Last year, we got less than a dozen Christmas cards in the mail, and I have to say, I’m always bad about sending them out myself. But Christmas cards are a nice tradition – they’re a personal way of reminding someone you’re thinking about them and sending good wishes and cheer. In this age of Facebook greetings, e-cards and voicemail, the more personal act of writing something by hand and taking the trouble to drop it in a mailbox it is meaningful and welcome.
You can make the act even more significant by creating your own Christmas cards. It’s no more time consuming than going all the way to the store and waiting in line forever to buy an impersonal box of mass-produced cards.
Gingerbread man cookies say Christmas, and fashioning Gingerbread man Christmas cards is easy and fun. You only need a few supplies you likely already have around the house –
– Large gingerbread man cookie cutter
– Brown card stock
– White paint pen
– Glue pen
– White glitter
Making the cards is easy. Trace around the cookie cutter onto the brown card stock – you should be able to fit 2-3 shapes onto each sheet. Cut out each gingerbread man – make as many as you need.
Next you’ll want to decorate the gingerbread men – using the white paint pen, draw on a face, buttons down the middle, cuffs at the wrists and ankles, etc. Straight clean lines and dots are the best. Once the paint pen dries, trace over the paint with the glue pen and sprinkle white glitter over the glue, shaking off the excess.
After the glitter has dried, write your holiday greetings on the back side of the card. The cards will fit into a standard greeting card envelope. Continue the hand made tradition by making your own envelopes as well – it’s easy to trace an envelope template onto light-weight card stock. You can find free downloadable templates online – just choose one you like. Assemble the envelopes by folding at the seams and gluing them together with the glue pen. Get some Christmasy stamps and you’re all set – and don’t forget to mail your cards during the first week of December so your friends and family can enjoy your handiwork!