Crafty Christmas tips
Get ready for the festive season with our crafty tips and free festive themed printable templates
If the thought of Christmas leaves you feeling flustered rather than festive, we’ve got some crafty tips to get you through the season. Whether you’re trying to think of the perfect gift, or attempting to keep the kids busy, our snippets of advice will help keep you on track.
Cheap and cheerful homemade treats
Keeping to a budget can be tricky over Christmas, so try making some of your presents to minimise your costs. Even a simple bundle of homemade treats can spread some joy – just dress them up in a special box. There’s no need to go to the shops – just get out some thick paper or card and print off a template to create your box at home. We’ve got a selection of free gift box templates that you can use including a gingerbread house. Our top tip - line your box with baking paper to keep the box grease-free.
Keep the kids busy
It’s great having time off with the kids at Christmas, but keeping them occupied can be a real challenge when it comes to inspiration and spiraling costs. Pretty much every kid loves being let loose with a pack of pencils and a colouring in sheet, so let them get creative with our free festive printables. There’s Christmas trees, baubles and stars all ready for your little ones to colour in. Make sure you never run out with our templates that can be printed on demand.
Unique Christmas gifts
Are you struggling to think of a Christmas gift? It might not be new, but photos always go down a treat. What Grandma or Grandpa can resist a picture of their grandchildren? Bring your photos to life and share them with your loved ones. It’s easy to do at home and you don’t even need a computer; with our free Epson Creative Print app you can print photos on your Epson printer directly from Facebook.
Christmas cards covered
We’ve all been there; a casual acquaintance suddenly surprises you with a Christmas card and you’re struck with guilty pangs as you left them off your list. This year, get yourself prepared for every card-giving scenario with a selection of backup cards on hand. What’s our top tip? Opt for a neutral design so that whether they’re a colleague, neighbour or friend, you’ll be ready to sign and go. Never get caught out – keep a selection of our printable Christmas cards to hand.
Following your latest crafting attempts, do your friends leave rather mean comments on your Facebook page with hashtags such as #epicfail? You need to find yourself a foolproof crafting option this Christmas to put them in their place. Avoid lengthy instructions, tiresome lists of equipment and time-intensive activities, and opt for an activity that is easy, fun and proven to deliver great results. Create original Christmas baubles and hanging star decorations with our easy and free printable templates.
It’s the giving that counts, so don’t feel bad this year if you buy vouchers to solve any last-minute shopping crises. To make your voucher as impressive as any gift-wrapped item, why not place it in a bespoke card? Give your card a unique and special touch with a shared memory from the year and personalise it with their name. We’ve got a selection of free voucher card templates that you can print at home.
Is there anything better than the sight of a stack of presents? They can make a great feature in themselves with a little artful arrangement, but before you start gathering them all up, make sure each gift has a tag. It will ensure you don’t forget who each one is to, while also adding a little finesse. Head to our website to print off our tag templates as and when you need them.
With our top tips, you’ll be able to enjoy the merriment of the season, safe in the knowledge that you’re ready for at least some of its challenges.
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