How to make your own Christmas cards
The Christmas season is in full swing; bring on hot mugs of mulled wine, cosy evenings, new Christmas prints, and late-night shopping for treasured gifts. And the festive season brings plenty of opportunities to get crafty, from wrapping up presents beautifully with hand-drawn paper to creating homemade ribbons and bows.
To really kick off Christmas, you’ll want to start sending (and giving) Christmas cards to your loved ones, decorated with the graphics we associate with the festive season - like Christmas trees, baubles, snowmen, reindeer, church, snow, Santa Clause, and presents. However, you don’t have to rush out and buy a pack. You can craft your own Christmas card designs instead, to make these cards more special, and sentimental. Plus, they’re cheap to make, especially if you already have a draw dedicated to crafts and recycled materials!
So, pull out your address book, buy some stamps and start crafting. Just wait, your friends and family will be asking you to make their Christmas card collection every year! Simply read on to find out how to make Christmas cards that you’ll enjoy creating from start to finish this Yuletide.
How to make Christmas cards
If you’re wanting to put your artistic stamp on your Christmas cards this year, making them yourself is ideal. This allows you to play around with different designs, and personalise particular recipients’ cards/envelopes. Making your own cards is also a great rainy day activity that doesn’t cost the earth, and with nights getting darker, it’s a great way to spend an evening doing festive arts and crafts.
So, here are a few of our favourite Christmas card design ideas for you to get crafty with this winter!
A fancy quilling Christmas tree card
Hoping to create a Christmas card design that’s unique and different from anything you’ve seen before? This Christmas tree style is ideal; it’s easy to make and will really wow your loved ones when you hand it over.
What you’ll need:
- Card (in whichever colour/style you prefer)
- Craft glue
- Strips of green and brown quilling paper
- A slotted quilling tool.
How to make quilling Christmas tree cards
- Fold a strip of quill paper in half, unfold it and slide the end into the slotted quilling tool.
- To make the Christmas tree design, create multiple V-scrolls using different lengths of green paper (and in different shades, if you prefer).
- To create a V-scroll, simply roll the paper in the direction of the crease line and then take the coil away from the quilling tool.
- Then, repeat on the other side and begin arranging the coils on your card so they’re symmetrical.
- Begin to arrange the scroll to ensure it’s shaped like a “V” for the perfect Christmas tree design!
- Apply your glue to the centre of the card to secure your V-scroll.
- Finally, make a trunk using brown quilling paper – just roll it up (to around 1 inch), glue it down and leave it to dry.
If you want to add a star on top of your Christmas card tree, just buy some yellow card/paper (or recycle old materials), and draw a star shape on the back. Cut out the outline and stick it down with glue to complete your Christmas tree!
A pretty pom-pom wreath card
Pom-poms are a great, decorative addition to your upcoming Christmas cards, and you can make a festive wreath with them so easily. And by adding texture and a playful element to these cards, they’ll look brilliant on peoples’ mantlepieces this Yuletide!
What you’ll need:
- Brown card
- White, green and red pom poms
- A pencil
- Thin red ribbon
- Hot glue/craft glue.
How to make a pom-pom wreath card
- Cut your brown card into a letter-size shape and fold it from the middle outwards to create the card itself.
- Using your pencil, start drawing a light circle on the folded card to use as a guide for your wreath design.
- Next, glue the pom-poms all around the circle, using different colours to really bring out that wreath effect.
- While waiting for your pom-poms to dry, cut your red ribbon and tie it into a neat bow.
- Now your pom-poms are dry, glue the bow onto the top of the “wreath” you’ve created. And voila, you have your newest Christmas card design complete!
Just head to your local craft store for the equipment and start making! If wreaths aren’t your favourite Christmas hallmark, you could switch up this method and use pom poms to make a Christmas tree design instead. The choice is all yours…
Sentimental snow globe card
Looking to add a little personalisation this Christmas? A snow globe card is perfect for showing your finest illustrations/crafting skills while incorporating cute photographs you want to share with your loved ones.
You might choose to use animal prints of your pooches or kitties sitting in Santa hats, or a selfie of you and your partner smiling together – anything goes!
What you’ll need:
- A glue gun/craft glue
- A pencil (for tracing the snow globe)
- Coloured card stock (for the base of the card)
- White card stock (for the snow globe)
- Gloss photo paper (for printing)
- Glitter paper (for the snow globe)
- A printer
- Coloured sequins
- Transparency sheets/transparent film
- Double-sided foam squares/tape
- Snowflake stickers/other decorations.
How to make this snow globe card
- Collect the images (and the amount) you need for all of your Christmas cards and print them side by side on a Word document, onto your gloss paper.
- Using a pencil, trace a three-inch-wide circle around each photograph and cut them from the paper, ready to be used as a snow globe.
- Fold your card stock in half and cut out a circle window on the front of the card for your snow globe.
- Pop your photo template over the transparent sheet/film and cut around it – this will be covering the photograph when stuck down.
- Glue the plastic circle onto the back of the snow globe window.
- Carefully cut out thin strips of foam tape to place around the outside of the photo circle and peel off the backs so they become sticky.
- Sprinkle the loose sequins face down, in the centre of your circle for that snow-globe effect, so you’re able to see them when you flip your card over.
- Use the white card to make the base of your snow globe, and cut an outline circle template to place around the photo window.
- Now you’re all set, place some extra additions to your card like snowflakes, snowmen or Christmas tree stickers on the front.
- Once you’ve perfected every last bit, you’re all set to send your snow globe card off! Easy.
Cute button snowman card
The snowman is synonymous with winter and Christmas, with everyone rushing outside as soon as a speck of snow hits the ground, ready to build a snowman before the weather changes. And this easy but effective Christmas card design will embody all that you love about this time of year!
What you’ll need:
- Coloured card
- A collection of different-sized white sewing buttons (easily available from your local craft store/online)
- Red and white candy cane striped pipe cleaner (for the scarf)
- Black felt (for the hat)
- Craft glue.
How to make this Christmas card design
- Take your coloured card and cut it into the size of a letter, folding it in half from the centre.
- Add glue to three of your white sewing buttons, starting with the largest size button at the bottom, the medium size in the middle and the smallest at the top for the snowman’s head.
- Use your pipe cleaner and thread it through the button to make the scarf.
- If the buttonhole is too small, use bend and cut the pipe cleaner to resemble a scarf. Then, glue it just underneath the snowman’s head.
- Using scissors and your black felt, cut out a hat shape and then glue it on top of the button snowman’s head!
If you love hanging up/creating typography prints and calligraphy, try your hand at some festive greetings to pop underneath the festive snowman. You could even scroll the names of your recipients to add that personal touch. Just use a Mont Marte calligraphy set and try out different designs.
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Now you’re all set to make stunning Christmas cards this season, and even better - they won’t cost a fortune, so the festivities will feel even sweeter. If you’re hoping to read more insights and art guides from us, simply visit our blog and find other interesting pieces to learn from!