You know how much you can save when you DIY your Christmas. That is often easier said than done. Time constraints are one of the biggest barriers to a do-it-yourself Christmas. That’s why I’m going to be sharing project ideas with you throughout the season that are easy and fast. The first of these projects is this easy handmade Merry & Bright Christmas card. It is a lot of steps but they go really quickly. Excluding the dry time, it comes together in 5 minutes and the drying is hands-off so you can get other DIY projects done while you wait.
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- 12×12 Christmas Memories Paper Stack *See Note Below
- Gray A2 Card and Envelope (I got mine in a multi-pack at Michael’s)
- Paper Cutter
- Glue Runner
- Red Stickles
- Gold Stickles
- Glossy Accents
- Transparent Red Button
- Tacky Glue
- 3-D Christmas Embellishment (Similar Pine Cone)
- Gray Chalk Pad (Also from Michael’s)
- Cranberry Pigment Ink
- Chocolate Brown Pigment Ink
*The Christmas Memories Stack is no longer made. If you don’t already own it you can search on Ebay but you can also use this similar pack in the same fashion. Choose a pretty background paper to replace the gold snowflake paper and choose a phrase tag and journaling tag to embellish as I did.
First, pull a sheet of the gold snowflake paper out of your Christmas Memories stack.
Next, use your gray card to measure and cut your paper with a paper cutter.
Turn your card 90º and use it to measure your cut snowflake paper strip and again cut with a paper cutter.
Set your card aside and use the rectangle from step 3 as a guide to measure and cut your second rectangle.
Now add glue to the front of your card in an “X” as pictured with your glue runner.
Next, attach one rectangle of gold snowflake paper to the front of your card.
Add a second “X” of glue to the back of your card.
Attach your second rectangle of gold snowflake paper to the back of your card.
- Leave a small space at the fold of your card so that the attached papers don’t hit each other when opening the card.
Next, pull out a sheet of the tag paper from your Christmas Memories stack.
Cut out the “Merry & Bright” tag and the button journaling tag.
Add red Stickles to the candy cane and button on the “Merry & Bright” tag.
Also add red Stickles to the berries on the journaling tag.
Next, add gold Stickles to the star on the “Merry & Bright” tag.
Lastly, add Glossy Accents to the letters on the “Merry & Bright” tag.
Set the “Merry & Bright” tag aside to dry.
Now thread your red button onto your twine.
Cut the twine and thread the cut end through the second hole on your button.
Next, tie your twine in a knot to secure it to your button.
Trim the ends of your twine as pictured.
Add glue to the back of your button.
- The back of your button is the side without the knot.
Attach your button over the picture of a button on the journaling tag.
Set the journaling tag to the side to dry.
Open up with your card and chalk the entire inside with gray.
Fold your card in half inside out (with the gold snowflake sides facing each other).
Next ink the outside edges of the inside bottom with cranberry pigment ink.
Then ink over the gray chalk on the inside top of card with chocolate brown ink. On the bottom, only ink the edges as you did with the cranberry ink.
Fold your card the correct way again.
Don’t move on until your tags are completely dry.
Add an “X” with your glue runner on the back of your “Merry & Bright” tag.
Attach your “Merry & Bright” tag to the front of your card at an angle as pictured.
Next, add a 3-D Christmas embellishment to the top right corner of your “Merry & Bright” tag.
Lastly, attach your journal tag to the inside of your card, centered in the bottom.
Once you have finished your easy handmade Merry & Bright Christmas card all that is left for you to do is fill out the journaling tag and mail it. Friends and family will delight at such a heartfelt card this year. You will delight at the low-impact is has on your holiday budget. If you haven’t set your Christmas budget for this year, check out Be a Christmas Gift Queen on a Budget. There you’ll find tips and a printable to rock your holiday on a budget.
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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.