Fun Holiday Crafts for the Whole Family


I love gifts that come from the heart, particular ones that are handmade or involve photographs! So, one of my favorite holiday traditions is to sit down and make some fun crafts together with my boys.

I’ve put together a nice list of fun ideas here, including ones that focus on how to utilize some of those favorite family photos! Why not get the most out of that recent session, right?!

And if you’re looking for other general ideas, there are some fun ones at the bottom of this post!


Image Transfer Ornaments

Every craft store I have been to this month has these little wood slice ornaments ready for decorating. So, how about adding your favorite family photos from this year’s session, with help from this tutorial?!

Photo Christmas List Ornament

Remember little ones’ holiday wish lists with this sweet ornament idea. This would be a great one to turn into an annual family tradition!

DIY Glass Photo Ornament

An easy tutorial on how to sneak a beautiful family photo inside a glass ornament. (Yes, it really is that simple – I promise!)

More Christmas Ornament Ideas

Looking for more inspiration for ornaments?! Here’s an entire list to get your ideas flowing!

Gift & Craft Ideas

DIY Glitter Photo Frames

I love these photo glitter frames with magnets for the fridge- so festive and fun for the holidays!

Modern DIY Photo Blocks

This is a great photo gift to do with your toddler and for you toddler. How about covering blocks with photos of all their relatives as a way of familiarizing them with all of their family members!?

Photo Quilt

Love to sew or have a stash of beautiful old fabics lying around, or maybe a treasured kids tee-shirt collection that isn’t being used? Sew together meaningful fabrics or tees mixed with special photos and gift this to a parent or grandparent. They will be over the moon!

Clay Holiday Card Holders

I love receiving photo holiday cards, especially from clients I’ve had the pleasure of photographing during the year! How about crafting these adorable little trees to display all those beautiful cards you receive!

Craft It – A Family Portrait Snow Globe

One of my boys begs me every year to make a snow globe. I might just have to give in with this cute tutorial on how to make a photo snow globe!

Fun Photo Bookmarks

Now that photo season is finally winding down, I am excited to have a little more time to read. Of course, I tend to fall asleep a few paragraphs after I start, but that’s why I need these cute photo bookmarks!

Chalkboard Messaging Clipboard

Looking for an adorable but useful holiday teacher’s gift? How about this cute photo clipboard! I’d still throw in a gift card or a bit of cash for good measure!

DIY Photo Candles with Packing Tape Clear Stickers

Everyone loves a candle, right? Just add a favorite family photo from your most recent session and you’ll have an instant gift!

Photos: Philip Friedman, Styling: Blake Ramsey

More Craft Ideas

Here’s a great list with lots of other crafts I want to try, even if they aren’t photo related! Some of my favorites (and even some sustainable options that taste and smell good) are the cranberry & popcorn garland, orange clove pomadors, and pinecone garland. I also love the poinsettia napkin rings!


Which holiday craft ideas are you excited to try with your family?

As I already mentioned, I think the snow globes are most likely happening at my house, but I’m also looking forward to some of the ideas included in that last link, like the cranberry and popcorn garland.

And of course, if you come across any amazing DIY craft ideas that are a hit with your kids, I’d love for you to share with me. I’ll be sure to add them to my list or incorporate them into a list of ideas for next year!

I hope you have a wonderful holiday season with all of your favorite people!