Easy DIY Holiday Projects

Get holiday-ready with these DIY projects for ornaments, cards, stocking stuffers and decorations. Download the free card templates to create your own greeting cards and photo postcards. Follow along with the simple tutorials and see how you can use your own photos or artwork to create ornaments and other decorations.

Hand-painted Sign

Learn how to make a hand-painted sign in 5 simple steps. Free templates including 6 holiday stencils are available for download.

DIY Ornaments

Learn how to make a DIY ornament with your own photos or artwork. It’ll be perfect for Christmas tree decoration during the holiday season or as a special gift for family and friends.

DIY Snow Globe

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a homemade snow globe in just 4 basic steps, using cutouts of your favorite photos or artwork and a glass jar.

Holiday Card Templates

Download the FREE holiday card template and follow along with this tutorial to customize it with your own text and photo.

DIY Holiday Lanterns

Learn how to make a DIY holiday lantern. A perfect decoration or gift for the holiday season. Download our FREE lantern template and follow along the tutorial.

Playing Cards

For the card player on your gift list, create a custom deck of playing cards using your own photos and a PaintShop Pro script.

Holiday Gift Box and Ornament

Learn how to make a DIY Holiday Ornament and Gift Box in a few simple steps. You can download free templates and make one yourself today!

DIY Lamps

See how easy it is to make your own image lamps, pendant lights or patio lanterns – using your own photos or artwork and a plastic bottle.

Free Holiday Content

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Easy DIY Creative Gifts

These photo projects are quick and easy, and very inexpensive to make. With just a few simple steps to each project, they’re great for all skill levels, including beginners and kids. And the best part? You can turn your favorite photos or artwork into a thoughtful and personalized gift.

DIY Magnets

Here’s an easy DIY project that’s fun for kids and adults. Create custom magnets in a few simple steps using glass gems and your photos or artwork. A great idea for stocking stuffers!

Packing Tape Stickers

It’s really easy to turn you own photos into stickers using packing tape. Use them to decorate mugs, bottles, storage jars, and more for unique gift ideas. Or use them to make gift tags.

Custom Calendars

Learn how to easily create a unique, personalized calendar by adding your own photos or artwork and text to a calendar template. FREE calendar template included!

Photo Collages

Learn how to use your own photos and our templates to create a beautiful collage to decorate your walls or give as a gift. FREE collage template included!

More Creative Gift Ideas

These DIY projects are more advanced but offer some great ways to turn your favorite photos into custom gifts and keepsakes that will be treasured for years to come. Kids can help with many of the steps but may need some supervision to complete the projects.

Image Transfer on Candles

Make a gorgeous holiday decoration or gift by applying a photo or artwork onto a candle. In addition to the image and candle, you will need tissue paper, wax paper, and a heat source like a hair dryer. You can use a traditional wax candle or an LED candle, as long as it has a wax coating.

Image Transfer on Wood

With this project you can create a rustic-looking display for your own home or as a gift for someone special. You can find wood blocks and the gel medium at most craft stores. Just make sure you plan enough time for the drying stages.

Image Transfer on Canvas

There are many online services that will print your photos or artwork on canvas, but you can also do this process at home, for a low cost. As with the wood transfer project, make sure you plan enough time to let your canvas dry in between steps.