Forget trawling the shopping malls for expensive Xmas cards. Get the kids to whip up these gorgeous DIY Christmas cards instead!
Despite the usual Christmas madness, hopefully you can find some downtime in between rushing off to meet Santa and sending the kids to holiday camp. Fill this time with something a little less frantic, like making DIY Christmas cards with the kids! It’s the perfect way to get a head-start on your gift prep, and it’ll keep your little elves busy too…
DIY Christmas cards for kids who love crafts
1. Elf Handprint card
Here is an ode to Santa’s little helpers, and we think your littlies will enjoy making this adorable elf handprint Christmas card by Simply Everyday Mom. Start by taking your little elf’s handprint on skin-coloured card stock, cut it out and then paste it on with red, green and white card stock cutouts. Add the finer details with a marker and finish with a red pompom for the nose.
2. Folding Scenery Card
Snow-covered mountains, pine trees and snowmen paint the most dreamy picture of Christmas, and we all love it. Bring that picture to life with this beautiful 3D Christmas scenery card by Krokotak, and it will bring a smile to your face. Let your little snowmen jump in for the finer details, and voila, you have a festive masterpiece to gift a loved one this Christmas.
3. Washi tape tree card
We are big fans and collectors of washi tape! Why not pull out some from the cubby for a Christmas card this season? This washi tape Christmas tree card by omiyage blogs is beautiful and so easy to make that you could even make it blindfolded. Yay! All you will need are a bunch of festive washi tape and card paper. Easy-peasy! Let your kiddos add the final dazzling touches with embellishments like glitter and sequins.
4. Wax Resist Christmas cards
Wax resist Christmas cards have never lost their charm, and to this day, amaze littlies with that big magic reveal at the end. This Christmas card by happy hooligans works on the same lines and will score big points with the kiddos. All you will need to make this magic card is a white crayon, card paper and watercolours. Psst, leave the watercolour painting step for the kiddos and record their reaction while they are at it.
5. Fingerprint reindeer cards
Awww, this fingerprint reindeer design from Toby and Roo is not only beyond adorable, but will be a forever memory of just how teeny tiny your tot’s fingerprints were once upon a time.
6. Santa-rrific + glitter = so much yas!
We all love a bit of glitz, so we’ll defo be making this Santa gift card holder by Stamp with Heather – a two-in-one envelope and Christmas card all in one hit! Made by sticking glitter paper on a long envelope and folding it in half, this is one Sant-eriffic DIY Christmas card. Is there such a thing as too much dazzle during the festive season? We think not.
7. Pop-up fun
Who doesn’t love a pop-up card? This one by Red Ted Art takes a bit of creative folding (if you’ve ever made a fan from a piece of paper, you’re already a pro). But once you’re done, you’ll have a fully-formed tree, and yes, you will feel very proud of yours-elf.
8. Coloured paper Santa
Grab a few pieces of coloured paper and a bit of creativity and you’ve got yourself a Santa design by Kate’s Creative Space. It can be used as decoration for paper bags and even gift tags. Cuteness overload!
9. Sew your way to the holidays
Encourage new skills by making a Christmas card that involves sewing, thanks to an easy tutorial by Hello, Wonderful. It’s never too early to get the kiddos trained up in the art of domesticity, after all! Trace out the shape you want and then help little ones to (very carefully) sew within the shape. Think of it like colouring with thread.
10. Oh deer!
Kids Craft Room has the best DIY Christmas card ideas for imaginative kiddos. These reindeer greeting cards double up as puppets, so there’s plenty of fun involved that will last long after the card has been opened.
11. Festive button cuteness
Adventure In A Box’s DIY Christmas card is a joint parent-child project you’ll both love. Line the back of a cutout with packaging tape and let tot go wild sticking on as many buttons as they like, all before filling the gaps with glitter. Instant festive feels!
12. Bow tie pasta wreath
When you’ve got kids, you’re bound to have all kinds of pasta in the pantry – so why not make a Christmas card out of ’em? This shimmery wreath from Crafty Morning is a combination of our three most favourite things: Christmas, pasta and glitter. And the best part? This DIY Christmas card is easy peasy enough for your toddler to make too!
13. Paper snowman garland
Do you wanna
build craft a snowman? This garland doubles up as a Christmas greeting card as well – just write your message at the back of the snowmen, fold, and pop them into an envelope. Not only will the recipient receive a cute card, they can also show it off as home decor. Follow the steps by Craft Ideas to create your own paper snowman garland.
14. Paper cut Christmas card
If you have time to spare or looking for a DIY craft activity that’ll keep the kiddos occupied (and yourself at peace), follow this tutorial by Persia Lou and make your own paper cut Christmas cards. Warning: adult supervision is advised when it’s time to do the die-cut. It may look laborious, but the end result more than makes up for all the effort.
15. Paper quilling Christmas tree
Here’s an adorable DIY Christmas card idea that you can do with the kiddos. Artsy Crafty Mom has the instructions on how to go about creating this card. Is it complex? Not entirely. And, you’ll be pleased with what you’ve managed to produce. Quill away, we say!
Happy Christmas crafting, folks!