Last-Minute DIY Christmas Cards

Christmas is close upon us! And… oops. I made about twenty too-few cards this year. Here’s a quick DIY tutorial for all you procrastinators out there.

MATERIALS

– Modge Podge, or some other adhesive

– An old paintbrush

– Blank cards

– Paper scraps… library cards, pages from old textbooks, tissue paper, colored swatches from magazines, etc.

– Black pen

– Ribbon, or yarn and large tapestry needle

THE HOW:

The process is simple. Using your paintbrush, adhere torn scraps of paper to the blank card with Modge Podge on both the front and back of the scraps. Use many small pieces to make whatever shapes you like! I chose to do simple square presents, with small rectangular shapes of a different color paper for the ribbons and bows. Some other options: stitch some yarn into the card for added texture, draw the ribbon and bow with your pen, or adhere actual ribbon to the card.

You can outline the presents in black pen if you wish, and add decorative dots, squiggles, or whatever else your festive little heart desires. Write your choice of holiday greeting on the front, and you’re done! You’ll need to let these babies dry for a few hours, depending on your climate and the moisture in the air. If the cards aren’t flat when they dry, stick them under a heavy stack of books to flatten them out. Easy, huh?

I got creative (and desperate for blank cards) towards the end, and started doing designs right ONTO the library cards… They actually were pretty cute!

Happy Holidays, everyone!

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