The art of handmade holiday cards is a treasure for the creator and recipient alike. This season, try your hand at one of our many holiday-card craft ideas. Whether the sentiment is embossed, decked in ribbon, or encasing a prized photograph, the extra time will be well worth it when your cards are opened.
With a few basic techniques, you can create a wide range of looks by varying shapes, color, and decorative details. These snowman and snowflake pop-ups are decorated with glitter and glue, and inscribed with a fountain pen dipped in red ink.
Why are these creatures smiling? They're holding on to a secret, and when the time comes, they'll open their arms wide to reveal it: a hidden holiday greeting. Kids can write their own messages inside these cheerful cards and hand them out to classmates and teachers, or punch a hole at the top and tie on ribbon or yarn to use as tags
Let kids make their mark on the holidays in the form of cards, gift tags, and wrapping paper; it's quick work with a custom-made rubber stamp. Have your child draw an image in marker. Then have it replicated on a stamp at an office supply store (it takes only a few days).
Cookie cutters work well as stencils for cards and gift tags. You can use assorted cookie cutters shaped like cats and dogs for everyday projects, but for holiday- or season-specific projects, try something different -- a turkey for Thanksgiving or a sprig of holly for Christmas.