7 Homemade Christmas Card Ideas
After Thanksgiving, mailboxes are stuffed with holiday cards and well wishes for the season. It's the best time of year to let family know that you're thinking about them, and since you may not be able to see every family member during the season, greeting cards are a great way to reach out. From the family group photo to the kids in matching pajamas, Christmas photo cards are extra personal. That is, unless you make a card on your own (which is also budget-friendly). This year we challenge you to get the family together to make your own homemade Christmas cards to send to loved ones. Yes, these DIY Christmas card ideas are stylish enough to deserve a prime spot on a family and friend’s fireplace mantles this holiday season. Use buttons, ribbons, glitter, felt, paint swatches, and a host of other inexpensive materials to recreate these DIY holiday card crafts. Either way, you will be able to add personal touches to each and every card.
Explore Your Sewing Box
If drawing reindeer antlers is isn’t your strong suit, gluing buttons is too tedious, or you don’t want to make a mess with paint, bring out the needle and thread and sew up a homemade Christmas card creation. Use the French knot technique to sew Christmas lights or eyes and noses if stitching reindeer or snowmen. You can get creative with the design idea, but keeping it simple will also do the trick on this creative DIY. See a list of instructions and other creative ideas here.
Go Through Your Ribbon
It doesn’t get much simpler than this homemade Christmas card. This elegant card only takes a few easy steps to assemble, and can be done as a last minute Christmas card if pressed for time. Use different color ribbons for a more festive look. Get the full list of instructions here.
Grab the paint and the kids and start on these DIY reindeer. All it takes is a little brown paint (or mix red, blue, and yellow) and have the kids leave their mark on the holiday with their thumbprints. The blogger hand draws eyes onto the reindeer, but little wiggle eyes sold by the pack will also do the trick here. Cut out a little felt nose or use little red rhinestones or sequins. The best part about this DIY craft is you can give each and every reindeer its own little personality. Follow the instructions here.
Check Out the Paint Store
Grab a few (or a ton of) color swatches from the paint department and repurpose them for a simple DIY Christmas card. Cut out Christmas trees, ornaments, or use as lettering for these personalized cards. Add rhinestones for a little bling or top with a yellow star. No matter how you create these funky little cards, family and friends will give you two thumbs up for creativity. Get started here.
Go wild with Felt
Pick up a ton of felt in your desired color scheme and get wild with creativity on this DIY Christmas card project. Make a string of lights, assemble a mistletoe, or spell out your favorite holiday sayings with this insanely easy DIY. This blogger suggests making one good stencil and trimming the pattern in other colors to make this craft a breezy project. Follow these instructions and start cutting.
Get Little Fingers Involved
Keep restless kids entertained during the winter months with a little finger painting. Then, kill two birds with one stone and turn these finger paintings into DIY holiday cards. Draw what would be a string of lights on white card stock, grab a few bright paint colors, and get to finger painting! You can find a full list of instructions here.
Deck the Halls with Buttons
Buttons are great for decorating because they offer so much variety on color, shape, and size. This simple DIY will create an elegant card for even not-so crafty. Attach a pretty bow to the top of these pretty wreath-button cards, or incorporate other buttons of different colors and sizes for a unique look. Pick out your favorite buttons and follow the rest of the instructions here.