Holiday Crafts for Decorating and Gift-giving

hands over an assortment of holiday craft items

Have you started your holiday shopping or decorating? Why not try making something this year? Decorate your home with festive fall flags or handmade ornaments. Learn to crochet or sew personalized gifts for your family and friends (or treat yourself). Handmade items are a personal way to say you care, and making decorations is a fun holiday activity to do by yourself or with a group.

Come to a library program or check out a book or magazine to learn how to create presents and decorations. You can also find inspiration on the library’s craft database, Creativebug.

Library Programs
wooden snowman

A Festival of Festivities - Cone Park Branch, Wednesdays, Nov. 8 & Dec. 6, 13, & 20, 3 p.m., Ages 5-11

Winter Crafts for Adults – Millhopper Branch, Friday, Dec. 1, 11 a.m., Adults

Winter Holiday Perler Bead Designs - Tuesday, Dec. 5, 4 p.m., Teens

Tower Crafts: Holiday Origami * - Tower Road Branch, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 11 a.m., Adults

Steam Crafts: Holiday Cards and Ornaments - Headquarters Library, Thursday, Dec. 7, 3 p.m. Ages 5-11

Homeschool Hour: Holiday Suncatchers - Tower Road Branch, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 11 a.m., Ages 5-11

Beaded Christmas Bulbs – Headquarters Library, Tuesday, Dec. 12, noon, Adults

Frozen: Movie & Craft – Millhopper Branch, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 3 p.m., Ages 5-11

Winter Craft Workshop * - Millhopper Branch, Thursday, Dec. 14, 4 p.m., Teens

CreateSpace: Papercrafting - Holiday Playing Cards - Archer Branch, Saturday, Dec. 16, 11 a.m., Teens & Adults

Teen CreateSpace: Book Ornaments - Tower Road Branch, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 4:30 p.m., Teens

Holiday Crafts for YOU! - Paper or Perler Bead Crafts for Holiday Decorating - Alachua Branch, Thursday, Dec. 21, 1 p.m., Ages 5 and up

Holiday Cardmaking - Micanopy Branch, Saturday, Dec. 23, 2 p.m., All Ages

STEAM Saturdays: Holiday Tree String Art Sewing - Archer Branch, Saturday, Dec. 23, 2 p.m., Ages 5-11

*Program requires registration.

Books and eBooks


book cover of "The Artful Year" by Jean Van't Hul

The Artful Year: Celebrating the Seasons and Holidays with Family Arts and Crafts by Jean Van’t Hul

Celebrate with Me! edited by Laura Gladwin 

Christmas at Home: Holiday Decorating, Crafts, Recipes by Country Living

Christmas with Southern Living, 2023: Inspired Ideas for Holiday Cooking and Decorating by Southern Living

Crochet for Christmas: 29 Patterns for Handmade Holiday Decorations and Gifts by Salena Baca



book cover of "Homemade Holiday" by Sophie Pester

The Eco-Christmas Craft Book: 30 Stylish Festive Projects that Won’t Hurt the Planet by Marrianne Miall

A Fall Treasury of Recipes, Crafts, and Wisdom by Angela Ferraro-Fanning

Handmade Christmas: Over 35 Step-by-Step Projects and Inspirational Ideas for the Festive Season by Emma Hardy

Holiday Cheer: Festive Inspirations for Your Best Season Ever! from the editors of Good Housekeeping, Redbook, and Country Living

Homemade Holiday: Craft Your Way Through More than 40 Festive Projects by Sophie Pester



book cover of "A Very Merry Paper Christmas"

Pompom Noël: 33 Festive Pompoms to Make For Christmas by Alistair Macdonald

Taste of Home Handmade Christmas by Taste of Home

Upcycling Celebrations: A Use-What-You-Have Guide to Decorating, Gift-Giving & Entertaining by Danny Seo

A Very Merry Paper Christmas: 25 Creative Ornaments & Decorations by Anastasia Bosakowski

A Very Vintage Christmas: Holiday Collecting, Decorating, and Celebrating by Bob Richter

Wild + Free Holidays: 35 Festive Family Activities to Make the Season Bright by Ainsley Arment

The Wreath Recipe Book: Year-round Wreaths, Swags, and Other Decorations to Make with Seasonal Branches by Alethea Harampolis

Magazine cover for "Your Crochet Christmas 2023"


By BethN on December 2, 2023