Handmade Christmas Card Ideas

While going through my assortment of cards I’ve made in the past I found some that would be appropriate to this season that I thought I’d share with you. It’s been quite a while since I’ve made cards, but a few years ago I was really on a kick and made so many. It’s nice to be able to still pick out a card for a loved one that is handmade even if I don’t always have the time to make one for each occasion as it comes along these days.

My mother-in-law goes all out decorating for the holidays. She has multiple themed Christmas trees in her home and many other seasonal displays. I always feel like we get to spend Christmas in a home out of Better Homes and Gardens while we are there visiting each December. One year it occurred to me to take photos of some of her decorations to make a set of Christmas cards to give her the following year. This is just one of many photos I used… seems all of the other ones are gone now. I also made a set of gift tags using the photos of her decorations printed much smaller and mounted on appropriate sized card stock with a hole punched and a string attached. They also went over very well. Even if your home isn’t a showcase you may be able to find photos to take that would work for cards or to make tags with. Or if you know someone as I do with a real knack for decorating the gift card/tag sets featuring photos of their own displays make a gift that is very personal. Whether or not you send out any of the cards yourself I suppose would depend on how comfortable that person would be with another using images from inside their home that way. A lot would depend upon the photo and how much of the home’s interior it showed.

Nature photos can also work well. It’s been a long time since I’ve been somewhere it snowed to take “Seasonal” sorts of photos, but even in the Arizona desert I took this photo which I think works well, as long as you call them “doves” and not “pigeons”. 😉

Photo cards are really so easy and quick to put together and you can make many copies of the same card at once. You just need a piece of card stock folded to match the size of the envelope you plan to use. You can buy packs of envelopes only at Michael’s, as well as same sized blank cards. I find it cheaper to buy a pack of card stock and cut and fold it to make my own blank cards, and I end up with a greater selection of colors that way. Cut a contrasting piece of card stock or scrap booking paper to frame the photo, glue it all down and you’re done.

These two cards were made by mounting a piece of paper on the blank card and then adding the silhouette of a male or female moose cut from a scrap of leather. (I actually made a lot of leather cards of different designs using the leather from an old broken recliner. You can see them here.) Let your imagination run wild with the shapes and symbols you might use. Leather scraps can be found in a wide variety of colors and one piece can make an amazing number of cards as each one uses so little of your material.

So for those of us without an extensive stamp and related paraphernalia collection, making handmade cards can still be done without much expense. It is a lot of fun both to make them and to give or send them. In the end it can save a lot of money as you use the cards you have made rather than dropping $2.00 to $5.00 a card every time you need one for a special occasion.(Not that boxed Christmas cards are generally that expensive.) The recipient is also more apt to appreciate them as the message you write inside is more personal and the fact that you are giving something handmade is always special.

Here’s where I’m linking up:

Fall Into The Holidays

Sunday:

I {heart} Naptime,  Flamingo Toesjembellish clothes upcycling page,

Blissful and Domestic,

Monday:

Get Outta My Head PleaseSkip to My LouThe Gunny SackSew Can Do,

A Round Tuit,  C.R.A.F.T.,  diy home sweet home,

Craft-O Maniac, Sew Chatty, Sarahndipities The Cure for the Common Monday

Tuesday:

Not Just a HousewifeHope StudiosFunky Polkadot GiraffeKammy’s Korner,

Home Stories A to Z,  Crafty Confessions, Homemade Tuesday,  Today’s Assignment,

Antiprocrastination TuesdayTake-a-Look Tuesday,  Nifty Thrifty Tuesday,

The Creative Itch BoutiqueSchwin and SchwinHeart and Soul Blog Hop

Wednesday:

Sew Much AdoFrugally Sustainable,  Lil’ LunaSomeday CraftsWhimsy

WednesdayWhatcha Work Up Wednesday

Thursday:

Mom On TimeoutThrifty DecoratingBear Rabbit BearThriving on Thursdays

The Crafty BlogstalkerThe Shabby Creek CottageHouse of Hepworths,

Sorta Crunchy, Delightful OrderAnything Goes Linky Party,

Friday:

Simply DesigningWhipperberry,  Happy Hour Projects

Joyful StamperMaking Lemonade BlogThirty Handmade Days,

Naptime CraftersRomantic HomeFinding Fabulous,

Shabby NestFrench Country Cottage, The Charm of HomeThe Grant Life,

At the Picket FenceFingerprints on the Fridge, One Artsy Mama,

Saturday:

The Gingerbread BlogToo Much Time On My HandsHello Weekend,

Six Sisters StuffSerenity YouBe Different Act Normal

23 Comments

  1. Katie said,

    November 24, 2012 at 10:28 am

    What a great idea! I would love if you would link up to Fall Into the Holidays- http://redcrowgreencrow.wordpress.com/2012/11/24/fall-into-the-holidays-10/

    Katie @ Horrific Knits

  2. ReStitch Me said,

    November 24, 2012 at 10:32 am

    I really like the idea to photograph ornaments, etc this year to make into cards next year! Love it!

  3. Jacinda said,

    November 24, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Thank you for visiting yellowcloth! I love your Christmas card ideas, especially the deer cutouts!

  4. November 25, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Loved your card ideas Karen. I am thinking of doing this with my sons as a homeschooling project and gift-giving idea at the same time. Looks like a great mother-in-law (who has everything) gift on a budget and also for my brothers’ wives/girlfriends… a area where we are struggling this year as there is really not a dime extra in the household budget for Christmas and 2 little boys who really can’t understand that concept. Planning a homemade and/or 2nd-hand Christmas again this year.

    • November 27, 2012 at 11:44 am

      This would be a great project to do with kids! Being on a tight budget is challenging, but in the end homemade gifts are so much more meaningful for both the giver and the receiver!

  5. Maysem said,

    November 25, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    I LOVE when I receive handmade cards… makes them the more special and frankly they are so much better than store bought cards. I’m always impressed with people that make beautiful handmade cards. I have no such talent… but you are motivating me to give it a try again;)

    • November 27, 2012 at 11:45 am

      These ones are easy… we already know you know how to take nice pictures…, cut and paste and there you have it!

  6. November 25, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Lovely cards! My girls handmake all our Christmas cards each year!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

    • November 27, 2012 at 11:46 am

      Thanks Jill! It amazes me that you manage to leave meaningful comments for everyone who links up with you. I can only imagine how much time you devote to blogging. You are inspiring!

  7. rosyragpatch said,

    November 26, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Very good cards, especially the deer.

  8. November 26, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    I would love to try my hand at home made cards one day. The idea of a snowy picture is perfect … but I’m with you on the ‘no snow for my Christmas’. But I’m all about crashing your mother-in-law’s to soak in the awesome decor. 🙂

  9. November 29, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Great idea! I’m the type of person who will keep cards forever but recently I decided that it might not be feasible to just keep tubs and tubs of memories anymore! So I appreciate this idea because I can clear out my old Christmas cards without throwing them away!

  10. Amy said,

    November 30, 2012 at 9:34 am

    I love the moose cards! I’ve got the perfect person to give one like that to. Thanks for the idea.

  11. November 30, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Those are really fun! I love the moose cards.

  12. Eliza Kay said,

    November 30, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    The moose are my favorite!
    I found you via Anti-Procrastination Tuesday and I’m your newest follower:)

    Stop by and say hello
    Eliza K Prints

  13. Sherry said,

    December 6, 2012 at 9:15 am

    These are beautiful! Thank you for joining HSH!
    Sherry


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