Ten Festive Christmas Crafts Using a Laminator

I have to confess I do own a laminator and I do get a little over excited when I find a new use for it. It’s my inner stationery geek, and since it’s very almost Christmas and the Christmas holidays I thought I’d write a quick post about festive crafts that you can do using a laminator to help.

Number one – Christmas Placemats

This is something my boys love to do at any time of the year, they have had all sorts of placemats over the years that we have made, including Minecraft ones for a Minecraft birthday party. You can make some lovely Christmassy ones though, like the ones below that we’ve made for Christmas day.

Minecraft Laminate

They are so easy to make, you can either get your children to draw their own special Christmas pictures on A4 paper or card, or you can do as we did and make them online using PicMonkey, Word or Paint. Our one was made using PicMonkey and a photograph of the boys’ Minecraft teddies that we already had. It’s very easy with PicMonkey to add overlays to existing photos.

I did ours by clicking ‘design’ and then choosing the 8 by 10 option which is the perfect size for a place mat if you flip it to landscape and don’t go right to the edges.

Number Two – Christmas Bookmarks

This one can even work as a cheap, but thoughtful Christmas gift. Either choose the person’s favourite famous person, cartoon character or anything else that they especially love. You can even use an especially pretty wrapping paper or sheet of paper to make pretty more adult ones. It is much easier to cut to shape after laminating. You can see the one I made for myself at the bottom of the page.

Number Three – Noughts and Crosses Board

This one will work perfectly for at the table if there will be a gap between the courses, and you want to keep the children (or yourself) amused. You can either use pens, or have small counters or different types of sweets to use. Either way, by laminating, it means that the board will be wipe clean and ready for future use as well.

Number Four – Thank You Notes

This works well for children’s parties as well as for Christmas. Laminating a little note from your child done either with their own hand, or printed out is a nice personal touch. Laminating means you don’t need to use card, and it just looks as if you’ve made more effort.

Thank you

Number Five – Name Place Markers

You can make lovely personalised name place markers for the Christmas table. The beauty of making them yourselves is that you can match any colour scheme.

Number Six – Santa Stop Here Sign

If you laminate your home-made Santa Please Stop Here sign, then it won’t be affected by window condensation if there is any. Again they can either draw their own, or you can make one on a computer or iPad. The one below I made with Picmonkey, which you are probably beginning to realise, is one of my favourite sites to use.

Santa Please Stop Here

Number Seven – Thank you note to the postman/milkman/parcelman

It is rare these days that you know these type of people by their first names, as it’s rare you have the same one every day. You can laminate a sign saying ‘Thank you Mr Postman’ – or ‘Post Person’ if you have a female post woman and pop it on the outside of the front door. I’m not being sexist with this by the way, it’s just that the majority of these people who come to our house are men!

If it’s dry weather and you’re feeling especially kind, you could write on your sign ‘please help yourself’ and put a bowl of chocolates or sweets out on the doorstep for them.

Number Eight – Checklist for Christmas Eve for Children

If you want to make it easier to get them in to bed on the night, write a checklist together before that they can then tick off in the evening before bedtime.

For instance you could include:

Put new Pyjamas on

Hot Chocolate and cookies

Watch a Christmas film

Leave out treats for Father Christmas and the reindeers

Brush your teeth

Bedtime Story

Cuddles, kisses and sleepy time.

Using a laminator will mean that it can be used every year and become part of your own family traditions. Hopefully ticking everything off will also help them to wind down and realise that it really is time to go to sleep. We live in hope anyway!

Number Nine – Christmas Decorations for the tree

Some of my favourite bits on our tree were made by my boys, but a few are beginning to look a little worse for wear. Why not laminate decorations that your children make, so that they last longer. You can even let them print out small photographs of some of their favourite things, laminate them and then cut them in to festive shapes for the tree. A needle and thread is all you need for hanging them up.

Number Ten – Home-made Magnets

These are perfect for a little bit of extra festive cheer in the kitchen, or as a small personal present for someone from your children. All you need to do is print out, or get them to draw a suitable sized photo or picture, laminate it and stick with glue a magnet to the back. You can buy small magnets for this from all sorts of craft shops, or look on eBay or Amazon.

Laminated Crafts

I hope I’ve given you some ideas of fun ways to use a laminator this year for Christmas, and if you don’t have one then add it to your Christmas list quickly! Have an amazing Christmas everyone – Nadelik Lowen (Merry Christmas)

Stevie x

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38 Comments

  1. 15 December 2015 / 3:22 pm

    Totally inspirational ! I had no idea how useful a laminator could be. Amazing !

    • 15 December 2015 / 5:42 pm

      Thank you, and I love my laminator I’ve used it for all sorts of things around the house as well.

      Stevie x

  2. Robyn
    15 December 2015 / 10:25 pm

    Great list! I’m nearly tempted to invest in a laminator! Love the idea of a noughts and crosses board, and all the fun things you can create on the internet and then laminate :)

    • 15 December 2015 / 10:42 pm

      You can get them really cheaply, I think mine was less than £20 from Asda years ago and it has been used a ridiculous amount of times since and is still going strong :)

      Stevie x

  3. Budgetfoodmummy
    18 December 2015 / 7:41 am

    I really need one! Love the idea of doing place mats and checklists. There are so many things you can do with them once you think of it!

    • 18 December 2015 / 4:14 pm

      Oh definitely get one, you could even do laminated recipe cards for your favourites! ….I may be a little laminator obsessed ha!

      Stevie x

  4. 18 December 2015 / 8:07 am

    Gorgeous! I’ve made foot print bookmarks for all the grandparents as well as handprint magnets. Super easy and they certainly have the ahhhhh factor. Only trouble is I cant blog about them as they’re presents for people who read my blog! Next year!

    • 18 December 2015 / 4:15 pm

      Aw what brilliant ideas! If it was me I’d do the photos and draft the post saved ready for next year before you forget it ha ;)

      Stevie x

  5. Sara @ Handy Herbs
    18 December 2015 / 9:43 am

    Great ideas! We have a laminator and you have got me inspired! Love the placemat and magnet ideas :) #PicknMix

    • 18 December 2015 / 5:51 pm

      Yay I’m always pleased when other people own one, makes em feel less of an oddball ;) I love ours

      Stevie x

  6. Jodie Allen at Budget Beauty and Babies
    18 December 2015 / 11:59 am

    I really want a laminator now! I like the idea of writing checklists and being able to tick off things with a wipeable marker and keep reusing it! Such a random thing to buy but I bet it would come in so handy! #picknmix

    • 18 December 2015 / 5:55 pm

      They really are brilliant and also not as expensive as you’d imagine! I love ours :)

      Stevie x

  7. 18 December 2015 / 1:09 pm

    This is a great list. I really wish I had a laminator!xx #pickNmix

    • 18 December 2015 / 5:56 pm

      Ours is used a lot, defintiely worth the investment and they aren’t expensive at all really either :)

      Stevie x

  8. Lady Nym
    18 December 2015 / 2:30 pm

    You know, I vaguely thought of buying the boys place mats as a cheap present but couldn’t find any I liked. I kept seeing ones that were basically a printed picture that had been laminated and I thought, ‘I’m not paying that much for something I could do myself!’ But, it didn’t occur to me to actually do it myself (with the boys). I may well use that idea next week when they’re getting restless.

    #PicknMix

    • 18 December 2015 / 6:09 pm

      The boys love doing theirs, they have had all sorts over the years depending on which cartoon character was their favourite at the time :)

      Stevie x

  9. 18 December 2015 / 2:44 pm

    Loads of great ideas! I especially like the idea of doing Christmas placemats, might have to find time to do that one x #picknmix

    • 18 December 2015 / 6:11 pm

      Picmonkey is amazing for doing stuff like that, wish I’d known about it years ago! :)

      Stevie x

  10. 18 December 2015 / 9:18 pm

    I’ve got a laminator, love the idea of making some placemats for Christmas day for everyone and the noughts and crosses board for the children. Thanks for sharing! x #picknmix

    • 18 December 2015 / 11:29 pm

      My pleasure, and my laminator was definitely one of the best purchases I’ve ever made :)

      Stevie x

  11. 19 December 2015 / 9:36 am

    I’m jealous! I would love a laminator! I used to use our work one all the time. Lots of great ideas, I especially love the game board idea, we did something similar with a train track to take on holiday this year for O’s mini Thomas trains. Thanks for hosting #picnmix :) x

    • 19 December 2015 / 1:36 pm

      They are actually really cheap, one to look out for in the sales as well ;) Train track is a fab idea!

      Stevie xx

  12. 19 December 2015 / 12:52 pm

    ooh, we really need to get the laminator out! These are great, thanks for sharing and for the linky and wishing you a very Merry Christmas :-) x #PicknMix

    • 19 December 2015 / 1:37 pm

      I hope you have a brilliant Christmas as well :)

      Stevie x

  13. 19 December 2015 / 3:36 pm

    Oh I do love a good laminating session, I love mine!! Some fab ideas! Merry Christmas! #picknmix xx

    • 19 December 2015 / 8:27 pm

      I love mine too, they’re so handy :)

      Stevie xx

  14. 19 December 2015 / 9:14 pm

    I never imagined a laminator would be so versatile! #PickNMix

    • 20 December 2015 / 11:46 am

      Oh they so are, one of my best ever purchases! I bought it to use for Fin’s Type 1 Diabetes school lists and guides etc for his teachers at primary school, but it’s been used for so much more ever since :)

      Stevie x

  15. 19 December 2015 / 9:46 pm

    I’ve never had a laminator. & if I did I would probably get carried away & laminate EVERYTHING! These are great ideas, though. Love the bookmark suggestion! Happy Christmas! #PicknMix

    • 20 December 2015 / 11:50 am

      I did hear about someone jokingly laminating all their housemate’s post before….ooh the temptation for practical joking laminating ;)

      Stevie x

  16. 21 December 2015 / 7:56 am

    Awesome! This REALLY makes me want to buy a laminator lol #picknmix

    • 21 December 2015 / 2:27 pm

      You so should, they’re brilliant :)

      Stevie x

  17. 21 December 2015 / 3:59 pm

    I’ve just read this and the whole way through I’ve been thinking to myself “why do I not have a laminator?” I NEED ONE NOW! :| Is it too late to add that to my Christmas list?! haha. Lovely post & great ideas. #PicknMix

    • 21 December 2015 / 4:09 pm

      Ha, you’ll have to look out for one in the sales ;) I’m a little in love with ours as big a geek as that makes me ;)

      Stevie x

  18. Victoria
    21 December 2015 / 7:39 pm

    This is so fun! And so many ideas I would have never thought of. I might be really naughty and laminate like hell at work tomorrow :P

    Victoria xx
    thedaisyjaynes.com

    • 21 December 2015 / 8:58 pm

      Ha love it! It’s a little sad how much I like laminating ;)

      Stevie x

  19. 30 December 2015 / 9:18 pm

    Wow you’ve thought of lot of ideas. As a Primary teacher I do love a laminator! x

    • 31 December 2015 / 11:02 am

      Ha I can imagine it comes with the territory ;) I have loads of laminated flash cards that I used to use to help the boys learn to read and spell :)

      Stevie x

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