25 Animal Craft Ideas for Christmas

Owl crafts, reindeer crafts, penguin crafts, and more adorable animal ideas!

By: Krista Childers, Editor,
25 Animal Craft Ideas for Christmas

Polar bears, penguins, and reindeer, oh my! Animal crafts never fail to be the cutest of all crafts, especially when it comes to Christmas crafts. Christmas animals just happen to be some of the most adorable around. In this collection, 25 Animal Craft Ideas for Christmas, we have assembled some of the best animal Christmas crafts. Winter animal crafts are not only a blast to make, but they always make fantastic homemade Christmas gifts. People of all ages love receiving adorable animal presents. From hats to DIY Christmas ornaments to toys and much more, you won't want to stop crafting.

Since these animal projects range from using all sorts of materials and crafting skills, we have divided them up into types. First are the crochet ideas. So many glorious crochet animals that you will really love. Next up is knitted animal ideas. These free knit animal patterns are so sweet and will provide you at least a few nights of knitting by the fire. The needlework animal crafts include sewing projects, both machine and by hand, including embroidery. If you're looking to get the children involved, then check out our last section for Christmas crafts for kids (animal addition).

Crochet Animals

Huggable Penguin Crochet Pattern

If you're looking for easy crochet animals, you don't want to skip this section. Though there is a range of crochet ideas, we have several that are on the simpler side. These Christmas crafts will have you awwing as your crochet pattern starts to come together. If you are looking for some brilliant DIY Christmas gifts, then look no further than these delightful crochet hats, one with a penguin theme and the other with good ol' Rudolph the Reindeer. 

Free Knit Animal Patterns

Precious Polar Bear DIY Ornaments

These knitting patterns are Christmas miracles. All of these happen to be homemade Christmas ornaments but you can easily make one of these birds, teddy bears, or polar bear crafts for your tables instead. If you love to knit, then these animal crafts are right down your alley. Knit little scarves, hats, and sweaters for these friendly festive animals to make them even more irresistible. We promise that you will be knitting up a storm this Christmas when you have such fun ideas.

Needlework Animal Crafts

Swedish Dala Horse Felt Ornament

If you love sewing projects of all kids, then we have a Christmas treat for you. These Christmas crafts range in skill level as well as the type of sewing. From hand needlework to machine sewing, you will love the reindeer crafts, along with the impressive amount of owl crafts we have for you. These truly make the most thoughtful homemade Christmas gifts, especially for kids. You will find fun pillows to sew up, as well as ornaments and toys. There's even a Swedish Dala horse, which is a traditional craft that we all need to adapt.

Christmas Animal Crafts for Kids

Easy Reindeer Treat Holder Christmas Craft

As much as adults love animal crafts, we think it's safe to say that they are definitely some of the most favorite Christmas crafts for kids. These animal crafts for kids are fun for them to make and you will love them, too. You will want to display these penguin craft projects, along with the rest of the animals, all winter long. The beauty of winter animal crafts is that they can be made during snowstorms or when it's too cold to play outside. 

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When talking about children, can you pick a better craft to make than an animal? Little ones love to see animal ornaments, plates, place settings, food, and more. I think you could brighten up the holidays for shy little ones with an entire theme of holiday animals like penguins, deer, birds, and mice.


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