Simple Family Christmas Crafts

Don’t have a lot of time to spend on Christmas crafts? Not to worry, because the World Wide Web is full of free images that can be used to make easy holiday craft projects. For example, crafts made from vintage Christmas cards or vintage Christmas clipart found online are simple to make, due to the fact that vintage images are both versatile and very effective at conveying a traditional holiday feel. These pictures also usually cost nothing to download and their age puts them outside the range of copyright protection. That’s important for people who want to honor copyrights (as we all should).

Just a quick Web search with the search term “vintage holiday” will give you a large number of free vintage images from which many fun crafts projects can be made. And, of course, if you don’t like vintage, new Christmas clip art can also produce great craft projects.

Here are some examples of simple holiday projects virtually anyone can make by using free electronic images:

Christmas Gift Tags
You can actually find free holiday gift tags on the Internet but you can also make your own. Just download the image or images you want to use and insert them into a table in your word processing or other type of program. Make the table two columns by six or eight rows, depending on how tall you want the cards to be. Place your chosen art into every cell (or every other cell if you want to fold them), leaving room to write people’s names. Then, print onto heavy card stock, cut them out using a paper cutter or a ruler and craft knife. You can also make holes for string or ribbon in the corners by using a hole punch.

Handmade Christmas Cards
Once you’ve gone online and downloaded the holiday image you would like to use, paste it into a Word, PowerPoint or OneNote document. You can make the card virtually whatever size you want using the software’s settings. Position the image on one half of the card, so it can be folded in half once it’s printed. Print the card on sturdy stock, fold it and use a little glitter glue to make it sparkle. You can also make your own envelopes or just get some at the dollar store.

Gather ‘Round the Family” Christmas Wreath
Making a Christmas wreath is simple and can even be made when the family gathers to celebrate the holidays. Here are the supplies you’ll need:

  • 1 plain Styrofoam wreath ring (your choice as far as size)
  • Green construction paper, cut in the shape of holly leaves approximately four inches long
  • Christmas clipart or vintage cards of your choice (between two and four inches long), printed and cut along the outlines
  • Scissors
  • A box of short straight pins

Have family members and guests jot Christmas messages and the date on the holly leaves. Then, position them in a balanced way around the Styrofoam wreath and affix them with the straight pins. You might need to adjust the leaves to look good. The straight pins will make it easy to reposition the elements. (Just make sure to watch the little ones around the straight pins!) When the leaves are all in position on the wreath, add the clip art. The resulting wreath will be a treasure that commemorates your family’s love for a long time to come.

I hope you have a great time making these Christmas craft projects and that you have a terrific holiday!