Sometimes, Christmas cards feel so obligatory. You just head to your favorite photo-printing service, upload whatever picture you have on your phone (hoping that at least some of you look passable), hit print, stamp, and go. If you’re looking to break the cycle of humdrum Christmas cards this year, try going for something with a little more of a personal touch.
These DIY Christmas cards are cute, festive, and don’t require a million hours — or a ton of expensive supplies — to make. Chances are, you already have what you need around the house: yarn, pencils, maybe an ink stamper or two. The tutorials are so easy, when the cards arrive to your recipients, you’ll look like a crafting genius. And they’ll probably be touched at the time you took to hand-make each one (even if, secretly, it’s not that much time at all). And if you have kids at home, a few of these Christmas card ideas can be attempted by tiny hands, and a DIY project like this just may be one more thing that can pull them away from screens this season.
When it’s done, you might try to DIY everything else from your holiday, from your gift wrap to your ornaments to your décor. Go for it! ‘Tis the season to break out the glue gun and go all-out. (Restraint? That’s for January.)
Looking for DIY Christmas card ideas? We’ve rounded up our all-time favorite funny Christmas card ideas and Christmas card photo ideas, plus easy-to-follow instructions and tutorials for each. These DIY Christmas cards are so simple to make, loads of fun to share with friends and family along with DIY Christmas gifts, and take very little time to throw together. (Believe it or not, some of the cards we’ve included here can be whipped up in a matter of minutes, so you can spend more time on decorating your tree!). Still, as easy as the crafting process is, you can be certain that every ounce of extra effort you put into these cards is sure to be appreciated by all their recipients. After all, a handmade Christmas card signals to its reader that you put time, thought, and care into its creation, and ultimately reminds them just how much you care. Whether it accompanies a sweet-smelling, freshly-baked food gift or dangles off of an equally special homemade ornament or wreath, your crafty, heartfelt card will get noticed (and maybe even Instagrammed). And of course, you don’t need to make every element of your Christmas gifts. Even a store-bought present for Mom or an inexpensive gift for your best friend can get upgraded in a big way when you tack on a handwritten card.