Sometimes, when it comes to arts and crafts, the simpler the better. A simple yet interesting material to use as your base is wood, including scrap wood or pallet wood. This is especially true for the holiday season, and it can result in both traditional and creative holiday decorations. If you’re wondering where to start when making Christmas wood decorations, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, we’ll explore Christmas wood crafts ideas for you to try and enhance your natural decor this holiday season.
Why Choose Christmas Wood Crafts?
There are a number of reasons you should consider making Christmas wood crafts this holiday season. First of all, making Christmas wood crafts is a great bonding activity for the entire family. The best part is that it’s not only a fun activity for kids, but it’s also a great Christmas activity for adults (although Christmas drinking games are still our favorite adult Christmas activity).
What’s more is that Christmas wood crafts can be easy to execute, and there’s no limit to what you can do with wood. Wood provides you with a neutral state from which you can paint, glue together, and add accessories.
But it isn’t just the aesthetic appeal of Christmas wood crafts that you should focus on. With plastic decorations being prominent during the holiday season, wood crafts are also one of the most eco-friendly options for Christmas decor.
Easy Christmas Wood Crafts Ideas
Christmas wood crafts don’t require a lot of labor. You can use a variety of wood objects to create interesting Christmas crafts, like an ornament or even a wooden Santa Claus.
To give you an idea, here are a few easy Christmas wood crafts ideas you can do this holiday season.
Natural wooden ornaments
Natural wood tree ornaments can add a rustic and more traditional look to your Christmas tree. Use these natural wood slices to make your own simple Christmas decorations.
Made from pine and bark, the diameter of each wood slice ranges from 2.8-3.1 inches, and the thickness is about 0.4 inches. The surface is both smooth and naturally colored to make it a great clean slate for your decorations.
Paint these slices with your favorite Christmas colors, or add accessories to make them more distinct. They’re also pre-punched, which makes it easy to add a string and loop your new ornaments onto your tree or wherever you think they’d look good in your home.
Paint wooden shaped ornaments
If you want a more distinctive shape for your wooden tree ornaments, use these unfinished pre-drilled ornaments that come in a variety of classic Christmas and New Year’s figures. These 100 blank wooden figures include bells, snowmen, angels, stockings, and more.
There are several ways to get creative with these wood crafts, such as:
- DIY hand paintings
- Christmas signs
- Gift tags
- Props for photos
Each side of these blank figures is smoothly sanded to make it easy to paint, draw, or color them. Don’t feel restricted to having to hang these ornaments on your tree only. You can also display your wood art on your windows, by your fireplace, or even present them as homemade gifts to your loved ones.
What’s more is that this set of wooden ornaments comes with enough rope to thread through the pre-drilled holes so that you can hang your new holiday creations as soon as they’re done.
Wooden Christmas picture frame
Another Christmas wood craft idea that’s easy and makes a great personalized decoration is decorating a picture frame to suit the holiday theme. For this craft project, you can use a wooden frame of any size – just make sure that you don’t have a photo in it while you decorate it.
Use paint, stickers, or anything else you’d like to turn a normal wood picture frame into a holiday souvenir. Don’t forget to write the year on the frame! That way, once you take this year’s family holiday photo, you have somewhere memorable to put it.
Your family isn’t restricted to just making one frame. You can turn this into a fun activity for your kids by letting them each make their own personal frames. Take a solo photo of them in their Christmas gear and place it in a new, personalized frame each year. Turn this into a tradition and you’ll end up with a series of Christmas family collectibles over the years.
Build a mini Christmas house
Everyone builds a gingerbread house during the holidays, but why not take it one step further and build an actual house – at least a miniature one. This is a more extensive Christmas wood craft idea, but it could be a great long-term project throughout the holiday season, and it’s up to you how you want to do it.
The easiest way to build a mini Christmas house is by using plywood and hot glue, but if you’re an avid builder or just a fan of DIY projects, you can use old-fashioned wood and nails. Either way, it’s a good idea to sketch out how you want your house to look before you start in order to have a good idea of the shape and how much materials you’ll need. The only downside is that this is a difficult Christmas wood craft project for younger kids to do themselves.
As an alternative, you can get your young child this Rolife DIY Miniature Dollhouse Kit. This kit allows your child to self-construct their own Christmas mini-wood dollhouse to call their own. The hard work is already done, as all the pieces are precisely cut to fit each other, which means you get nothing but fun from this kit. After assembly, this house turns into a lovely home Christmas decoration, so you can enjoy your hard work all season long.
Make your own Christmas sign
There are several ways that you can go about this. You can start with a simple plank of wood, or you can get a series of thinner pieces that are already meant to be decorative signs. Make sure you choose a size that fits wherever you want to display your Christmas sign.
From there, you have to think about what you want to put on your sign. If you don’t want a natural wood color, paint the entire sign your color of choice before starting. Then, figure out what you want to draw or spell out on your sign. Depending on your beliefs or sense of humor, there’s a large variety of sayings that you could put on your sign.
- Merry Christmas!
- Ho Ho Ho!
- Santa’s Workshop
- Happy Holidays
- Naughty or Nice
Better yet, a more creative idea is to use wooden letters to spell out your favorite Christmas words. This brings texture to your sign and creates a 3D effect that will be sure to have it stand out.
Finally, think about where you want to display your Christmas sign – whether that be inside or outside. If it’s indoors, consider hanging it over your entryway or by your fireplace. If it’s outside, it’s a good idea to hang your wood sign right at your front door to greet any guests who visit you this holiday season!
Make Christmas Figures Out of Blocks
For a more creative Christmas wood crafts project, try making your favorite Christmas characters out of blocks. Bring your favorite Christmas figures to life simply using blocks. Whether you want to make Santa or Rudolph, this Christmas wood craft activity pushes the limits of your creativity.
For this craft project, start with three-to-five wooden blocks for each figure you want to create. You’ll also need paint, paintbrushes, a hot glue gun, and whatever additional accessories you think are necessary for your characters of choice, such as:
- Cotton balls or pom poms
- Pipe cleaners
- Popsicle sticks
- Googly eyes
Your first step is to paint your wooden blocks. Let the paint dry, then stack the block up and hot glue them together. From there, add your accessories using the hot glue gun. Let everything dry, and you’re done! You end up with a few new Christmas decorations that you can either hang on your tree or place around your home!
Wooden Christmas Tree
This isn’t as daunting as it sounds as your tree does not have to be life-sized. In fact, you have several different options for going about making a wood Christmas tree. An easy option is to use this 3 Pieces Wooden Christmas Tree.
This pack of six wooden Christmas trees includes two that can be spliced into a complete 3D Christmas tree, resulting in three 3D Christmas trees. Made from long-lasting strong wood with smooth edges, these trees are easy to assemble.
You have the option to decorate each piece before assembling or to decorate it after assembly. At a height of 12 inches, this makes it a perfect ornament to add anywhere around your home.
Christmas Wood Crafts Personalize Your Holiday Season
If you want to do family crafts this holiday season that can provide your home with rustic decor and result in eco-friendly ornaments, you should definitely consider doing a Christmas wood crafts night with your family.
Hopefully this list has proven that there are a variety of ways to make wood festive and has given you some ideas for your next crafts adventure!
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