Make some fun ornaments and decorations and be creative with your family with these holiday craft kits from Etsy.

macrame ornaments of different colors with box, instructions, yarn, and rings

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The holiday season is almost here and with that comes a flurry of activity. Once school lets out for winter break, you may find yourself with kids at home with a lot of time on their hands. It’s not always possible to head out to Christmas markets, holiday light shows, or Disneyland. But we have some ideas for keeping kids entertained. Enter craft kits with clear instructions to keep their focus, like painting ornaments or decorating a gingerbread house.

People have spent a lot more time building and creating with craft kits in the past few years. In fact, in September, Etsy reported a more than 1,000% increase in people searching for easy DIY kits. 

If you’ve tried them, you know they’re an easy-to-follow way to get creative and make something you may not normally have spent the time on. And if you haven’t tried them out yet, here’s your chance.

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There are scores of craft kits available on Etsy, many of them made by independent artists and craftspeople right here in the West. And right now, many are holiday-themed, offering some festivity and holiday cheer. These kits are a great way to show off your creative side, crafting truly unique ornaments and decorations to be displayed for years to come. 

Check out these holiday craft kits from Etsy creators across the West.

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Christmas Ornament Coloring Kit by FabricFaceCovers

ornaments of trees snowmen and presents with paints

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A Christmas tree can never have too many personalized ornaments. With this kit from FabricFaceCovers, you get to paint your own takes on classic Christmas items and characters. By the end, you’ll have a collection of unique ornaments that are made even better by the experience of creating them together.

Christmas Ornament Color Kit, $19.99

Paper Snowflake Tree Craft Kit by ColorZenCreations

finished DIY trees of different colors and heights

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This kit from ColorZenCreations can help the time pass rather quickly, and there’s a simple joy in watching the tree grow as you put it together. Plus, at the end of the crafting, the trees can serve as great little table decorations.

Paper Snowflake Tree Craft Kit, $9.50

DIY Macrame Star Ornament Kit by CordPlusQuartz

craft box with yarn and macrame stars

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This kit is ideal for those with older kids. It’s a fun way to introduce them to macrame or learn about it together thanks to detailed instructions. CordPlusQuartz’s kit comes in a variety of colors; you can choose one, or mix and match. Then, once you’re finished, the kit includes rings so you can hang your creations on a tree.

DIY Macrame Star Ornament Kit, $15.95

Christmas Tree and Cookie People Craft Kit by KidsMakeToo

craft kit supplies with cardboard tubes and decorating materials

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With all the eyes, felt balls, stencils, and other fun items in this kit from KidsMakeToo, there are nearly endless ways to transform the included cutouts of a tree and a gingerbread man from plain paper to unique holiday creations. Plus, it includes cardboard tubes you can use to stand your masterpieces up and turn them into table decorations.

Christmas Tree and Cookie Peopl Craft Kit, $23

Christmas Card-making Kit by EEJamesStationery

christmas cards with colored paper and envelopes

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Tired of trying to corral the whole family together for a nice Christmas card picture? With this kit from EEJamesStationery on Etsy, you and your kids can work together, creating designs and writing messages to create your own Christmas cards that showcase your family’s creative side.

Christmas Card-making Kit, $12.49

DIY Gingerbread House Ornament by MomentsGrove

decorated gingerbread house ornament on pine sprigs

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Rather than decorate multiple ornaments, this kit from MomentsGrove lets you put all your creative energy into one. First, you get to assemble the gingerbread house and attach as many of the included decorations as you like. The final step is coloring the house and decorations to really make it all festive. This kit does not include any glue for assembly or coloring, so you’ll need to get your own.

DIY Gingerbread House Ornament, $15

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