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  • Writer's pictureEirinn Norrie

5-Minute DIY Christmas Card

Handmade cards at Christmas time are so cute! So many will appreciate the personal touch - and it's a fun way for you to spend some time being creative at home! This card is easy peasy and only takes about five minutes. I'm all about the super quick cards... especially since usually I end up making more than just one!

A black piece of construction paper is folded into a DIY card. On it, "let it snow" is written in white gel pen.

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What you'll need:

  • 1 sheet of card stock paper (I'm using black, but any color will do!)

  • 1 pen or gel pen (I'm using a white Gelly Roll pen because they work ah-mazing on black paper)

  • Optional: Scissors and glue stick (I tear my paper instead of using scissors)

Step 1

Holding your paper portrait-style, fold your paper in half (bringing the top down to the bottom). You can either use this as one big card - or, tear/cut along the crease you've made and fold to create two smaller cards.

Step 2

Using your pen, hand letter "let it snow" in the center of your card in any sort of cursive text you're comfortable with. Don't worry about any imperfections. If you don't want to write "let it snow" - you can write anything you'd like! Some ideas:

  • Happy Holidays

  • Merry Christmas

  • Happy Hannukah

  • Thinking of You

  • Season's Greetings

A DIY christmas card sits on a black desk. It has "let it snow" written on its front in white gel pen.

Step 3

If you're using a wet pen - such as a gel pen, wait about 20 seconds to give your writing time to dry. (Confession: I almost always jump right in and smudge my writing... and end up having to start again. The lack of patience is the WORST - and I never learn!)

Then, draw lines on the right side of any down stroke of your text to thicken your writing and make it look like you used a brush pen. If you can't remember what strokes were down strokes, either copy mine (photo below) or hover your pen over your writing and "rewrite" your text in the air and only touch down on your paper when you're going from top to bottom. (when you find your pen is going from the top of the page to the bottom, that's where you should add a line). If you mess this up... no worries! Nobody will notice.

A black DIY Christmas card lays on a desk. It has thick hand lettering drawn on it using white gel pen, saying "let it snow".

Step 4

Color in the "thick brush stroke" areas you've just created. Or, if you like how this looks, you can leave your text as it is. If you color in the space, this also gives you the option to fix any parts you're not happy with. For example, there was a small gap where my strokes didn't meet in my T of "let". I fixed this as I colored the gap space.

A gel pen and a black piece of construction paper sit on a desk.

Step 5

Add different sized snowflakes around your text. You can do this by crossing four lines over each other to make little asterisks. Add Vs or lines to the asterisks to make them look more "snowflakey". Don't worry about any imperfections - only you are going to notice them!

A handmade christmas card sits on a desk.

Step 6

Open up your card and draw a few snowflakes on the top left corner of your card (the extra detail will pull your card together). And ta-da! There you have it - in about 5 minutes, you've created a cute winter card to send to a friend or family member.

Optional: If you used black paper and a white gel pen, you can glue a white piece of paper to the inside bottom half of your card, so that you can write the card in "normal" black ink rather than white gel pen.

If you make this card, don't forget to share on Instagram using #TangledThreadsAndThings or submit to our Crafters' Corner!

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