The holiday season is approaching. Before you know it, you’ll be sipping eggnog and hot toddies by the fire, waiting for Santa to arrive. How will you get yourself into the Christmas spirit this year?
Why not try some hands-on holiday projects? Whether you’re doing them alone or with your friends, doing art projects is a great way to get excited for the big day!
If you’re not confident in your art skills or you don’t have the motivation to commit to a completely DIY project, you still have options. You can use Christmas stencils for a quick and easy way to make some great crafts.
Need some inspiration? That’s why we’re here! Keep reading to learn all about our favorite ways to use stencils for Christmas art projects.
1. DIY Framed Art
This is by far the easiest way to use Christmas stencils and it’s so fun and simple that you can do it with adults and children alike. You can even incorporate your own art, handprints, and craft items.
You’re going to need a large canvas or a piece of thick paper. You’ll also need some newspaper to protect the surface that you’re working on, some kind of coloring tools (we prefer spray paint but you could also use crayons, standard paint, or markers), a pencil, and various craft supplies.
We suggest arranging your art stencils over your canvas in whatever combination you like before you start adding color or tracing. This way, you know that you won’t have any awkward spaces.
Fill in the colors, remove the stencils, and clean up any mistakes. If you’re going to use craft supplies, add them at this point. Get creative with it! We love adding small bells, pom poms, and glitter.
Put your art in a festive frame and consider making several more pieces to arrange on a gallery wall.
2. Festive Ornaments
What’s Christmas without a few DIY holiday ornaments on the tree and hung around the house?
For this, you’re going to want to find larger ornaments that come in flat colors if you want the best results. Try to find ones that are round or square and about the size of your palm.
You can choose orbs, cubes, or even flat ornaments.
Take small stencils and place them over each ornament. If you’re using an orb-shaped ornament, we suggest taping the stencil down before adding your color.
We love the idea of using initials on ornaments for every person in your family!
3. Snowy Cakes
Are you looking for an edible project? Believe it or not, you can use stencils for more than just arts and crafts!
For this, make your favorite kind of dark-colored cake. We suggest either chocolate or red velvet. The specific recipe doesn’t matter here, but a sweeter cake is a good choice (or a cake that has a layer of frosting in the middle).
Lay your stencil over the top of the cake and sift powdered sugar over it. This will create a “snowy” effect and it’s an easy way to decorate. If you’re using red velvet, consider doing something like a candy cane or Santa’s beard.
If you’re a more advanced cake decorator, you can have more flexibility if you use fondant over your cake and an airbrush to stencil in your designs, but this isn’t as simple.
4. Glittery Shirts
Are you bored of the “ugly Christmas sweater” trend? Sure, everyone loves a vintage Christmas abomination for a party, but why not make your own shirt this year?
We suggest using sweatshirts for this. Each person should pick a sweatshirt in a flat color (red, green, and white are popular options). They should arrange their chosen stencils over the shirt and stick them down.
You could use spray paint for this, but it won’t stick around. If you want to use color, we suggest investing in an airbrushing kit.
The main event, however, is glitter.
Use a paintbrush to paint fabric glue into the stencil area. Choose your favorite colors of glitter and sprinkle them all over the glue until there is no space left over. We suggest using ultra-fine glitter, but if you use good fabric glue, craft glitter is acceptable.
When you’re done, remove the stencil and shake the shirt over some newspaper or an empty box to catch the glitter. Add any extra craft supplies, like bells, to make the shirt pop.
We love the idea of having family members and friends wear these shirts for Christmas photos!
5. Countdown Calendars
Countdown calendars are a fun part of any Christmas tradition. Why not make your own?
There are a few options here. If you want to make something fun and interactive, why not try making your own advent calendar for friends and family?
You’re going to need 12 small containers (like small cardboard boxes from crat stores) for the 12 days of Christmas. Spray paint each box your desired color or leave them brown for a more “rustic” look.
Use stencils to paint numbers and small decorative details on the lids of the boxes. Put small trinkets and treats inside each box for people to enjoy as they count down to Christmas day.
If you want something more decorative and simple, start with a sheet of wood. Lay your stencil art and numbers over the wood and spray paint over it.
For extra fun, put strong magnets behind each number (on the back of the wood). On the back of a small, flat ornament, add another magnet and stick it to each day as you reach it so you can track your Christmas countdown.
Grab Your Christmas Stencils and Start Crafting
Christmas stencils make holiday craft projects a breeze. You can do them with children or as an activity for holiday gatherings with ease! Which one of these Christmas craft ideas is your favorite?
Gather some stencils, paint, and glitter, and start your holiday projects today!
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