This is the second last part of the Crafty Christmas Gifts series, where you’ll learn, or just refresh your memory, about how to make a variety of crafty Christmas cards to impress your friends and loved ones. (If you missed the first few DIY tutorials, here is Part One for adults, Part Two for children, and Part 3 with gifts for the home).

Merry Christmas collage. By Pearl Mountain (Flickr)

1. A Simple Christmas Card

Materials:

A4 Colourful Cardboard
A printer
Some Christmas themed jpgs or family photo’s
Scissors
Glue
Stencil
Koki / felt pen / magic marker

Directions:

Open the picture you’re going to be using in Microsoft Paint or PhotoShop. Use the “shapes” option in Paint to encircle your picture with a shape (star, circle, triangle, square, etc.), but make sure your main image remains in the centre of the shape. Print it out, and cut around the chosen shape. Set it aside. Fold your colourful cardboard in half to create a card. Paste the image onto the front of the card wherever you like (top left, bottom right, centre). Use the stencil and felt pen to write your seasons greeting of choice on the front of the card, around your image (Merry Christmas, Oh Holy Night, Peace on Earth, etc.). Handwrite an appropriate greeting in the card. Alternatively, just print a large picture, insert text onto it, print it, and paste it on the front of the card.

A variety of fabric cards. By mollydot (Flickr)

2. A Fold-over Christmas Card

Materials

A3 Coloured Cardboard
Scraps of material
Scissors
Glue

Directions:

Fold the A3 cardboard in half. Prop it up so the two widest sides are down on the table. Cut shapes into the fabric: strips of fabric along the cards edges tends to work well, as do snowflakes and stars. Paste these shapes onto the wide sides of the card. Write a greeting of choice on the front, or else fill in your message of choice on the inside of the card.

Glitter Christmas Cards. By melilab (Flickr)

3. Gorgeous Glitter Cards

Materials:

Glitter – preferably blue, white, silver
Pencil
Glue
Cardboard

Directions:

Fold your cardboard in half. On the front of it, trace a snowflake, snowman, or any other kind of festive shape. Use your glue to follow the pattern you’ve just drawn, being careful not to go outside the edges of it. Shake glitter over the image and let it set for around 5 – 15 minutes.   Gently lift the card and tap the edge of it to remove excess glitter. If some still sticks to parts it shouldn’t, wait a day before brushing over those areas with a knitting needle / toothpick. Fill the inside of the card with a message of your choice.

3D Christmas card. By theresac (Flickr)

4. A 3D Paper Collage Christmas Card

Materials:

Coloured Cardboard
Wrapping Paper
Ribbon
Glue
Scissors
Koki / glitter pen / Marker

Directions:

Fold one piece of coloured cardboard in half. Cut small squares out of the wrapping paper. Glue these in a set of three or four, spaced apart on the front of the card. Cut a section off the ribbon, and cut that vertically in half. Tie a section into a bow, and glue it onto the small wrapping paper square to give the appearance of a small present. Write a message on a small section of another piece of coloured cardboard with the koki or glitter pen, and cut this off. Glue it at the base of the card. Write your greeting on the inside section of the card.

Let us know what kind of crafty cards you’ll be making this holiday season.

Main image courtesy of Leashah (Flickr)