If you send holiday cards each year I’ve gathered up some unique Christmas card ideas today to really impress friends and family!
When I was a kid my mom would type (yes, as in on a typewriter) a little blurb on what our family had been up to all year and send it out with the holiday cards. I remember thinking how time consuming it seemed each year but after she passed away of Alzheimer’s Disease in 2011 I rediscovered some of these family updates in her things and was taken aback. I had forgotten about them and loved re-reading these snapshots of our years growing up and the things she though were important enough to highlight to friends and family.
And every year when it’s time to send out holiday cards and I go into panic (it’s a lot of work to write and address so many cards, not to mention sign a quick greeting) I remember my mom’s family updates and know that it’s a tradition worth upholding…
Now I admit that for the bulk of our holiday cards we usually send pre-printed postcards, however over the years we have tried our hand at a number of handmade/DIY cards. Sometimes we make them for a special person or two, sometimes these end up being made for a my children’s school mates and sometimes I run out of the expensive printed cards and need something in a pinch! Whatever the reason you may have for making DIY holiday cards I’ve got a whole slew of ideas for you to try, ranging from the mass produced to the one and done, very special cards!
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Here’s quick rundown on our featured card ideas:
Please note: Not all of these are cards…YET! I’ve included a few ideas that would make great card decorations!
- Quick and easy If you need a ton of cards in a hurry you have to try Muffin Tin Prints. Cut and fold card stock in advance or order some small blank cards like these. Kids will love making the prints and they look lovely once dried! Another easy to make idea are the Washi Tape Cards. Use layers of colorful washi tape to decorate bank cards for a super crafty and sweet look. Tape in a printed photo and you have a really special handmade card.
- Artful kid-made cards Magical appearing pictures would make pretty handmade cards. Again order blank cards in advance to watercolor over! Another idea that is totally irresistible to all are scratch art cards! It would be fun to write a message underneath in crayon and then send these with a penny attached for the recipient to use to scratch off the top layer and read their message!
- Trick your friends For the jokers out there you have to check out our holiday optical illusions! You can print and download them here. I have additional printable optical illusion cards in this Holiday Card Pack. Another absolutely fun card to give out is our Magic Holiday Card! Print and give to a teacher!
Unusual Christmas Card Ideas
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Printable holiday card and magic trick for kids!
A classic resist art technique with a hidden pictures twist! These would make lovely hand painted cards!
A process art project you can use to make tons of decorative cards FAST!
Make memorable and EASY homemade christmas cards using washi tape and a stamp!
Amaze your friends with these 5 holiday themed optical illusions.We turned these into holiday cards in our printable holiday card pack here.
I’m including a sample card here for you to print FREE.
Learn how to make your own DIY scratchboard for use in art projects, cards, and more!
Printable Holiday Card Pack
For more printable holiday fun get our Printable Holiday Card and activity Pack here!
The card pack contains:
-8 different Optical Illusion Greeting Cards
-4 sets of Banana Cards
-Bell Tota Printable Activity