Each year, I love rounding up the best printable holiday crafts that so many amazing designers, artists, and all-around crafty people develop so that people like me can create beautiful things with our kids. In fact, they make it so easy for me to print out not only holiday paper crafts, but also beautiful gift tags and vibrant wrapping paper, I never have to make a night-before-Christmas run for those things anymore.
(If only I could print tape.)
So I’ve put together 15 of my favorite printable holiday crafts to do with the kids this season.
And with three kids, you can imagine I’m picky about the crafts I pick. I think every one of these is just gorgeous.
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I feel merry and bright whenever I see Ellen Giggenbach’s modern Scandinavian folk-art inspired printable Christmas crafts. This trio of free standing decorations include Santa with a present, a red robin holding a sprig of mistletoe, and a mod tree decorated with colorful flowers. At about 7 inches high, I’d love them for my mantel or entryway table, but they’d also look right hanging on your tree. ($6 for PDF)
Wouldn’t these little handmade stocking printables from The 36th Avenue make the perfect gift wrap for a tiny treat? My kids would love sewing the sides up with a bit of yarn and a chunky needle. It reminds me of those little sewing toys they used to have. (free printable)
Trim your tree with the cutest collection of printable Christmas toys from My Fantastic Toys. Not a misfit in the bunch, these smiling 3D printables could see lots of play time before gathering on the tree. Go for this big 12-piece set or choose one of their equally adorable, yet smaller, collections if your scissor hand would prefer less cutting. ($16 for PDF; smaller kits start at $5)
Much easier than constructing a gingerbread house from scratch, this free printable wintertime paper house by Twelve22 has only three pieces to assemble. My kids would love to decorate their house before putting it all together. Just set out the crayons or markers and let their imagination run free. (free download for the house on the right; a larger printable scene is available for $5)
Pukaca’s super-sweet printable Santa’s Village include play figures of the big man himself, a couple of elves, a cheery reindeer and a bunch of other pieces to set up and move around. I love the modern red-and-teal color palette. Kids will have a ball playing with this after it’s constructed. ($6 PDF)
Made by Joel’s Dressy Cats are all set for a little holiday storytelling with this cute printable Hanukkah scene. Print out the bright red-and-green Christmas set too so they can be neighbors.. Trust me, the kids will want both. (free printable)
Comprised of over 20 sheets of paper, Mr. Printables printable Christmas Tree coloring project would keep my three kids busy for a nice long time. I love all the detailed illustrations inside the tree which make me want to join the kids in coloring. This is one tree I’d have a hard time taking down after the holidays are complete. (free printable)
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I think these little printable holiday houses look perfect printed on different color paper, though your kids may choose to decorate their homes with crayons, markers, or colored pencils. Created by Krokotak, they make a great little tabletop decoration. Or, before you close them up, tuck a tiny treat inside and hand out the sweetest little gift boxes this season. (free printable)
Frozen fans will never let these adorable printable Frozen paper dolls go. I love the childlike images of Elsa and Anna, plus the mini Olaf, in this freebie by Babalisme. While you’re at it, print out a few copies–this will be popular. (free PDF)
Related: The Motherlode of Free Printable Paper Dolls for Pop Culture Junkies
Another set of printable paper cuties by Babalisme, paper-doll fanatics will be thrilled to find all the ways they can dress up Santa’s Little Helpers. Three costumes include Santa’s helper, a Jingle Elf, and Mrs. Claus. Don’t be surprised to find the space under your Christmas tree transformed into the North Pole for the afternoon. (free PDF)
This Heart of Mine’s too cute printable holiday envelopes are easy to assemble and ready to deliver some holiday cheer. Kids may want to use the Santa envelope to send their wish list to the North Pole in style. And I know faraway Grandmas and Grandpas would be thrilled to receive special notes or coloring pages tucked inside one of these festive envelopes. (free printable)
If you have a ballerina under your roof, chances are The Nutcracker rules at this time of year. My own Marzipan will be thrilled when I download these printable and poseable Nutcracker paper dolls from Sarah Jane Studios. And once the dolls have taken their final bows for the season, they’d make pretty ornaments to hang on the tree. Just hang them low enough to be taken down easily. There may be another curtain call. ($7.50 for downloadable PDF)
Angels we have heard on high are especially sweet when they are ones your own kids have put together to decorate for the holidays. These four Spanish-speaking printable angels from Haciendo el Indio may not be bilingual, but the instructions need no translation. Line them up as shown, or choose one to stand atop a Christmas tree. (free printable, site is in Spanish)
If you’re tired of finding all the pieces of your great-grandmother’s nativity scene scattered around, give your kids their own set. I love this child-friendly printable nativity by Made by Joel which has tons of little animals to set up too. It looks perfect as is, though kids could also color in the pieces before beginning to play with them. (free printable)
Smallful’s gorgeous holiday dioramas and cone-shaped printable holiday ornaments are so impressive, my friends would never believe I made them myself. This would be a fun afternoon project to do with my oldest tween. Though, I have a feeling she’d want to create her own set to put on her bedside table instead of letting me hang them all on the Christmas tree. ($6 for PDF)
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marvelous ideas for kid’s crafts
thanks a lot