Following the success of our light-up Christmas tree cards, the kids and I decided to make some fun washi tape Christmas cards! Washi tape is easy to use and very forgiving! Three-year-old Anna was able to make the above card (addressed to her friend Ella) nearly on her own. I cut out the tree, but she did everything else.
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Easy DIY Washi Tape Christmas Cards
I learned this fun washi tape sticker technique from the book Washi Tape Crafts, which I was recently sent to review. Up until I read the book, I had thought about trying washi tape, but hadn’t quite gotten around to it. This book, combined with the cute rolls of washi tape that came with it, changed that!
To make washi tape stickers (in the book, these are not Christmas shaped and are used as fun window decals), you need:
- Clear contact paper
- Black Sharpie
- Washi tape
- Scissors (we love these kid scissors, if your children will be doing the cutting)
- Blank greeting cards
Once you have gathered your supplies, you are ready to get started!
First, draw the outline of your shapes on the paper side of your contact paper.
Flip the paper over to the contact paper side. The outlines you drew will show through, at least enough that you can be sure to cover up the entire picture using whatever washi tape you like.
Flip the paper back over, and cut out your drawing. Peel off the paper backing (which includes the Sharpie-drawn outline), and you are left with a washi tape sticker!
Place your sticker on the front of your card, and you have made a cute washi tape Christmas card that is so simple, even a three-year-old can make one (with a little help).
We also experimented with some slightly more rustic washi tape Christmas cards – this torn tape tree:
And a torn tape wreath.
They were fun, but the kids were most excited by the sticker version.
The best part was, once they had made a bunch of cards they wanted to send them off to people, so we spent the rest of the afternoon writing letters to people we are grateful to have in our lives.
Cute little cat stickers made the letter writing even more fun, and I also see more creative letter writing inspired by the Write Back Soon!: Adventures in Letter Writing book I reviewed earlier this month.
I was charmed by seven-year-old Johnny’s reindeer (skidding to a halt):
Fun DIY Christmas Card Ideas
Looking for more DIY Christmas card inspiration? Check out these fun ideas from some of my blog friends, and today I’m sharing ideas for making globally inspired holiday cards over at Multicultural Kid Blogs:
- Hole Punch Christmas Tree Card from Sugar Aunts
- Washi Tape Christmas Baubles from Crafty Kids at Home
- Marbled Christmas Cards from Fun-A-Day
- Buttons & Corrugated Board Cards from Teach Me Mommy
- Fantastic and Simple Holly Card from Peakle Pie
- Hanging Star Card from Witty Hoots
- Merry and Bright Kid-Made Christmas Cards from Books and Giggles
- Nativity Themed Thank You Cards from 3 Dinosaurs
- Homemade Penguin Christmas Card from Adventures of Adam
- Gingerbread Man with Candy Cane Christmas card from The Gingerbread House
- The Very Special Baby in the Straw Christmas Pop-up Card from My Bright Firefly
Are you sending Christmas cards this year? If you plan to include a family photo, recommend checking out these tips for taking great family photos!