Try Handmade Christmas Cards with Your Family

This year's holiday cards will stand out if you make handmade Christmas cards with your family. If you have young children, the cards may not have the sophisticated look of store-bought cards, but they will be loved by adoring relatives. Here are some easy projects for kids of all ages:

Photo Cards
A fun and easy way to make your own Christmas cards is to take a family photo and incorporate it into the card's design. Simply have copies made of a favorite family picture, purchase (or make your own) photo card frames, print off a decorative Christmas sentiment and pop the card in the mail. What could be easier?

Get the Kids Involved
One gift that will be perfect for grandparents, aunts and uncles is a Christmas card that the kids help make. You can use colored cardstock, construction paper or premade blank cards as the base for your card. Let the kids decorate cards individually with stickers, glitter and ribbon. Add a personal handwritten message to each one or use a one you print off.

If you have too many people on your mailing for this to be practical, simply have your children make cards for close relatives and friends and use regular cards for everyone else. You might also consider asking your child to draw a special Christmas picture and have it turned into cards at the local print shop.

Christmas Card Design Ideas
Other fun ideas include using vintage cards to make new ones. You can often find old blank cards at yard sales. Cut off the front of the card, and glue it in on the front of folded colored card stock. Let the kids embellish the design, add a note and mail.

Shaped Christmas card making is fun, too. An example would be to fold a piece of green construction paper in half. Draw the shape of a Christmas tree, a Christmas ball or a stocking on the card, making sure several points of the item touch on the fold. Cut out the shape, but do not cut through the folds, or you will end up with two separate pieces. Decorate the tree with rick rack, sequins and glitter.

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