Christmas Cardmaking for Kids

Create your own special Christmas cards with my step-by-step Christmas cardmaking for kids projects. Great fun for Christmas-time!


Welcome to Christmas Cardmaking for Kids!

Here I've put together a small selection of my Christmas cardmaking projects for kids to help you on your way with your Christmas cardmaking this year.

 

Cardmaking is one of the most popular Christmas crafts for children and adults alike. It needn't be an expensive craft activity as you can often use up small scraps of paper and card and you can recycle old Christmas cards by cutting out suitable motifs to embellish your creations.

 

So whether you're working with a kids craft group or you're at home crafting with your own children, I hope you enjoy these Christmas Cardmaking for Kids ideas.

 

As you go through the site, you'll find one or two more Christmas cardmaking for kids projects in Snowmen Crafts for Kids and Christmas Tree Crafts for Kids too. Why not take a look later?

Have fun!

 

 

 

Basic Materials

You will need the following basic materials and equipment for each of the Christmas cardmaking for kids projects on this page:

  • Thin card in assorted seasonal colours - eg black, white, red, green, dark blue, gold, silver etc
  • PVA glue or double-sided adhesive tape
  • Pencil, ruler, scissors and pens or coloured pencils
  • White paper for message inserts
  • Envelopes

The additional materials and equipment I have used are listed against each of the projects also. Many of these are optional - just add your own twist!

Don't forget that you can make a variety of special Christmas cards with just a few crafty bits and pieces.

 

 

 

Christmas Cracker card

Let's start our Christmas cardmaking for kids with the Christmas Cracker card:

Additional materials or equipment used:

  • Mini paper punch - Christmas tree
  • Santa motif cut from an old Christmas card
  • 3D adhesive foam pads

 

Just follow these step-by-step instructions:

  1. Cut a piece of gold card approximately 15cm x 21cm (A5 size) and score and fold in half to form a short, wide card 21cm wide x 7.5cm high.
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  3. With the folded card placed horizontally in front of you, measure 5.5cm in from each end along the fold and at the base of the card. Make a small mark at these four points with a pen or pencil.
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  5. Cut a 'V' shape into the card at each of these four points, approximately 1.5cm deep, to form the basic Christmas cracker shape as seen in the picture.
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  7. Now make a motif for the centre of your Christmas cracker. I have simply cut out a picture of Santa from an old Christmas card and attached him to the card with 3D foam pads just to give a little more dimension. You could, of course, use any foam or paper shapes or stickers or, if you have a suitable rubber stamp, you could stamp, colour and cut out your own decoration.
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  9. Next add some small embellishments to the edges of the cracker. I have used a mini Christmas tree paper punch and punched some little trees out of red paper and simply stuck them onto the card with glue. Any small seasonal shapes or stickers would be ideal or, alternatively, why not use some glitter along the edges?
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  11. Add a seasonal greeting to the front of the card if you wish.

 

 

 

 

Reindeer card

For the next in our Christmas cardmaking for kids projects, let's make a Reindeer Card:

Additional materials or equipment used for this Christmas cardmaking for kids activity:

  • Scraps of beige and black fun foam
  • Wobbly eyes
  • Small red pom pom
  • Brown chenille stem
  • Snowflake confetti
  • 3D adhesive foam pads

 

Here's how:

  1. Take an A5-size piece of red card and score and fold in half to form a basic A6 card blank.
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  3. Cut out the reindeer's head from a piece of beige fun foam, using the outline below as a guide. Put to one side while you make the antlers.
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  1. Cut two pieces of brown chenille stem each approximately 7cm long and bend into shape to form antlers as seen in the main picture.
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  3. Stick the antlers onto the card so that the bottom ends are just above the centre of the card. Only use adhesive at the bottom of the chenille stems so that the tops of the antlers are 'free'.
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  5. Stick the reindeer's head onto the card over the bottom of the antlers so that they are no longer visible. I attached my reindeer's head with 3D foam for extra dimension.
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  7. Add the reindeer's features - use wobbly eyes, a small red pom pom for his nose and cut out his mouth from black fun foam. Glue in place.
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  9. Add three snowflakes down either side of the card as shown.
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  11. Cut a rectangle of white card approximately 7.5cm x 1.5cm and write on your Christmas greeting.
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  13. Cut a white paper insert approximately 13.5cm x 20cm, fold in half and attach to the inside of your card. Add your Christmas message inside.
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  15. Decorate the envelope if you wish.


 

 

 

Green, Red and Gold Christmas Tag card

The third in this series of Christmas Cardmaking for Kids ideas is the Green, Red and Gold Christmas Tag Card:

Additional materials or equipment used for this Christmas cardmaking for kids project:

  • Scrap of gold ribbon
  • Small santa motifs - eg stickers, foam, paper or foiled shapes or use a rubber stamp to stamp and cut out your own shapes
  • 3D adhesive foam pads
  • Single hole punch

 

Just follow these instructions to make this card:

  1. Take an A5-size piece of dark green card and score and fold in half to form a basic A6 card blank.
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  3. Cut a rectangular tag from red card approximately 5cm x 10cm and punch a hole at one of the short ends, ready for the ribbon. This will be the top of the tag.Cut off the top corners of the tag diagonally to add a little extra shape and interest if you wish.
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  5. Cut three small squares from gold card, each approximately 2cm square.
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  7. Stick a small santa motif onto the centre of each of these gold squares.
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  9. Mount the three squares vertically down the tag, spacing them evenly as seen in the picture.
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  11. Cut a piece of gold ribbon approximately 14cm long and fold in half to make a loop. Thread the loop through the hole in the top of the tag from front to back, then pass the ends of the ribbon through the loop to secure.
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  13. Stick the tag onto the front of the card at a jaunty angle. The best effect will be achieved by using 3D foam pads to raise the tag up off the card.
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  15. Take a rectangular piece of white card approximately 5.5cm x 1cm and write on your Christmas greeting.
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  17. Use glue or double-sided adhesive tape to mount the greeting onto a slightly larger rectangle of red card and another, slightly larger again, rectangle of gold card, then stick this onto the front of your card beneath the tag.
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  19. Cut a white paper insert approximately 13.5cm x 20cm, fold in half and attach to the inside of your card. Add your Christmas message.
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  21. Don't forget to decorate the envelope as well!

 

 

 

 

Christmas 'Gift' Card

Number four in my Christmas cardmaking for kids projects is the Christmas 'Gift' Card:

Additional materials or equipment used for this card:

  • Ribbon
  • Star shapes or stickers
  • Single hole punch
  • Peel-off sticker - 'Happy Christmas'

 

And here's how to create it:

  1. Take an A5-size piece of red card and score and fold in half to form a basic A6 card blank.
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  3. Cut a piece of gold card approximately 6cm square for the 'gift' tag.
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  5. Place the tag where it will hang at the top of the blank card, as seen in the picture, and punch a hole through both the tag and the card, so that the hole is at one of the corners of the square tag and at the centre top of the card.
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  7. Cut a piece of gold ribbon approximately 20cm long, thread it through the holes in the tag and the front of the card and tie the ribbon in a bow to secure.
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  9. Now decorate the rest of the card randomly with gold star shapes to create the look of wrapping paper. Add a star to the tag too.
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  11. Add a greeting to the front of the card or tag if you wish. I have simply used a peel-off sticker.
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  13. Cut a white paper insert approximately 13.5cm x 20cm, fold in half and attach to the inside of your card. Add your special Christmas message.
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  15. Don't forget to decorate the envelope as well to complete your project!

 

Variation:

As an alternative to red and gold, try a blue card with silver stars and a silver tag with a silver bow.

 

 

 

 

Christmas Baubles Card

For the last in this series of examples of Christmas cardmaking for kids, let's have a go at the Christmas Baubles Card:

Additional materials or equipment used for this card:

  • Circular design Christmas stickers or motifs cut from an old Christmas card
  • Thin gold craft cord
  • Sticky tape
  • 3D adhesive foam pads

 

Here's how to create this Christmas cardmaking for kids project:

  1. Cut a piece of gold card approximately 8.5cm x 13cm and stick centrally onto the front of a dark blue A6 card blank.
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  3. Next cut a rectangle of dark blue card 7.5cm x 12cm.
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  5. Select three circular Christmas stickers, stick them onto a piece of white backing card to stiffen and then cut them out carefully to make three Christmas 'baubles'. Alternatively, cut out three suitable circular motifs from old Christmas cards.Set aside.
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  7. Cut three different lengths of gold cord (approximately 9.5cm, 7cm and 6cm) and attach one end of each piece to the back of the top of the blue card rectangle with glue or sticky tape, turning over about 2cm of the length. Have the longest length in the middle.
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  9. Stick the other ends to the front of the blue card rectangle with glue or sticky tape and then stick the blue rectangle centrally on top of the gold rectangle.
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  11. Stick a 'bauble' over each of the cord ends on the front of the card to hide the sticky tape or glue. I have attached the first with double-sided tape and the other two with 3-D foam pads for extra dimension.
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  13. Cut a piece of white card 5.5cm x 1cm and write a 'Merry Christmas' greeting (or use a printed greeting or sticker).
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  15. Mount the greeting onto a piece of gold card 6cm x 1.5cm and stick the whole thing onto the front of the card beneath the hanging baubles.
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  17. Fold a piece of white paper 14cm x 20cm in half and attach to the inside of the card for your message.
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  19. Decorate the envelope with more stickers if you wish.

 

 

 

 

I hope you've enjoyed these Christmas cardmaking for kids ideas and will be able to develop design variations of your own.

The creative possibilities are endless and every handmade card your child gives will be so well received too!

Don't forget to look out for more Christmas cardmaking for kids projects throughout the Christmas section of the site.

Merry Christmas!

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