19 Sustainable Christmas Craft Ideas & Trends

Rachel The Ponds Farmhouse
by Rachel The Ponds Farmhouse

Are you thinking about Christmas here in the heat of July? It’s hard to believe but we are already starting to plan Christmas Craft Ideas here at the farmhouse.

Sustainable Christmas is a big trend for 2022 and easy to make, budget and eco-friendly Christmas crafts will be front and center. I have gathered 19 craft ideas and trends to share with you today.

What is Sustainable Christmas Crafts?

What does sustainable mean and how do we relate it to Christmas Crafts? Sustainable has become a buzz word for not harming the environment in our consumption so that future generations will continue to enjoy the conveniences of a modern lifestyle. You may use the terms Eco-Friendly or green when discussing sustainability.

When I was thinking of Christmas Crafts that would fall into this category, I also thought of crafts made from nature and recycled goods.

Using natural greenery is also a big trend for 2022 and as long as you don’t cut a tree, it’s definitely sustainable. So here are some of the Christmas Craft Ideas that I consider sustainable.

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Christmas In July Blog Hop

Welcome to the Christmas in July Blog Hop. I’m so excited to share all my sustainable craft trends plus I’m joined by 23 of my favorite bloggers who are all sharing ideas to help you plan your holiday decorating for 2022.

You will see so much Christmas inspiration from farmhouse, modern, traditional and cottage style homes on todays blog hop.

If you are joining me from Amber at Follow The Yellow Brick Home, I’m so glad you stopped by. I know you enjoyed her Simple Christmas Decorating Tips. Be sure to click on each link listed at the end of this post to follow along on the Hop.

How to Use Dried Fruit and Fresh Herbs for Christmas Crafts

First, drying fruit is so easy and relatively inexpensive way to make lovely Christmas Crafts.

One of my favorite projects is this simple Dried Fruit and Herb Garland. It smells delicious and looks great in the kitchen window.

Fresh Herb & Dried Orange Garland

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In addition, another Christmas Craft Idea is this Kissing Ball made from dried oranges, cedar and herbs.

See more information on How to Dry Fruit for Christmas Projects.

Christmas Crafts with Fresh Cedar

We have an abundance of cedar trees on our property and making Christmas Crafts with fresh cedar is a Free project for the most part. Here are a few eco-friendly and sustainable Christmas projects.

The Secret to Make Fresh Cedar Garland

In this post I shared how to use fresh cedar for outdoor garland and tips on how to keep it from drooping as it is exposed to the outdoor elements.

How To Make DIY Real Cedar and Orange Topiaries

This may be one of my favorite eco-friendly Christmas craft ideas. These cute Real Cedar and Orange Topiaries are easy to make and look great on a table or mantel. You can even use recycled styrofoam to make this a 100% foraged and recycled DIY project.

Fresh Cedar & Dried Orange Topiaries for sustainable Christmas Craft Ideas

How to Keep Real Greenery Fresh

Using fresh cut greenery is inexpensive and so easy to use for the holidays. Just fill your baskets and containers full and ta da!

However, once brought inside the house, the greenery will begin to dry quickly. Here are my tips for keeping everything looking fresh longer.

A basket of fresh cut boxwood
Christmas Tree with Dried Hydrangeas

Are your hydrangeas in full bloom right now? If so you may want to start collecting the blooms to dry for this stunning project.

I tried to save as many blooms as possible so that I could add them to my Christmas Tree last year. By combining the hydrangeas and thrifted shiny brites, the tree was decorated with sustainable and vintage materials.

Sustainable Christmas Tree Decorated with Dried Hydrangeas & Vintage Shiny Brites and the felt Christmas Trees are made using foraged wood and sticks.

The previous year the tree was filled with vintage shiny brites for a simple vintage and recycled vibe.

Vintage Inspired Christmas Tree with Shiny Brite Ornaments inside a vintage antique zinc grape hod

Repurposed Old Christmas Decor

Here are several tips for repurposing your old Christmas decorations which is a great way to recycle and avoid purchasing new decor each year. These tips will help you to think outside the box when planning your 2022 Sustainable Recycled Christmas decorations.

Old Thrift Store Christmas Wreath to be recycled
Sustainable Christmas Tree from Reclaimed Wood

The first Christmas in our new farmhouse, Brad gathered several pieces of old reclaimed shiplap and created this upcycled wooden tree. Although originally used only at Christmas, it has also been a great seasonal tree for the past several years.

We shared this tutorial on How To Build a Wood Christmas Tree.

Reclaimed Shiplap Wood Tree decorated for Christmas

Paper Christmas Craft Ideas

Here are a few ideas for using paper to make Christmas Crafts.

These DIY Paper Christmas Trees are fun to use as ornaments or string a few together for a great garland. Make them from copy paper, construction paper or old magazine pages for a fun recycled project.

Origami or Folded Paper Christmas Tree for copy paper
Origami or Folded Paper Christmas Tree from Magazine Page

One of my favorite projects is this DIY Floral Coffee Filter Christmas Table Garland tutorial. It looks beautiful for the holidays, weddings, or showers.

Coffee Filter Floral Garland for Table or Mantel

Another fun way to add paper decorations is these snowflakes made from paper bags. The details for this banister garland can be seen on Farm Christmas Garland.

Paper Bag Snowflakes and Gold Bell Garland for Banister

Foraged Christmas Decorations

It’s easy to forage pinecones to add to your sustainable Christmas decor and they are free. You can see how I added the faux snow effect with this easy tutorial. In addition, the detail for this Christmas Tablescape is available here

You may also want to check out How To Make This Easy Christmas Table Runner.

DIY Table Runner

Another foraged project are these felt Christmas Trees. The bases are made using twigs and fallen tree limbs.

Foraged Twigs & Tree Limbs make cute whimsical Christmas Trees using felt fabric.
Sustainable Fabric Scraps Christmas Craft Ideas

First, is a fun DIY Scrap Fabric Pillow Cover Christmas Craft Idea and holiday inspiration. The design possibilities are endless and you can see the details here.

Scrap Fabric Christmas Tree Pillow Cover

This fun Christmas Table Throw is made using several small pieces of fabric.

Shop Thrift Stores for Christmas Craft Ideas
Scrap Fabric Patchwork Table Throw or Table Cloth

Another fun and easy project is these Easy DIY Christmas Ornaments. This technique can be used on recycled or reclaimed wood for a fun eco-friendly ornament.

When you shop thrift stores, you are recycling Christmas Decor and save it from landfills. There are so many great items that will make your home unique for the holidays. Some of my favorites are old Christmas Crafts such as needlework pieces. However, old wreaths can be repurposed and look brand new. I even find vintage shiny brite ornaments occasionally at the thrift store. So don’t dismiss this great budget friendly, money saving Christmas decoration option.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Sustainable Christmas Craft Ideas but don’t leave yet because up next is Jennifer at Cottage on Bunker Hill with her Pottery Barn Inspired Christmas Ideas.

Christmas In July Blog Hop

Welcome to our Christmas In July Blog Hop. Be sure to click each link below to follow along on the hop for more Christmas Decorating Inspiration.

The Ponds Farmhouse / Cottage on Bunker Hill / Midwest Life & Style / Cottage in the Mitten / Down Shiloh Road / Bricks N Blooms

Simply 2 Moms / Shiplap & Shells / Peacock Ridge Farm / WM Design House / Thistle Key Lane / White Arrows Home

Pasha is Home / Tater Tots and Jello / Robyn’s French Nest / Chas Crazy Creations / DIY Beautify / Cloches & Lavender

The Crowned Goat / Common Ground / Life At Bella Terra / The Tattered Pew / Design Morsels / Follow the Yellow Brick Home

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