Ok.. I know this sounds crazy because it’s July. But there’s nothing that will cool you down more during the dog days of summer than thinking of a time when the air is cold and people are happy (instead of hot, sweaty and a little moody). We’re going to usher July out of here with a little taste of snowflakes and happiness, also known as Christmas in July. Also, let’s not forget that planning for Christmas parties and get-togethers start early. Now is the time to start planning those holiday crafting parties before everyone’s schedule fills us. If you’re looking for a few great Christmas crafts to make with a group of friends, this is the post for you.
The key to doing crafts with a group of friends is that you need something that’s easy for all levels and won’t break the bank when it comes to gathering supplies. You also don’t want to give a group a project where you’re going to have to continuously be repeating steps and instructions. If it’s a party or a fun get together you want to be able to give everyone a project that is either largely self-explanatory or that has a bit of freedom to really personalize.
Go get the fake snow out of the closet, throw a handful in the hair while you stand in front of the open freezer door and let’s get started.
1 – Snowman Wood Slice Christmas Ornament
I love this little guy. He’s so cute and the great news is that while this involves painting, it’s simple dots that are really hard to mess us. Anyone can do this project.
Beginner level crafters can make it as is but experienced crafters can add a lot more details.
The best news is that the supplies to gather are minimal. All you will need are wood slices, paint, brushes an eye hook and some string.
See the step-by-step tutorial here -> DIY Wood Slice Snowman Ornament
2 – Cute Christmas Diorama
This project is just so cute, it’s crazy. It can be hung on the tree as a large ornament or just set on a shelf as a decoration. This is a great project for a group because you can order Christmas miniatures in bulk and let people design their own Christmas scene.
If you want to do this project a great tip would be to lay a power strip on a table and ask everyone to bring their own glue guns.
Get the instructions on how to make one here -> DIY Christmas Diorama
3 – Wrapping Paper Letter Decorations
This was an old post on this site but these decorations are still some of my favorite things to pull out of the storage box every year. They have held up so well. The wrapping paper on the front is beautiful and the glitter on the sides just make them shine. I did, “Ho Ho Ho” but for a group, you could do a smaller word such as, “Joy”.
You could also use the same technique for any paper mache ornaments or Christmas decorations that you find at the craft store.
Grab instructions on how to make these here -> Wrapping Paper Letter Decorations
4 – Melted Crayon Ornaments
These are some of my favorite ornaments that I have ever made. One of them dropped and broke last year and I almost had to walk out of the room to keep from tearing up. They are just so pretty, especially when christmas lights are twinkling behind them. Plus no one would ever guess that they’re made with crayons.
Here’s a tip though: If you’re going to make these, tell everyone to bring their own hairdryer but don’t tell them why! You’ll get fun replies but they won’t know that you’re about to create magic! Also make sure you have a power strip or two for people to plug into.
After these are made, supply a variety of ribbon for people to tie onto the top to add a little more decoration.
Get the instructions to make your own here -> DIY Melted Crayon Christmas Ornaments
5 – DIY Glitter Ornaments
How to Make Glitter Ornaments is one of the most popular posts on my blog. Everyone loves these ornaments. They look gorgeous hanging on a tree and are extremely easy to personalize. Once these are completed you could provide oil based paint pens or a vinyl cutter to let them decorate them further, depending on time.
If you read the post that I’m going to link below with instructions, it says that I had the most success using Polycrylic. This is true. However if you are doing this in a large group, I would grab two bottles of the floor polish and use them simply because it’s a little easier to use and dries faster.
Tip: If you want to do this project with a group, either provide styrofoam cups or save egg cartons for people to place the ornaments in to drain off the extra liquid and let them dry.
Read about how to make these and what medium to use here -> How to Make Glitter Ornaments
Want a really cute food to serve at your Christmas crafting party? Check out the Santa Bread!
I hope you’ve found a great idea that will work for your upcoming Christmas Crafty Party!