Crafting for the Holidays: Fun and Festive Crafting Projects to Celebrate the Season

Last Updated: February 3, 2024

A "Warm Winter Wishes" card with images of people sledding and making a snowman

Are you looking for more fun and festive crafting projects for the holiday season? Stay tuned to this post cause we’ve got you covered!

The holiday season is a time of joy, warmth, and creativity, and what better way to infuse your home with the spirit of the season than by indulging in some delightful paper crafting? 

Whether you're a seasoned paper crafter or a beginner looking for a fun and accessible way to express your festive spirit, this blog post will guide you through a series of charming paper crafting projects that will add a touch of magic to your holiday celebrations.

7 Paper Crafting Projects for the Holidays 

1. Paper Snowflakes Wonderland

Transform your living space into a winter wonderland with delicate paper snowflakes. All you need is a stack of white paper and scissors.

Experiment with different folding techniques to create intricate designs. You can also use snowflake dies and embossing folders to instantly create snowflake designs. Cut them out and hang them from your ceiling or tape them to your windows for an enchanting snowy effect.

A card designed with die-cut snowflakes, with the dies on display

2. Quilled Ornaments

Bring elegance to your tree with quilled paper ornaments. Quilling involves rolling thin strips of paper into coils and shaping them into various designs. 

Experiment with different colors and shapes to create unique ornaments that stand out amidst the twinkling lights.

3. Holiday Pop-Up Cards

Add a touch of surprise to your holiday greetings with handmade pop-up cards!

A card designed with floral outlines and a pop-up butterfly made from Glitter Cardstock

Choose festive colors and designs, then incorporate pop-up elements like Christmas trees, snowmen, or gift boxes. Your friends and family will appreciate the extra effort put into creating a personalized and interactive card.

4. Paper Mistletoe Garland

Kiss under the mistletoe without the need for real foliage. Craft your mistletoe leaves using green paper and hang them from a red ribbon. A charming paper mistletoe garland makes a great festive decoration and adds a sweet tradition for spreading holiday love.

5. Adorable Paper Gift Tags

Elevate your gift-wrapping game with handmade paper gift tags! Cut out holiday shapes like stockings, bells, or snowflakes from colored paper. Personalize them with names or festive messages, and attach them to your beautifully wrapped presents for an extra special touch.

Check out 3 ways to make DIY holiday gift tags with the tutorial video below:

6. Paper Candle Luminaries

Create a cozy atmosphere with paper candle luminaries. Cut festive designs on colored paper and glue them onto glass jars or candle holders. 

When you place an LED candle inside, the warm glow will cast delightful holiday shadows around the room.

7. Christmas Village Silhouettes

A card with winter cabins and Christmas village feels

Craft a magical Christmas village with paper silhouettes. Cut out house shapes and intricate details, then attach them to a piece of cardstock. Frame or display your Christmas village on a mantel or shelf for a charming and whimsical holiday touch.

More Holiday Crafting Ideas: Holiday Greeting Cards

Holiday greeting cards never go out of style, and with some personalization and a touch of creativity, you’re sure to make memorable cards for your family and friends. Let’s take some inspiration from our own designers and take a look at what they’ve come up with.

Non-Traditional Holiday Color Scheme Card with Jolly Ornaments Hot Foil Plate

One of our designers, Aga, shares a fun holiday card design with a Jolly Ornaments Hot Foil Plate and some floral dies. She used a non-traditional holiday color scheme for this one.

When we asked her why non-traditional colors, she said:

“I've always been a huge fan of non-traditional colors for holiday cards, and I also love using non-holiday supplies. It’s a great way to stretch the versatility of items from my stash. So, today’s card is a mix of both.”

Steps to follow:

  1. Create a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card base from white cardstock.
  2. Die cut circle from white cardstock using a die from Halftone Circles Nesting Die Set
  3. Add ink to the circle die-cut using a Small Ink Blending Tool and Cloudy Sky Crisp Dye Ink.
  4. Adhere die cut into place on the card base using glue tape.
  5. Add ink splatters using Jet Black Ink Spray.
  6. Hot foil one of the images from the Jolly Ornaments Hot Foil Plate onto a piece of white cardstock using Hot Foil Roll – Brass (Satin).
  7. Die cut foiled image using coordinating die.
  8. Die cut 14 branches from white cardstock using the Branches and Berries Die Set.
  9. Color die-cut branches using a Small Blend Tool and Green Fields Fresh Dye Ink Set
  10. Add details to some of the die-cut branches using Warm Sunshine Artist Alcohol Marker.
  11. Arrange branch die-cuts into place on the card base and adhere into place using glue tape.
  12. Adhere foiled embellishment into place on the card base using foam tape.

Check out the result below:

A holiday card with a non-traditional holiday color scheme created by Aga

So for those of you who’d like to see more use of your existing stamp and die sets, feel free to experiment with various combinations and come up with your own festive designs!

Check out Aga’s blog post here for more details.

3 Simple Steps to Customize a Chalkboard Greeting Holiday Card

Crafter Jaycee shows us this card-making tutorial to create a stunning chalkboard-inspired holiday card.

Here’s how it looks:

A chalkboard greeting holiday card made by Jaycee

Beautiful, isn’t it? 

Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Create a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card base from white cardstock.
  2. Distress/ink a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" panel of Jet Black Cardstock using Cloud White Pigment ink and a crumpled piece of paper.
  3. Adhere the panel to the card base using glue tape.
  4. Stamp images from the Poinsettia & Berries Stamp Set onto a piece of white cardstock using Embossing Ink and heat set using Pure White Embossing Powder.
  5. Stamp the other flower layers using Ruby Red and Grapevine Fresh Dye Ink for some of the images and Forest Glades and Evergreen Fresh Dye Ink for the other flowers.
  6. Color around images using Charcoal Suit Artist Marker.
  7. Stamp branch image from Poinsettia and Berries Stamp Stamp onto a piece of Jet Black Cardstock using Embossing Ink and heat set using Pure White Embossing Powder.
  8. Die cut images using coordinating dies.
  9. Distress/ink die-cut images using Cloud White Pigment Ink and a crumpled piece of paper.
  10. Die cut sentiment using any of these great die choices:
    1. Fine Alphabet Die Set
    2. Classic Alphabet Die Set
    3. Caps Bold Alphabet Die Set
    4. Inline Alpha Die Set
    5. Mega Hope Die
  11. Cut your chosen word 2 times from white cardstock and 1 time from Jet Black Cardstock.
  12. Adhere die-cut letters together using glue tape. Off-set letters to create a 'shadow' effect.
  13. Adhere die-cut elements into place on the card base using glue tape and foam tape.
  14. Add splatter using Pure White Ink Spray.

You can check out Jaycee’s blog post here for more details, or you can play the video below and craft as you watch!

Embrace the Holiday Spirit with These Crafting Projects! 

These fun and festive projects are enjoyable and add a personal and handmade touch to your holiday festivities. Whether you're creating ornaments, decorations, or heartfelt cards, the beauty of paper crafting lies in its simplicity and versatility. 

So, what are you waiting for? Gather your crafting supplies, unleash your imagination, and let the holiday paper crafting extravaganza begin!

As always, you’re welcome to join us In the Craft Room for more inspiring card ideas and unique designs. Happy crafting, and Happy Holidays to all!

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