Sending Christmas greetings can be given that more intimate and personal touch, not to mention save you a few pounds, by creating your own unique homemade Christmas cards. I have put together a simple idea here, which can be adapted to reflect your own circumstances, and which uses materials which are widely available and cheap to purchase.
Create Unique Homemade Christmas Cards
Those that are close to me will know that I adore living in London. So, I decided to produce Christmas cards with a London theme, so that the recipients would more closely associate the festive wishes with coming from me. I chose to use a simplified London skyline as the focal point, and to add a festive feel to the design by incorporating Christmas colours (silver, gold, red) through Christmas wrapping paper and ribbons.
Firstly, I sketched out a simple outline of some key London landmarks to form my skyline; this would then be my template for the card. Choosing some Christmas wrapping paper, this template was then drawn onto the paper, cut out, and then stuck to black card which would form the body of the card. I cut my A4 sheets of black card in half, so as to make cards which were A6 in size (once folded) and which could then be sent as a standard letter (as opposed to the extra postage costs incurred when sending a large letter).
Sticking the cut-out of the London skyline to the black card, I then used a variety of ribbons in differing ways to create a unique design on each card.
To finish off the card, I inserted a sheet of coloured paper inside (I chose red to maintain the festive feel), where I could then write my Christmas wishes.
All that then remained was to make the envelopes. I placed my card on a piece of white A4 paper, and using a ruler and pencil, created a simple template. The edges could then be folded and stuck, and the card is then good to go!
Then admire your creations before writing your festive greetings, signing, sealing and delivering!
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What do I need?
To make your own unique homemade Christmas cards you will need some coloured card (either A4 or A5 in size), festive wrapping paper, ribbons, glue, coloured paper (again, either A4 or A5 in size), and white A4 paper for the envelopes. You will need to have access to scissors, a pencil, a ruler and glue.
How much does this cost?
If you seek out good value items from discount stores, you should be able to purchase the materials for these cards for around £3. From this you will be able to make a good number of cards (clearly dependent on the volume of items you purchase).
How could I adapt this design?
You can very easily adapt this card to be individual to your own situation. A similar idea could be used to reflect the area where you live; simply select two or three key objects of association (for instance, buildings or other identifiable landmarks), and sketch a simple outline of these objects so as to accurately indicate what they are. This idea could also be used to depict particular hobbies that you may have, such as producing an outline of show jumping horses, or surfers and waves, or a row of bottles and glasses for someone known as a bit of a socialite. You just require a little bit of imagination, and then you can “festive it up” with the Christmas wrapping paper and other detailing.
I wish you all a very happy Christmas!
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