Easy to make Christmas cards

Get crafting with the kids this winter to make your own Christmas cards. Just follow our simple guidelines to make an impressive set of stylish cards which are easy to get right and cheaper to make than most.

Stick-on shapes cards

These cards are ideal if you've got young kids who are able to use a glue stick but they're not quite ready for anything more adventurous (or messy!). Even toddlers can get involved if you can apply the glue and then hand them the shapes to stick on.

You'll need

  • Several blank cards, folded
  • A selection of colourful paper of different textures
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Pinking shears
  • Coloured metallic stars
  • Crayons

How to make them

1. Cut out a selection of shapes from a range of colourful paper. Triangles from green origami paper look great as trees (use pinking shears for a jagged edge). Rectangles from red origami paper make nice presents and smaller circles from yellow and purple textured tissue paper are lovely little baubles.

2. Take one of the blank cards and show your little ones how easy it is to glue the shapes to the card, perhaps show them how to make a Christmas tree with presents underneath. Then pass them the shapes, a glue stick and a few of the blank cards. Let them sprinkle on some metallic stars too.

3.Give them time to get creative – don't worry if they keep sticking the shapes half on and half off the card. Simply trim around the edges once they've finished! Finally, pass out the crayons to write a greeting.

Cards that sparkle

Whoever you give these cards to will probably get covered in glitter, but that's no bad thing. If anything, it'll get them into the Christmas spirit! This one's great for kids of all ages.

You'll need

  • Several blank cards, folded
  • Kids' PVA glue
  • A few different colours of glitter
  • Christmas cookie cutters (snowman, stocking, star & tree shapes are best)

How to make them

1. Pour the glue into a small container until it's about 5mm deep, the container needs to be big enough for the cookie cutters to fit in.

2. Dip a cookie cutter in the glue and use it to make a glue print on a blank card. Leave it in place on the card for five seconds to allow all the glue to drip down onto it. Repeat until you have made all the glue prints that you want for that particular card.

3. Sprinkle different colours of glitter on top of the glue prints, making sure to cover all of the glue marks. Then shake the glitter off into a tray and allow the card to dry, ready to write your greeting inside.

Baking tray print cards

This method of print-making is so simple to do and it's possible to create some really contemporary card designs in just a few steps.

You'll need

  • Several blank cards, folded
  • An old baking tray
  • Sticky tape
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint roller
  • Damp cloth
  • Cotton buds, toothpicks & a comb
  • Coloured pens

How to make them

1. Measure the front of one of your blank cards, subtracting 3 centimetres from each side (for your border) and mark out the rough dimensions on the back of a baking tray using sticky tape.

2. Roll paint into the area you've marked out on the tray, then draw a picture in the paint using your finger, a cotton bud or wooden skewer depending on how thick you want each stroke. You could draw a present with a big bow on top, a snowman, or even members of your family.

3. When you're happy with your design, wipe around the edges of your print with a damp sponge, using the tape as a guide. Then press the front of your card against the paint and carefully remove. You'll be able to make about three cards from each print. When you've finished, simply re-apply paint with the roller and do it all again!

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