Ok can we talk about how quickly Christmas crept up on us this year, I’m sure it was only summer last month?! If like me you are looking for last minute crafting ideas for Christmas then today’s post is for you! As a kid I loved making snowflakes and little doilies with my Mum at christmas time, we would spend hours drawing out the designs and cutting them by hand and then putting them all over the house, it’s such a lovely activity to do with kids (and I am sure my Mum appreciated the quiet concentration it brought with it!) Nowadays paper cutting is a little easier, you can print off templates for a more intricate pattern or use svg cuts, files that can be used with cutting machines like Silhouette or Cricut (both are high on my christmas wishlist!) Design bundles have a plethora of beautiful designs you can download to create your own homemade christmas decorations, some of my favourites are the 3d flowers, little houses and of course the traditional christmas snowflake!
I thought I would share with you a few ideas I have for last minute paper cutting christmas crafting:
Make your own garland
Garlands are pretty pricey and making your own paper version is really simple. You can take some metallic string (I like gold twine) and measure it out to just longer than your hearth or mantlepiece. I then like to divide this by around 10-20 and mark those spaces on the twine evenly. I then cut pieces of twine in various lengths (from around 3-8 cm in length) and tie these vertically at those marked points. I then pick my paper design! You can go for anything you like but I like north star patterns and tradition snowflakes. Once cut out I make a small hole (with a single use hole punch or just a craft knife) and thread through the designs onto the individual pieces of twine. Once finished you can make two little loops at the end of the twine and hang from some small hooks. The cut out details look beautiful in front of fairy lights and give a really festive feel to the room!
Make your own festive wrapping paper
This is a genius hack and one we use quite frequently. You can take any plain wrapping paper you have and make it look super festive (perfect if you have an old roll hanging around from a birthday party or just completely forgot to pick wrapping paper up, usually something I am guilty of!) You pick your paper cutting design, I like to go for a traditional doily pattern and once cut out you simply glue it on top of the wrapping paper and tie a bit of twine around it, and voila, a beautiful and cheap way to jazz up your presents (and wow everyone with your creative talent!)
Make your own christmas wreath
This one is a bit fiddly but looks amazing when finished and is something you could potentially use all year around. I stick to one colour if I plan to use it after christmas and pick out my 3d flower designs, before assembling them (a small wreath will require at least 10 large flowers and then 20-25 small and medium ones for fill it out) You can pick up a foam wreath from most craft stores and you will need to either hot glue or pin on the flowers to create a beautiful one of a kind floral wreath. I think it looks particularly effective in all white but if you are feeling jazzy you could mix in some metallics too!
Paper Tea Light Holders
Now safety first, you should only ever make paper tea light holders for use with flameless tea lights (never light a tea light and place it on or near paper for obvious reasons!) but with a flameless tea light you can create a really beautiful display along your fireplace mantle or windowsills. You simple need to create your paper cutting design (I think this works well with more intricately cut out designs like snowflakes and christmas trees) and I like to take some paper or card and create a small base for the tea light to sit on with just a little tab space left to attach to the bottom of the design (if you have a staple free stapler or some clear glue that would work best) you then place the flameless tea light behind the design and when turned on it creates beautiful patters on the walls, it’s one of the simplest but most effective crafts I do at Christmas!
Last but certainly not least the classic Evans family snowflakes. We pick a variety of snowflake designs in different sizes and colours and then use a glue dot or teeny bit of double sided tape to attach them all over our windows, it’s such a simple concept but it looks so effective, especially when done in gold and white with fairy lights hanging above, just magical!
So there you have it, 5 paper cutting crafts you can do between now and the big day to create something special and unique for your home! If you do create any please do send me links I would love to see!