How To Make Christmas Cards

Colorful handmade holiday cards

Christmas cards are a wonderful way to keep in touch with friends and family while wishing them a great holiday season! Making your own Christmas cards is something fun and special that offers a great deal of cheer to the recipient.

Materials:

  1. Paper - This can be any kind of paper, but card stock is the best kind of paper to use. You can find decorated paper or plain paper at any craft store. To save money, you can check out local printing companies or stores that carry wallpaper to find out if they have scraps you can buy at a discounted rate.
  2. Pens - You'll want high quality pens with fine tips and in different colors. Darker colors tend to work best but lighter colors are useful for highlighting areas of the card with some color!
  3. Glue - You will want to pick up some fabric glue and also a regular glue stick from the craft store to make sure you are well-equipped for any project, whether it be working with material or with paper.
  4. Decorations - Pictures, scrap pieces from magazines, stickers, ribbons, bows, material of any kind and any other decoration or embellishments you may wish to use.
  5. Scissors - These should be fine-pointed, sharp and small enough to work with smaller pieces of paper or fabric.
  6. Envelopes- Any standard envelope that will snugly fit your card will work.
  7. Ruler - A standard 12-inch ruler will do the trick!

How to Make the Christmas Cards:

  1. Take your paper and ruler and cut the paper to the card size you prefer. For the traditional size cards, you'll want to measure the paper 6 inches in width and 12 inches in height.
  2. Once the paper is cut, fold each cut piece of paper in half from top to bottom.
  3. On the front side of your card, you can glue a family photo, a picture of a reindeer, Santa Claus or a Christmas tree (whatever you'd like to use) to the middle of the card surface.
  4. Adorn the corners and/or edges of the front of the card (around the picture you glued on) with decorations of your choice. These could be stickers with phrases of "Peace and Joy" or "Merry Christmas!" or red and green ribbons that you've tied into bows. Using your ink pens to write "Happy Holidays" on the front of the card would look nice as well.
  5. Once you've finished adding things to the front of your card, let it dry for about an hour while you finish creating the fronts of the rest of the cards.
  6. Once the front of the card has dried for about an hour, open the card and create your greeting:
    • To keep the inside of the card fresh, clean and simple, just take one of the fine-tipped pens (usually black or a dark blue or green color will work best here) and write your own Christmas greeting!
    • Alternatively you can use a computer to type a greeting out, and then print and glue it onto the card. You can also find ready-made Christmas greetings in magazines and on the Internet.
    • Once the greeting is written or attached to the inside of your card, you can either leave it as is or embellish it with a few more decorations to add some pizazz.
  7. Don't forget to sign your name in ink as a personal signature is more thoughtful than a printed one.
  8. After letting the inside of the cards dry for at least another hour, you're ready to slip the Christmas cards into envelopes, address them, and send them off in time for the holidays.

      

 

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