Zeko enjoys writing about gift ideas and creative ways to celebrate holidays and special occasions.
Holiday cards! Many people hate buying them, because they are overpriced. They usually sit on the table by the door until garbage day when they get thrown out. So, why do we still buy them?
It is much cheaper, and not to mention more original, to give a handmade Christmas card. In most cases, you would already have some, or all, of the materials you need to make it in your home. That is usually some colored paper, cut-outs, basic school supplies like scissors, tape, adhesive, and a ruler. You can personalize a handmade card any way you want, and best of all, you don't have to deal with the cheesy phrases and lame jokes that most store-bought cards feature.
Before starting your Christmas greeting card design, have a look at this collection for some ideas and inspiration.
Foldable Christmas Tree Card
If you want to make sure your Christmas card doesn't end up in the garbage, this one might just be the thing. Cardstock and corrugated cardboard are creatively folded into a Christmas tree, which is then decorated with rhinestones. The nice thing about the card is that you don’t need a lot of embellishments for it, because the cutting and folding basically does all the work. For the full picture tutorial, go to Strana Mam
3D Snowy Hills
3D holiday cards are more and more popular because of their amazing effects. They are always eye-catching and conversation-starting, and can definitely help you spread a little holiday cheer. There are a lot of pretty 3D Christmas designs around the internet, but this lovely and unique idea form Notable Nest is something more. The combination of the layered snowy hills, the stormy sky, the texture and the added dimension also evokes a calm and peaceful feeling, which is something that is often associated with the holiday season.
The Whole Family in a Christmas Ornament
This next Christmas card idea is for those who want to try something new and different this year instead of getting the same shots year after year.
Get your family in front of a shiny, reflective ornament. Take a picture of the ornament using a tripod and, preferably, a camera with a remote. Don’t forget to make sure your Christmas tree and decorations are also in the shot. Done! For more details on how to do it, go to Dirty Diaper Laundry.
Sweet Gingerbread House Card
Next up is a unique gingerbread house card from One Charming Party. It is actually an invitation for making gingerbread houses, but it can easily be used as a holiday card. This adorable card is perfect for little kids, because it is cleverly decorated with real candy, marshmallows, and candy canes.
Hanging Paper Snowflakes
Paper snowflakes have been a popular holiday craft probably since the Victorian Era and they always make such pretty projects. Look at this simple, yet beautiful and elegant card! The delicate branch and the hanging snowflakes are made from simple white cardstock paper, glued to a contrasting brown cardstock. The trick to make the snowflakes look 3D is to stick them onto small pieces of cardstock before attaching them to the card.
Face & Body Swap Card
Face swaps are a hilarious thing, but not all are created equal. Some are incredibly creepy and some are just fun and creative. This one, for example, is one of the creative ones. The three piece puzzle swaps not only faces, but also bodies and it is perfect for large families. And if you happen to have a dog or a cat, the pet will definitely bring a certain something to the table. So, if your family is not into the whole "Let's all pose for pictures for two hours", you may give this holiday project a try. It will sure make for a terrific Christmas card. You will need some intermediate Photoshop skills or a computer-savvy friend.
Photo Booth Card
If you don’t have the Photoshop skills to create a photo card or the time for taking family photos, this photo-booth-style holiday card from Simply Radiant is perfect for you. Just find a photo booth, get some props and take a bunch of funny shots of each member of the family. To make your Christmas cards even more original, mail them in small jewelry boxes filled with candies.
Bubble-Bearded Mini Santa
Christmas photo cards of the kids are always warmly welcomed by family, especially the grandparents, who are eager to see how much they have grown.
Here is a cute idea from Tiffkeetch—baby in a bathtub with soap bubbles being used for a beard.
Dog in a Wreath
Do you have a dog? Do you have a wreath? Then get your camera, throw the prickly wreath around the dog’s neck, force the dog to sit on the freezing snow and you will have an interesting holiday card. For this fun project you will also need a lot of treats and patience.
Quartefoil Overlay Card
The Quatrefoil has been used in gothic architecture for centuries and has recently had a rebirth in the card making crafts. The pattern makes the handmade cards look very elegant and pretty. For this simple, yet creative idea for a Quartefoil Overlay card, go to Damask Love.
Ornament Button Card
Christmas cards don’t have to be fancy or expensive to make an impression. This Ornament Button card, for example, is simple, beautiful and super easy to make. The materials needed are just regular things people usually have around the house: cardstock or paper, glue, a black marker and an assortment of colorful buttons. The project is also great for kids.
Christmas Card Full of Gifts
This last Christmas card idea is another lovely craft that takes no more than 10 minutes to make. You don't even need a tutorial for it, but in case you have some questions, you can check out the post over at My Paper Secret for details.