Battledome: Christmas Card Edition, or, DIY Christmas Cards

‘Tis the season to spread some good cheer. If you find yourself with a bit of time on your hands, why not try spreading this cheer through some good old fashioned homemade Christmas cards?

Not too crafty? Don’t worry–we’ve got you covered with a step-by-step tutorial to get you going.

Step 1: Print.

We have a selection of nice, holiday-themed dingbats available for free download over at The Devil’s Artisan. Most of them can be found in the Miscellaneous section, but feel free to be creative and pick some other fitting images.

I chose a traditional Christmas tree:

Christmas Tree

Hint: Check the size of your image before you print so you don’t end up with a tree that’s too big for your card!

Step 2: Gather your materials


You will need:

  • Your printed dingbat
  • Construction paper or card stock
  • Scissors
  • Glue

You can also use:

  • Some coloured pencils
  • Coloured paper for accents
  • A printed holiday message

Step 3: Colour.


Now it’s time to colour in our pictures. I went with coloured pencils, but you can use crayons, markers, or even watercolour paints if you prefer. For a more vintage, black-and-white look, leave the image as-is.

Step 4: Cut.


Cut out your image and your printed greeting. You can also cut out some different coloured papers to accent your dingbat. For a fancy look, try pinking shears.

Step 5: Glue.


Assemble the various parts of the card and start gluing them to your card stock or construction paper. For best results, use a glue stick, or a little bit of white school glue, but feel free to use whatever you have handy. (Incidentally, I used carpenter’s glue, and aside from a bit of globbing, it’s not too shabby.)

Step 6: Share!


Give your card to someone special. They’re sure to appreciate all the hard work you put into your greetings this year!

Optional (but recommended) Step 7: Card battle.

I challenged my west-coast friend Paulette to a DIY Christmas card battle. She went with a more technical approach of figuring out how to print the image for optimum card folding.


She also used coloured pencils to give it a festive look.


Handwritten messages give a nice, personal touch. (Even when they’re vaguely taunting. And very slightly spelling challenged!)


Of course, now we can’t decide who won…


So there you have it. Try a DIY Christmas card battle with your friends and family this holiday season. Spread the love–and the dingbats–and be sure to share photos of your attempts with us.

Happy holidays!


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