Save money this Christmas by putting rolls of unused holiday gift wrap or the scraps to good use to make colorful DIY Christmas cards. You don’t even have to be crafty to make these festive cards as they are so easy to make.
Over the Thanksgiving weekend, my daughter Mandy came home for a few days.
While we were watching a few holiday movies one afternoon, she set up a table in the living room and asked me if she could use some of the Christmas gift wrap I had stored with my Christmas decorations.
She had brought blank postcards and envelopes with her and wanted to make her own Christmas cards.
She found what she needed along with a red and green marker and got to work.
When I saw what she was making, I knew I had to take photos so I could share the Christmas card idea with you.
She even made one for me. It is the first holiday card to place in my DIY Christmas card holder this year.
Even if you don’t send Christmas cards, consider making one Christmas tree card and framing it to create holiday art to place on a table easel or hang on a wall for your holiday decor.
This holiday card idea can also be made into smaller versions and used as gift tags. So let your style shine and create in your own style.
How to Make Your Own DIY Christmas Cards Tutorial
For the tree shape, Mandy used the template I used a few years ago to make Christmas tree paper chains to decorate the open shelves in my kitchen.
- Note cards and envelopes
- Holiday gift wrap or scrapbook paper
- Christmas tree shape pattern
- Glue stick
- Small pair of scissors
- Thin tipped markers in colors to coordinate with gift wrap
- Optional: Eraser
To speed the tree cutting out process, layer gift wrap pieces into stacks of about 6- 10 pieces.
Place the tree pattern on top piece of gift wrap and trace the tree shape. Hold the stack together with one hand and cut out tree shape through all the layers.
Time needed: 3 hours.
How to Use Holiday Gift Wrap Scraps to Make Christmas Cards
- Purchase Blank Postcards or Notecards
- Print Out Christmas Tree Template
Print or copy and paste the Christmas tree template below. Cut out. Depending on your printer configuration, you may have to adjust the size via your printer interface.
- Trace Tree Shape
Place your gift wrap on work surface and then place the tree pattern on top of gift wrap. Using a pencil, trace around the tree and then cut out using a small pair of scissors.
- Center One Tree on Card
Use a glue stick to attach the center tree on the card first. Use your fingers to make sure it is adhered, then add a tree to either side of the center tree.
- Optional: Outline Trees
Use a thin marker to outline the tree shapes as shown below.
- Add Your Greeting
Using your own handwriting – write your greeting under the trees.
Helpful Tip: Use a pencil to write this on the card to make sure the words are centered. Once you like it, then go over with the marker.
Use a soft pencil eraser to remove the pencil lines.
- Repeat the Process
Depending on how many cards you plan to send out for the holiday season, repeat the process.
Mix and match the gift wrap you use as well as the maker colors to make each card as unique as you like.
By making your own handmade Christmas cards you can customize without spending much money. Best of all you will be able to share a piece of yourself with your friends and family this Christmas.