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20 Must-Have Supplies for Christmas DIY Projects

Do you enjoy making Christmas DIY projects? Having the right supplies helps to make Christmas crafts special. Here are at least 20 must-have supplies for Christmas DIY projects you will love to make.

I’ve been making some new awesome Christmas DIY projects. Christmas decorations and gifts are more personal and special when you make them yourself.

Personalized gifts can make the perfect gift. Handmade home decor is one of the best ways to tell family and friends how much you care. Plus, it’s so much fun to create using your own two hands.

I love the sense of satisfaction that comes from making items that can’t be bought at a store. Items that are one-of-a-kind, unique, that no one else has or gives. With these must-have supplies for Christmas DIY projects, you can make just about anything for your home or gifts.

How about making pretty Christmas DIY decor and gifts that are unique this holiday season? If you want your Christmas projects to be even more special, these must-have supplies for Christmas DIY projects should be on your shopping list right now.

There’s no better way to get in the holiday spirit than creating Christmas decorations for your home.

 Christmas DIY Projects Must-Have Supplies

What is the great thing about these products? They help you make holiday decorations without having any great DIY skills. Just a desire to be creative.

Links to all these supplies are below for your convenience.

Styrofoam Cones, Balls and Embellishments

Styrofoam is a great supply to have on hand for a variety of Christmas projects. Cone shapes are perfect for making Christmas trees.

What can you embellish styrofoam cones and balls with?

  • glitter
  • adhesive gem stickers
  • paint
  • yarn
  • twine
  • paper
  • felt balls
  • ornaments
stryofoam cones

I’ve used styrofoam cones to make glitter trees.

glitter Christmas trees-feature

Want a softer Christmas tree look? Use yarn to wrap the stryofoam cones. Use your favorite colors of yarn to make a homemade Christmas craft that fits your color palette.

DIY Yarn Christmas Trees

Another pretty way to make Christmas trees from styrofoam cones is to embellish them with felt balls in your colors of choice. You can vary the patterns, too. I made several felt ball Christmas trees last year and it was such a fun project.

making wool felt bowl Christmas tree
felt ball Christmas tree
Christmas tree vignette

Styrofoam balls are perfect for making Christmas ornaments.

styrofoam balls

You can cover them in glitter, glue on “gems” or wrap them in yarn or twine. I used adhesive backed “gems” to make these pretty sparkling ornaments.

Christmas Stencils and Chalk Paste

I don’t know about you, but writing or drawing in beautiful lettering is not my forte. And that’s why stencils have been a lifesaver over the years.

We all have had the unfortunate experience of craft paint seeping under a plastic stencil and ruining our project. That doesn’t happen with mesh stencils from A Maker’s Studio. Think of fabric, like a silkscreen. Secondly, the stencils have an adhesive backing ~ no need for spray adhesive or taping down.

Now to the fun – A Maker’s Studio recently released dozens of brand-new Christmas stencils that are unique, versatile and just so cute. The possibilities are endless. You and 10 of your friends could have the same stencil and never make the same project.

Christmas card with Santa stencil

The Christmas Maker Box is a special way to treat the person in your life who is a devoted DIYer. Each month for 3 months, a special, limited edition stencil with a jar of Chalk Paste, a spreader and a surprise gift will be delivered to their door. Of course, you can give it to yourself or ask for this on your gift list.

Maker box

To use your Christmas stencils, you will need Chalk Paste (different from regular chalk paint). This unique product is so easy to use. Pair it with the amazing selection of stencils, give it 15 minutes to dry, and just wait till you see the look on people’s faces when you show them what you created

Chalk Paste in red and bright pink

Any Wood Surface

Any wood surface can make a fun Christmas craft. Places like the dollar store, online or your favorite craft store are great places to find wood pieces. I’ve made countless decorations using wood crafts, like these Christmas wood signs that I painted and stenciled.

DIY Christmas sign

What cute Christmas wood crafts can you make?

  • wood signs
  • wood trees
  • wood sleighs
  • wood palettes
  • wood cut-outs – Santas, snowflakes snowmen
  • cutting boards
wood sign with North Pole Lettering

I painted cutting boards one year and added cute Christmas stencils


Buy inexpensive plates, platters, coasters or mugs online or at your dollar store. Paint or stencil them.

Christmas DIy project

I made this set of stenciled Christmas tiles a few years ago for the area on our stove hood. They add such a bright, merry look to our kitchen.

Christmas tile with stencils on stove hood


Fabric is a great surface for DIY crafts. So many things can be made with burlap, including cute Christmas bags. You can embellish them with stencils, paint, or sew on felt Christmas trees or snowflakes.

Christmas DIy project

Felt Squares and Felt Balls

Felt squares are another wonderful material for making Christmas crafts. Pair them with felt balls and you can make the prettiest Christmas garland like I did. You can change the colors to make garland to your style and personality.

DIY Christmas garland

I made this felt ball garland in shades of pink, blue, and white last year.

pink and blue garland

Decoupage Decorations

The art of decoupage is a perfect method for creating fabulous Christmas decorations.

Mod Podge is the must-have ingredient for decoupaging.

You can use decoupage to attach napkins to many of the items mentioned here, such as the cardstock, wood signs, heavy paper, or ceramic tiles.

Christmas beverage napkins can be used to make lovely ornaments. I think overall designs work best for this project.


Craft paper and cardstock are two of the most versatile DIY supplies ever. What Christmas projects can you make with paper?

  • gift tags
  • Christmas cards
  • place cards for Christmas dinner
  • gift bags
  • decorate craft paper and use it to make wrapping paper
  • bookmarks – great for your book club or Bible study group

Use stencils to make gift tags using cardstock.

DIy Christmas tags

Or personalize a gift bag.

A Maker's Studio DIY bag

Make a custom Christmas card.

Christmas card with Santa stencil

I made a variety of Christmas decor and gifts with cardstock. I made these bookmarks a few years ago for my Bible study group.

DIY Christmas bookmarks in red and green

Gold Leaf and Gilding Size

Using gold leaf (or silver or copper) is one of my favorite ways to make gifts or embellish decorative items for the holidays.

I’ve embellished glasses, votives for candles, planters, and artwork. Most recently, I added gold leaf to give a tray a shiny metallic flair.

If you are anxious to start your Christmas DIY projects, I (gently) urge you to order your Christmas supplies now before they run out, especially stencils and Chalk Paste (quickly because when they are gone, they are gone).

Paint Types and Colors for Christmas

Chalk Pasta is a product designed to work with A Maker’s Studio stencils. Chalk Pasta has a thicker consistency than paint and is easily applied using a plastic “spreader”. It comes in 21 colors, but here are the ones that I believe are perfect for Christmas DIY projects.

Love Bug – a soft rosy red

Christmas ChalkArt Love Is

Together Forever – a soft Christmas green

ChalkArt Together Forever

Metallic Gold and Metallic Silver – what can I say? Use metallics to give shine and sparkle to the holidays.

A Maker's Studio Metallic ChalkArt

I recently discovered Metallic Acrylic Paint and I love it. The shiny finish is perfect for the holidays. So far, I’ve used it on styrofoam cones and craft balls. I love the results. I’ll be sharing those projects soon.

I’ve lost track of how many must-have supplies for Christmas DIY projects that I’ve shared here. I do know that with them, you have an endless list of Christmas decor and gifts you can make.

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You’ll be able to enjoy the process of creating, be proud to display the items you make in your home and give them as gifts to friends and family. I’m so excited about all the possibilities, and I hope that you see the creative potential in these Christmas DIY project must-have supplies.

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Christmas must-have supplies for projects

If you have any questions, please leave me a comment or drop me a message. I’d love to hear what your creative plans are.

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  1. Wow what a great round up of must-haves! I especially love the tea towels and the gold leaf ideas. Pinning!

    So happy to be joining you on this hop. I hope you have a very cozy Christmas!

    1. Carole, I’d love for you to try on of the stencils and ChalkArt. You would love how easy and the great results. Definitely need to get in your studio.

  2. I would love to order a set of stencils but I already blew my Christmas budget… I pinned your one pin but would pin a bunch more for you if the post lets me. <3 I have a Cricut and have cut some stencils (the only thing I have done with it… I know. Shameful!) for chairback covers. Haven't tried making Christmas ones because someone else has already made them and saved me the time! 😉 Happy to be on the Creating a Cozy Christmas blog tour with you!!!

    Off to share your post. <3
    Hugs and blessings,

    1. Barbara, thank you so much for your feedback. Just order one stencil and one ChalkArt color to try them out. I have made stencils with my Cricut and liked it except you can only use it once and it doesn’t have the depth of A Maker’s Studio stencils.

    1. Patti, I know! So many creative possibilities. I wish I could make more. Sometimes, you jsut have to set aside 1 hour for yourself. I find making DIY home decor relaxes me and takes my mind off other daily stuff.

  3. Each one of your ideas is perfectly Christmas and so adorable. I need to get my butt in gear and get a stencil. I just can’t make up my mind. Love that Noel charger and the gift bag and the gift tags… aaaahhhhh! Thanks for showing us so many ideas. Merry Christmas Carol!

  4. You’ve gathered some great supplies. I love the tree collar that Carol from The Red Painted Cottage stenciled–so cute! Happy to be joining you on the hop and hope you have a blessed Christmas season!

  5. All of these projects are wonderful! I have never had much luck at stenciling…the whole seeping and bleeding thing and then I make a hot mess with the paint. These, however, sound much easier to use and I love the assortment that they offer. It seems that the list is endless of what materials you can use these stencils on…I may be giving them a try! Hugs!!

    1. Benita, you frustrations with regular stencils is exactly why A Maker’s Studio stencils were created. Along with the ChalkArt, they make the Do it yourself so much easier plus, they really look like you used chalk. I hope you will give them a try.

  6. Wow. The possibilities are endless. That Noel stencil is adorable. The dish towels are so stinking cute and so is that Christmas tree stand cover. Precious. Thanks for being part of our Creating a Cozy Christmas Blog Hop.