Exploring the Magic of Christmas through 3D Printing


It’s almost Christmas, and as Holly Gennaro-McClane says in one of my beloved Christmas films, Die Hard, (yes, it truly is a Christmas movie and I will defend this view!), “Families, stockings… Chestnuts? Rudolph and Frosty? Do any of these ring a bell?” Yet, I believe we must add 3D printing to our seasonal festivities. If you are in agreement, continue reading for another entertaining, yearly list of Christmas prints you can create at your home this festive season!

Wrapping Paper Cutter

Christmas time means presents under the tree. While I generally just place things in gift wrappers, an array of individuals prefer wrapping gifts for their dear ones; if I had the skills for wrapping, I may have preferred it too. Some delightful holiday memories revolve around watching my nieces eagerly tearing the paper off their presents when they were younger. So why not simplify the task of gift wrapping with this paper cutter by Thingiverse user Baskut? Printed on a Wanhao Duplicator 12 with no supports, this invention facilitates “a superior cutting performance” with two scalpel blades.

Desktop Christmas Tree

Christmas gifts are typically placed under Christmas trees. Though there are a plethora of 3D printed variations available, most aren’t large enough to effectively conceal gifts. A noteworthy exception can be found on Pinshape, courtesy of the STEMFIE Project. The project promotes free, open-source, and 3D printable construction set playthings. On the STEMFIE website, you can find assembly instructions for this miniature tree, which consists of 86 3D printed components.

“The STEMFIE project gives you the ability to build a small Christmas tree that can be put together in less than 15 minutes and adorned with colourful STEMFIE fasteners.”

The Bouncy Tree

Imagine the joy of having a Christmas tree that bounces as much as this one, created by Thingiverse user Tomo_designs! This tree, which can be print in two parts without any supports and snaps together easily, can hop back up on its diminutive limbs when pushed down. It truly infuses a bit of nature’s enchantment into your enjoyment.

“Cool filament? You can buy it Basics PLA Green, Matt Latte Brown White.”

Christmas Tree Ornament Rotatable

MyMiniFactory user Courier Creative shared this tree, with five layers that can be rotated independently of the others. Featuring a star on top that can be used to hang it from your actual tree as an ornament, this rotatable tree was printed in just 90 minutes out of PLA with 0% infill, 0.15 mm resolution, and no supports.

“Ornament designed to celebrate the holidays and also the functionality of 3D printing. The model takes advantage of print in place. Which means that the assembly can be used directly off of the printer without need for further assembly.”

Christmas Flat word Ornaments Decorations

Speaking of ornaments, Pinshape user Nick Brandt designed a set of six simple, flat ornaments that can be hung on your tree. Each one is about 4″ in diameter, and has a different word in the middle: Peace, Merry, Faith, Believe, Joyful, and Noel.

“Make sure the bed is level, and first layers is good to go, otherwise happy printing.”

Christmas Ball – Medium Diamond Lattice

I find this decoration, developed by the user dazus on Thingiverse, extremely lovely. It was 3D printed on a Prusa I3 MK3S, not requiring rafts or supports. Dazus utilized the Quantum PLA filament by MatterHackers. The creator has included several versions of the lightweight ball, but it is suggested printing the two-piece edition, mentioning it produces a “much smoother” result. It merely requires a couple of layers of infill, approximately 25%-30%, at specific areas “where something begins to print unsupported.”

“Originally, I designed this ornament as a mini version. It provides a good aesthetics at that size (1X) but looks even more appealing at 1.5X. Moreover, it should look great even at larger sizes. The 1X variant is approximately the size of a golf ball, while at 1.5X, it becomes the usual size of a Christmas ball. I anticipate that most people will choose to print this at 1.5X, so that’s the scale I’ve made use of for the time estimate.”

“I’ve made available my PrusaSlicer 3MF files and MK3S+ GCODE for the 2 piece print at 1X and 1.5X. I’ve offered the ball as a 1-piece version primarily for those intending on experimenting with cutting it at a different point or wishing to print it as a 1-piece structure using a 3 color filament.”

Snowflake Tea Light Holder

For those in search of a speedy, simple print that would introduce a “perfect christmas atmosphere” (according to Thingiverse user Endk7) to their homes, I highly recommend these 3D printed tealight holders that take the form of snowflakes! Users have the option to select from three different designs, and may print them in any holiday colors of their preference.

Stencils for painting glass with snow

The outside of your home can be just as festive as the inside with these 3D printed stencils by Cults3D user Soy Manitas! These Christmas stencils are meant to help you “embellish your windows with snow sprays.” There are several versions, including Santa’s sleigh being pulled by some reindeer, a snowflake, Santa Claus himself, and more.

“Transform your windows into a magical winter landscape with ease and style!”

Print In Place Flexi Grinch

It’s not Christmas without the Grinch—and his heart that eventually becomes three sizes larger. I certainly have no need for a 39 and a half foot pole to touch this adorable “super simple print” created by Mighty Makers, a user on Cults3D. The print-in-place design eliminates the need for any supports. However, it is advisable to use a 20% infill “for precaution” and PLA filament is highly recommended. Could you pass the arsenic sauce now please?

“Greetings everyone! 🎉 A warm welcome to Mighty Makers! 🌟 I’m beyond excited to launch the first design on Cults3D, and guess what? It is completely free of cost for all of you until Christmas! 🎄🎁 I present to you the Flexi Grinch in two versions – one as the regular Grinch and the other wearing Christmas attire. 🎅🏻🎄”


If you are up for some festive cosplay this Christmas, Cults3D user Hypermik3D has you covered with this 3D printed Santa beard. The flat model is “simple to print”, with a 0.4 nozzle, 0.28 layer height, 10% gyroid infill, and two wall lines. What’s more, if you want to adjust the beard to fit your face perfectly, you can easily do so using a hairdryer.

Happy holidays, and as always, happy 3D printing!

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