Making your own homemade Christmas cards is a great way to show your friends family that you are thinking of them and also to show off your craft making skills. There are plenty of different designs out there, and with the instructions provided you can get started on them today. Some of them require a bit more materials than others, but the result is always the same: a fun-spirited card that will show them how much you care.
1. Thumbprint Reindeer Family Cards
These thumbprint reindeer cards feature the entire family in reindeer form. By giving them the quality of having the same amount of members of your family, it’s basically choosing who gets to be Rudolph. In this example they are letting Dad have the honors. Since each person’s thumb will vary in size, you automatically get a variation in the family makeup, and it’s just a matter of sticking googly eyes on them, giving them antlers, and putting their noses on. There is even room at the bottom if you wanted to put a Christmas message like Merry Christmas or “Reindeer Games’, or just leave it blank as they have here.
2. Glittery Ice Skates Card
These glittering ice skate cards are sure to impress anyone who receives them, and with a few handy cut outs from your local scrapbooking store, you can make it so these cards look ultra premium, without a high cost. They include all the materials you need to buy, and once you have all the materials in place you can make as many of them as you want so everyone gets this one. When it comes to cards like these you want to make sure you hit everyone on your list because no one wants to feel left out when they see how great these are.
3. Snowy Winter Holiday Card
This card features a snowman having the best day of his life, because it is snowing. All of the materials are laid out for you in this tutorial, so you can replicate the same results. What is cool about this card is the front cover has a circle cut through it and the snowman is actually on the inside of the card. This gives it a bit of novelty, and also makes it look like a store bought card, even though it isn’t. The appeal of snowmen during the holiday is nearly universal, so you are going to win over plenty of fans with this card, and it will be prominently displayed on people’s Christmas card shelf.
4. Embellished Gift Card Holder
If your Christmas card is going to contain a gift card, go with this gift card holder instead of an ordinary Christmas card to make the gift more special. While gift cards are nice because they let the person pick out exactly what they want, they are a bit impersonal, and just one step removed from giving them cash. So you can dress things up a little more by placing the gift card in an envelope that looks like you spend a little time and thought on the gift, while still relying on the gift card to determine exactly what it is they wanted.
5. Round Bauble Card
This card comes in 3 different styles, and if you are worried that you’re not artistic enough to pull off something like this, don’t worry because the artwork itself is on a template which is provided so you just print it off, and put it in place as instructed. You can choose to make all three, or pick the style that you like best, as all three designs are included. What is nice is they actually provide the envelopes for these as well, so you don’t have to use a plain white envelope to give them.
6. Drying Mittens Christmas Cards
The design on these cards makes it look like a pair of mittens drying on the clothesline. As long as you have some mini clothespins handy the rest of the materials are very easy to come by and should give you no trouble. White tissue paper is used to give it a feeling of moisture being whisked away from the mittens. You just use colored paper to make the mittens, a bit of string to make the clothesline, and cardboard for the card itself. This is a simple design that is sure to invoke memories of a wet and wintery Christmas.
7. Geometric Christmas Tree Cards
This Christmas tree card has a geometric feel to it, and is sure to appeal to the mathematical side of all of us. It uses a series of green triangles and a clever way to cut them out of the card so that the inner green lining is what is visible . The bottom part of the triangle hangs down, forming a diamond, and the diamonds are arranged in a larger triangle form, to give the appearance of a Christmas tree. Your exacto knife is what does the trick on this card, so bring a steady hand and you should be all set.
8. Linocut Christmas Cards
If you want to get fancy try this linocut Christmas card that can be made to say whatever you want it to say . In this case they have spelled out Let It Snow, and have transferred that message onto the cards using traditional linocut methods. This is a long and drawn out process, but if you’ve always wanted to get into the hobby of making linocut crafts, this would be a good tutorial. Just be sure to have the proper materials by your side, and set aside extra time for learning. Once you get the hang of it you’ll be able to apply it to many other projects.
9. Diamond Bauble Christmas Cards
These diamond themed Christmas cards come in three different formats so you can choose between them, or use all three and send them to your different friends and family. Each card comes with its own artwork sheet, as well as detailed instructions so you won’t be lost on how to make them, and they are sure to turn out exactly as shown in the picture. This is handy for those that don’t like doing a project and having it not turn out as good as what was seen, and but still want to have the feeling like they did it themselves.
10. Book Pages Christmas Tree Cards
The creator of these Christmas tree cards claims that all of the books used for these we’re in rough shape, or were not great literature. You might have books and magazines that are past their prime, or need to be upcycled and this card can help you with at least some of the pages. Each section of the Christmas tree is made with a different line from a book, which give this a literary feel to it. It’s nice because you don’t have to get the perfect cut on each page, this has sort of a sloppy look to it, but it is for the overall appearance and it works.
11. Punch Dot Cards
These punch dot cards are the definition of minimalist, but they work great as a thoughtful card, especially during the holidays when you can tailor the colors to suit the season. These cards are very versatile, and were actually first created as a thank you card, but because you are in complete control over the design and colors, you can use it however you see fit. For Christmas it would be pretty classic to use a series of red and green, or use white dots to symbolize snow. No matter how you cut it, these are easy to make and if you make a mistake you can easily start over again.
12. Let It Snow Cards
With just a few simple materials, you can make these great Christmas cards, and your friends family are sure appreciate them. This particular card uses buttons as snowflake representations, and also a bit of simple lace to bring in the snowy season. With a classic message of let it snow, you will remind everyone of the famous Christmas song. The inside of the card is left bank so you can leave a personal message for them. They used a set of alphabet stamps in order to make the front of the card look better.
13. Christmas Pixel Pop-up Cards
Get your exacto knife and your ruler handy for these Christmas pixel pop-up cards. You can try your hand at a few different designs, such as a reindeer, a Christmas tree, or a written message. They range in difficulty from relatively easy to complicated, but they will give your Christmas card a sort of Lego feel to it, so you can show off your card making skills. You can change the color of the paper to suit your needs, for example green card looks great for the Christmas tree, while a red card is more striking for the message and reindeer.
14. Reindeer Gift Card Holders
This reindeer give gift card holder is a fantastic way to give a gift card to a younger person because they will think that it’s a really cute card holder, and this will make them love the gift card inside even more. It’s always fun when the Christmas card can become a gift, with just a few modifications. This reindeer is easy to make because it’s using pipe cleaners for his antlers, googly eyes for eyes, a red nose is just a puffy pom pom, and there’s just a bit of green ribbon to tie a tiny bell around.
15. Merry and Brite Cards
These cards are made with stencils so that the writing on them comes out very classic and without any mistakes. Since it uses an ampersand and different colors of glitter, it is important to make sure that you don’t just free hand this. The end result is a card that has a very simple design to it, but the message comes through loud and clear. You can change up the message as you see fit, just make sure that you are using a stencil that you are happy with, and that suits the design you have in mind.