How to Make Christmas Cards and Stationery

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Everyone loves receiving Christmas cards. Yuletide greetings help us keep family and friends close to our heart during the holidays.

This year why not make your own Christmas cards for an extra-special touch? Even just adding little handmade details -- family photographs, elegant handcrafted embellishments -- will go a long way. In this article, we'll show you how to make lovely cards that will be cherished by all who receive them.

Displaying Holiday Cards

People spend so much time and energy creating their Christmas cards that you'll want to show them off during Christmas season. Coming up with creative ways to display the Christmas cards you receive can be just as much fun as making your own cards. From ribbon displays to featuring your cards under glass on a coffee table, the unique suggestions you'll find here might spark even more ideas.

Making Christmas Tree Cards

When December rolls around, you're probably going to decorate your Christmas tree. It makes sense as the Christmas tree is one of the most recognized symbols of Christmas. So why not embellish your holiday cards with one? In this section, you'll find many different ways to use this holiday greenery in your handmade Christmas cards.

Making Snowman-Themed Christmas Cards and Stationery

It may be cold outside, but it will feel warm inside when your friends and family receive these cheery snowman-themed Christmas cards. With easy step-by-step instructions, we'll show you how to make these adorable cards. There are even great ideas for making cute snowman stationery to use anytime during the winter. Click to this section to learn how to make them.

Making Merry Christmas Cards

Make the holiday season even merrier with these adorable Christmas cards. From a card that looks like a handmade cross stitch to crafty and practical Christmas recipe cards, you're sure to elicit wows from your friends with these homemade delights. Learn how to make merry Christmas cards in this section.

Making Jeweled Christmas Cards

Do your best to brighten up someone's day with these delightful jeweled Christmas cards. We've chosen angels and stars to embellish these cards, but the options are endless once you start bedazzling. Click to this section to learn how to make these stationery gems.

Remember, displaying cards you receive from others is often a craft unto itself. See the next page for great ideas on displaying holiday cards.

Displaying Holiday Cards

So many cards...so little time to enjoy them. This year, instead of stacking them on a table or in a corner where you'll never see them, use the cards as part of your holiday decorating.

One of the easiest ways to display cards is to purchase a bulletin board and paint it with Christmas colors or a holiday motif. For a festive touch, glue decorative stars to the tops of flat thumbtacks and use them to hang the cards.

Holiday Cards
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There are many unique ways to
display creative homemade
holiday cards like this one.

Another idea is to fold an 8-foot-long, 2-inch-wide ribbon in half. Clip the ends to prevent raveling, and secure the folded top to the wall with thumbtacks or small brads. Tape your holiday cards down each piece of ribbon, leaving enough room in between to see the front of each card.

If you have a flat coffee table that will lend itself to displays, purchase a piece of glass cut the same size as the top of your table. Make sure the edges have been polished to prevent cuts. Then slip your cards underneath the glass to enjoy throughout the holiday season. You may even want to display your cards all year long!

If you would like to display your photograph Christmas cards all year, slip the cards into flat plastic frames with magnets on the back and display them on your refrigerator. You'll be surprised how much families change from year to year.

For a display across your mantel or buffet, take a piece of string and attach it to each side. Using paper clips or miniature clothespins, secure cards to the string, equally spacing to keep the weight balanced.

Handmade cards are especially charming. To display those with unique details or personal significance, find a small frame with a ready-made mat and slip the card inside for an elegant display.

Has receiving handmade cards get you inspired to make your own? Give it a try with the Christmas tree cards on the next page.

Christmas Cards: A History
The time-honored tradition of sending Christmas cards began about 150 years ago in Great Britain. Sir Henry Cole, a renaissance man who wrote and published books on art collections and architecture, was too busy to write customary holiday greetings to friends and family, so he asked a well-known painter to design a card with a single message that could be sent to everyone on his list.

Christmas cards popped up in the United States in the mid-1800s. In 1875, Louis Prang, who wrote and published architectural books, printed images in color with a series of lithographic zinc plates. The process allowed up to 32 colors to be printed in a single picture, with the finished product resembling an oil painting.

These cards were in such high demand that Prang couldn't fill all his orders. Demand increased each year that followed, and at one point Prang was printing five million cards a year. His efforts earned him the nickname "Father of the American Christmas Card."

The first Christmas cards featured flowers and birds, then snow scenes, fir trees, and glowing fireplaces. Today, everything from clever verse and holiday scenes to geometric designs and sports figures grace the fronts of cards.

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
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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
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    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
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    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.

Making Snowman-Themed Christmas Cards and Stationery

­Visions of snowmen outside usually means cold weather has hit. But these cheery snowman-themed projects are sure to warm your heart and the hearts of those who receive them. Even better, they're easy to make with materials you might have around the house.

Snow Buddy Pencil Topper

Snow Buddy Pencil Topper
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The finished Snow Buddy Pencil Topper.

This pencil topper is sure to be the envy of all your friends -- so why not make one for each of them this holiday season! Here's what you'll need to get started:

  • Air-dry paper clay
  • Pencil
  • Round wood toothpicks
  • Acrylic paint: black, green, red, orange
  • Small paintbrush
  • Ball-headed pin
  • Craft glue
  • 10 black beads, 11/0 each
  • Scrap blue felt
  • Scissors

To Make a Snow Buddy Pencil Topper:

  1. To make the body of the snowman, roll a 1-inch ball of clay. Insert the end of the pencil halfway into the body. Break a wood toothpick in half, and insert half of it into the center top of the body.

  2. Make the head by rolling a 7/8-inch ball of clay. Place this on the top of the body. Slightly flatten the top of the head.

    Snow Buddy Pencil Topper
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Place the snow buddy's head
    on top of the body.

  3. To make the hat, flatten a 5/8-inch ball of clay into 11/8-inch circle. Roll a 7/8-inch ball, and slightly flatten the top and bottom of it (the sides should stay rounded). Place the flattened ball on the brim to complete the hat.

    Snow Buddy Pencil Topper
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Finish the hat by placing the
    flattened ball on the brim.

  4. Flatten a 2-inch ball of clay, and cut out 2 holly leaves with a toothpick. Make lines in the center of the leaves with the end of the toothpick. Roll a 1/8-inch ball into a carrot shape. Let the body, hat, leaves, small ball, and carrot shape all dry for 24 hours.

    Snow Buddy Pencil Topper
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Use a toothpick to cut out holly leaves.

  5. When the pieces have dried, paint the hat black, the holly leaves green, the small ball red, and the carrot nose orange. Use the ball-head of the pin and the black paint to dot eyes and a mouth on the snowman's face. Let paint dry completely.

    Snow Buddy Pencil Topper
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Paint the hat black.

  6. Glue the holly leaves and red ball to the top of the snowman's hat. Glue the hat to the top of the snowman's head, and glue the carrot nose to the snowman's face.

  7. Cut a 1/4x10-inch piece of blue felt. Tie it around the snowman's neck, and glue the ends down.

    Snow Buddy Pencil Topper
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Tie blue felt around
    the snow buddy's neck.

From Our Family to Yours

With personal pictures adorning the covers, these cards are sure to be cherished by all who receive them. To complete this project, you'll need:

From Our Family to Yours
©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
This is the completed From Our
Family to Yours card.

  • Blue art paper, cut into 10x7-inch rectangles (1 for each card)
  • Waxed paper
  • Snowflake rubber stamp
  • Silver pigment ink pad
  • Silver embossing powder
  • Embossing gun (or other heat source)
  • Extra-fine silver paint marker
  • Black photo corners (4 for each card)
  • 31/2x5-inch photograph (1 for each card)

To Make a From Our Family to Yours Card:

  1. Fold rectangles of blue paper to form 5x7-inch cards. Place 1 card on sheet of waxed paper.

  2. Apply silver ink to rubber stamp by brushing ink pad against surface of stamp.

  3. Starting in a corner and working quickly but carefully, firmly press inked stamp to edge of card. Repeat around entire edge of card, reinking as necessary, to form a border of silver snowflakes. To make border look more natural, turn rubber stamp in different directions and allow some snowflakes to print off edge of card.

    From Our Family to Yours
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    Press inked stamp around edge of card.

  4. While ink is still wet, completely cover all stamped areas with embossing powder. Shake off excess powder and return to bottle.

    From Our Family to Yours
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    Sprinkle embossing powder
    over stamped areas.

  5. Using embossing gun, heat snowflakes until powder is melted and a shiny, raised surface is formed.

    From Our Family to Yours
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    Heat snowflakes with embossing gun.

  6. Use paint marker to write a holiday greeting on inside of card.

  7. Put photo corners on each corner of photograph. Moisten backs of photo corners and center photo on front of card, pressing down firmly.

    From Our Family to Yours
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Use photo corners to add a finished look.

  8. Repeat steps to make more cards.

Snowy Stationery
©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
The completed Snowy Stationery.

Snowy Stationery

During those long winter months when we're cooped up inside, it's important to keep in touch. What better way than with this cheerful stationery! Here are the materials you'll need:

  • White ink pad
  • Heavy paper: red, blue, yellow
  • Markers: black, orange, green, red, brown
  • White pen

To Make Snowy Stationery:

  1. Place your finger on ink pad to coat it, and stamp finger on paper for snowman heads. Place heads in a pleasing arrangement.

  2. If you choose, you could also stack 2 or 3 finger stamps to create the snowman bodies.

    Snowy Stationery
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Use an ink pad and your thumb or
    finger to make snowman heads.

  3. Use black marker to draw eyes and mouths. Use orange marker to draw carrot noses. You could also draw holly using green marker and add berries with red marker. If you are making standing snowmen, use brown marker to add arms. Use black marker to add hats where you want them. If you'd like, add halos with white pen to make snow angels.

    Snowy Stationery
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Add eyes and mouths with a black marker.

  4. Use white pen to write sayings on paper, such as "Let It Snow!" or "There's No People Like Snow People!"

There's no better way to say "Merry Christmas" than with a handmade card. See the next section for some joyous ideas.

Making Merry Christmas Cards

Creating these joyful homemade cards is sure to make you feel merry. Make several of each to give out to those special someones during the holidays.

Cross-Stitch-Look Christmas Card
©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
Here is the finished Cross-Stitch-
Look Christmas Card.

Cross-Stitch-Look Christmas Card

This unique card has the look of a cross stitch, but really it's all done with fabric markers! Here are the materials you'll:

  • 37/8x6 inches (42x65-squares) white 11-count aida cloth
  • Fine-line fabric markers: gold, red, green
  • 43/4x7-inch parchment card and envelope
  • 5/8-inch gold jingle bell

To Make a Cross-Stitch-Look Christmas Card:

  1. The distinctive look of cross stitch is usually made with needle and floss on fabric that has a weave made to look like squares. Instead of using a needle and floss, you will use fabric markers to make the X's, carefully drawing from 1 corner of the square diagonally to the opposite corner. Then make another line crossing over the first, being careful to draw from corner to corner. Practice making X's on extra aida cloth before beginning this project.

    Cross-Stitch-Look Christmas Card
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Use a fabric marker
    to make X's on aida cloth.

  2. Download the graph here, and with the help from an adult to get started, make X's on the aida cloth to create a gold bell. Counting the rows of squares (over and down, etc.) on the graph and then on your cloth will help you find your starting place. You'll want to be extra careful not to smudge any of the ink. After the bell is completed, make the red bow and green border.

  3. To mount the aida cloth on the parchment card, apply a thin line of glue along the edges of the back of the aida cloth. Position the cloth on the center front of the card.

  4. Using the glue gun, place a small amount of glue on the clapper of the bell you have drawn on the cloth. Position the gold jingle bell top-side down in the glue.

Merry & Bright Greetings

Merry & Bright Greetings
©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
Here are the completed JOY card,
HO HO HO card, and Merry
Christmas Recipe Card.

Let your friends and family know how special they are to you with a handmade card! Turn this into a family project. After all, spending extra time with your family makes Christmas even more special. Here's what you'll need to gather:

  • Cardstock: 12x12-inch spring green and solid red sparkle with white backing; green; scraps of white, silver foil, black, red, apple green
  • Cutting tools, punches: 12-inch paper trimmer with replaceable scoring carriage; scissors; 1/8-inch, 5/8-inch circle punches; shape-cutting tools and circles template; self-healing craft mat
  • Embellishments: metal ornament charm, 3 silver spangles, two 1/8-inch silver brads, two 3/4-inch white buttons, two 1/8-inch white brads
  • Repositionable letter stickers: 1/2 inch, 7/8 inch
  • Paper needle
  • String or floss: white, red
  • Adhesive: paper glue, glue dots
  • White felt
  • Rub-on words: Ho Ho Ho

To Make a JOY Card:

  1. Use paper trimmer to trim spring green cardstock to 8x6 inches. Use scoring carriage to score card at 4 inches (so card will be 4x6 inches). Fold card in half. From solid red cardstock, cut a 6x11/4-inch strip. Hand-tear approximately 1/4 inch away along bottom of strip.

    Merry & Bright Greetings
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Use paper trimmer to score card.

  2. Cut 4 inches of white string, and thread on ornament charm. Tie ends together in a knot. Place string over red torn strip. Place a J sticker on a spangle, an O on another, and a Y on last spangle. Thread paper needle with 6 inches of white string, and tie a knot at end. Starting 1 inch in from left side, thread string through bottom of red strip. Thread on spangles, and thread back through red strip about 2 inches to the right. Knot and trim thread ends.

    Merry & Bright Greetings
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Place ornament charm over red strip.

  3. Punch a 1/8-inch hole on either side of red strip near top. Attach a brad in each hole. Glue strip 3/4 inch down from top fold of card. Glue spangles and ornament to card with glue dots.

To Make a HO HO HO Card:

  1. Use paper trimmer to trim solid red cardstock to 6x10 inches. Score at 5 inches (making card 6x5 inches), and fold in half. Cut 11/4x31/4-inch rectangle from spring green cardstock and a 1x23/4-inch rectangle from white cardstock. From silver foil cardstock, cut 11/2-inch square; mark and cut out 3/4-inch square in center to create buckle.

  2. Cut 5x23/4-inch rectangle from black cardstock. Use scissors to cut curves along the top and bottom of black rectangle to create curved belt. Cut 5x21/2-inch rectangle from white felt; fold felt in half, and cut a curve along bottom to fold for fur trim.

    Merry & Bright Greetings
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Cut curve along bottom of white felt.

  3. Rub HO HO HO onto white rectangle; glue to green rectangle slightly askew. Thread red floss through button holes, and tie off on back. Glue all pieces to card, referring to photo above.

To Make a Merry Christmas Recipe Card:

  1. Trim green cardstock to 6x91/2 inches with paper trimmer. Score fold lines at 31/2 and 81/4 inches down from 1 short end. Fold both flaps to front so they meet.

    Merry & Bright Greetings
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Fold at scored lines to create flaps.

  2. Using shape cutter and template, cut a 11/2-inch and two 1-inch circles from red cardstock. Cut 1-inch and 11/2-inch circle from apple green cardstock. Cut 1-inch red circle in half. Punch 2 red and 3 apple green circles using 5/8-inch circle punch.

  3. Adhere each side of 11/4-inch bottom strip to create an envelope pocket along bottom. Position and glue half circles to front flaps so they meet when flaps are closed. Position and glue all circles on front of card except 1 red and 1 apple green 5/8-inch circle. Place (do not glue) a red and an apple green circle punch on either side of front flaps in middle near flap edges. Using 1/8-inch circle punch, punch a hole through center of each circle and flap. Attach a white mini brad in each hole. Cut 4 inches of white string. Wind 1 end of string around brad under circle to attach.

  4. Press letter stickers in place on front of envelope. Include a handwritten note or a recipe for an extra-special Christmas surprise.

Add a little sparkle to your holiday cards by making the jeweled Christmas greetings found on the next page.

Making Jeweled Christmas Cards

These Christmas cards are sure to sparkle, thanks to metallic paint, clever beads, and more. You'll have trouble deciding which one to make!

On Angel's Wings­

A three-dimensional angel provides an extra touch of elegance to this simple card. The acetate wings lend an ethereal air, and the card's blank interior provides room for a heavenly message. Here are the materials you'll need:

On Angel's Wings
©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
This is the completed On
Angel's Wings card.

  • 2 pieces white cardstock, 61/2x9 inches each
  • Blue cloud-print paper, 6x41/4 inches
  • Rubber cement
  • Angel stamp
  • Ink pads: black, pink
  • Acetate
  • Fine-line permanent black marker
  • Scissors
  • Sponge
  • Acrylic paint: light gold, dark gold
  • Toothpick
  • Heart stamp
  • Colored pencils: yellow, pink, peach
  • Tape
  • Foam mounting tape

To Make an On Angel's Wings Card:

  1. Fold white cardstock in half to form a card 61/2x41/2 inches.

  2. Attach cloud-print paper to front using rubber cement.

    On Angel's Wings
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Use rubber cement to affix
    cloud-print paper to cardstock.

  3. Stamp angel on second sheet of cardstock, using black ink. Lay acetate over angel and trace around outside of wings with permanent black marker.

    On Angel's Wings
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Trace around wings with a black marker.

  4. Cut out wings inside black lines, leaving a longer tab where they will attach to angel's body. Lightly sponge wings with light gold paint. Let dry. With toothpick, use dark gold paint to draw in feathers. Let dry.

    On Angel's Wings
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Draw feathers using a toothpick
    and dark gold paint.

  5. Stamp heart in pink ink below angel. Cut out heart and angel, cutting off angel's wings.

    On Angel's Wings
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Stamp a pink heart below the angel.

  6. Color angel using colored pencils. Attach acetate wings to back of the angel using tape.

    On Angel's Wings
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Use colored pencils to color angel.

  7. Attach angel and heart to front of card using small pieces of foam mounting tape.

    On Angel's Wings
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Use foam mounting tape to
    adhere angel and heart to card.

Beaded Card

Beaded Card
©2006 Publications International, Ltd.­
This is the finished Beaded Card.

Spread holiday cheer with this adorable and easy-to-make card. Here's what you'll need to get started:

  • Card stock: white, green, red, goldenrod
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Craft punch: star, circle
  • Paper glue pen
  • 22-gauge gold wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Package alphabet beads, 4x7mm

To Make a Beaded Card:

    1. Cut white card stock to 11x71/2 inches. Fold in half to final card size of 51/2x71/2 inches. Cut 4 green 2x2-inch squares and 4 white 13/4x13/4-inch squares. Cut pattern pieces in colors indicated on patterns from template. Download the template here. Punch a goldenrod star using craft punch.

    2. Refer to photo above for placement of pieces. Arrange green squares on card; glue in place. Place white squares on green squares; glue in place. Place and glue green tree, red trunk, and goldenrod stars. Glue white stripe on red ornament and goldenrod cap at top.

    3. Wrap a length of gold wire around heart, with wire ends starting and ending on back of heart. Gently curl 1 inch of wire; glue to back of ornament's cap. Glue pieces to card.

    4. Cut 8 inches of wire, and make a small loop in 1 end. Thread on alphabet beads to form first word, form a loop, place heart bead, form a loop, and thread on last word. Make a loop in end of wire to hold beads. Trim excess wire. (We used "Joy," "Peace," "Love," and "Warmth," but feel free to choose your own sentiments.) Repeat instructions to make second beaded wire. Glue wire strips to card; place glue dots on back of beads to hold securely.

    Beaded Card
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Make words by threading
    alphabet beads onto wire.

    Star Card

    This star card is sure to shine bright because it was made especially by you! You'll need the following materials to get started:

    Star Card
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Here is the finished Star Card.

    • Card stock: white, goldenrod
    • Ruler
    • Scissors
    • Personal paper trimmer
    • Microtip paper scissors
    • Goldenrod thread
    • Paper glue pen
To Make a Star Card:
    1. Cut white card stock to 81/2x51/2 inches; fold in half to final card size of 41/4x51/2 inches. On front flap of card, measure 11/4 inches down from top edge and 13/8 inches in from each side of card. With paper trimmer, cut an inner opening of 11/2 inches square.

    2. From goldenrod card stock, cut a 3-inch square. Inside square, center and measure a 13/4-inch square. Cut out inner square.

    3. From white card stock, cut a 3-inch square. Inside square, center and measure 11/2-inch square. Cut out inner square.

    4. Cut 2 goldenrod stars from star pattern on template. Download the template here. Cut five 11/2-inch lengths of goldenrod thread.

    5. Glue a thread end to back of each star arm. Glue second star to first, covering threads. Open card, and place star in middle of opening. Glue threads to sides of opening. Place white square frame on opening, covering threads, and glue in place. (Trim threads if needed.)

      Star Card
      ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
      Glue threads to sides of opening.

    6. Glue goldenrod frame to front of card over opening.
Whether you like to jazz things up with jeweled Christmas cards or prefer a more traditional greeting that features trees or snowmen, the handmade cards detailed in this article are sure to deliver.


About the Craft Designers:

Christmas Tree Card by Rebekah Meier
Tree Card by Jill D. Evans
Sending Holiday Wishes
by
Phyllis Dunstan
Snow Buddy Pencil Toper
by
Trena Hegdahl
From Our Family to Yours
by
Janelle Hayes
Snowy Stationery
by
Trena Hegdahl
Cross-Stitch-Look Christmas Card
by
Laura Holtorf Collins
Merry & Bright Greetings
by
Jill D. Evans
On Angel's Wings
by
Rice Freeman-Zachery
Beaded Card
by
Jill D. Evans
Star Card by Jill D. Evans