These Christmas Art Projects use stencils but not paint. Sounds unbelievable. Well, believe it and read on you’ll love this. Don’t miss the action in video too.
OK - Normally when we think about using stencil designs we imagine pressing paint into the openings. Right now I’m going to ask you to wipe that image out of your mind because we are going to use stencils in a whole new way.
First I’m going to tell you in words what I did but don’t miss the video below where I’ll show you!
For this Christmas Art Projects Event, I want to share with you how to create 3-D objects using stencil designs. First let me tell you that most of the stencils that I am using here are from Printable Christmas Stencils where you can print them for free!
I created four items with these free stencil patterns. They are an angel name place holder, a gingerbread man gift decoration, a poinsettia napkin ring holder (that I also used to decorate a crystal candle holder) and a reindeer centerpiece.
When you print downloadable stencils on paper you are required to cut out the image. On these Christmas Art Projects, it’s the cut out pieces that will be our patterns.
Don’t forget that now you not only have patterns for all of your 3-D decorations but now you have the stencils too! These are great for more Christmas Art Projects.
When you finish reading about using stencils for 3-D decorations, don't miss this Christmas Art Craft Tree Skirt Idea. I made seven different skirts to show you what you can do!
I always recommend that you cover your paper stencils with a clear protective coating before you cut them out so that they can be used again and again. After all, if you’re going to go through the work to do the cutting shouldn’t your efforts be for the long run. I use clear shelf liner but if you don’t have any of that run strips of clear shipping tape with a slight overlap so that the whole page is covered.
For the Angel Name Place Holder, I cut the pattern out of a stiff felt. I only had white on hand so I spray painted her gold. To get her to stand I cut a half circle out of the stiff felt and cut a notch in the center on the rounded edge (the flat edge stands on the table) and a notch in the bottom center of the Angel. They should be only deep enough to slide into each other but not all the way through.
The poinsettia was cut from three pieces of regular felt (red, pink and green). I took a small piece of yellow, pinched it in the middle of the red flower and secured it in place with some hot glue (be careful). Then I glued that one to the center of the pink flower and then to the center of the green.
I secured a ribbon on the back so that you can tie it around a napkin or decorate just about anything. I used some to embellish the crystal candle holders that normally sit on my table. This way I added a little holiday flare to the usual decor. It’s an easy, quick switch out!
I used the Gingerbread Man Stencil to cut out some patterns on brown felt. Then decorated them with red felt. Just a hint - I used a hole punch for the circles - so much easier than cutting out all those little circles.
You can use these to decorate gifts instead of bows or as tree ornaments (get the kids involved with that). I’m sure you can think of about a thousand other ways they can add a little holiday spirit to your decorations.
Once you’ve got your feet wet with this project I know you’ll be itching to get into more
Christmas Crafts like this one. Not to worry - we have plenty.
I created this cute reindeer centerpiece with a couple of the stencils found below by placing the cutout reindeer images from the stencils on two pieces of stiff brown felt with their front legs lining up together and tracing. Then I cut out the two patterns and used a hot glue gun to attach them at the legs.
The felt is stiff enough to allow the Reindeer Centerpiece to stand up but flexible enough for you to separate the two parts to give them a leg to stand on - so to speak. You may want to glue a brace between the hooves to provide some stability.
If you like the Reindeer shapes in this project then I know you’ll love to see how I used them to create Christmas Art Prints to hang over my fireplace. I just replace my usual paintings during December for a unique holiday decoration. Again, a quick switch out and a Christmas Art Projects idea that will can be used year after year!
Well that’s it in words! Now here it is in a motion picture event (too dramatic?).
I hope you got a lot out of this Christmas Art Projects Production. And most of it done with
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Flying Reindeer Stencils
Do you like the Reindeer Prints pictured here? These are the stencils used for the 3-D Reindeer Centerpiece.
They're very easy 2 overlay stencils in a down-loadable pdf file so that you can get your stencils right away (they will be e-mailed to you). Complete instructions included and ready to print on regular letter size paper.
Christmas: A Book of Stencils
This collection includes 9 designs. They are Santa Claus, a Reindeer, a Christmas Tree (with options for decorations), a Candle with Holly Accents, Bells with a Bow, a Gingerbread Boy and Girl, and a String of Lights.
This purchase is of a PDF file which has 42 pages.
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Classic Christmas Cards
Here’s a neat little book that I created for Christmas Card Making. The designs can be used as stencils or masks. You can use them to apply paint or cut out colored paper and paste. Stencils included are the Christmas tree and star, the reindeer, the ornament and bow and of course the carolers. Also, included is a pattern so that you can make matching envelopes. These stencils are great for all of your Christmas Art Projects.
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Fleur de lis: Book of Stencils
This collection includes 22 designs. Ten are easy single overlay. Six have 2 overlays and six have 3 overlays.
This purchase is of a PDF file which has 63 pages.
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Angels: A Book of Stencils
These will be wonderful additions to your Christmas Art Projects.
This collection includes 4 designs- Angel in Thought, Young Angel, Angel with Trumpet and Guardian Angel. Angels are a classic addition to your Christmas Arts and Crafts.
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If you love making things then Christmas is the very best time of year. This site has so many ideas that I wanted to put all the links to Christmas Crafts at your fingertips - after all, time is of the essence this time of year! Enjoy and Merry Christmas!
Angel Stencil - Free Angel Stencils.
Christmas Art Activities - Decorate Ornaments with Stencils.
Christmas Art Craft - Find great ideas for making Tree Skirts with Stencils.
Christmas Art Ideas - Watch a Video for more Christmas Craft Ideas.
Christmas Art Prints - Find a new way to use Holiday Decorations.
Christmas Art Projects - Watch a video about using Stencils to create in different ways other than with paint.
Christmas Card Templates
Christmas Arts and Crafts - Make a beautiful candle holder with Stencils.
Christmas Card Ideas
Christmas Craft Activities - Use Stencils to make unique Stockings to hang by the fire.
Christmas Craft Ideas - Decorate Gift Bags.
Christmas Craft Patterns
Christmas Projects - Decorate unique Gift Tags.
Christmas Tree Stencils
Free Christmas Stencils
Gingerbread Man Stencil - Ideas and a Free Stencil.
Holiday Crafts - Here is the place for all your Holiday Crafts.
Holiday Stencil - Watch a Video with a unique way of using Stencils for Holiday Decorations.
Homemade Christmas Crafts - See how to use Stencils to embellish cloth napkins.
Make a Snowflake
Printable Christmas Stencils
Snowflake Crafts - Gift and Decoration Ideas with Artful Snowflakes.
Snowflake Designs - Here is where you'll see how to put your Snowflake Designs to use making unique gifts.
Snowflake Patterns - Make 3-D Snowflake Decorations.
Well, I hope you enjoyed all the Christmas Crafts and please come back year round for many other decorating ideas with Stencils!
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MisterArt.com has a dedicated department for stencil supplies. Here you'll find stencil films, paints, books and tools plus and extensive selection of applicators including brushes and sponges.
In these times, we're always looking for a bargain. CreateForLess has a good selection of plastic palettes for you to choose. Plus you'll find Delta Ceramacoat and DecoArt Paints, stencil brushes and applicators, a few pre-cut stencil designs, and many other items on your stencil supplies checklist.
Joann.com carries a variety of high quality acrylic paints, great for stenciling. You'll find brands like Delta Ceramacoat, Folk Art, Americana and DecoArt. They also provide paint applicators and many other arts and crafts and stencil supplies.
If it's pre-cut stencil designs that you are looking for, then may I suggest Stencil Ease. They have decorative, alphabet and industrial designs or they can custom make one for you. You'll also find Americana Acrylic Paints and other stencil supplies.