If you’ve been reading my blog, I mentioned how giving hand written cards is a great way to show your appreciating towards others. You can read that here! I didn’t have time to show some examples, but I thought I’d show them now. Here are some simple DIY Christmas Cards you can make in under an hour!
These are all pretty simple designs because I know how busy you can get. And, I know not everybody has all the crafty stuff like stamps, the Cricut, embossing things, etc. So these are fairly beginner level, they still look great and you can show your own personality through them.
I used Cardstock paper for all of them. Simply cut the paper in half (the horizontal way). Then fold the paper in half. So each paper gives you two cards. Enjoy!
Minimalist DIY Christmas Cards
First things first, probably the most simple DIY Christmas Cards you can make. All you need is paper, markers and your imagination!
For these cards, trace out the design you want. Then, with a marker make straight lines whichever direction you prefer – just keep it consistent within a single area. You can use a ruler for straighter lines or just freehand (the ornament is freehanded). And when you’re done, simple erase any pencil marks. Be sure to wait as some markers tend to smudge (might want to try a practice area first). And you’re done!
I didn’t even trace anything before hand. Which, if you’re writing isn’t as good you might want to still trace your design. My “Christmas” on this first card is pretty ugly haha. But no instructions needed, simply freehand the design. Simple enough, but it’s still spreading the Christmas cheer =D
the Funny ones
Of course I had to make some funny ones. The first one should go to your Pinterest lover friends. And the other two for those who like to drink. Again, something you can freehand with your markers. I traced it some with a pencil and forgot to wait before I erased it so you can see the smudging. Appropriate enough for the NAILED IT card? I guess so! ;D
Washi tape diy Christmas cards
For these, I used washi Tape instead of markers for the main color. This is great tip to get a lot of color and design in without you actually having to draw it all. As you can see, I like simple cards but you can definitely get more creative with your designs.
Simply tape the washi tape onto a different paper. Then, cut out the design (a circle for the ornament and a triangle for the tree). Next, glue the shape onto the cardstock paper. Finalize the details with a marker, stickers, or more washi tape. Simple trick.
You can also tape the washi tape onto the paper and then use a shape puncher for other designs. That’s what I did for the gold snowflake. I taped the gold washi tape onto paper, then used a snowflake punch to get the snowflake (I didn’t have gold paper).
button diy christmas card
Now, this design can actually be drawn out with only markers. Or use the washi tape effect as above. Or you can use buttons! Simple grab different colored buttons and glue with a glue gun (be careful not to burn yourself). Then, with a marker finish the details. Super easy, but gives you something else to work with.
penguins and snowman diy christmas cards
These cards were made with mainly cardstock paper.
The penguin is made with white, black, and orange paper. And you’ll also need some googly eyes. I freehanded the stomach part. To make it easier, first cut out a white piece of paper the same size as the front piece of your card. Then, draw out the stomach (remember the corner has to match). And cut. The nose is just a triangle. All you have to do is glue all the pieces together. The snowflakes are just an extra touch since I just gotten the snowflake punch =D
The snowman is basically just like the penguin. Trace, cut, and glue the different parts for it. If you don’t have circle punches then simply grab two round things in your house (I used different size tapes for these) to trace the circle and then cut. I used Washi Tape for the scarf but you can also use cardstock paper. Finally, add details to the face with a marker.
Freehand the shape of a hat with red paper. Also freehand and cut the white “fur” parts for the hat. I decided to trace out the white fur parts with a black marker to give it a distinction from the background paper. Glue the hat in the middle and then with a marker write your quote. And you’re done!
HO HO HO
This card is more on the traditional side. You’ll need 4 little squares (2 colors). Make sure the size fits well on your card before gluing them. Then, you can put a third color square with HO HO HO in the middle or if you have some shape punch you can use that too. And add “Merry Christmas” to the bottom. This is pretty simple, and straightforward as you can see. And it is very versatile so you can make this card for everybody just choose different colors for each.
Fold diy christmas card
I thought this one was trickier, but I’m not sure why. The main part is that the front is folded. I used a ruler to guide and decided on that width as well. But you can always fold it in half if you like. Just remember when you fold it, you can see more of the inside of the card so be sure to think about that when you’re folding. That’s the main part and trick of it!
Now, use any pretty paper you have to add some inside and something on the front as well. Decide on the papers and colors first before you began gluing. I laid them all on the card but didn’t glue to make sure they flowed nicely.
Gift Pop out DIY Christmas Card
Now this one seemed pretty tricky for sure. I thought I needed some advance card making skills but you don’t. First things first, have the outside paper and the inside paper cut out. I made my inside white a bit smaller then the red on the outside (just a preference). And fold both in the middle to make sure they fit in right.
- On one side of the inside paper, draw out the gift boxes.
- Fold the paper so that you can see the drawing on the outside of the folded part. Cut along the dotted lines (horizontal parts of the gift boxes). Then fold along the vertical parts.
- Now you can open the card and fold the boxes inward.
- This is the inside view of #3.
- Glue the inside to the outside paper.
- Open it and now see the boxes pop out. Now just decorate!
And that’s it! Super simple DIY Christmas cards you can make this Christmas! For all of these you can incorporate your own style by choosing your own colors as well.
Quick Tip: On the inside of the card, always add another layer of cardstock paper. Markers can sometimes bleed through paper so just to be on the safe side add the extra layer. I wouldn’t want you working hard just to ruin it at the last moment. That’s me a lot of the times, but you’re smarter than me. As you can see, you can choose to add the paper on both sides or just one. And you can also glue/draw some awesome design inside.
Hope these DIY Christmas cards are giving you inspiration to make your own. They don’t have to be super complicated to send them out. And it’s a nice alternative to sending out that card with your picture on it (just in case you’re bored of those for now). If you make some or buy them, just make sure you send some out to your loved ones to show how much you care.
Spread that Christmas cheer around you!
Pin any of these pictures to make later or share with your friends. And as always let me know if you have any tips or how your card making goes =D