Christmas is the time of year that inspires us to go the extra mile for those closest to us. Whether it’s cooking a delicious and unforgettable Christmas Eve dinner, giving perfect gifts that require lots of thought or carefully planning a special date your partner will adore, you’ll gladly oblige to make things magical for the ones you love.
This level of care and detail can also apply to the Christmas cards you send out to family and friends. While making a photo card online certainly has its charm and pre-made holiday cards can show off your personality, there’s something about a DIY Christmas card that can’t be beat. Everyone will notice the thought and care you put into these card ideas — and a handwritten Christmas wish inside is the perfect finishing touch.
Ornament cutout cards
Thanks to some printable magic and crafting tools, you’ll be able to make this peek-a-boo ornament card that looks like it was made by a pro.
'Joy' Christmas card
Joy is a pretty big part of the holiday season, and you can celebrate all those jubilant vibes with a card that features the word along with plenty of sparkle.
If you’ve never considered yourself to be an artist, you might be surprised to learn that you can actually watercolor your own holiday cards. It’s so much easier than you think, especially if you follow this tutorial.
Printable holiday cards
Instead of waiting and waiting for your photo cards to arrive in the mail, make your own using this retro-inspired template.
Triangle tree cards
Making handmade cards is the perfect craft to do with your kids, and they’ll get a thrill out of turning green triangles into Christmas trees.
Washi tape card
Is there anything that washi tape can’t do? This card proves our point, all while adding glitz and glamour to metallic cards.
Gnome pop-up card
‘Tis the season for Christmas gnomes! Trade Santa Claus for these pint-sized creatures this time around.
Paint chip Christmas card
All those paint chips you’ve collected over the years? Now they’ll finally serve a purpose other than sitting in your junk drawer.
Painted Christmas cards
Get out your paintbrush and test your creativity with these artistic cards.
Christmas card ornament
Instead of sending standard Christmas cards, why not whip up some DIY Christmas card ornaments instead? Your friends and family will be delighted at this card that doubles as a gift.
Fork painted cards
Who knew that something as simple as a fork could create such pretty holiday card designs? Enlist your kiddos for this fun Christmas craft.
Beaded Christmas card
Those little beads you couldn’t get enough of when you were little? As it turns out, they can do a lot beyond bracelets, like creating a beaded wreath on front of a holiday card.
Snowman Christmas card
Frosty would certainly be proud of this DIY card, featuring a cheery snowman with a glittery details.
Stamped Christmas card
For Christmas cards that look as if they were crafted by a real artist, look to these stamped creations that are a cinch to make.
'Merry & Bright' card
Featuring two of our favorite words to describe the season, this “Merry & Bright” card features a bit of faux wood veneer, a berry-festooned wreath and other festive accents.
Snow globe photo card
Everyone always enjoys receiving photo cards, but level yours up by showcasing a snapshot in a snow globe, complete with loose sequins.
String art Christmas card
While string art was undoubtedly a beloved pastime in the 1960s era, it’s making a comeback — just in time for Christmas.
Watercolor ornament card
Transform your holiday cards into mini watercolor masterpieces with these steps.
Felt holly Christmas card
Although this card looks like it took forever to make, it only requires a few minutes of your time. Stick with a standard greeting or pick something tailored to the recipient.
'Let it snow' card
Short on time? Grab a white paint pen and draw a few snowflakes on a piece of card stock.
3D Christmas card
Make a Christmas card that will jump off the page — literally —thanks to some 3D touches.
Pop-up Christmas card
It’s always fun when a card reveals a surprise inside like a pop-up snowman or Christmas tree.
This article was originally published on TODAY.com