By this point in the holiday season, most people have probably already sent out their Christmas cards. We’ve already made sure that the ones we had to forward long distance are well on their way, but we still have a few last minute cards that we plan to give to friends and family we’ll actually see on the holidays. Those are the ones we like to make by hand rather than just buying a greeting card at the store! It might seem last minute, but it’s part of our holiday tradition to save our favourite people and our DIY skills to last when it comes to cards.
Just in case you still have a few cards left to give too and they’re for people that you’d also rather craft for, here are 15 of the cutest DIY designs we’ve come across and considered making for our own loved ones so far!
1. Leveled accordion tree card
Have you always loved crafts made with folded paper so they have some structure? In that case, we have a feeling you’re going to adore making this layered Christmas tree card from Martha Stewart! It might not be quite as advanced as origami, but making the accordion shape still gets you folding and making shapes.
2. 3D folded triangle trees
Were you intrigued by the idea of folding paper to make a Christmas tree card but it’s actually the front of the card you’d rather decorate than just the inside? Well, no one said you couldn’t show off your folding skills on the front too! We love the way HGTV used differently patterned sections of decorative paper to create little Christmas trees that stand out from their backing.
3. Embroidered tree card
Were we right when we guessed that you love paper based crafting but what you actually love more than folding and shaping paper is embroidering it? That might not sound very typical but, believe it or not, sewn paper makes for beautiful handmade things! That’s why we adored this sewn Christmas tree idea from Studio Calico. Even if you don’t make it with recycled paper like this one here, the finished product will be stunning.
4. Pop up tissue paper tree
Were you ever given those Christmas cards as a kid that were packed with layers of tissue paper cut into a particular holiday shape and the layers blossomed into a snowman or other character when you opened the card? Well, now that you’re an avid crafter, why not learn how to make those yourself? Five Five Fabulous guides you step by step through the process of making your own pop-up tissue paper tree card, just like the one’s we’ve been talking about.