26 DIY Christmas Card Ideas

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    Handmade Cards You Will Love to Make

    One of the most delightful Christmas traditions is sending your friends and family holiday greeting cards. Many crafters love to make their own Christmas cards because you can choose your own designs and sentiments. We've rounded up 26 DIY Christmas cards that are perfect to try this season and will serve as inspiration for your own holiday crafting!

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    Embroidered Christmas Card

    Embroidered Polka Dot Tree Christmas Card
    Mollie Johanson

    Needle crafters can practice a few new stitches to create this unique and pretty card. The tutorial comes with a free printable template, so no need to worry about coming up with a pattern.

    Embroidered Christmas Card from The Spruce

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    Christmas Tag Card Craft

    This DIY card is perfect for the crafter that has good calligraphy skills. The next time you're at the craft store, pick up some polka dot kraft paper and premade tags. Wrap the bottom of the tag with washi tape and write your Christmas message on top of the tag.

    Merry & Bright DIY Christmas Cards from Crafts Unleashed

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    A Fast and Easy Christmas Card Craft

    Are you in a hurry and looking for a simple DIY Christmas card craft? This washi tape card is for you! Just cut strips out of washi tape and place on a card in the shape of a tree. Put a star on top and your card is ready to send.

    Simple Christmas Cards from omiyage blogs

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    A Christmas Card With a Gift

    Practically Functional offers a free printable Christmas card that is designed with enough space to glue on an eos round lip balm. This Christmas card is the perfect small gift for someone you want to acknowledge at Christmas without spending a lot on a gift. These cards are easy, thrifty, and most-appreciated in winter when chapstick is necessary!

    eos Lip Balm Christmas Card Printable from Practically Functional

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    Gingham Hearts and Stars Cards

    Create these lovely red and white holiday cards by sewing gingham cloth onto a white cardstock backing. The design is simple yet elegant, and doesn't feel too specific to any holiday.

    Stitched Gift Cards from A Spoonful of Sugar

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    Reindeer Pop Up Card

    Some people are too intimidated to try making a pop-up card. We promise you this card is very, very easy. Just cut the shapes out with the files provided and follow the simple gluing instructions. You'll have beautiful cards in no time, which you will be proud to send to your friends.

    DIY Reindeer Christmas Pop-Up Card from The Spruce

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    Snowman Paper Garland

    Although this craft is originally a paper garland tutorial, you can also use it as a Christmas greeting card. Just write your message and fold the garland to fit into your mailing envelope. The recipient will not only have a Christmas card but will also receive the cutest Christmas snowmen that they can use as holiday home decor.

    Paper Snowman Garland Craft Project from Craft Ideas

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    Button and Ribbon Card

    Make a beautiful Christmas tree card with green ribbon and red buttons. This tutorial is in Italian, but you can easily translate it in your browser. It's also so simple—you need only to follow the pictures.

    Il biglietto di Natale con l’albero di nastro from Casa E Trend

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    A Card Your Kids Will Love to Make

    Kids love getting into the spirit of the season. Have them make their very own Christmas cards with this handprint card craft. Parents, Grandparents, Aunts, and Uncles will treasure these precious handmade greeting cards from the little ones in the family.

    Handprint Christmas Card from The Best Ideas for Kids

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    A Christmas Card From an Unlikely Source

    Make a beautiful contemporary-style Christmas greeting card from paint chip cards. If you don't have any leftover from your last painting project, just head to the hardware store—they're free! Cut the paint chip card into a triangle, glue onto a card, and add some embellishments. You can make this card in literally under five minutes. We all love that!

    Paint Chip Christmas Cards from One Little Project

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    Christmas Cards With Elegant Old World Style

    These Christmas cards remind us of the beautiful scherenschnitte cards of previous centuries, but instead of being painstakingly cut out with scissors, they can be quickly cut with an electronic die cutter. They are so pretty, you may want to frame them.

    Elegant Paper Cut Christmas Cards from Lia Griffith

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    Cards Made With Items From Your Sewing Box

    Christmas cards can be made from a variety of items and this year you may want to skip the paper try something different. These cards are made with iron-on patches, which give them an added layer of texture and personality!

    Handmade Christmas Cards With Iron-On Patches from The Crafts World

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    Quick and Easy Cards

    Twist green pipe cleaners into a tree shape and embellish with a gold star. You might want to make a bunch of these cards with your kids. It's so easy, that even your little ones will be able to "help." Working on a card together is an excellent way to build family memories.

    Pipe Cleaner Christmas Cards from Crafty Morning

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    Simple Christmas Greeting Cards

    Make gorgeous cards with just glue, cardstock, and bakers twine. These cards are simple, yet elegant and you can use any leftover bakers twine to create DIY garlands for your tree!

    Bakers Twine Christmas Cards from The Country Chic Cottage

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    Christmas Woodland Themed Cards

    Bunnies aren't just for Easter! Give your holiday greeting a twist this year with hand-painted woodland creatures. These rustic cards look best when they're not perfect, so don't stress too much about the painting part! 

    Woodland Christmas Cards from Momma Is Dreaming

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    String Art Card

    String art has been quite trendy for the past couple of years, and this project turns the technique kid-friendly. Using a sewing needle and thread instead of nails and a hammer, older kids can begin to learn how to sew with this project.

    DIY String Art Christmas Cards from Hello Wonderful

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    Christmas Cards That Light Up

    Learn how to make your very own light up Christmas greeting cards with copper tape and Chibi Lights (light up stickers!). Lawn Fawn has a YouTube video available that you must check out! 

    Light Up Christmas Card from Lawn Fawn, via YouTube

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    A Christmas Card From Scrapbook Elements

    Try this craft for a vintage and nostalgic feel to your holiday cards. Make a pretty Christmas card in shades of brown, decorated with wooden shapes, stickers, and bakers twine.

    Christmas Card in Oslo Design from Vivi Gade from Kristinas Scrapbooking

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    Lettered Holiday Cards

    Whip up some paper cut lettered holiday cards in minutes with these free download files provided by Persia Lou. This craft is perfect if you're making last minute cards. Even though they look as though you labored for hours making them, the secret is that they are fast and easy when using a die cut machine.

    Paper Cut Christmas DIY from Persia Lou

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    Reindeer Puppet Cards

    Kids will enjoy this holiday card craft. They can make the cards, insert a special message, and then play with them afterward. Free templates are provided for download, so you are almost guaranteed a successful reindeer puppet outcome.

    Reindeer Puppets Greeting Cards from Kids Craft Room

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    Printable Cards

    Are you looking for a fast DIY Christmas card? Just print the elegant green Christmas ornament onto a piece of white cardstock and fold. Instant cards you can make and mail.

    Free Printable Christmas Cards from One Colorful Day

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    Die Cut Christmas Cards

    Crafters who own electronic die cut machines can cut out paper elements with precision. White House Crafts gives a lovely free SVG Christmas village file to help you make beautiful cards in a hurry.

    Easy Christmas Village Cards from White House Crafts

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    Black and White Cards

    Make some nontraditional, geometric cards with a black and white theme. Although you can cut out the design with a ruler and Xacto knife, this blogger recommends using a machine such as a Cricut Explore or Silhouette device for perfect cuts.

    DIY Modern Christmas Card from Tinsel and Trim

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    Poinsettia and Magnolia Wreath Hand Made Christmas Cards

    Make some simple, easy, and stunning paper poinsettia and magnolia cards for your friends this year. Just cut paper shapes from the free templates provided and glue onto a cardstock backing. Add some bling, and consider your project finished.

    Handmade Christmas Cards from Style at Home

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    Embroidered Card

    Give a DIY touch to your Christmas card crafts with a bit of embroidery floss applied in simple shapes to a cardstock sheet.

    DIY Embroidered Holiday Cards from Drawn to DIY

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    Hand Drawn Christmas Cards

    If you are good at calligraphy, you can use your skills to make gorgeous cards with hand-drawn messages. These cards are so pretty, that some people may even want to keep them in a frame.

    Holiday Hand Lettering Tutorial from Ink Struck Studio