How to Make Christmas Cards and Stationery


Making Christmas Tree Cards

You've decorated the tree, strung the lights outside, hung the stockings...what more can you do to get into the holiday spirit? Making your own Christmas cards is one idea, and the Christmas tree cards featured on this page are a great place to begin. Before we get started, however, take a look at the information that follows on using patterns.

Using Patterns

When individual project instructions direct you to cut out a shape according to the pattern, begin by downloading the pattern as a PDF. All patterns are at actual size, unless otherwise noted. Print the pattern from your computer.

If the pattern has an arrow with the word "fold" next to a line, it is a half pattern. Fold the printed pattern at the line. Then cut along the line, going through both layers of paper. Open for the full pattern.

To attach a pattern to felt, roll two-inch lengths of masking tape into circles with the adhesive side out. Attach the tape to the back of the pattern in several places. Place the pattern onto the felt, and cut through both the paper and felt layers along the lines. If you are using a half pattern, open the pattern and similarly tape it to the felt before cutting.

Christmas Tree Card

Christmas Tree Card
©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
The finished Christmas Tree Card
is shown here on the left.

This card will let your friends know how special they are to you! Here's what you'll need to begin for each card:

  • Sparkle stiff felt: 111/2x7 inches white, 5x7 inches green
  • 11x7 inches white cardstock
  • Sewing machine
  • White thread
  • Paper glue
  • Pencil or pen
  • Scissors
  • Assorted felt scraps
  • 18-inch length striped grosgrain ribbon, 3/8 inch wide
To Make a Christmas Tree Card:

  1. Fold white felt in half to measure 53/4x7 inches. Fold white cardstock in half, and insert it in felt card. Machine-stitch 3/8 inch from folded edge of felt card. Glue inside cardstock to felt to create card.

  2. Use template to trace and cut out Christmas tree from green felt scrap. Download Christmas tree card template here.

  3. Cut out circles from felt scraps. Glue circles to Christmas tree. Glue Christmas tree to front of card.

    Christmas Tree Card
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Glue felt circles to tree.

  4. Wrap ribbon around card, placing it over stitching line. Tie bow in center of card, and cut ribbon ends on a slant.

Tree Card

Looking to offer a simple handmade greeting but feeling pressed for time? Try this easy-to-make card to spread holiday cheer! Here's what you'll need:

Tree Card
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A completed Tree Card on display.

  • Card stock: white, green, red, goldenrod
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Small brass "Merry Christmas" stencil
  • Dish towel
  • Embossing stylus
  • White opaque marker
  • Craft punch: swirl, star, circle
  • 17 inches red ribbon, 1/4 inch wide
  • Paper glue pen

To Make a Tree Card:

  1. Cut white card stock to 11x51/2 inches; fold in half to final card size of 51/2 inches square.

  2. Cut a green 4x11/8-inch rectangle and a red 37/8x1-inch rectangle.

  3. Lay Merry Christmas stencil reverse-reading on top of a folded dish towel; center and place red paper rectangle on top of stencil.

  4. Gently rub paper surface with embossing tool to create raised letters. Turn paper over, and trace over letters with white opaque marker.

    Tree Card
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Center red rectangle on top
    of Merry Christmas stencil.
    Then, rub with embossing tool.

  5. Punch out 10 green swirls. Punch a gold star and 3 red circles. Copy and cut out pattern from the red pot template. Download the template here.

  6. Arrange swirls in a triangle tree shape on card, and place circles on tree and star at top of tree. Place pot below tree. Place green rectangle at bottom; center red rectangle on top. With glue pen, glue paper pieces in place.

  7. Cut ribbon in half. Glue 1 length of ribbon along side of card, folding ends over to inside. Make a bow with other length, and glue it to top of ribbon.

Sending Holiday Wishes

Sending Holiday Wishes
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A finished Sending Holiday Wishes card.

Making holiday greeting cards to send to your loved ones tells them how much you love them -- often better than mere words can ever convey! Here are the materials you will need:

  • 153/4x51/4-inch piece white paper (1 for each card)
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • 1/8-inch hole punch
  • 71/4x51/4-inch piece black paper (1 for each card)
  • Craft glue
  • Green paper, 7x5 inches each (2 for each card)
  • Scrap yellow paper

To Make a Sending Holiday Wishes Card:

  1. Fold a short end of white paper up to create 11/4-inch flap.

  2. Fold remaining length of paper in half to form card.

    Sending Holiday Wishes
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Fold paper in half to make a card.

  3. Copy and cut out pattern from the snowbank and tree templates. Download the templates here. Trace snowbank pattern onto flap. Cut out snowbank shape. Trace tree pattern onto each piece of green paper. Cut out tree shapes. Fold each tree in half lengthwise. Set tree cutouts aside.

    Sending Holiday Wishes
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Trace snowbank onto flap.

  4. Punch 8 holes in black paper with hole punch, leaving middle of card for tree placement. Glue black paper to front of card.

  5. Glue a tree to middle of card, above snowbank flap. Glue fold of other tree on fold line of glued-down tree.

    Sending Holiday Wishes
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Glue fold of tree on other
    tree already glued in place.

  6. Cut star from yellow paper, and glue at top of tree.

One of the great things about snowman-themed holiday cards is that they can be sent to anyone -- no matter their religious background. See the next page for some ideas.

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