DIY holiday cards

12 Days of Christmas DIY: Homemade Christmas Cards

And on the third day of Christmas, I'm giving you ideas for DIY Christmas cards. This year was the first year in a long time that I sent out cards and it was the first year that I was able to send cards with Mr. T. I wanted to last year, but it just didn't seem to happen. One reason was that I didn't really like any of the cards that I saw in the store andthey are also insanely expensive. But I thought that making cards would be too much and I really didn't want to get into the photo cards just yet. So this year I decided to make my own and it was actually fairly easy (I only freaked out like one time about it). Here are some ideas to make your own Christmas Cards.Christmas Cards


Embossed cards

A lady at Paper Source introduced me to the wonderful world of embossing when we were there looking for things for the wedding. I seriously have never looked back. It's the most amazing thing ever and it gives your cards a little something extra.

Here's how to do it:



  • Embossing stamp pad
  • Embossing powder
  • Heating tool (you can usually find this with all the above stuff in a section together near the stamps)
  • Card stock (you can usually find a set that has cards and envelopes for a good price at your local craft store)
  • Stamps


  • Use the stamp like you would if you were stamping a color (accept it will be clear since you stamped it with an embossing pad) and stamp your paper.
  • Pour embossing powder onto the shape you stamped on the paper, shake off excess, and use the heating tool.You will notice the powder start to change. Don't use it for too long because it will burn off. It doesn't take very long. It cools/dries in seconds and you have a really cool professional looking card.
  • I usually work with extra sheets of card stock to shake off the excess because it's much easier than shaking it into the container of powder.
  • You can use different colors, just make sure you do them one at a time or you'll end up mixing your powder or ruining a bunch and have to waste it.
  • Also don't be shocked by the price or the size of the embossing powder. A little goes a very long way.

Embossed Cards

Stamped cards

Stamped cards are definitely fun, easy, and not very time consuming. All you need are stamps, ink, and card stock. All found at the craft store. It's so easy to crank out a bunch at one time and have some fun, festive cards to spread holiday cheer to your friends and family.

Fabric, buttons, tissue paper, and/or construction paper

I don't mean to get all old school, but there are a ton of really great, cheap, and easy to find supplies to make a great DIY Christmas card. You could cut out holiday shapes or glue buttons like ornaments of polka dots. The possibilities are endless.

Print your own

There are many, many sites where you can make your own cards and then have them shipped to you. We used one of those for our save the dates. The only issue is that some of them are really costly. I mean, if you only have a few to buy then $2 or more a card isn't a big deal, but most people have a lot more. So, instead, print your own. There are many sites where you can find free fonts for personal use. Font Spring is a great one and they have a lot of really inexpensive fonts if this is something you'll do often.

Image sites like PicMonkey offer an array of options for pictures and all kinds of things you can add to it for some holiday fun.

And, you don't just have to stop at these ideas. Look to Pinterest for inspiration and check out this BuzzFeed article with some really amazing ideas. I can't wait to see what other people think of!

Read more in this series:

12 Days of Christmas DIY: Christmas Tree Ornaments

12 Days of Christmas DIY: Christmas Decor