free christmas stencils

Candy Canes, Trees and Ornaments

Just right-click on each of these Free Christmas Stencils and select print if you’re on a PC or drag the picture to a document for printing if you’re on a Mac. I hope you create some impressive art with these Free Stencils!

Do you remember why the Grinch stole Christmas? He did it because he was tired of all the commercialism. I can sympathize. I long for the times when Christmas was more about spending time with loved ones and less about stressing over finding the perfect gift when little handmade mementos were more valuable than a department store gift card. Just call me sentimental, but my favorite part of Christmas is getting together with friends to make cookies, spending time with the kids coloring Santa Claus pictures and conjuring up any Christmas crafts that I can think up.

Children love doing arts and craft projects. And it’s great to encourage them to create. But after a while, there’s no room left on the fridge to display their little masterpieces. Well, the holidays offer a unique time because they can make gifts using these free Christmas stencils for the whole family that will be highly cherished. And what fun you will all have!

Don’t miss the Free Christmas Tree Stencils. They’re just like the next two below, but I will share some project ideas for using them in your Holiday Decorations.

Saving Money with Free Stencils

You’ll save money by making homemade gifts, cards and decorations with these free Christmas Stencils! These days everyone can use a little of this. But don’t feel guilty. A gift should never have a dollar obligation amount attached to it. It really is about what comes from the heart and a homemade gift shows that you took the time to make something special for a loved one and what is more valuable than your time. Besides with some great ideas you’ll be delivering gifts that everyone will enjoy!

Another tidbit about stencils: remember, open sections of a stencil are called islands. These are the areas that allow color to be applied on the surface under the stencil. Bridges are the stencil material that separates the islands and keeps the shape of a stencil. These areas block color or paint from reaching the surface.

Oh Christmas Tree...

If you like these, you'll find a few more Printable Christmas Stencils scattered throughout this site like gifts under the tree!

Looking for a stress buster? Well, creating Christmas crafts is a great way to reduce stress for a couple of good reasons.

First, if you make some great gifts and decorations, that’s less time in the stores and malls (and what’s more stressful than fighting the crowds and worrying about if what you bought is the perfect gift). Second, it’s very relaxing and enjoyable to create. Not to mention that you will feel uplifted and motivated to think about the nice gifts that you are making for the special people in your life.

How To Make A Paper Stencil Reusable

These free Christmas stencils can be used again and again. You ask how? Well, before you cut out the openings, cover the top with a clear coat such as clear contact paper or even strips of clear packing tape slightly overlapped. Burnish or rub the tape down to get the air pockets out. That’s it.

Learn how to use stencils to make 3D decorations at Christmas Art Projects!

By the way, I like to do just the top side of the paper. If the bottom is slick it can encourage paint to bleed under the stencil and smudge your surface. The underside may get wet when you wash it but just let it dry and you can flatten it back out by storing it in a book.

You can’t beat these free Christmas stencils! I hope they have inspired you to get started right away making art with stencils. Enjoy all your Christmas craft activities.

Merry Christmas and Happy Stenciling,


P.S. Don't miss out on all the other great Holiday Crafts!