We love creating with paper all year long, but there is something about the holidays that makes us want to just create, even when there is a busy world all around us. Taking a moment to create something for you, make cards for your wrapped gifts or a little holiday decoration can be the perfect way to relax and regroup during the holidays. We thought it would be fun to share some Simple Christmas Paper Craft Projects where the Crew plays with paper in fun and clever ways. Here are 10 fun paper crafting projects that you can do during some alone time or create with the kids.
Project #1 – Christmas Clip Tree
Erin created this fun paper tree that is ready to hold just about anything from paper cuts, photos, recipes, countdown to Christmas family actives, and more. Her clever use of VersaGrip Clips, is so fun, with the end result is a perfect little tree ready to sit on the front table, kitchen counter or just about anywhere. Erin mentions in her blog post, “I did not want a traditional “pine” tree with fake needles, I wanted something different, so I made one!!” You can find all the details to make a little tree like this on Erin’s blog Scraps of Life
Project #2 Shabby Chic Cards
Erin did not stop with her crafty little tree, she decided to create some fun holiday cards that are perfect to add to packages under the tree, slip into the stockings or to drop off at the neighbors. They may look difficult, but they are fun and simple. Some may like to create the same Christmas card for everyone, but not Erin. She shares on her blog “I love to give out Christmas cards, but I am not one to mass create a ton of the same card. I like to vary it up a bit and do different things; maybe it is the color, design, papers, or technique. Here is a couple of fun Christmas cards I made that will go some special people!”
Check out this video where Erin shows you how it is done.
Here is another card Erin created for the holidays, so very different, so whatever your style you can create cards that are all you.
Watch the video tutorial to see how to make this amazing card!!
Stop by Erin’s Blog to see these great cards.
Project #3 Painted Christmas Cards
Sanna shares these krafty holiday cards that are oh so bright and colorful. Who says holiday cards have to be in traditional colors. Tinting and painting paper is so much fun and looks amazing as Sanna shows off the Canvas Corp Farmhouse Christmas Collection. The papers from Canvas Corp are all printed on Kraft, White or Ivory paper and are longing to be colored your favorite way. Sanna participates in a card swap every year and we are so excited to be part of your swap this year. To see how she created these fabulous cards jump over to her blog Papierstau for all the details.
Set up a simple little assembly system, but remember they don’t need to be exactly alike. The papers in the Farmhouse Christmas Mix and Match Pad make it easy to create cards that all coordinate, but all have their own look.
Project #4: Coloring Book style Christmas Cards
Adult coloring is so popular these days, why not turn that new hobby into holiday cards you can share with friends and family. The Jolly Collection from Canvas Corp is filled with fun black and white art that is ready to be colored your favorite way from markers and pencils to watercolor tints and paints. Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists and Glimmer Glazes are perfect for adding bright and cheerful colors to you cards.
To see more great cards visit Sanna’s blog where you will find wonderful craft paper and paint projects that will most definitely inspire.
Project #5: Paper Gift Box
Making your own little paper boxes and bags is a great way to get creative and get those little holiday gifts wrapped. Kim shows us on her blog how to create simple paper boxes that can slip into those stockings, fit on the branches of the tree or even top larger wrapped gifts. You can see how they are made on her blog Craftisan Studios.
Project #6 – Gift Card Holder
When a gift card is the best gift choice, why not jazz it up a bit and make your own gift card holders. Valerie’s gift card holders open up to show off a fun little pocket with fun places to put a photo, leave a message or decorate to your heart’s content. Stop by her blog Bonjour Scraps for all the details.
Project #7 Paper Christmas Tags
If you cannot find just the right gift tags for your holiday packages or want to make them yourself, here are a few fun and simple tags that require a little glue, punches, fussy cutting and a hole punch. So simple, but the end results are just want Santa’s elves are looking for. These tags were made with the Canvas Corp Holiday Baking Collection
Project #8 – 12 days of Christmas Farmhouse Countdown
Today marks 12 days until Christmas and this fun Muffin Tin Countdown can be whipped up in a snap. Punch or cut 12 large rounds and 12 small rounds. Add 12 mini clothespins to a vintage or painted muffin tin and clip your 12 tags into place.
Behind each tag you can stash a little treat, a family activity, a question of the day, a scripture or a make it a holiday teaching moment.
Love the look of vintage holiday designs, here is a great collection of quick and easy holiday tags with just the right nostalgic look. Irit layers tag shape paper with vintage papers from the 7gypsies Santa’s Journey Collection then staples them all together with the cutest little staples. So simple and so cool. You can see more of Irit’s crafting on her blog Irit Shalom’s Designs
Little special paper pieces fill the spaces in this 7gypsies Letterblock tray. Hidden little messages, a small photo or a special saying that says what you feel about the holidays come together to create this paper crafting holiday treasure. Whip one up as a gift, create one with 12 days to countdown or design one to coordinate with your holiday decor.
So you have just viewed 10 fun and simple crafts using paper that you can create very quickly, so if you need a little crafting, alone time, you are inspired to make tags for the gifts under the tree, cards for your favorite neighbors, a tray filled with goodies or repurpose a muffin tin to create a countdown for or with the kids.
Happy Creating and we sure hope you are having a wonderful holiday season!!!