5 Crafty Christmas Card Ideas

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Written by Emma (Teach Starter)

No doubt, at this time of year, you’re busy scrambling to tie up loose ends before winter break. You are likely making great efforts to keep your students engaged and field the dozens of “How much longer until the holidays?” questions you get (from students and your colleagues!). Getting your students to develop unique and creative Christmas card ideas to make and send home to their family seems like it would be the last thing on your mind.

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So, don’t stress – we’ve done it for you!

If holiday crafts elicit a groan of despair from you, then don’t panic – these crafty Christmas cards are easily made, with minimal equipment and very little fuss.

Take a look for yourself!

 

5 Crafty Christmas Card Ideas

Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

Use our Pop-Up Snowman template to create a snowman surprise inside of a card!

5 Crafty Christmas Card Ideas

Materials:

To make your card:

  1. Cut around the borderline.
  2. Fold the paper in half, so the short edges are lined up.
  3. Reverse the fold of the paper so that the cut lines are on the outside.
  4. Cut along the dotted lines.
  5. Push the circular sections inside out so that they are folded within the card.
  6. Glue the back of the card to a piece of construction paper or cardstock.

Decorate your snowman and create a scene behind him, or use glitter for a more simple (yet sparkly) design.

Ornament Fun

This beautiful card is sure to be a hit! Make one large ornament or several small ones – whatever you do, make them colorful!

5 Crafty Christmas Card Ideas

Materials:

  • 2 x sheets of white cardstock
  • glittery paper or wrapping paper
  • clear cellophane or transparent paper
  • scissors
  • adhesive (either tape, Elmer’s glue, or hot glue)
  • Christmas-themed sequins and/or glitter
  • permanent marker
  • something to trace two circles (one large, one slightly smaller)
  • small ribbon to make a bow

To make your card:

  1. Trace a small circle in the center of the front of your card. Carefully cut out the circle.
  2. Cut a slightly larger circle from your cellophane and your glittery paper or wrapping paper.
  3. Carefully glue the transparent circle to the inside of your card, creating a ‘window’ out of the smaller circle.
  4. Place your Christmas themed sequins and/or glitter carefully on the inside of the window.
  5. Glue the circle of glittery paper or wrapping paper face down over the window, sealing the sequins and glitter inside.
  6. Glue your second piece of white cardstock inside the outer card to ‘hide’ the back of the window.
  7. Finally, decorate the front of your card to make it look like a Christmas ornament – think ribbon, a cheery greeting, the options are endless!

You can also use this idea to create a cheerful holiday snow globe!

Pop-Up Surprise – Repurposing Old Christmas Cards

Bring old Christmas cards back to life with this creative craft! It supports the values of reusing and recycling.

5 Crafty Christmas Card Ideas

Materials:

  • Christmas colored cardstock or construction paper
  • used Christmas cards from previous years
  • two strips of paper of equal size (the width and length depends on the size of your pop-up)
  • scissors
  • glue

To make your card:

  1. Choose a decal from a used Christmas card and cut around it.
  2. Fold your piece of cardstock or construction paper in half to make a card.
  3. To make your paper spring, glue the ends of your two strips of paper together to make a right angle.
  4. With the corner on the upper side, fold the strip over to the left.
  5. Fold the bottom strip over and up.
  6. Continue until you only have one last fold to make, and glue it down.
  7. Glue your spring to the bottom of your Christmas card decal.
  8. Glue the other end of your spring to the inside of your Christmas card. Decorate around it as desired.

Your card recipients will be ‘bouncing’ with delight at this one!

Thumbprint Gifts

This card has a cute, personalized twist! Young students will love the chance to make something for a loved one, while the older students will love the opportunity to do some good ol’ finger painting again!

5 Crafty Christmas Card Ideas

Materials:

  • glittery paper or wrapping paper
  • cardstock or construction paper
  • poster paint, finger paint, or ink pads in Christmas colors
  • thin ribbon
  • glue or adhesive tape

To make your card:

  1. Using the glittery paper or wrapping paper, cut several squares and rectangles in assorted sizes.
  2. Stick the shapes on the front of your card to represent gifts.
  3. Cut the ribbon into short strips to fit the ‘gifts’.
  4. Using your thumb or finger and some paint, create a bow at the top of each gift.
  5. Decorate the rest of the card with a holiday greeting of your choice.

Your students will love giving these more personalized cards to their friends and family.

Glittery and Bright Christmas Tree

Combine fine motor with Christmas card making! Save time by pre-cutting the tree strips for younger students.

5 Crafty Christmas Card Ideas

Materials:

  • green glittery paper
  • a yellow star to sit on top of the tree
  • a brown piece of cardstock or construction paper for the trunk
  • cardstock or construction paper
  • 4 x Christmas colored pipe cleaners
  • thin ribbon
  • glue or adhesive tape

To make your card:

  1. To make the strips for the tree, cut out strips so that the height of the strip is half of the width, getting larger as you go (our card uses 1-in x 0.5-in,  2-in x 1-in, 3-in x 1.5-in, 3.5-in x 2-in, and 4-in x 2-in)
  2. Fold each strip so that the top outer corners meet in the middle at the bottom.
  3. Starting at the top, glue each tree triangle to your card so that the folds are facing up, slightly overlapping each piece as you go.
  4. Top your tree with the yellow star and paste your brown paper tree trunk at the bottom.
  5. Twist together the pipe cleaners and cut them in half. Attach one strip to the top of the card and one to the bottom.

Voila! You have a beautiful, shiny Christmas tree card.

Which card is your favorite?

Post a picture in the comments below to show us how your class cards turned out!

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