Welcome to our page about simple Christmas crafts for seniors and elderly (fun to do with kids too)! The craft supplies we use are inexpensive and easy to get, including at craft stores.
Before you Begin
Designing these crafts requires some common items that should be obtained before you begin your project such as glue guns, accessories, decorative items, and other things as well. We know how difficult it becomes to buy an item that has major technical aspects to be considered. It can also become confusing when you have so many options to choose from.
For your convenience, we have listed down a few items which you should consider buying. All of them are available at Amazon.com and you can get them at your home as well.
The CCbetter Hot Glue Gun is one of the best ones out there which you can get for a very nominal price tag. It is the perfect solution for your DIY Projects as well as other crafts that you could make at your home.
This glue offers a versatile operative mechanism since it allows for attachment of 0.39-0.43-inch diameter glue sticks. It also has the instant heat up capability so that you can quickly do your tasks in as low as 3 to 5 minutes. Many people are quite concerned whether the glue guns are safe to use or not but we can assure you for this one that it is completely fireproof and made out of thermal insulation materials to become a handy tool.
In case you are not able to find the right kind of cookie cutter set, this one could be it. It is quite a simple one which has multiple shapes in it including circles, hearts, flowers, stars, hexagons, triangles, ovals, and rhombuses as well. You can make different shaped Christmas crafts from these cookie cutters.
They will last long because they have been made out of strong quality stainless steel. In addition to that, they are easier to store and clean as well. They come in sizes of 0.6-1.6 inches. Fun Fact! They are completely safe for elders as well as the kids.
We have also mentioned a Styrofoam ball-based craft which you can try. For that purpose, you would be needing a medium sized Styrofoam ball such as this one which is available in three different sizes of 8 inches, 10 inches, and 12 inches as well. In order to cut it, be sure to use a hot wire.
Although this ball may appear as Lightweight and Buoyant, we can assure you that it will be the right choice for your craft as it is difficult to crush. For exceptional reviews by customers as well as high sales, it has been recommended as an Amazon’s choice product as well.
In many of the crafts, we have mentioned the usage of nylon wire for tying knots or holding the items in place while not giving any visibility. For this purpose, you can get this Nylon wire cord which will be enough even if you utilize it in all of the projects that we have mentioned below.
It is yet another great Amazon’s choice product with some great user reviews. The length of this cord is 50 meters. You can get the best use out of it by knotting and adding some glue to it.
There’s nothing more important than bringing the right colors to your crafts and for that purpose it is important to get a paint and brush set for yourself. This one set has 12 acrylic paints in almost all colors along with 6 paint brushes which gives you a combo deal of two in price of one.
The paints that are coming in this pack are ASTM D-4236 and EN 71-3 certified. What if you are not satisfied? It’s easy. You can simply return it without any questions being asked and get yourself a full refund. However, we don’t think that will happen because it is one of the best seller products at Amazon.com
Our Simple Christmas Crafts
Cookie Cutter Decoration
These simple Christmas crafts can be made from any holiday cookie cutter shape and filled with whatever décor you like. They can be used for hanging, or as part of a centerpiece.
Colorful holiday cookie cutter (i.e. a tree)
Glue gun or strong craft glue
Small decorative items to stuff into cookie cutter
Decorative ribbon (I used wired ribbon)
Nylon thread of fishing line for hanging
I used a length of wired artificial pine greens and bent and wrapped in and around the cookie cutter, gluing it in several areas. Then glue in small decorative items such as pinecones, berries, mini ornaments, stars, etc. Keep it simple.
Lastly, tie a bow with a length of ribbon and glue it onto the cookie cutter. I like wired ribbon because you can shape the ends. Let the glue dry thoroughly. Very simple.
All kinds of collages can be included in simple Christmas crafts. The template and instructions for this one are on the July Senior Activities page, but it’s also perfect for December holidays. And you could use another bird instead.
As seen, the materials include fabric (or colored paper) for the background, black marker, burlap (or just paper) for the bird, and paint or cotton for snow. The branch could also be a real twig rather than marker.
Styrofoam balls are great for all sorts of simple Christmas crafts. This little lady sits on the table. But if you glue the parts securely and insert a nylon thread hanger into the top of the head, she can also hang.
Styrofoam ball, medium
Large square of lace fabric to cover ball & gather at top
2 craft googly eyes
Orange paper triangle
Mini cupcake or candy paper, for collar
Small bottle lid
1 striped plastic straws for legs, cut in half
2 red pompoms, small
Black 3D squirt paint
Ribbon, strand of beads, or garland for neck
Plastic bag twisty, or ribbon
Bundle of curly white ribbon
Accents for hair/head
Glue gun or strong craft glue
Cut a square of lace fabric large enough to wrap around your styro ball and gather at the top. Secure at the top with a twisty or length of white ribbon. Let the gathered top of the lace cascade down, forming a sort of hat.
Attach a bundle of curled ribbon on top of the lace with straight pins, as hair. Also pin in or glue decorations like feathers, beads, artificial greens. Glue on googly eyes. Cut an orange paper triangle, and fold over a tab at the wide end. Put a dab of glue on the tab and attach to face.
With black 3D paint, make some dots for the mouth. Glue the head into the mini cupcake/candy paper collar. Glue that into the small bottle lid. Glue on straw legs (1 straw cut in half is a good length). Glue on red pompom feet. Arrange and glue on the bead or garland “necklace.” Let all the glue dry well before moving.
Coconut Haystack Trees
Simple Christmas crafts also include food fun! Learn to make these festive coconut haystack trees with colored white chocolate. You can also add a little peppermint extract flavoring for extra zest!
Although wreaths are simple Christmas crafts, and you can use them for other holidays too — changing out the colors — i.e., Halloween, 4th of July, Valentine’s Day. A candy wreath can also be done with a small group of 2 to 3 people together.
NOTE: This is easiest made with plastic candies from a craft or dollar store!
Otherwise, you can get a bag of candy inexpensively at a dollar store, or have people bring some from home and share.
With real candy…To help preserve real candy, it’s coated with both spray varnish to first set it, and then a couple coats of craft water-based varnish. Use a strong glue to attach the candy onto a Styrofoam wreath. A glue gun might melt some candies.
This does take drying time, so the two coats of finishing varnish will need to be done on two separate days. The results are worth the extra effort! (And although real candy lasts for a long time – often months – it most likely will not last “forever.”)
Small Styrofoam wreath (colored is ideal)
…OR spray paint to paint it, or leave it white
Newspapers to cover surface
…OR variety of hard candies
Tacky craft glue
If using real candy:
Spray water-based varnish to set it
Water-based craft varnish for final coating
If you need to paint the wreath, do that first, with spray paint or acrylics, then dry. Then glue on the candies randomly, both large and small pieces, whichever way you want to.
If you varnish… If you used real candy, when the glue is dry, spray on a coat of water-based varnish. Dry thoroughly. I used spray-on varnish first to coat the candy. Then when painting on the liquid varnish, the colors of the candy do not bleed as much – such as the peppermints. That can sometimes happen, but it is very slight and still looks fine. If you carefully dab the varnish onto the candy, any bleeding will be minimal.
Get varnish into all the cracks around the candies to doubly secure them in place. Use two coats of varnish, each coat drying at least 24 hours between. After 24 hours it may still feel a little sticky but can be handled to put on a bow if desired. Eventually the sticky feeling will dry out.
The wreath can also be laid flat and used as a candle ring instead. I actually recommend a flameless candle.
Mitten Ornament or Door Hanger
These simple Christmas crafts are especially cute when made with home-knitted mittens! You can also get used ones at thrift stores and garage sales.
Just decorate a mitten in whatever way you wish, such as weaving a thin ribbon in and out into the yarn at the wrist, then attaching a rose or holiday novelty item. Perhaps add a sprig of real or artificial pine bough behind it, and/or red berries. Then hang with a ribbon or hook.
If you’re going to use it as a door hanger, I suggest first bundling a bunch of foliage, berries on stalks, etc. Twisty tie them together, then cover that with a holiday ribbon. Perhaps create long trailing ends on the ribbon that hang down. Attach the mitten and any other novelty items you like. Then hang.
Some of the simplest Christmas crafts are ornaments. This snowflake design is very easy. You can also use other designs instead, such as a basic snowman or Santa face.
Either paint the snowflake with acrylics; or the easiest way is to use a white opaque marker.
White fine-tip opaque marker
If you are painting…
Acrylic paint: white and light blue
Plastic picnic plate for a palette, as needed
Water based craft varnish
Small, pointed brush
Wider brush to apply varnish (I like flat)
Small square cut from a sponge, about 1” square
Water container, rag
Piece of paper
The easy way – Use a white marker, available at craft stores. See snowflake template below to help with the snowflake pattern. You can make them as fancy or easy as you like. I suggest one large snowflake, with a few small ones surrounding it.
OR for painting – First I made a swirl of “snow” in the background. This step is optional. Take the small piece of sponge, dab it in light blue paint, and then remove the excess by “patting” it on a piece of paper.
When the excess is removed, lightly “pat” the painty sponge onto the ornament – in a swirl design from top to bottom. The sponge texture gives it a “flaky” airy look like snow. Let the paint dry. Then take the pointed brush and paint on the snowflake design with white acrylics.
Varnish – When everything is dry, I recommend a coat or two of water-based craft varnish, to protect the design and keep it from peeling off. Follow the directions on the bottle. Hang it to dry or stand it in the cap of a small bottle. Then it’s ready to hang.
If you’d like a patriotic ornament idea, just follow the link to a different page and learn how to make this.
(There are many projects you can modify with a little imagination, to use for other seasons and holidays).
Elf and Santa Crafts
Our elves and Santa’s are whimsical, simple Christmas crafts – and we have several. Here are just three of them. There are a variety of others as well. You can use them as gifts, for decorations, in centerpieces, for giveaways, etc. Re-use many of the items you already have around.
Mini Christmas Boxes
Any kind of tiny box, or even blocks, can be used for these very simple Christmas crafts. You can get old toy blocks from thrift stores and garage sales, or people you know. Wrap and ribbon the little boxes in a variety of papers and colors. They look cute in a varied group.
The boxes can be hung from the ceiling mobile style, attached to garlands and wreaths, hung on trees, or used in centerpieces. Or write names on them and they become place savers at a table.
If you’re using real boxes, of course a tiny gift can be included inside. And candy. These are also fun to attach to presents as a little extra.
Easy Fleece Blanket
A cozy fleece blanket is always appreciated, whether for a child or older senior. And although these are simple Christmas crafts to make, they do take some finger dexterity (or extra help).
They’re perfect for oneself, to give as a gift, and for charity projects, such as the sick, church member, or group member. Use them at raffles and silent auctions.
Paint A Festive Window
Painting on glass can provide all sorts of ideas for simple Christmas crafts, and a favorite is painting on an old window, or mirror.
Another option is painting on the glass of an empty picture frame. You could even have some subtle paper (i.e. wrapping paper) or cloth behind the glass as an enhancement to the background, and to make it opaquer so the painting stands out. There are many kinds of glass paint, and some of them are opaquer and provide thicker coverage.
Old window, mirror, or picture frame with glass
Acrylic paint colors, depending on your design
(I used white, medium blue, dark green, brown, red, black)
3-D squirt paint, white (optional)
Permanent fine-tip black marker (for lines)
Several paint brushes sizes, both flat and round
Water container, rags
Plastic picnic plate or palette
Small square cut from sponge, about 1”
Water based craft varnish
First, draw your design on the window. (More leaf template ideas useful for painting on windows on our leaf templates page.) Trace it by putting your design under the glass. I used the black marker to make lines. You can use the template below for a basic idea.
Base coats – Paint an undercoat of snow with the sponge, by dabbing the sponge in paint, dabbing off the excess, and then sponging the paint onto the glass.
I used 2 layers for the snow: sponging on first blue, then white over it, letting the blue show through a little. Then sponge on blue for a little sky around the cottage area. Brown for the road. And green for the tree shapes and front bushes.
(You can paint on any of this with a brush instead of sponging. The sponging is fast and provides a quick base that helps the other layers of paint look opaquer instead of streaky on the glass). Let your base coats dry.
Details – Paint on the next layer of details with a brush…
White strokes with a flat brush to make “boards” on the house. Red for the door, chimney, and window boxes. Green swooshes for tree branches. Dry. Apply another coat where necessary.
Lastly – I added touches of snow to the rooftop, on the tree branches, and on the tops of the bushes, using a standard round-tip paint brush. Or sponge paint on snow with the edge of the sponge.
If you want a more 3-D look, you could use squirt 3-D squirt paint directly onto those areas (rather than using a brush).
Do whatever touch-ups you need until it’s finished.
When dry, apply a coat or two of water-based craft varnish to keep it from peeling if you’d like.
Making simple Christmas crafts can also include centerpieces, and here’s an easy one. Add anything else to it that you like. I had all of these items already, others are from the thrift store.
Jar or vase
Variety of ornaments (sizes and colors)
Fresh or artificial greens
String of beads
Gold curly reeds
Paper clip or hook to hang an ornament on the side
You can also arrange this on a platter so it’s portable. First place several inches of the string of beads into the bottom of the jar and let the rest drape over one side. Fill the jar with a variety of ornaments. (This will also help keep the beads in place). I put the large ball on top, for interest.
Stick a few pieces of greenery into the back of the arrangement, and also along the bottom in the back. Insert a few curly reeds. Then hang a small ornament from the other side opposite the beads, with a paperclip.
Make an Angel
Angels are classic and simple Christmas crafts that you can use yourself or give away as a gift. We have quite a few ideas, including the wooden angel ornament on the right.
There are others that can be used in centerpieces or to just stand on a mantle or hutch.
You probably have, at some point in your life, eaten delicious marzipan candy (it often comes in the shape of fruit). It’s traditionally made in Europe, especially at the holidays.
We’ve got a really good recipe for making some yourself. It makes a great project whether for a senior group, with your family, or by yourself. You can form marzipan into lots of different shapes, similar to clay. They’re a fun addition to so many other simple Christmas crafts. (You can make shapes for other holidays too, like Valentine’s Day, and in any color).
Beaded Candy Cane
Beading is also an excellent way of making simple Christmas crafts. In this case, a basic beaded candy cane. (Making a wreath shape is just as easy – you simply form a circle). They can be used for ornaments, included in centerpieces, wreaths, and garlands, or tied with a ribbon around a napkin at the table.
Thin craft wire
Wire cutter or appropriate scissors.
Red and white (or clear) beads; any size
Determine how long you want your candy cane (i.e., 8 inches). Add another inch or so to the measurement, for the ends. Cut a length of wire to that size. With the pliers, form a small, tight loop at the bottom of the wire so the beads won’t slide off.
Begin stringing the beads, alternating colors. My beads had a sort of flower shape, which made an interesting textured look.
String until you have about 1/3 inch of wire left on top. Use the pliers to make another tight loop to keep the beads on. Then bend the beaded wire into a cane shape. Now you can add a bow if you’d like.
Gift baskets are very satisfying and simple Christmas crafts – more of an activity than a craft, really. But we will include it as a link on this page.
We give a lot of detailed ideas about themes and what to put in the baskets, plus many things they can be used for – as gifts, of course. But also, for raffles, parties, prizes, and to take when visiting anyone.
And if you have a particular person in mind, we talk about planning a theme around their special interests.
Hershey Kiss Mouse
These little Hershey Kiss mouse ornaments have almost become a tradition. They’re simple Christmas crafts for the tree, or at a table place setting. And of course, they’re edible (although we keep ours from year to year for our tree).
The eyes, nose and ears are typically non-edible (such as beads). But it is possible to make the whole thing from candies, using squirt frosting in a tube as “glue” to attach everything.
Apple wreaths are very nostalgic and simple Christmas crafts. They were a tradition in days gone by when apple slices were naturally dried the old-fashioned way.
We give a couple different ways to make these — by drying the apples yourself, or by using dried apple slices from the store (and guess which is easier). It depends on the approach you want.