A country-style Christmas wouldn’t be complete without wooden Christmas crafts to help set a cozy, holiday mood. Christmas crafts fashioned from wood are pieces of folk art that can be passed from generation to generation. Whether they are religious, or just for fun, these handmade Christmas treasures will complement your holiday home.
Precut wooden Christmas shapes like angels, Santas and snowmen can be painted with country colors, like faded country blue, red and green. Add clothing made of faded ticking, calico, red or green checks or denim for a primitive look. Drill two small holes at the ornament’s top, one on each side. Thread a piece of thin wire through them as a hanger. These Christmas shapes come in all sizes and can be purchased at your local craft store.
Trace your own ornament pattern onto a thin piece of ply wood and cut around it. Paint Christmas tree shapes green and hang the ornament with raffia. Choose a colonial red for a Santa ornament and hang it on a strip of calico. Rough up the wood to make the ornaments look vintage. For added interest, trim them with decorative items like glitter, beads and buttons.
Paint wooden clothes pins to look like miniature nutcrackers, Santas, angels and snowmen. Clip them to the Christmas tree, Christmas stockings, centerpieces or wreaths.
Cut letters out of wood. Sand the corners down so they appear worn. Paint them, then draw a cloth through the paint, wiping some of it off, to expose the wood and make it look old. Spell out holiday messages like “Joy” and “Noel.” Hang the letters next to each other on the tree or glue them together to make one ornament.
Mount a painted wooden Santa, angel, snowman or other symbol of the season on a precut plaque in a contrasting color. Add a Christmas message like “Angel Collector,” “Believe,” “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holiday.” Hang it with a strip of faded, fraying checked material or a length of raffia.
Distress a piece of barn board or pine paneling. Antique it with faded green, red, blue or white paint. Paint an angel in a primitive country style. It should look almost childlike. Add a holiday message like “Angels Gather Here.”
Carve figures for a manger scene from solid blocks of wood. The more undefined they are, the more primitive they will look.
Draw the outline of a Santa, angel, snowman or other holiday figure on a piece of plywood. The size is up to you. Cut it out and paint it. Create a Christmas weather vane by mounting the figure on a dowel secured to a solid wooden block.
Draw or trace a Christmas figure onto a piece of wood that has been antiqued. Cut out the figure. Paint it in a primitive fashion using vintage colors. Dress the figure by gluing on clothing fashioned from red and green plaid wool, flannel, ticking, calico or quilting. Embellish it with button accents and hang it on the wall or a door with thin wire or rope.