Does anyone have any ideas for making homemade Christmas cards?
Jill from Shavertown, PA
This year the girls drew a design on the front of the blank cards and I followed the design with white glue. We then sprinkled the tiny sparkly glass marbles you find in the scrapbooking aisle. So festive! (12/01/2005)
I collect old Christmas cards and re-use parts of them for collage cards
I also incorporate with scrapbooking embellishments
Ask you church members to give you the old cards
WIth a little creativity and some other scraps of ribbon, paper, stickers these can be made into package tags, post cards, gift bags and boxes. Not only do you save money but you have fun doing it
Last year we made wonderful, meaningful and inexpensive Christmas cards. I saved up my then 2 year olds finger paintings throughout October and November and then cut them into smaller rectangles using a decorative scissors and then glued them to the front of plain cards. You can get a large pack of plain cards and envelopes at Michael's Craft store pretty cheaply. I then let my little girls use a glue stick to put glue and glitter on the fronts. They turned out so cute and so many people commented on how they made them smile.
By Kelly (12/05/2005)
Using scrapbooking stuff is really cute! They have cute things that you can make cards with. Everything from buttons to cut outs! Its a really great spot to start. And hey you might get hooked on it and start scrapbooking! Also, you can make cute ones on your computer... you can take pictures of something or someone cute and put it on a card.. the ideas are endless...hope it helps. (12/05/2005)
Find some Christmas material with large patterns such as gingerbread men, snowflakes, bells, etc. Cut around the item, and using scrapbooking glue, paste it to card-stock. You could also just make a pattern of the size of the front of your card and cut a piece of material to fit. I did this with Halloween cards one year and it was lots of fun. You have to be careful of your cards curling up so maybe place under something heavy after the glue dries. (12/06/2005)
My college daughter used paper bags she got from the grocery store and created her own.
You can get plenty of pictures from magazines that someone might toss, use the letters for title pages, etc. You can even get pictures from the computer to print out, and don't feel bad if you can only print in black and white, as many people enjoy black and white photo's.
You could also make black and white photo's from a time past that you would want on your card(s).
One year we took all our Christmas cards, and made new ones with card stock, paper bags, etc.
Starting this year, save fun pictures from magazines, advertisements, and cards that you receive. Then turn them into magic. You could also check out your dollar stores, craft stores, etc. throughout the year and pick up little things that you can use to embellish them. Ribbon on spools at great clearance prices add a lot of charm as well.
To make an envelope, just take one the size you would want to use, open it up and make a pattern from it. Keep the pattern for future use.
Here is the card I made this year. I tried some new techniques I learned by going to a rubber stamping/card making class. (12/06/2005)
By Katie A.
I have been doing this for years now. I save my cards & my kids give me theirs. When you get a card most of the time the people don't write on the side with the picture, so you cut it in half & use it. Ok now you can put double sided tape around the whole card & then you put in about 1/2 in lace on top of the tape. The other way is you punch holes around the card then you single crochet around it. You can do this all year around. It saves a lot i haven't brought any cards in 6 - 7 years now. Have fun. (12/07/2005)
By Joyce wis
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