In search of an easy holiday kids craft adaptable for multiple different age groups (even the adults!)? These DIY Christmas bag craft ideas are a great choice! Kids will love using their creativity to come up with their very own homemade gift wrapping. Whether it’s Christmas characters such as Frosty and Rudolph, winter animals like penguins and polar bears, or an open ended activity where they can decorate with anything they wish (think washi tape, buttons).
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Kids Christmas Bag Craft Ideas
- Cotton Balls
- Christmas Buttons and/or other fun embellishments
- Glitter Glue
- Washi Tape
- Christmas Ribbon
- Brown Pipe Cleaners
Decide which Winter and Christmas Characters you would like to make. Get out that many bags from the package as well as cardstock in all the colors you plan to use.
I decided to make a penguin, polar bear, Frosty the snowman, Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, Santa-inspired, and a gingerbread cookie. I also made non-character ones too. Little Sister, who is 5, decided to make a dog, which is fine too! Big Brother plans to make some over the weekend so will update with his creations soon.
Cut squares from the colored cardstock equal to the size of of the gift bag. Place these through the 3” Sticker Maker. Stick them onto the gift bags (1 square on each).
Gingerbread Cookie Bag Craft
Make 2 eyes and a mouth with white cardstock. Use ric, ribbon, cardstock, or glitter glue for the frosting marks. Add a small green bow tie at the bottom.
Frosty the Snowman Tutorial
Use the small craft punch to make a red circle and 2 white circles. Make the black part for the eyes. Send these through the sticker maker and place on like shown in the photo.
Cut a hat from the black cardstock. Use the tape runner along the bottom edge of the hat on the backside. Place on a slight angle at the top of the bag, off-center. Add a piece of red ribbon or strip of cardstock. Frosty has a flower on his hat that you may also wish to add.
Gingerbread Gift Bag
On one where you placed a brown square, add 2 small white eyes, a white mouth, and 2 small, red rosy cheeks. Use ric-rac (ribbon, glitter glue,etc.) to add details to the corners. These can go in the 1.5” sticker maker. Use the tape runner to stick on a small green bow near the bottom of the bag.
Secret Santa Gift Bag
This would be cute for a small secret Santa gift! All you have to do is use a bag with a red square and stick on a black stip of cardstock. Use the Xyron Tape Runner along both the bottom and top edges of the bag. On this, place on a part of a cotton ball (stretched out). I used a metallic gold marker to make the belt buckle.
Rudolph Gift Bag
Use the smaller craft punch to make eyes from white cardstock and the red nose. Cut two small pieces from black cardstock to use for the eyes. Place these in the 1.5” Sticker Maker or use the tape runner.
Stick these in place on a bag covered with a brown square. Add two brown ears at the top. Cut 4 small pieces of a brown pipe cleaner (with 2 being shorter than the other 2). Twist the shorter one on the longer piece creating an antler. Stick in place using the tape runner. Repeat making a 2nd antler.
Penguin Party Favor Bag
On a bag with a black square cardstock, add a white somewhat heart-shaped run this though the 3” sticker maker. add 2 tiny black eyes and an orange triangle-shaped beak. Add a bow and eyelashes if you’d like.
Polar Bear Gift Bag
Make 4 white circles using the smaller craft punch as well as 1 black for the nose. Cut 2 tiny pieces of blackouts for the eyes and ears inside the ears. Use the 1.5” Sticker Maker or the tape runner to attach onto a plain white bag. Add a mouth.
Other Non-character Gift Bags
Decorate the bags with other patterned cardstock such as the DCWV . Use things like buttons, sequins, ribbon, washi tape and so on.
Check out my then 4 year old’s adorable penguin party bag she made for Big Brother’s birthday present from her!
These Christmas bag craft ideas are cute for kids to give to friends, classmates, teacher gifts, secret Santas, and anything else you might think of. Fill them with candy, small trinkets, a small stuffed toy animal, or other kid-made gifts.