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Handmade Christmas Card Ideas – Easy Wreath and Tree Card Designs

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Sending a special handmade greeting card at Christmas needn’t be costly or time-consuming. These two card designs are easy to make. And because they use scraps of patterned scrapbooking paper, they’re a frugal choice for holiday greetings.

Christmas Card Idea: Punched Circle Wreath

This clever and colorful wreath is made from circles punched from red and green patterned scrapbooking papers. It’s accented with a red grosgrain ribbon bow at the top. This is a good project for using up small scraps of holiday papers. (Scroll down and click on the photo of the card to see it in detail.)

Materials and Tools Needed

 

  • green cardstock
  • white cardstock
  • red and green patterned scrapbooking paper
  • 1/4″ red grosgrain ribbon, 10″ long
  • adhesive (glue stick or double-sided tape)
  • paper trimmer
  • metal ruler or craft knife
  • bone folder
  • 3/4″ circle punch
  • hole punch
  • scissors

Instructions

  1. To make the card base: Cut the green cardstock to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″. Using the edge of a ruler or a craft knife, lightly score the card at the halfway mark. Fold the cardstock in half to create a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ card, and press the fold with a bone folder. Set the card aside.
  2. Cut the white cardstock to 4″ x 5 1/4″.
  3. Punch 24 circles of 3/4″ diameter from the patterned paper. Arrange 12 of them in a circle on the white cardstock so that the edges of the circles are just touching, and glue them down. Arrange the remaining punched circles in a second layer on top of the first, and glue them down.
  4. Punch two small holes in the top of the wreath, about 1/4″ apart. Thread the ribbon through the holes, and tie a bow. Trim the ends of the ribbon as needed.
  5. Glue the white cardstock to the front of the card.

Christmas Card Idea: Christmas Tree

This Christmas tree card is another good project for using up scraps of patterned papers and cardstock. It’s an easy enough card to make with children. (Scroll down and click on the photo of the card to see it in detail.)

Materials and Tools Needed

  • white cardstock
  • brown cardstock or corrugated cardboard
  • yellow cardstock
  • green patterned scrapbooking paper
  • adhesive (glue stick or double-sided tape)
  • gold leafing pen (optional)
  • paper trimmer
  • metal ruler or craft knife
  • bone folder
  • scissors

Instructions

  1. To make the card base: Cut the green cardstock to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″. Using the edge of a ruler or a craft knife, lightly score the card at the halfway mark. Fold the cardstock in half to create a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ card, and press the fold with a bone folder. Set the card aside.
  2. Cut the white cardstock to 4″ x 5 1/4″.
  3. Cut a tree trunk from a scrap of brown cardstock or, for added texture, corrugated cardboard. It should be about 4″ tall and slightly thicker at the base than at the top. Glue the trunk down on the front of the white cardstock, with the bottom of the trunk flush with the bottom of the cardstock.
  4. From the patterned paper, cut a triangle that is 2 1/2″ wide and 3 1/2″ tall. Cut the triangle into 4 uneven pieces to make the boughs of the tree. Arrange them over the trunk, leaving a bit of space between them. Glue them down.
  5. Cut a star from a scrap of yellow cardstock. If desired, paint with a gold leafing pen. Glue the star to the top of the tree.
  6. Glue the white cardstock to the front of the card.

Tips for Making These Christmas Cards

  • These cards were made with patterned papers from the Poinsettia & Sucre D’Orge collection by Harmonie loisirs créatifs, but you can substitute any holiday papers you have handy.
  • If the green cardstock is too dark, it may be difficult to write a greeting inside. In that case, simply glue a piece of white paper to the inside of the card.
  • To simplify the cards further, make the card base from white cardstock instead of green, and glue the wreath or tree directly to the front of the card.
  • If you choose to use corrugated cardboard for the tree trunk, apply glue to just the center of the boughs where they touch the trunk to avoid bending them.

Even if you’re pressed for time, consider sending a handmade Christmas card this year. These simple cards are a snap to make from scraps of patterned scrapbooking paper.

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