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15 DIY Christmas Card Ideas to Get You Creative This Holiday Season

The holiday season is the perfect time to reconnect with friends and family by spreading some Christmas cheer with a thoughtful holiday card. Never underestimate the power of good old fashioned snail mail to make someone feel warm and fuzzy. Or, if you're anything like my family, it's the one time a year we're actually able to get a solid photo with everyone dressed nice at the same time. (Does anyone else have recurring nightmares about the black turtleneck and jeans combo that ruled '90s Christmas photos?)

You don't need to dish out money on a fancy holiday photo shoot to have a festive and special card though. Get crafty with some of our easy DIY Christmas card ideas that are guaranteed to spread some joy while showing off your creative skills. Get ready to kick back with some cocoa (or wine, your call), turn on a Hallmark Christmas movie, and prepare your Christmas cards!

15. Family Photo with Coordinated Outfits

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Facebook/Rob Fox

While the days of everyone in matching black turtlenecks on photo cards may be over (phew), don't think that "coordinated outfits" means that everyone has to wear the same thing. Follow a color scheme for your family Christmas or a general theme and let everyone pick something that shows off their personal style.

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14. The Button Snowman

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Dee Dee Campbell

This snowman card is foolproof. Just grab three buttons to form the shape of a snowman and an empty card. Voila! Instant Frosty. This one little project makes such a cute and festive Christmas card design.

Instructions found here.

13. Stamp Art

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Yana Smakula

Find a triangle stamp and pick your favorite festive colors to create the shape of a tree on empty cardstock. Add an extra touch with a paint pen to decorate the trees for a cute and simple card.

12. Fingerprint Decorations

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Pink Lover

These are a great opportunity to get the kiddos involved. All you need are thumbs and paint. Create some colorful Christmas lights or a Christmas tree and add a seasonal message for an extra personal touch.

Instructions found here.

11. Aromatherapy Holiday Card

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Etsy/EssentialHerb

Give your friends and family an extra surprise this Christmas with a scented card. (It's easier than it sounds.) Mix your favorite essential oils with your paint and create a simple design on a blank card using your favorite seasonal imagery. Get creative and paint anything from Santa, candy canes or Rudolph to a christmas gift.

Instructions found here.

10. A 3D Christmas Tree Card

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Pinterest/HomeEsthetics

Think outside the box with this 3D Christmas tree. It may look daunting but it's actually super easy and is sure to make you feel like a Pinterest pro when you finish.

Instructions found here.

9. Festive Pipe Cleaners

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Pinterest/Gravetics

You really can't go wrong with a pack of pipe cleaners. Make an easy Christmas tree or spell out your favorite season's greetings. The good news is if you mess up you can unravel and try again!

Instructions found here.

8. A Mini Wreath

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Party Resources

With your friends and family members a Merry Christmas with this mini Christmas wreath. Load up the hot glue gun, stick a few sprigs of rosemary or boxwood to the card, and you can send some festive (and fragrant) holiday cheer out to loved ones.

Instructions found here.

7. Washi Tape

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Blog Lovin

This might be the easiest craft on this list. A few of your favorite washi tape patterns are all that's needed. Tear off pieces and make a Christmas tree. Quick, easy, and makes an adorable Christmas card.

Instructions found here.

6. Paint Chips

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A Girl and a Glue Gun

Another simple Christmas tree craft that you can prepare for on a weekend trip to Home Depot. Grab some of your favorite paint chips from the paint section and make cut outs in the shape of Christmas trees. Top with gold stars and you're all set with a beautiful Christmas card.

Instructions found here.

5. Snow Globe Shaker

Bring all your friends a white Christmas with these cute snow globe shaker cards. It's a clever Christmas card and who doesn't love cards with a little interaction?

Instructions found here.

4. 3D Poinsettia

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Compile your favorite patterned paper and ribbon to make this pretty 3D poinsettia.  Instructions found here.

3. Embroidered Christmas Cards

This homemade Christmas card might take a bit more work but the end result is worth the effort. Perforate your card with a needle in the form of your favorite Christmas image (maybe a Santa hat?) and follow the lines with your needle and thread.

Instructions found here.

2. Family Bunting Card

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The Mother Huddle

Prepare for a serious hand cramp after cutting out hundreds of individual action shots of your family, but the creative and unique result is worth the pain!

Instructions found here.

1. A Christmas Card that is Boss (and Embossed)

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Split Coast Stampers

Glitter always seems to make a statement. Use a seasonal stamp and deploy your favorite color of glitter to end up with some elegant cards that definitely look store bought.

Instructions found here.

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