Easy homemade Christmas card ideas

Every Christmas my kids get a tip-load of generic Christmas cards from their class-mates.  The flimsy white envelopes multiply in the bottom of their school bags, forgotten until I fish them out, open them up and read the perfunctory, “To X from X” message that some 10-year-old has scrawled on the inside. Out of respect for the gesture and also because I like hanging Christmas cards, I hang them on a string over the dining room window.

It’s a nice idea, but something about the generic nature of the card and the minimalist message written on it, makes me go, “Meh.”  Once in a while, however, one of those kids makes their own card and all of a sudden it’s a different story. Instead of imagining some kid sitting at a table routinely filling out cards like an adult doing their tax, I visualise a little kid lovingly crafting a homemade card for his friend. It’s a whole different ball game, don’t you think?

If your kids love craft (my kids do) here are five easy homemade Christmas card ideas you can help them make for their friends this year.

1. Woodland diorama Christmas card

This one is quite fancy. My kids love making these cut out cards. Once you show them the simple trick behind making a pop up card, they won’t want to stop.  Watch the video to find out how to make a diorama Christmas card.

Find more instructions for the Woodland Diorama Christmas card here

2. Paper bauble Christmas card

This one is easy AND you can use up any old Christmas paper you have lying around. Just use a drinking glass to make circles.


Find more instructions for the paper bauble Christmas card here

3. Snowflake Christmas card

This one requires a little bit of fine motor skillery but it’s well worth the effort. You can just use a kitchen skewer to pierce the holes.

Find more instructions for the snowflake Christmas card here

4. Cupcake wrapper snowflake Christmas card

While you’re into snowflakes, this one is addictive too. Once your kids realise how easy it is to make intricate snowflake out of a patty cake wrapper, you’ll find yourself drowning in Christmas snowflakes. Just stick ’em to the front of a card. Noice.


Find more instructions for how to make a snowflake out of a cupcake wrapper here

5. 3D angel Christmas card

Another crafty way to make use of old Christmas wrapping or even old Christmas cards from last year. Use the patterned bit to make your 3D angel. Don’t forget to bend her wings a bit so that she ‘pops out’ of the card.

Find more instructions for how to make a 3D angel Christmas card here

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  1. SarahBlair 06/01/2019 at 10:26 pm

    Oh my… these are so, so cute and they actually look doable, im not very crafty but I think that even I could pull them off!!

  2. dawnblyth 06/01/2019 at 10:26 pm

    Great ideas to make a personalised card. I think I’ll have to start practicing now for next Christmas so I’ve got them perfected.

  3. Shelz69 06/01/2019 at 12:55 pm

    I love the snowflake ideas, such a nice card to give to someone and they will know that you have made the effort for them rather than sending a cheap generic card. Love this idea and will make sure I do it next year for myself and my business

  4. Alezandra 05/01/2019 at 10:26 pm

    I wish we were able to do any of these ideas. Last Christmas, we did personalised one with my son’s “artwork” on the cover. This time, we did the whole boxing day Christmas shopping for next year so our cards were all sorted. 🙂

  5. Shorrty4life1 03/01/2019 at 6:06 pm

    Loving the snowflake Christmas card idea. These are some pretty cool Christmas card ideas. Will definitely hold onto these for next year ♥

  6. kymmage 31/12/2018 at 1:54 pm

    Oh so cute, all of these ideas 😍🎄 I love making cards but often don’t find the time for it. We really should sit down and see if we can adapt any of these for birthdays or just start a Christmas stock pile for next year. All that Christmas paper could be re-used too!!

  7. felicity beets 30/12/2018 at 6:39 pm

    Great ideas for when the kids are older. It is always so busy towards the end of the year, but perhaps a great project earlier in the year to save for Christmas. I love the woodland one.

  8. Mands1980 20/12/2018 at 8:54 pm

    Wow wish I had seen this before the kids finished school we will still have to give them a go as our kids love making things like this it’s so exciting for them. Not many kids give out cards at school any more though I have noticed this year.

  9. MuddledUpMolly 19/12/2018 at 4:44 pm

    There are some fabulous Christmas card ideas here! We do a different Christmas event in conjunction with our daily advent calendar so some of these ideas we will try this Friday when the kids make Christmas cards for the family 🙂

  10. Bevik1971 19/12/2018 at 1:08 pm

    We have never really done the Christmas card thing sadly. I think it would actually be a great idea though and a good time to spend some time with the kiddies doing it 🙂 I think maybe next year I will organise something like this with my daughter who will be 7 then. She always makes hand made cards for friends birthdays (and ours) which is really special.

  11. Micht 18/12/2018 at 7:55 pm

    Love love love…being the crafty person that i am..these ideas hve got me very excited and wanting to do these with my girls…my fave ws the diorama..

  12. kymmage 05/12/2017 at 2:12 pm

    Some really cute ideas. I think there is a certain level of production line whether it’s handmade or not. But I understand the sentiment. Handmade suggests a level of care and thought that store brought can’t.

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