Crafting and more: Christmas Traditional

We love the simplicity of our stencils, and how they give all children the confidence and ability to create a fabulous piece of art on their t-shirt. However, sometimes children need a little guidance or inspiration, and we hope our Crafting and more series of blog posts will provide some fun and simple craft projects and tutorials to help you get the most out of your stencil kit. Our products are designed to use again and again, and with a few basic materials you can make all kinds of things! 

Wrapping paper

Make your own wrapping paper this year – it is really simple but so effective. We used a roll of recycled brown paper and made designs using a single motif and colour. You could print them in rows or half repeats or randomly across the paper. Finish it off with ribbon, twine and homemade gift tags printed and cut from cardboard. 

Paper chains

A classic Christmas decoration to make with your kids We drew seven equal lines across pieces of coloured card (roughly the width of a ruler) and printed the snowflake and star stripe designs in black paint. Once dry, cut out the strips, thread through each other, and glue at the ends. 

Letter to Santa

The patterns on this stencil are great for making personalised writing sets – for letters to friends and family, thank you notes, or that all important message to Santa. We created borders on a sheet of plain paper, and drew faint lines with a ruler to make writing easier and neater. We also added motifs to the envelope to make it match and add a personal touch. 

Stocking and fabric gift bag

Inspired by Fair Isle patterns, this stencil is great for making lots of simple stripes of festive designs. We’ve used it here to print our own fabric stocking and gift bag that would be a great alternative to wrapping paper. 

Advent calendar

We used the Alphabet and Numbers stencils as well as the main stencil to create our own ‘colour-in’ advent calendar. First we drew a large tree shape with a sharpie onto paper, then added a message along the bottom with the Alphabet stencils – this could be your child’s name or funny slogan. Then we added the numbers from 1-24 in faint pencil randomly across the tree using the Numbers stencils. The idea is that every day during December, you find the correct number, and stamp a festive motif over the top to gradually decorate the tree. 

We hope you have fun with your stencils, and we’d love to see what you make. Don’t forget to tag us on social media #fabdabdo_ and if you need any help or advice with these projects, contact our craft expert at