Who doesn’t love a deal? Whether or not you are on a budget, there’s no
better word than “free.” Few things in life are free, and we’ve found some
fantastic freebies for you. This holiday, add that extra special touch to
gifts, cards and decorations by making the details that make a difference.
These sites all have free downloadable templates, so grab some paper and
scissors and put on your creativity cap.
The best part is that many of these projects can be done with your kids.
For some, the idea of getting crafty might send you into a cold sweat.
We can’t all be Martha Stewart, but we can certainly learn from the Queen of
Crafts herself. Martha Stewart has templates for every occasion including holiday ornaments, sewing patterns,
place card templates, and even templates for clothespin dolls. If Martha has
thought about it (and you know she has), then it’s here. Just search
“templates” and you will find it all.
Skip to My Lou is a darling little site with plenty of free downloads and patterns that will
make your heart skip. Even though there is a section dedicated to Free
Downloads with cute things like labels and recipe cards, the site is peppered
with craft ideas that cost next to nothing. Several of these are crafts that
your kids can make and give as gifts for teachers or family members.
Templettes and Cut Out and Keep are two more sites with some great free template downloads. Templettes is a
blog with both paid and free templates from sites around the net. Check out the
“Free” category for templates for everything from holiday mailing labels to a
paper Hermes purse. Cut Out and Keep is more than a craft site, it’s a craft
community where you can comment and connect with a free membership. Most of the
“How-To” projects have templates, but there are so many fun ideas here you’ll
get inspired just browsing the site. There are even instructions on how to
paint your nails with decorative designs (ok, so it’s not a template, but it’s
If you want to take your crafting to the next level (or just have
people think you are a creative genious), check out Eat Drink Chic. Many of these
downloads found in the “Free Stuff” section are to elevate food presentations.
If you are making cookies and candies as gifts this year, you’ll find lots of
packaging ideas here that are as simple as clicking print. There is also an
assortment of holiday gift tags and labels. In just a few short minutes you can
download and print great gift tags that will put those store bought stickers to
Finally, from a crafty dad comes Made by Joel.
This site has some downloadable templates that you’ll enjoy browsing through
the site to find, but the shining stars here are the cool craft ideas made with
items you have around the house like dollhouse cereal boxes and cardboard
marionettes. Dad Joel has provided easy-to-follow videos that make this site
both endearing and fool proof.
Photo courtesy of www.madebyjoel.com