Holidays: Gingerbread Man Template

This is an easy and cute gingerbread craft for kids of all ages! You can attach them to gift bags, put them on Christmas cards, turn them into ornaments, or even string them on a garland.

If you’re a Disney fan, turn this popular Christmas icon into a Disney character with this Fun and Easy Mickey Gingerbread Man Craft.

40. Christmas Paper Spinner

41 Easy Christmas Paper Crafts to Make for the Holidays: Paper Spinner

This is a super fun toy that looks like a peppermint candy. It’s an easy printable craft that can be made in just 15 minutes.

41. Gingerbread House Paper Craft

41 Easy Christmas Paper Crafts to Make for the Holidays: Paper gingerbread house craft

If you want to create a gingerbread house not made out of candy, this is a sugar-free option! And each one will be unique.

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