What are printables? Printables are digital downloads and include things like patterned papers, characters, artwork, journaling resources, party invitations and even ready-made cards. Printables are a great way to boost your stash at a fraction of the price. They are usually delivered as a JPG, PDF or PNG file format, depending on the product, and you need to have access to a printer in order to print them out. Looking to buy a new printer? We've rounded up some of the best printers to buy for cardmaking, scrapbooking and hot foiling.


Printables are great. You save them to your computer (or external hard drive), then print out as and when you need them. Patterned papers and digi stamps are ideal for card making, scrapbooking and other papercrafts, while colouring pages are a satisfying way to while away an afternoon, or to keep the kids amused. Colouring pages look great when completed, and can even make unusual art pieces or home decor when framed.

We have collated some of the best Christmas printables in one place, all free to download today and make your Christmas crafting a little easier, many of them from right here on Gathered.

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Try these free Christmas printables

Let's get to the freebies! These free Christmas printables are ideal for card making, but could also be used in other paper crafts and Christmas decorations. Scroll down for free Christmas colouring pages and free Christmas digi stamps, too.

Christmas printable ideas

Northern Lights printables

The aurora must be one of the most magical sights of these dark, clear nights, and illustrator Rhiannon Bull has captured them perfectly with this collection of free Northern Light printables. Fussy cut penguins, seals, polar bears, puffins, deer and cardinals and build up your own woodland scene while the aurora dances overhead.

Nativity Printables

Bring the traditional Christmas story to life with this delightful selection of free Nativity printables, illustrated by Naomi Skinner. There’s Mary, Joseph, the Baby Jesus, Angel Messenger, the Three Wise Men, a shepherd and his sheep, the stable and manger, sheet music and the night sky over Bethlehem. There’s even the Star of Bethlehem to hang over the stable. Sentiments include, ‘Rejoice!’ ‘Joy to the World’, ‘O Holy Night’ and ‘Christmas Blessings’.

Christmas Sloth Printables

Sloth Christmas cards - free patterned papers

Take it easy this Christmas with Naomi Skinner’s collection of free Christmas Sloth printables. The fun sentiments include, ‘Don’t hurry, be happy’, ‘Eat, Sleep and be Merry’, ‘Have a Relaxing Christmas’, ‘Santa Stop Here’ and the perfect sentiment for 2020, ‘Nope!’. Dress your sloths in Santa hats and have them peeping out from behind leaves, or hanging from treetops for unique homemade Christmas cards this year.

Jolly Santa Printables

Free Santa Claus downloads

Emily Lester has illustrated a collection of heart-warming home-for-Christmas printables in a traditional palette of reds and greens. Hang stockings up by the fireplace, stack presents under the tree, or why not learn how to make a swing card with our tutorial?

Festive Pet Printables

If you have pets, or are making cards for someone who does, you need to check out these free festive pets printables. Illustrator Naomi Skinner celebrates all the furbabies in our lives, from pups tangled in fairy lights, to cats helping with baubles and hamsters in Santa hats. There’s even a selection of wrapped fish and bones! Why not also check out our tutorial and learn how to make a penny spinner with these printables.

Santa's Toy Shop Printables

Head to the North Pole with Emily Waite’s colourful free Santa's Toy Shop printables. There’s a template for a 3D gift box of Santa’s Toy Shop, elves, reindeer, toys galore, fuzzy jumpers and even a dress-up Santa!

Frosty Winter Woodland Printables

Step into a winter wonderland with these watercolour illustrations of snowy trees, stags, foliage and snow-filled skies from illustrator Esther Curtis. These free frosty woodland printables are ideal for combining with white paper or card, for snow-covered forest floors, or why not add lashings of icy sparkle (glitter) to the trees for extra winter magic.

Free White Christmas papers

Download these charming winter wonderland papers, designed by Rhiannon Bull. There are six patterned papers and two topper sheets, plus card inspiration to get you started. This collection looks gorgeous when paired with white or navy card!

Free Vintage Christmas papers

There are seven patterned papers and one topper sheet making up this vintage Christmas paper collection. Baubles, rocking horses and festive foliage will help you add some timeless magic to your Christmas crafting this year. We’ve also given you six easy card ideas to get you started.

Free Christmas Poinsettia papers

Nothing says Christmas foliage like a bright red poinsettia. The red, green and gold colours of these papers look beautiful when paired with kraft card, or why not go bold and really brighten things up with some red card? In this free poinsettia paper collection, there are five sheets of patterned Christmas poinsettia paper, two topper sheets and one border sheet for trimming your cards.

Free Christmas Lights papers

Spread some joy and happiness with these free Christmas lights printables. These merry and bright papers feature fun-loving reindeer, trumpet-playing penguins and mice dressed as Santa. There are three card designs to get you started, and the collection contains five patterned papers and three topper sheets.

Free Snowman Printables

Send warm winter wishes to friends and family this year with this cool collection of snowman-themed papers, toppers and sentiments. Illustrator Jenny Ellory has woven a Scandi inspired motif into her designs, and she’s even designed some printable gift tags as well.

Free Snow Scene Printables

Create the cheeriest of snow-covered villages with these free snow scene printables illustrated by Becki Clark. These are a great option to use with glitter, why not add a dusting along the rooftops? Ripped paper works really well, too, as you can quickly and easily create snowdrifts for the foreground.

Free Christmas in New York Printables

Christmas in New York may look a little different this year, but Naomi Hocking captures the magic of the Big Apple with her collection of NYC patterned papers and toppers. Think reindeer flying over the New York skyline and ice skating in Central Park. There are six different patterned papers to download as well as two useful sentiment sheets.

Christmas Bauble patterned papers

Glinting baubles and festive foliage make up this collection of beautiful Christmas Bauble patterned papers. There are six patterned papers and two topper sheets in a calming pastel palette, all free to download and boost your Christmas stash!

Christmas jumper printables

We just hope we’ll look as fabulously festive in our holiday knits as the cute characters across these free Christmas jumper printables! Download your free Christmas jumper patterned papers right here on Gathered.

Free penguin printables

These free penguin printables are just the thing to put a smile on someone’s face during the long winter months. With cute penguins, polar bears, winter woodland and snowflakes, these papers would look brilliant paired with white, pastel blue, or silver card. Download your free penguin printables today!

Free Rudolf patterned papers

Celebrate the most loved reindeer with this collection of free Rudolf printables for an easy boost to your stash! Download your free Rudolf patterned papers in pdf form, for free!

Free Christmas gingerbread house papers

Set aside your cookie cutters, grab a pair of scissors and these free gingerbread printables and start making some deliciously cute homemade Christmas cards! With plenty of festive patterned papers and seasonal toppers, you can have lots of fun coming up with different combinations and designs that’ll really hit the crafting sweet spot.

Try these free Christmas Colouring pages

What can you do with colouring pages? As well as using them as, well, a colouring page, there are lots of things that you can do with them. How about making bespoke wrapping paper? Or personalising a phone case? We love using colouring pages to make envelope liners, either coloured in or left blank - it looks great! You could also turn your colouring pages into gift bows, check out Rachels tutorial on how to turn colouring pages into gift bows. Or, why not just keep it mindful, and use these colouring pages as simply a source of enjoyment and a way to unwind? Either way, we know you'll love our list of free Christmas colouring pages.

Christmas colouring page ideas


Crayola has a selection of fun Christmas colouring pages on their website, with designs that range from simple line drawings of stacked gifts to more detailed illustrations including Cabin In the Snow, Fa La La Llama, Christmas Cookie Collage and more.

Raising Our Kids

If you’re looking for colouring pages for a specific grade, you can select colouring pages by age group on Raising Our Kids. They have a large collection of Christmas colouring pages sorted by theme, including Christmas Eve, Animal Fun, Santa Claus, Snowmen and Christmas Toys among others.

Super Colouring

Super Colouring has an extensive collection of hundreds of different colouring sheets, with difficulty level ranging from very basic to very detailed. They even have printable Father Christmas paper masks and beards! Their colouring sheets are sorted into categories, but it’s worth having a rummage around here as there are some absolutely gorgeous designs.

Just Color

Just Color has lots of Christmas colouring sheets for adults, or for kids who like detail. As well as a collection of traditional designs, they also have a number of zentangle Christmas colouring sheets, as well as Pusheen the cat disguised as Santa Claus! (or should that be Santa Claws?)

Dover Publishing

Dover Publications have free book extracts of some of their most popular Christmas books on their website, including Nativity Stained Glass Coloring Book, Color Your Own Christmas Stickers and Christmas Family Fun Coloring Book.

Free Fun Christmas

Pop off those marker caps and open your crayon boxes and get ready to deck your halls with a blast of color and imagination using the free Christmas coloring pages for kids from Fun Free Christmas. The bold lines makes this a great resource for little ones this festive season.

Free Nativity colouring pages

If you’re looking for a great selection of Nativity colouring pages, then Best Coloring Pages for Kids has you covered. They’ve curated a lovely collection for all skill levels, and all are free to print.

Colouring Book

Coloring Book has a large collection of Christmas colouring sheets free to download, and the nice thing about Coloring Book – all the sheets are loaded onto one page, so you don’t have to click around to find them. Just click on the thumbnail you like, print and get colouring. The designs are adorable, too!

Christmas colouring pages for kids

Coloring WS has a fun collection of Santa Claus colouring pages, we just love Santa’s expression as a moth flies out of his boot! They even have a nifty build-your-own Santa – join the limbs together with brads for a dancing Santa!

Primary Games

Aimed at Primary School age children, Primary Games has a lovely selection of Christmas colouring sheets and they have even organised their colouring pages into volumes, which you can download all in one go. Great for parents on-the-go who don’t want to look through colouring pages one by one.


Try these free Christmas digi stamps

What is a digi stamp? A digi stamp (short for a digital stamp) is a line drawing that you download, print out and colour in. If you don't have rubber stamps and all the kit, digi stamps are a great alternative to add features to your artwork. Ideal for batch-making homemade cards, we've rounded up some of the best free Christmas digi stamps.

Christmas digi stamps ideas

Free Christmas Greeting & ticket - Buddly Crafts

Buddly Crafts have a great selection of freebies on their website, from templates for shaped cards to useful digi stamps, like Kim’s Digital Stamp – Christmas Greeting & Ticket, pictured here. High quality, instant downloads for every occasion.

Free Christmas Squirrel collection - Craft Starters

Digital craft supplier Craft Starters have this adorable collection of critters for you to download, free for personal use. Also in their Christmas collection, are Christmas tree digi stamps, Christmas sentiments, Santa Claus digi stamps, snowmen digi stamps and Christmas penguin digi stamps.

Free Little Bird digi stamps

Kajsans Scrap Blogg has created some adorable digi stamp freebies for your Christmas craft projects. Check out this collection of festive birds dressed in Santa hats, or perching cheekily on Christmas tree branches.


Craftville have a small selection of Christmas Digi Stamps on their website, which are very useful if you want something quick and easy to print out and use as a focal element for your card. We love the Christmas Teddy and Singing Snowmen!

Little Scraps of Heaven Designs

Tricia at Little Scraps of Heaven often gives away freebies on her site, and we just had to share these gorgeous digi stamps of a cute reindeer, snowman and Christmas tree. She’s been running the site for over a decade, and there are lots of other goodies and craft inspiration to be had. Follow these links for the Christmas tree digi stamp, the adorable reindeer digi stamp or the snowman digi stamp.

Scrap & Craft

If you're looking for some free digi stamps but don’t have the time to colour them in, then take a look at Scrap & Craft. Cute designs with easy-to-cut shapes (circles and squares), means you’ll be able to whip up last-minute Christmas cards in no time.


We hope this collection of free Christmas printables is useful to you in your festive projects. We have lots of other freebies here at Gathered, and if you love Christmas as much as we do – why not check out the best Christmas quilt patterns or Christmas crafts for adults?


Holly SpannerStaff Writer, BBC Science Focus

Holly is the staff writer at BBC Science Focus. Before joining the team she was a geoenvironmental consultant and holds an MSc in Geoscience from UCL.

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