Set the scene for Christmas with some of these gorgeous ideas and tutorials for everything from wrapping to setting the Christmas table.
If you are new to the Magic Bean, every Friday I do a round-up of free craft tutorials on a certain theme. So stop by every Friday for your weekly dose of free crafts. Or browse posts of Christmas past by combing through the "Free Craft Tutorials & Patterns" category (just click the link) or use the Google Search function on the top left of my blog to search for something specific.
Alisa Burke shares an idea to use decorated paper bags as Christmas wrapping paper complete with stunning rosettes and bows.
Amy at Positively Splendid made some very beautiful printed twill ribbon to wrap gifts. She provides the free printable text and a tutorial so you can make your own ribbon.
For many years I've been wrapping my gifts with Kraft Paper so I loved this round up of ideas on Emmaline Bride for making Kraft paper look spectacular under your tree.
Cards and Tags
Kirsty Neale has a selection of free Christmas card templates that you can download from the Papercraft Inspirations website, including this sweet angel.
The Three Sweet Peas has a great set of stunning holiday gift tags that you can print off for free.
Digi Art Cafe has some very cute primitive looking gift tags that are free to print out.
Don't forget my very own free printable typography Christmas gift tags. Click the link to get the free download.
For more free printable gift tags and wrapping ideas, revisit this post from last year where I rounded up some of my favourite free printables and categorised them by style from elegant to funny.
Print off a free Holly Leaf template to use as a place marker at the table, courtesy of Martha Stewart.
Martha Stewart shares a free downloadable template and instructions to make angel place markers from paper plates.
Martha comes through again with a free downloadable template to make a paper tree place marker.
Amy at Positively Splendid used a pine cone and a hammered tin can to create absolutely stunning place card ornaments. You have to see them to believe it, so click the link.
I Gotta Create shared a tutorial to show you how to transform simple raffia and cardboard into beautiful napkin rings that would be gorgeous gracing any holiday table.
Kiki from Kiki Creates guest blogged at Craft Snob and shared a tutorial to make Christmas treat buckets that would make great party favours, particularly for kids.
Kristen Duke Photography shared some free printable Christmas jokes for you to use at your Christmas meal (or to perhaps include in a Christmas cracker, if you make your own?).
I hope this Freebie Friday helps your last minute Christmas preparations. Merry Christmas everyone!