Many of us have associated the holiday season with paper crafts since childhood, and regardless of age, making homemade Christmas gifts and ornaments is a fun and relaxing way to spend time with our loved ones while making some truly personal presents for family and friends. Crafting is also a relaxing way to take some time to yourself when the Christmas preparations get too hectic.
Whether you are gathering the family around you or taking some creative me-time, Canon’s free online service Creative Park has a wide range of templates that you can easily print and put together to create anything from gift boxes to advent calendars and children’s toys. All you’ll need is a printer, some paper and some basic papercraft tools (see below). So bring out the freshly-baked cookies, and put the world around you on pause – it’s time to get crafting!
Deck the halls with stars, bells, socks or Santas – Creative Park’s Home and Living section has a big selection of DIY Christmas ornaments that are easy to print, cut out and assemble. These adorable snowmen will look equally festive on the Christmas tree or the mantelpiece. Just print the template and follow the illustrated instructions.
Crafting tip: Before gluing, fold and crease along the fold lines and add curves where needed.
There are scores of advent calendars in the shops, but none are as personal as one you’ve made yourself. Whether you’re spoiling your loved ones or upping the game of Secret Santa at work, the recipient will be impressed to see a unique, handcrafted calendar filled with sweets.
Crafting tip: Keep track of which part is which by writing each part’s number in pencil on the back.