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4 DIY greetings cards for a homemade festive season

Making Xmas cards

Why would you want to buy holiday cards for your friends and family if you can make them?

My one big problem with store-bought greeting cards is that you can never find the perfect card. Just when you think you’ve found the perfect picture on the front of the card you don’t like the message inside and when you get a card and you love the message you don’t like the cover.

The good news is that when making your own cards it’s all up to you, the front of the card and the message inside., and even better news is that I’ve got you covered for festive cards this December.

I’ve made four cards (two of them are really easy to make while the other two might require more time and skill) that you can try, or you can get creative and make your own. Remember it doesn’t need to be perfect, that’s what makes it special.

Supplies you’ll need

Supplies you need

  • Any colour cardboard you like, they will be used for the cards
  • A variety of coloured craft paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Alphabet letter stickers (Optional, you could also write if you like your handwriting enough)

You will be able to buy everything from any good stationary shop.

Snowman card

Snowman Card

For this card I’m using red cardboard for the card, but as I mentioned, this is really up to your own liking.

  1. Fold the cardboard in half.
  2. Take the white paper and cut out a large and  a smaller circle
  3. Cut out 2 small circles from the black piece of paper for your snowman’s eyes, and 3 circles a little bit bigger than the eyes for the snowman’s buttons.
  4. Use the orange paper to cut out a triangle for his nose, you can use a black pen to draw his mouth or if you want you can cut out a mouth using the black paper.
  5. I wanted my snowman to have a cute little top hat, use the black paper to cut it out
  6. Use blue paper to cut out the scarf, the one around the snowman’s neck needs to have a little curve to it so it looks like it’s going around its neck, the points of the scarf is just one piece of blue paper with a triangle cut in at the end.
  7. Use the letters to write your message on the cover of the card.

Elf card

Elf Card

  1. Fold your cardboard in half.
  2. For the pants, cut out a square block from the green paper with a triangle cut in the bottom.
  3. Cut out 2 straight lines from the red paper for the socks, and use the white paper to cut out the stripes for the socks.
  4. Cut out shoes from the green paper.
  5. Use black paper to cut out the top of the shoes.
  6. Use the red paper to cut out 2 ribbons for your festive message.

Chimney card

Chimney card

  1. Fold your cardboard in half.
  2. Use the brown and light brown paper to cut out the chimney and the chimney bricks.
  3. Now use the red paper to cut out Santa’s legs and the Christmas gift bag.
  4. For Santa’s socks you need to use the white paper.
  5. Cut out Santa’s shoes from the black paper.
  6. Now take different colours and cut out some small squares for the presents in the bag.
  7. Use the letters to write your message.

Christmas tree card

Tree card

This, to me, was the simplest to make so perhaps a good option if you want to include younger family members in the card making activities.

  1. Fold your cardboard in half.
  2. Cut out the Christmas tree from the green paper.
  3. Use red paper to cut out your Christmas stockings, use white for the top of the stockings for you to write a name on.
  4. Cut out a star for the top of your tree from yellow paper.
  5. Use the red paper to cut out a ribbon for you to write your festive message on.

And there you have it; four easy DIY cards, it’s special it’s unique and I bet you the person receiving your card will appreciate it much more than any store-bought card. I hope you enjoy making them just as much as I did. Happy Holidays!


Words and How-to photos: Natassha Burrell

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