It is two days until Thanksgiving. Have you started Christmas yet?
Last year I really didn’t “do” Christmas as I had back surgery in November and hadn’t planned on not being able to move very well for over a month. But coloring holiday scenes, including Johanna Basford’s fundraising printables “tease,” kept me in the holiday spirit.
If I had wished for one thing to get me into the spirit last year, I would have dug into Christmas coloring cards, tags and crafts. This year, I am starting today!
Tip: After coloring any of these cards or crafts, consider spraying them lightly with a fixative to avoid smudging or scratching your beautiful coloring. Be sure to let marker or pen ink dry thoroughly before using the spray!
Note: Prices shown were accurate as of the date of this post. Online retailers change prices often so do check before you buy.
Christmas Coloring Cards
In the interest of “digital-detox” I am actually sending real, live Christmas cards this year (remember those?)! And hand-colored cards can be less expensive than the single cards you buy in the store: many are less than 50 cents each! As the sizes can be “odd”, they may need additional postage so I suggest mailing them from the post office just to be sure. Besides mailing them as holiday cards, you could also use them in Christmas stockings or as very nice gifts tags. Glitter markers or glitter gel pens will add a nice touch.
The Coloring Book of Cards and Envelopes: Christmas, by Rebecca Jones
Publisher Nosy Crow makes some fantastic books, both picture books for the kids and beautiful adult coloring books. This volume as 24 traditional designs on single-fold cards including trees, gingerbread men, reindeer and more. You also can color the envelopes. Everything is in the book: the cards (2 per page, there is a line to cut them apart) and the envelopes (which you fold after coloring and removing them). You also get stickers to seal the envelopes. Every page is perforated to make removal easy. The finished cards are 5.25″ x 5.25″ inches folded in half. The front of the card has an adorable Christmas-themed design to color. The inside of the card has a little design motif for you to color on the lower left hand corner. The right side has a quaint border for you to color in — with plenty of blank space in the middle for you add in your own greeting. My water-based markers and colored pencils worked best because you don’t want any bleeding.
Winter Dreams 20 Postcards, by Hanna Karlzon
Although not explicitly for the holidays, these postcards all have winter-themed images such as birds, owls, squirrels, ornaments, lanterns, snow globes, reindeer, snowflakes, sprawling homes, small cottages, and more. The illustrations are rather intricate The postcards 4 7/8″ x 6 7/8″, a really nice size for coloring but if you want to mail these in an envelope (not included), you may have to trim them a bit. The printing and paper quality is excellent, and each card easily pulls out of the book.
These are cards printed on one side and detachable from the book via perforations. Quite large at 5-1/2″ x 7-1/2″ – too large to mail as a postcard, but envelopes are not included. Completely blank on the reverse to add your own greetings. A few of the images are quite detailed and have fine line-weight.
Christmas Coloring Crafts
Years ago when my husband’s daughters were young, we always did a craft during our Christmas Eve party, usually creating ornaments with modeling clay
Three-Dimensional Christmas Ornament Coloring Book & Paper Crafts, by Monika Mira
This book will inspire your creativity with 24 detailed holiday designs. The ornament designs can be used for Christmas cards, decorations, and gift tags, or assembled into unique three-dimensional ornaments to hang on the tree. Designs include Christmas trees, stars, and birds, as well as traditional ornament shapes. There are also five blank templates to challenge your creativity if you want. See my full review & giveaway HERE.
Color Your Christmas: A Crafty Christmas Adult Coloring Book, by Suzy Joyner
This book has 27 pages jam-packed with activities including bookmarks, coasters, recipe cards, art prints, greeting cards, ornaments, stockings, gift tags, and more. Also included are a couple of pull outs that are 4-page images to color; really fun! It has a wide variety of Christmas images and themes with easy-to-understand instructions. The quality of the book and paper are great. Some designs are very detailed and others simpler – options for whatever coloring mood you might be in.
Color Your Own Christmas Ornaments, by Adams Media
Features 50 3D Punch-Out Designs,The ornaments a perforated, double sided and slotted so you can make dimensional colored ornaments in a flash. All you have to do is color and punch out the two complementary designs then slide the first piece into the second.
Color In Gold Metallic Mandala Gift Embellishment Tags from Craft Smith
This pack of has 24 colorable gift tags, printed in gold metallic ink. The white card-stock tags are 3-3/4″ in diameter and the holes are precut. Instead of gift tags, you could also string a bunch of them together to create a decorative Christmas garland.
Available on Amazon.com for $14.99.
This kit would be so great for any Christmas party – adults and kids alike! Includes 10 each reindeer, mittens, and ornament wood coloring cutouts, 3 glitter glues, and 12 markers. The ornaments ar about 2″ x 3″ and have holes ready for string for hanging.
Available on Amazon.com for $19.99.
KaiserColour Coloring Tags
This pack of 24 gift tags is holiday-themed and as simple as you can get.
Available on Amazon.com for $7.11.
Do you have any special Christmas coloring crafts that you have made traditions in your home? Tell us about them in the comments section below!