Then look no further as here they are. I’ve made 5 different, yet similar Christmas cards and gift tags to give a little inspiration. For some of these you won’t need much more than paper, glue & scissors. I’ve also done a couple using extra help from a die cutter and stamp, but they all fall under the ‘easy Christmas card ideas’ category.
I absolutely love making cards, as I find it therapeutic, it allows me to switch off and escape into my own little world of creativity. They are by no means perfect, but they were never meant to be. I love receiving homemade cards and gifts, they feel much more special.
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Tools you’ll need:
- paper knife
- glue stick
- cutting mat (optional, but make sure you can use cardboard or something else to protect your work surface)
- guillotine (optional for easier straight line cutting)
- double sided tape (optional)
- double sided foam tape (optional)
- card- different colours & patterns of your choice
- any extra decor pieces
Oki dokis- let’s jump into my five easy Christmas card ideas and give it a go.
Green little reindeer
Step one – measure the main card 26 x 12.5cm on your chosen paper. Measure 6.5cm from each side (lengthwise) and fold them inwards to give you dual doors to open the card.
Step two – cut 2 pieces of your chosen backing paper for the ‘doors’ measuring 6.5 x 12.5cm. Then cut out 1 piece measuring 12.8 x 12.5cm and 2 pieces of 4.5 x 10.5cm of the main feature paper.
Step three – glue the big square in the opening or main part of the card, make sure you have cut it slightly smaller to allow for folding, so it doesn’t crease. After that- glue the smaller 4.5cm pieces on the ‘door’ backing paper, so it shows a nice border all the way around. Then glue both doors on to the main card.
Step four– you can add some decorative pieces to give the card a bit more flare, I added a couple of reindeer and a button to look like a door handle.
Red & Gold weave with a bow
Step one – measure the main red card and cut to 25 x 17.5cm and then fold it in half to make a horizontal card. Cut a frame out on another piece of paper measuring the outer of 17 x 12cm and on the inner frame take 1cm off each side, which will leave you with a frame opening of 15 x 10cm.
Step two – using the off cut of the main red card cut long strips of a width of 5mm and the length of at least 18cm to allow enough for weaving. Get your feature paper and cut it to the width of 17cm, leave the length as is as you will trim it after the weaving. Measure your feature paper in equal or random segments, make sure you leave 1cm band at the top, you don’t cut it. Once you’ve cut it, it will look like a fringe. Mine is cut (outside in) 2 – 1 – 1.5 – 0.5 – 1 – 1.5 cm.
Step three – weave. Once you’ve done all the weaving, glue the frame on the weave and trim all the excess strips and feature paper. Glue your frame with weave onto the main card. You can leave it as is or you can add a little decor to top it off.
Super easy present card
Step one – cut your main card to size of 29 x 16cm and fold it in half. Cut a piece of 13 x 14cm of your feature paper.
Step two – cut the appropriate lengths of your ribbon 14 and 15cm in length and glue them on top of your feature paper- creating a gift box effect. Then glue it on top of your main card. You can leave it as is or add a bow or any other decor. I added a little felt poinsettia. In the main card I added a white card rectangle to write my Christmas wishes.
Note – for this card I used a die cutting machine (I got mine from Hobby Craft Sizzix Big Shot – link here), instead you can use pre-cut trees and stars or cut your own.
Step one – cut your main white card to size of 25 x 12.5cm and fold it in half, to be a square card. Cut a navy/ dark blue 11.5cm square and another 11cm white square. You can either use a washi tape or cut a 1.5 x 11cm long navy/ dark blue ribbon and glue it on the white square, leaving an about 0.5 – 1cm white ribbon gap on the bottom.
Step three – cut out your trees and snowflakes (whichever way you are cutting them out). Arrange them how you would like them to sit on the card. Once happy with the placement, glue them down. For a bit of added sparkle I added silver gems to the tree tops and in the centre on the bigger snowflakes.
Dashing through the trees
Note – for this card I used stamps for the illustrations and greeting.
Step one – cut your main green card to size of 25 x 17.5cm and fold it in half to be a vertical card. Cut a light brown card to size of 12 x 17cm. After that cut your feature paper to a rectangle of 11.5 x 16.5cm.
Step two – this step is very much up to you, you can draw or use any other decor. I cut a 9.5 x 6cm and 4 x 2cm rectangles out of the same light brown card and stamped the trees and deer scene on the big one and the little ‘Season’s greetings’ on the smaller one. Leave these to side to dry.
Step three – glue the feature paper onto the larger light brown rectangle and then glue that onto your main card.
Step four – once your stamping has dried, stick double sided foam tape on the other side of your stamped cards. On the bigger rectangle make sure you put the foam tape at least a bit in each corner. This will ensure it stays nice and even once stuck to the main card. To add a bit more glitz- I added little green stars as tree toppers.
So, here you go, 5 super easy Christmas card ideas to give you an inspiration to create your own.
I also made a little gift tag to accompany each card, which I thought was a nice idea to match the card & gift when I give these to my friends and family. Overall size of my tag is 4 x 7.5cm.
Are you ready to have a go making your own cards now?
These are called Easy Christmas Card Ideas for a reason- you can customise and change these as much as you like. You can scale all the cards down or up, change an orientation of the card. If you want to replicate these- then absolutely go for it. But if you want to draw an inspiration- I am glad I could help.
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What Christmas crafts do you like to make?