50+ Printable (and Free!) Christmas Templates

Ready to start your Christmas crafting? We've got you covered with free printable gift tag templates, patterns for handmade Christmas cards, party favors, kids' crafts, decorations, handmade gifts and more.

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Fabric Star Gift Tag

Glue cheery, gingham fabric onto card stock, cut a star shape, and top it with a dried bay leaf and an old button.

Photo By: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Paper Holly Leaf Gift Tag

Cut a holly leaf shape out of recycled paper, glue it onto recycled cardboard and add a button.

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Dried Leaf Star Gift Tag

Glue a dried, flattened leaf onto recycled cardboard, cut a star shape and glue a nut in the center.

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Paper Dove Gift Tag

Cut a dove shape from cardboard or card stock, glue it onto colorful recycled paper and cut it out.

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Mini Star Gift Tag

Cut out a fabric star, glue it onto folded cardboard, and decorate it with a button and a little raffia loop.

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Wooden Bead Gift Tag

Push both ends of a length of garden string through a hole in the top of a tag, thread beads onto each end and tie a knot.

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Fresh Holly Leaf Gift Tag

Sew a holly leaf onto a paper luggage tag with red embroidery thread using a simple running stitch.

Photo By: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Skeleton Leaf Gift Tag

Thread a piece of string through the hole of a label and glue a couple of dried, flattened leaves over the hole.

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50 Christmas Crafts for Kids

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Make a Plate for the Big Guy

Everyone knows that Santa loves cookies. But did you know he also has a soft spot for kids' artwork? Ensure he's in a top mood when stuffing your stockings by crafting a customized plate to serve Santa's favorite midnight snack. Learn how to make the paint food-safe.

Deck Out With Yarn Pom-Poms

Kids love seeing their handiwork displayed at Christmas and these yarn pom-poms are so cute that you won't be able to resist decorating the tree with them or using them instead of bows as colorful gift toppers. Get crafting with our step-by-step instructions

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Photo By: Marian Parsons

Craft a Sweet Snow Globe

A Christmas tree you can eat? Yes, please! Kids will love assembling and decorating this mini Christmas tree that they can display — then devour! Get the recipe

Photo By: Heather Baird

Make Glowing Ice Lanterns

Get an assist from Mother Nature (or your freezer!) to turn a few plastic containers and water into magical, glowing ice lanterns. Make your own with our step-by-step instructions

Photo By: Marian Parsons

Make Potato-Stamped Gift Wrap

Forgo storebought gift wrap this year and get a little help from the kiddos to craft one-of-a-kind paper that's big on the cute factor but easy on the wallet. Get our tips for using a potato to create this pretty paper

Photo By: Marian Parsons

Whip Up These Share-Able Snowmen

Delicious, adorable and a fun craft for kids to make for classmates, teachers or neighbors, these melt-in-your-mouth snowmen are sure to delight. Get the recipe.  

From: Heather Baird

Photo By: Heather Baird

Customize One of Our Free Printable Cards

Our free printable template and step-by-step instructions make crafting this cute card a snap, even for the littlest crafters. Just print out the design, then let the kids go to town embellishing it however they'd like.

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Try a Throwback Craft

Felt holders for candy canes are a retro kids' craft that your little ones will enjoy making just as much as you did. So turn on some Christmas music, gather up your supplies and get crafting with our step-by-step instructions.

Make an Indoor Snowman

This cheery snowman is sure to brighten up your foyer, kitchen or front porch. Just glue three graduated-size wood blocks together then spray-paint everything white. Add buttons to the smallest block for eyes and cut a carrot nose out of orange craft foam. Finish your snowman with a child's size winter hat and scarf. Get more crafty entryway decorating ideas.

Assemble a Herd of Printable Paper Deer

Craft time is playtime with these moveable card stock deer. You only need scissors and brads to turn this free printable pattern into an activity for all ages. For the smallest crafters, precut the brad holes to make assembly a breeze.

Dress Up Mason Jars for the Holidays

Craft your own sparkling holiday lanterns on the cheap! Glitter, glue and an empty glass jar are all you need. Our step-by-step instructions will make this project a snap. 

Photo By: Marian Parsons

Craft "Sweet" Ornaments

"Frost" craft-store wood cut-outs with white puffy paint to create gingerbread cookie lookalikes that can be displayed for many Christmases to come. Learn the tricks to perfecting this vintage-inspired look with our step-by-step instructions

Photo By: Marian Parsons

Turn Clothespins Into Snowflakes

In just a few steps, you can turn wooden clothespins into beautiful snowflake ornaments. This is a great project for older children to tackle on their own or for small kids with help from a crafty adult. Turn any day into a snow day with our step-by-step instructions.

Give Hot Cocoa a Little Character

Marshmallows, pretzel sticks, candy corn and a bit of icing are all you need to assemble a few of these marshmallow snowmen that'll add a playful finishing touch to their hot cocoa. Learn how to make them

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn, FlynnsideOut

Make Waterless Snow Globes

Don't throw out that empty glass jar — instead, turn it into a mini winter wonderland. Blogger Michelle Edwards created these by hot-gluing small Christmas trees to the inside of the jars' lids, pouring fake snow into the jar then screwing on the lids.

Craft a Character for Your Tree

Basic craft supplies and mini pinecones are all kids need to craft a whole tree-ful of tiny woodland elves. Make your own with our step-by-step instructions

Photo By: Photographer: Christina Wedge

Whip Up Edible Ornaments for Your Feathered Friends

For the holidays, don't just decorate the Christmas tree inside your house. Make these birdseed ornaments to add color to bare winter trees and treat hungry feathered friends to a snack. Kids will love making them to display in their own yard and to give as gifts to their favorite nature lovers. Get our tricks for making them

Photo By: Marian Parsons

Craft Nutty Santa Ornaments

Perfect for the littlest crafters, this easy project uses materials you probably already have on hand. You and the kiddos can turn a bag of walnuts into a whole tree-full of everyone's favorite elf in no time flat. Get step-by-step instructions.

From: H. Camille Smith and Marian Parsons

Make Colorful Yarn and Button Trees

Great as a centerpiece or mantel or foyer decoration, these yarn-covered trees will add a colorful pop to any room. Get crafting now to make your own.

Inspire Their Inner Chef

Kids love desserts and they also love to help out in the kitchen. Help them grow their culinary skills by whipping up one of our homemade holiday treat recipes together.

Make Melt-Proof Snowball Ornaments

Add a little snowy sparkle to your Christmas tree this year. These easy-to-make snowballs are a fun craft for kids big or small and can be reused year after year. Learn how to make your own.

Get Crafty With Candy Canes

Mini candy canes, googly eyes and basic craft supplies — felt, pom-poms and glue — are all you need to whip up a whole herd of these adorable reindeer for your tree.

Make a Sweet Tray

Put a new spin on classic holiday candy with a starlight mint serving tray. To create it, lay peppermints side-by-side on a cookie sheet and place the pan in a warm oven until the mints have evenly melted. Remove the pan from the oven and set aside to allow the candy to fully cool. Once dry, the shiny, slick surface is perfect for serving snacks. Get more modern holiday decorating ideas.

Count Down With a Mitten Advent Calendar

Although the busy days leading up to the holidays speed by for adults, Christmas can't get here fast enough for kids. Help them count down the days with this clever advent calendar. Fill the mittens with a small toy or treat to bide the time and build excitement for the big day.

Get Crafty With Gift Wrap

While it's universally acknkowledged that kids are experts at unwrapping gifts, with just a little help from an adult, they can also master the art of wrapping them — our free printable tags and 35 creative gift wrap ideas make wrapping pretty packages a snap.

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Light the Way for Santa

Make sure the big guy has no trouble finding your house on Christmas Eve with this updated and safer version of the classic Santa's runway. Make your own with our step-by-step instructions.

Printable Holiday Card

This easy-to-craft card is the perfect way for kids to let grandparents or distant relatives or friends know that they're thinking of them around the holidays. Just print our free template onto card stock then embellish with a bit of yarn or twine. Get step-by-step instructions.

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Bake a Batch of Cookie Dough Ornaments

Kids love playing with soft dough — mix up a batch then shape it into sweet tree ornaments. For the dough, you need: 4 cups of flour, 1-1/2 cups of water and 1 cup salt. First, preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Combine ingredients, then knead the mixture into dough and roll out flat. Use cookie cutters to cut the dough into seasonal shapes and embellish however you'd like, then place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. While cookies are still soft, use a knife to make a hole in each for hanging. Once they've cooled, spray them with a clear protective food coating, thread ribbon through and hang on the Christmas tree.

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Sub Painted Pails for Stockings

Give your holiday decorations a playful twist by swapping out traditional fabric stockings for metal pails painted with fun, bright colors. Learn how to make your own.

Turn Pinecones Into an Easy Garland

Kids are natural scavengers. Put their talents to good use hunting up pretty pinecones to dip into craft paint then knot onto yarn for an easy, rustic decoration. Get more tips for crafting one of your own.

Inspire Their Inner Artist

This fun gift wrap can be created with materials you probably already have on hand. First, wrap gifts in blue construction paper. Dip the eraser end of a pencil in slightly thinned-down white craft paint or tap it onto a white ink pad and stamp dots onto paper. Create snowflakes by starting with a center dot then working your way out in symmetrical lines and rings. To create the snowman, overlap white dots to build up his body and embellish with an orange paper carrot nose and a black marker coal mouth, eyes and arms. Get more crafty gift wrap ideas.

Get Creative With Party Supplies

The holidays = parties. Make yours a stand-out by dressing up basic paper cups to resemble Santa's lead reindeer. Cut antler shapes out of craft foam and give each cup a face with a craft foam muzzle, googly eyes and a pom-pom nose. Check out more tips for throwing a rudolph-themed holiday party.

Creatively Top Treats

Planning a party? Delight small holiday guests with easy-to-create (and oh-so-cute!) "dipped" deer figurines. Sealed with food-safe shellac, these crafty cupcake toppers can be used again and again.

Craft Rustic Yarn Ornaments

Cover inexpensive foam balls with yarn to create a rustic Christmas ornament the kids can hang on the tree or use to top wrapped gifts. Choose traditional wool or synthetic yarn for a smooth look or get creative by wrapping the balls with fun, novelty yarns with fluffy, faux-fur textures or variegated colors. Get crafting with our step-by-step instructions.

From: H. Camille Smith and Kim Stoegbauer

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Turn Old Toys Into Playful Decor

Boys and dads alike will love the idea of repurposing toy soldiers into a masculine, playful wreath. Just hot glue the toys directly to a wire wreath base, alternating the soldiers' colors and positions as you attach them. Check out 8 more creative holiday wreath ideas.

From: Brian Patrick Flynn and H. Camille Smith

Create a Marshmallow Snowstorm

What would the holidays be without a little snow? Tie marshmallows onto fishing line for a magical decoration kids will love; they can even help assemble then later disassemble (and devour!) it. Get step-by-step instructions.

Upcycle Old Board Games

Turn topping gifts into game-time with these clever gift tags that can also double as personalized tree ornaments or even holiday place cards. Crafting them is a snap: Just hot glue wooden game tiles to twine or matte ribbon.

Give Them A House of Their Own

Decorating gingerbread houses is a holiday tradition that's fun for the whole family. Prebake the cookie house sections then fill bowls with assorted candies and let the fun begin. Get tips for throwing a kids' holiday party where decorating gingerbread houses is the main event.

Craft a Few Indoor Snowflakes

Every kid has at least one puzzle they've stopped playing with because it's missing pieces. Put the remaining pieces to good use as clever snowflake decorations. Just select puzzle pieces with similar outlines then hot glue them in the shape of a snowflake to a small cardboard circle. Coat the pieces with white spray paint then attach the snowflake to a napkin ring, hair barrette, candleholder — or any everyday item that could use a little holiday update.

Try a Fresh Twist on Ornaments

Fresh fruit has long been used to decorate Christmas trees; the bright pop of color and fresh scent is hard to beat. This year, instead of studding the orange with cloves, opt for a more fashion-forward approach and use tacks as designer Tobi Fairley has here. To attach the ribbon for hanging, Tobi cut 2 shallow slits around the orange's navel then slid through a loop of leopard-print ribbon.

From: Tobi Fairley and H. Camille Smith

Photo By: Photography by Rett Peek

Make Your Own Mini Trees

Whip up these springy mini trees to add a playful holiday touch to any area of your home, either indoors or out. Just wrap plastic-coated wire (available at your local hardware store) around craft-store foam topiary forms then pull out the form and voila — instant Christmas tree.

Creatively Count Down the Days

Although kids will enjoy helping you decorate the takeout boxes and assemble the advent calendar, they'll really love opening one up each day to discover the surprises you've hidden there. Start your own holiday countdown with our step-by-step instructions.

Make Rustic Yardstick Stars

Turn yardsticks and twigs into star-shaped sculptures that are perfect for decking out your outdoor areas. This is a great craft for older kids who are comfortable working with basic power tools. Get started with our step-by-step instructions.

Marshmallow Tree Pops

Kids big and small will have a blast making (then devouring!) these cute, easy-to-create chocolate treats. Get crafting to make your own.

Create an Indoor Snowstorm

Use fishing line to string together paper snowflakes for a budget-friendly holiday decoration you can leave up all winter long. Get more tips and make your own.

Make a Monogrammed Gift Topper

Forget traditional ribbon bows and top your gifts with a yarn-wrapped initial instead. Older kids and crafty teens will want to try this easy project to create personalized packages that stand out from the pack.

Turn Cookie Cutters Into Ornaments

Metal cookie cutters are too pretty to keep hidden away in a drawer, especially if they're family-hand-me-downs. After you've finished your holiday baking, back the ornaments with colorful paper and put your favorites on display.

Stack a Mini Tree

Cut wooden dowels into varying lengths from large to small. Spray-paint them white then glue the dried dowels together, alternating each dowel's direction to create a full, rounded design. Top the tiny tree with a glittered chipboard star. Design by Paul Lowe

Photo By: Photography by Alexandra Grablewski

Repurpose Old Bulbs

Don't toss old light bulbs — instead, give them new life as glittering tree ornaments. A few coats of metallic spray paint and a ribbon for hanging are all you need. Smaller light bulbs work best grouped together in odd numbers, while larger lightbulbs are best as single ornaments.

Craft Game Piece Ornaments

Get the kiddos crafting to make a few of these playful ornaments that are a snap to make using Scrabble letters glued onto a strip of colorful ribbon. Use the letters to spell out holiday sayings or family members' names. Get crafting with our step-by-step instructions.

Stamped Holiday Lights Gift Wrap

This artistic gift wrap is as easy to create as it is cute. First, wrap gifts in newsprint or butcher paper. Then, create a lightbulb-shaped stamp from a wine cork by cutting away the sides with a craft knife to leave just a pointed oval shape. Brush a light coat of paint onto the lightbulb portion of the stamp then firmly press it onto the wrapped gift. Continue adding stamped bulbs in a line, alternating colors, until you're happy with the design. Allow paint to dry then add the string with a permanent marker. Get more crafty gift wrap ideas.

Turn Old Shirts Into Ornaments

Upcycle plaid or flannel shirts the kids or Dad have outgrown into menswear-inspired ornaments to add a rustic, outdoorsy touch to your tree. Get crafting with our step-by-step instructions.

Turn Coffee Filters Into Trees

Dip coffee filters in fabric dye for a trendy ombre effect then stack them to create a quick-and-easy tabletop Christmas tree that's just the right size for a holiday centerpiece or party decoration. Learn how to get the trendy, color-gradient effect.

Customize With Stamps

Turn alphabet stamps and bakeable clay into fun, one-of-a-kind ornaments or gift tags. Get crafting with our step-by-step instructions.

Make a Snowflake Table Runner

Cutting folded paper into lacy snowflakes is a holiday pasttime you can put to good use to craft a whimsical winter table runner. Just transfer the paper snowflake patterns to white felt, then cut out and attach the felt snowflakes to a readymade fabric runner. Get more tips with our step-by-step instructions.

Make an Easy Rag Wreath

Upcycle odd bits of fabric into a cute holiday wreath. A great project for beginning crafters, this easy-to-make fabric wreath requires no sewing and can be made in under an hour. Get crafting with our step-by-step instructions.

Turn Felt Into Festive Poinsettias

Cut several basic leaf shapes out of red felt, stitch together and embellish with a button to easily craft a whole garden-full of poinsettia look-alikes. Glue them onto ribbon to create streamers or add a ribbon loop to turn them into ornaments. Get crafting with our step-by-step instructions.

Felt Bird Ornaments

Inspired by traditional Scandinavian designs, these felt birds look complicated but crafting the basic bird is a snap. Get step-by-step instructions plus download our free templates.

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Playful Pom-Pom Wreath

Bump up your holiday decor's warm-and-fuzzy factor with this playful wreath. Kids will love combining pom-poms of different sizes, textures and colors to create a one-of-a-kind look. Check local fabric stores for a readymade pom-pom garland to wrap around the foam wreath form to make quick work of covering the foam then layer on single pom-poms, attaching them with fabric or hot glue.

From: Brian Patrick Flynn and H. Camille Smith

Upcycle Old Holiday Cards

To add a sentimental touch to your tree, use a circle cutter to cut out pretty sections of past year's cards then attach them to twine with hot glue. Working on the garland can be a new holiday tradition, creating a decoration that will grow a bit longer each year as you add the previous year's cards. Get step-by-step instructions.

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No-Sew Sunburst Christmas Tree Skirt

Felt is a perfect fabric for no-sew holiday projects because raw edges won't fray. This tree skirt looks complicated, but it's actually made with straight cuts and fabric glue, so it's a quick craft to tackle during the busy holiday season.

Make Christmas Tree-Shaped Window Dowels

Put a modern spin on your holiday window decor with this colorful wooden dowel project.

Felt Christmas Garland

This charming garland is versatile enough to decorate your mantel, Christmas tree, buffet or any room in your home.

How to Make Giant Christmas Ornaments

Light up your exterior entryway with these fun and festive oversized ornaments.

Turn Clothespins Into Christmas Tree Ornaments

In just a few steps, turn wooden clothespins into beautiful snowflake tree ornaments. This is a great project for older children to tackle on their own or for small kids with help from a crafty adult.

How to Make Yarn Christmas Trees

These little yarn trees are so simple to put together, you'll have time to make a few for your home plus plenty of handmade gifts for friends and family, too.

Christmas Kids' Craft: Walnut Santa Ornament

Some of the sweetest Christmas tree ornaments are the ones made by the littlest crafters. This retro kids' craft is a whimsical and fun interpretation of Santa Claus that can be made with common craft supplies in just a few minutes.

Handmade Christmas Tree Card

Surprise friends and family with this cute, easy-to-create handmade holiday card. Trendy patterns and traditional Christmas colors really make it pop.

Handmade Pop-Up Christmas Card

Surprise family and friends with an easy-to-create holiday card with a pop-up message tucked inside.

Vintage Sheet Music Handmade Christmas Card

Forget store-bought, mass-produced Christmas cards. Show friends and family how special they are with vintage-inspired handmade holiday cards.
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