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18 Easy Christmas Crafts, Ornaments and Gifts

By Gen Cohen

This list is popping with inspiration, just like our fun kids' sunglasses are popping with color, and they fit perfectly under the tree, too! Check out our blue color changing sunglasses that will delight kids of all ages! Cute Christmas ornament crafts and gifts kids can make from our favorite craft blogs. 

Tags: Crafts, Christmas

By Lauren Passell

Soft Ball
Use up leftover fabric to make these unique ornaments from Everyday Beautiful. No two will be the same!

Photo Frenzy
If you want to take your snapshots to the next level, whip up these memory globes from Little Pink Monster, perfect for your mantle or as a gift for grandparents. Kids will love picking out photos and decorating their own.

Shoe In
Did you know you can make advent calendar out of a hanging shoe rack? Start collecting odds and ends to create this countdown-to-Christmas door decoration from Whimsy Love.

Can It
Tin cans are transformed into gorgeous, vintage-y looking ornaments in this easy project from Salsa Pie. Perfect to give to Grandma!

Pony Up
Here's a DIY craft for pony lovers! This felt pony farm from Smashed Peas and Carrots can be folded up so it's perfect for on-the-go. And her pony collection fits perfectly in the side pockets.

Have a Ball
For an easy project you can make from what you have in your recycling bin, try one of these pretty paper bulbs from How About Orange. Use wrapping paper or magazine pages to make the ornaments pop even more.

Jingle All The Way
These cute jingle bell hair clips from Little Pink Monster are fun to make and even more fun to wear. They're perfect for Christmas parties or to wear all season lon

Using real candies and yarn, you can brighten up the Christmas tree (or any nook in your house that needs some holiday cheer) with this sweet crocheted candy garland from Dollar Store Crafts.

Old fashioned clothespins make great ornaments, and they only cost a few pennies each. These angel ornaments from Dollar Store Crafts can be decorated any way your kids can think up.

Stockings in a Flash
These stockings from Prudent Baby look like they're straight out of a catalog, but they can be whipped up in 15 minutes and require minimal sewing skills. 

Tag, You're It
These personalized photo gift tags from Fireflies and Jelly Beans are so cool they might get more attention than the gift. Use brown grocery bag for a vintage look.

Scrap That
Using fabrics scraps, you can make these pretty handmade notes from Smashed Peas and Carrots for a heartfelt way to say "Happy Holidays" or "Thank You".

Snow Daze
If subtle cheer is more your holiday style, try making these wooden snowflake ornamentsfrom The Crafty Crow. They're minimalist chic and easy to make.

Home Sweet Home
Here’s a sweet idea from Dollar Store Crafts: Pick up porcelain houses for a buck each at the craft store to make a pretty painted Christmas village. Kids will love adding their own touches, like feathers, glitter and fur.

Tech Cozy
Here's something kids can make for Dad that will bring back fond memories. This Etch-a-Sketch iPad cozy from Smashed Peas and Carrots is practical and will bring back memories of the days when he was writing Santa.

Tree Huggers
These ribbon trees from Fireflies and Jelly Beans are super easy to create, and make a big cheery focal point for your home. Make one or a whole forest, and don't forget the Christmas table centerpiece!

Take Note
These cute, colorful notebooks from the craft blog Whimsy Love, made from leftover paint chips, make great stocking stuffers.

Say Cheese!
We love to get Christmas cards in the mail, and these homemade photo ornaments from Fireflies and Jelly Beans are a great way to re-use them instead of throwing them away. Paste on a family pic to make it even more personal.

Gumdrop Snowflakes
Use your favorite gumdrop colors to make fun paterned snowflakes with toothpicks. 

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Bedroom Styles That Grow With Your Child

By Gen Cohen

Smart ways to upgrade your child's bedroom furniture, from toddler to tween


Switch the so-so drawer pulls on that nursery bureau with these colorful Dresserz knobs when your kid is ready to pick out his own attire (and, with any luck, put it away, too). Sweet illustrations of shirts, pants, jammies, socks, and underwear in both boy and girl color schemes make getting ready for the day easier and much more fun. $7.99 each or $14.99 for two, or $44.99 for six, Available for boys and girls


Pillow Talk

Your kid will beg to be tucked in if she can spend the night with a fave Nick character. This new furniture line by Lea includes beds, dressers, mirrors, desks, and chairs and has interchangeable panels so you can swap from Dora to SpongeBob to a fun graphic to plain white. For retailer information, visit


Board Games

Little ones love to play school, scribble self-portraits, and hang up their "art"; when it's time to get serious, they'll jot down to-dos (soccer practice, math homework, piano lessons), as well as tick off the days until the next school break. The Primary Schoolhouse Corkboard, Chalkboard, and Dry Erase Board can be used individually or as a set. $129 each,

Book Nook

Copies of Where the Wild Things Are, Curious George, and Goodnight Moon can find a home in this floor book bin from The Land of Nod. And, of course, when your son or daughter graduates to comic books, magazines, or the latest YA novel, this will keep them off the floor. Available in several colors. $199,

Divine Decals 

Removable wall art gives a room an instant (and cheap!) makeover, no paintbrush or drop cloths required. Your kid can choose from several collections, including funky flowers, darling animals or racing cars. Chalkboard and whiteboard decals are also available. Use several sets together or just a few; they're a snap to put up and peel off easily, so they can be arranged over and over. From $6,


A pair of our rad teal kids' Wayfarer sunglasses (pictured)! Choose from over 14 colors and 4 sizes ranging from baby - adult. From $20,

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