With Christmas and New Year around the corner, you may need a seamless background pattern to use on your website, social media, app, game, presentation, custom card, banner, original T-shirt, or any other creative project you may imagine. Here’s the post that will show you how to do it. In addition to our Christmas vectors freebie and collection of Christmas clipart and icons, we’ve made a simple step-by-step tutorial on creating a seamless Christmas pattern in Adobe Illustrator.

Here you’ll find 10 easy steps. You can use our free Christmas icons or any other SVGs. If you only have raster images, you may want to check this how-to instead.

1. Create a Square

It can be of any size, depending on your needs. This one is 300x300px.

how to create christmas pattern
2. Place a Few Icons Crossing Two Sides of the Square

Choose the Select tool. It’s in the top left corner. Select the icons crossing the vertical side of the square to continue editing the pattern.

how to create christmas pattern
3. Find the Move Function

Click with the right mouse button on the selected icons and go to Transform > Move… in the context menu. Alternatively, use the hotkey combination Shift+Ctrl+M.

how to create christmas pattern
4. Copy Icons to the Other Side of the Square

Set the Horizontal to be the same as the size of the square (here it is 300 px). The Vertical must be 0. Click the Copy button.

how to create christmas pattern
5. Do the Same Thing to the Horizontal Icons

Select the icons crossing the horizontal side of the square and repeat the Steps 2-4. The only difference is that you set Horizontal as 0, and Vertical as the size of the square (300px here).

how to create christmas pattern
6. Fill the Rest of the Square with Vector Icons

Place them in any order you like. It will be the base of your pattern.

how to create christmas pattern
7. Delete the Square

Select the square with the Select tool or press V on your keyboard. Then click the Delete button.

how to create christmas pattern

8. Open the Pattern Menu

Select all the icons and go to Object > Pattern > Make. The menu box for your pattern will appear.

how to create christmas pattern
9. Set Up the Pattern

In the appeared window set Width and Height parameters as you used for the deleted square (ours was 300x300px). Click Done at the top of the document window.

how to create christmas pattern
10. Find Your Pattern at the Swatches Panel

Voilà! Your awesome seamless pattern waits for you at the Swatches panel. Now you can create any shape and color it with your Christmas pattern.

how to create christmas pattern

We wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

About the author: Margarita Ivanchikova, graphic designer for Icons8

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