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Shaped Cards for Christmas - angel, pine tree and Santa
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Shaped Cards for Christmas

What you will make:

Make simple and fun holiday cards in the shape of a pine tree, Santa, or an angel. These cards are easy enough for younger children and people with special needs to make. While the cards are very simple to make, they are easily enhanced with glitter, cotton balls, sequins, and other creative touches. Let your imagination soar!

Related crafts: For pop-up cards and more easy to make greeting cards, see the projects listed in Greeting Cards Kids Can Make.

Here's what you need:
  • Cardstock or computer paper
  • Markers, colored pencils or crayons
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Empty ballpoint pen
  • Optional supplies: Glitter, sequins, cotton balls, and glue

This project is rated VERY EASY to do.

How to Make Shaped Cards for Christmas

Read all of the steps before starting.
Step 1: Choose a Pattern and Print It

Choose a card to make. Download the pattern for the card and print it on cardstock.
(Paper may be used, but the resulting card will be flimsy and less able to stand up on its own.)

There are three card designs: a pine tree, Santa and an angel. All the designs have both a front and a back, and are offered in color and black & white. A plain pattern with no tree decorations is available for the pine tree design. While the color patterns are quicker to make, the black & white patterns allow for more creativity. Whichever pattern you use, personalize your cards by adding your own creative touches.

Matching envelopes: Choose an envelope pattern and print it on paper. The black & white pattern works well on either white or colored paper. Follow the instructions on the pattern for assembling the envelope.

Santa-Shaped Card
Santa shaped greeting card
Colored •  B&W
Angel-Shaped Card
Angel shaped greeting card
Colored •  B&W
Pine Tree-Shaped Card
Pine tree shaped greeting card
Colored •  B&W •  Plain
Envelope pattern for shaped cards
Colored •  B&W

Project Extras: Make simple gift tags with the same designs as the shaped cards. Punch a hole in the top of the tag for a ribbon tie. Cut rectangular tags or shape them like the cards.

Simple Gift Tags
Gift tags with Santa, pine tree and angel designs
Colored •  B&W

Or make gift tags with cutout edges using one of the cutout edge patterns. To make: Cut out each 3-section gift tag strip, fold on the black lines, glue the two left sections back-to-back, trim away the light green strip from the tag front to make the cutout edge.

Cutout Edge Gift Tags
Printable pattern for cutout edge Christmas gift tags

Patterns are Adobe PDF files. The Adobe Reader is available for free.

All of Aunt Annie's Crafts project patterns are designed to be printed on standard letter-size paper (8.5"x11" or A4). When printing from Adobe Reader, you may need to select Auto-Rotate and Center or Choose paper source by PDF page size to ensure the best fit.

Step 2: Color and Decorate (optional) Color the card and add creative touches.

Use crayons, colored pencils or markers to add color to the black & white pattern. Add extras to the cards like rosy cheeks on Santa, presents under the tree or clouds beneath the angel's feet. If you make several cards, try to make each one unique.

Step 3: Score and Fold Card
Score and fold the card

Fold the card in half on the black line in the center of the card. Scoring the fold line will allow easier and neater folding.

To score a line, you need a ruler and a blunt tip (empty ballpoint pen). Place the ruler on the line and trace the line with the blunt tip. This makes a dent in the card stock that will fold naturally.

Step 4: Cut Cut out card

Cut straight across the bottom of the pattern on the line marked. Cut from there around the top of the card, about ¼" to ½" (0.5 cm to 1 cm) from the image's outline. Make the cut with gentle curves, leaving a folded "hinge" on the left edge. For Santa, leave a hinge from the bottom of the card to to his elbow. For the angel, the hinge extends from the card's bottom to the left wing tip. For the pine tree, the hinge goes from the bottom to the tip of the lower left branch.

Be sure not to cut through the fold, as it's needed to hinge the card front to the card back.

Step 5: Add Your Personal Touches
  • Perk up your card by adding a glitter garland to the pine tree, or maybe tufts of cotton on Santa's beard. Use your imagination!
  • Write a message on the inside of the card.
  • Decorate the inside of the card with images of Christmas: candy canes, ball ornaments, bells, ribbons, etc.
  • Place the card in an envelope—use one of the matching envelope patterns to make your own. (The Santa card fits in a standard invitation envelope.)

That's it! Your Christmas cards are ready to send!
Christmas cards: Santa, Christmas tree and angel

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Before you start:
  • Make a place to work.
  • Read all of the directions.
  • Gather everything you need to do the project.
  • Think about the project. Imagine how it will look, and what you will do with it.

Are you ready?
Okay, get started!!!

Santa shaped card with cotton on beard and glittered belt buckle

Tip: Add glitter on Santa's belt buckle and cotton on his beard.

Santa shaped card - front and back

Tip: All of the shaped cards have fun backs, too.

Angel and tree shaped cards colored with crayons and markers

Tip: Black&white patterns can be colored with crayons, colored pencils or markers. The plain tree allows the most creative freedom.

Tree shaped card made of doubled-paper and cut with pinked edges

Tip: To make a paper card stronger, make a double thickness by gluing the pattern to a second sheet of paper. You can also cut the cards with decorative-edge scissors.

Message ideas for your card…

Wishing you all the wonder, joy and peace that Christmas brings.

• • •

Wishing you all the delights of Christmas!

• • •

May you discover the magic of Christmas.

• • •

May peace become
a way of life.

• • •

Wishing you good friends and happy memories!

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