12 Wonderful Winter Projects for Crafty Middle Schoolers

Why should little kids get to have all the festive winter fun? If you're in middle school, you might be too old to enjoy making a Christmas tree out of popsicle sticks. Luckily, there are lots of wonderful winter crafts out there that are cool, creative, and challenging enough to keep even the most overstimulated, TikTok-addled middle school brain engaged! Why not use Kirigami paper folding to make your wrapped gifts pop? Make your own colorful holiday candles? Craft a few memorable mantle decorations, or knit a heartfelt gift for your bestie? This list has all the inspiration a crafty middle schooler like you could ever need! No lie, these on fleek winter crafts keep it one hundred, and that's the tea. What? What do you mean I'm embarrassing you in front of your friends?

  • Visual aid of how to complete Pom-Pom Knit Hat

    Stay warm this winter with a hat you knitted yourself. Or better yet, make them for others as a cozy and heartfelt holiday gift!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Pom Pom Snowman
    Pom Pom Snowman

    (Ages 5-16)

    Bring your favorite snowy activity indoors. With some yarn, beads, and cardboard you can create your very own snowman ornament friends that will never melt.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Mini Snow Machine

    Create the magic of snow without all the cold! With a set of simple electronics, we created a mini snow machine to mimic a winter blizzard.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Peppermint Bark
    Peppermint Bark

    (Ages 5-16)

    Oh, look, it's another lovely handmade holiday gift! Perfect on plates of goodies for neighbors, or in a pretty tin for Grandma.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Stamped Scarf
    Stamped Scarf

    (Ages 9-16)

    Keep warm with this cute hand stamped scarf. Design and customize your very own geometric stamp to create a one of a kind patterned scarf.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Holiday Puzzle Box

    Give the gift of entertainment with this holiday puzzle box. Wrap your special someone’s present in this box and then sit back and watch them try to open it.

    Download the printable here.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Paper Snowflakes
    Paper Snowflakes

    (Ages 5-100)

    The paper snowflake is a timeless holiday decoration. Easy to learn, but surprisingly difficult to master. Just like real snowflakes, no two paper snowflakes are ever quite the same. The challenge in this craft lies in the details, and in the intricacy of the pattern you decide to attempt. What kind of snowflake will you create?

  • Visual aid of how to complete Snow Globes
    Snow Globes

    (Ages 8-16)

    These waterless DIY snow globes are a fun, festive holiday craft that you can customize to suit your individual style. Make one to give your room a little winter cheer, or add a personal touch to your family's holiday decorations. They can also make great homemade gifts for friends and family!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Candlemaking
    Candlemaking

    (Ages 5-16)

    Make your own candles to create a memorable menorah for Hannukah, or use the same steps to make colorful votive candles to decorate a windowsill, fireplace mantle, or Christmas dinner table.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Glowing Snowman
    Glowing Snowman

    (Ages 5-16)

    Transform a plastic bottle into a cute, glow-in-the-dark snowman luminary to brighten up those cold, dark winter nights!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Paper Circuit Menorah

    Test your knowledge of simple circuitry with this fun and challenging paper circuit menorah project. Will you be able to light all 9 LED candles? Once you've got the hang of completing a circuit, what other light-up holiday art can you create? A certain reindeer with a bright red nose comes to mind...

  • Visual aid of how to complete Kirigami Gift Box

    Love the idea of creating a unique gift box that will stand out from all the generic store bought boxes? These festive Kirigami boxes made using geometric paper folding techniques not only look great under the tree, but are fun and easy to make!


Get inspired!