‘Tis the season to spread holiday cheer, but there’s one problem: you totally forgot to pick up Christmas cards at the start of it all. Now, with only a few days to go until the big day, you’re scrambling to find the perfect Christmas card, one that’ll share exactly the sentiment you want to pass onto your loved ones.
Fortunately, you have more than store-bought options: you can whip up the perfect handmade cards on your own and make sure they carry the perfect message, too. DIY greetings don’t have to be difficult or time-consuming, either — the following seven last-minute handmade card ideas prove that.
PIN This: Last Minute Handmade Christmas Card Ideas
These are the perfect cards to make if you want to get little ones to help you customize cards — they’re perfect for babysitters, grandparents, teachers, godparents, etc. All you need is white card stock paper and either pre-stamped paper stars or even star stickers placed into a triangular tree shape. Finish it all off with a handwritten note — one from your kiddo(s) will make the card into a children’s DIY Christmas keepsake for whoever receives it.
You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen… and now you can include them all — plus Comet, Cupid, Donner, Biltzen and Rudolph himself — on your holiday cards. Of course, you don’t have the time to cut out or draw nine reindeer on a stack of cards, so try this reindeer-in-the-dark design instead.
All you need is dark paper for the background and 18 small googly eyes, two for each reindeer. Glue pairs of eyes together on the front of the card, adding a red dot or button beneath the set of eyes meant to be Rudolph. With that, your card recipient will get that they eyes peering up at them belong to Santa’s reindeer, even though the rest of the scene is hard to discern in the dark.
Another classic Christmas motif is, of course, the snowman. Fortunately, the shape of this frozen figure is pretty simple to create with a stamp, and having a stamp on your side means you can quickly churn out your hand-illustrated cards. It’ll be up to you to choose the winter greeting you send along with your sweetly designed card.
Have you recently painted a room in your home? Or, do you frequent the local hardware store? If so, you likely have a few old paint chips laying around. Those take-home cards with different shades of a single hue are the perfect card-making material. Simply cut them into triangle shapes and adhere them to navy paper of a thicker stock, to make your card stand out from the stack. Then, add a star on top of the center tree, as well as starts in the sky with adhesive sequins or even with a glitter pen.
All you need is paper, stencils, some glue, a paint brush, glitter and a razor or X-acto knife to create these sweet, simple greeting cards with sparkling Christmas cheer. Place your stencil over your paper and dab a little glue onto your paintbrush. Glide that over your stencil to create a sticky outline of each letter, then add glitter. A razor-sharp edge will help you clean up any errant sparkles, making your shiny holiday greetings as perfect as you want them to be.
Here’s a card idea that requires the exact opposite of an X-acto knife: these sweet, smiley Santas that you’ll create by ripping and layering paper. The imperfections of the white paper you use to create Santa’s beard and hat fluff will make the final product even more like the real guy. Once you have your hat, fluff, face and beard in place, draw eyes, a nose and mouth to complete your Santa-face cards.
Paper, a fine-tip Sharpie and a few paint colors are all you need to create these adorable Christmas light cards. First, draw the wire onto which you’ll add colorful bulbs. To create those, all you have to do is dip a finger into a color, stamp a few lights, rinse your hand, and repeat with a new color. This is another card that’s great for families creating their holiday greetings together.
These are just seven examples of the many, many ways you can create a beautiful and simple holiday card. If all else fails, rely on your own ingenuity: what is your favorite motif of the holiday season? Use that to inspire your creative efforts and, before you know it, you’ll have created an even more unique card because you dreamt up the design and the execution, too.
No matter what you come up with — or which of our suggested cards you make — one thing’s for sure: a handmade card shows you care, so whatever you come up with will be received warmly, and that’s what the holidays are all about.
About the Author: Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for “The Drifter Collective.” Throughout her life, she has found excitement in the world around her. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations, cultures, and styles, while communicating these endeavors through her passion for writing and expression. Her love for the world around her is portrayed through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.
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