There's just something special about receiving a handmade Christmas card, the time, thought and effort are always appreciated. Not only that, creating your own cards are much more cost-effective. If you need a little inspiration for your Christmas cards this year read on! We have chosen a round-up of our favourite DIY Christmas cards from right here on Gathered, plus some other creators who we just love! We have also included our favourite DIY Chirstmas card kits if you need to top up your supplies cupboard.


The projects included in this roundup are all suitable for beginners and are easy to make, and if you're already crafty it's likely you'll have the materials in the cupboard at home!

If you love Christmas crafts, try some of our other guides: crochet Christmas decorations to add an extra touch of handmade to your decor this year. Find out how to make a Christmas stocking, and surprise the little ones. For more free projects and inspiration sign-up to our newsletter!

31 easy DIY Christmas cards

Knitted Christmas cards

Add a twist to your homemade Christmas card this year and knit them! Choose from a trio of knitted Christmas card patterns; baubles, a tree, and a snowman. Or if you fancy it knit all three. These cards will go down a treat with everyone, they will certainly appreciate the time and effort you have put into these delightful cards. These lovely designs were created by Helen Ardley for Knit Today magazine, and the patterns are available on Gathered to download for free!

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Snow globe Christmas cards

Choose from 6 gorgeous snow globe-inspired designs to add a touch of sparkle to your greetings cards this year. Using one free snow globe template that can be downloaded from Gathered, you can create a variety of fun designs, and we're sure you'll find a style that you love. You'll also find a helpful step-by-step guide showing you exactly how to put the cards together.

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Chocolate coin card

Make these sweet Christmas cards which when opened contain a chocolate coin as an extra surprise! Download the free Santa template, free penguin template and free polar bear template to get started! Each design contains a small pocket that can be attached with sticky foam pads and concealed when the character’s arms are folded.

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Sloth Christmas cards

If you want to take things slow, wind down the crafting pace with these delightful printables for sloth Christmas cards, free to download! Once you have downloaded your free papers you just need to decide how to use them, luckily for you we've included four ways to use the sloth paper for your Christmas cards!

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Christmas doorway cross stitch card

If you want a learn a new skill whilst creating your own DIY Christmas cards then this cute cross stitch might just be the project for you! The cross stitch pattern is suitable for beginners, so even if you haven't tried cross stitch before, this would be a great place to start. You can download the pattern for free right here on Gathered.

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Christmas bauble paper

Turn these delightful free printable papers into your favourite Christmas card designs. If you've already got an idea of what you want to create but want to add that extra touch of festive to your work, these papers might just be what it needs!

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A-Z fold card

Download our free White Christmas printable papers, toppers and sentiments for making up your Christmas cards this festive season. In the article, you'll find the free download, plus a simple to follow how-to to make these lovely folding cards. These are a bit different and will certainly impress your friends and family.
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Vintage DIY Christmas cards

Using our free vintage Christmas patterned papers you can create these timeless cards for your friends and family to treasure. You can download the patterned paper and get inspired with our 6 ways to use them, creating lovely and unique cards.

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Christmas jumper cards

This pretty DIY Christmas card can be created using our free Christmas jumper printables available right here on Gathered! Once you have downloaded your papers, you can follow along with our easy tutorial.

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Box ledge DIY Christmas card

This cute DIY Christmas card can be created in a few simple steps once you have downloaded our free Santa's workshop printables. Once the card comes together the layering technique almost makes it seem 3D! It's a really lovely card and we think it would go down a treat with the kids this Christmas

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Christmas party card

To make these DIY Christmas cards, get your hands on our free fairy light patterned paper, which is bright and colourful and makes a really big impact on your Christmas card crafting. We love the exciting design of this card, and it's super simple to make, just follow along with our easy step-by-step guide.

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Snow scene DIY Christmas cards

This is a creative take on the traditional gatefold card. The two triangular flaps overlap to hide the stag when closed, revealing him when the recipient opens the card. This is a very simple card, ideal for beginners to learn about layering papers, or for experienced crafters who are looking for quick and easy card ideas for Christmas. Plus download the free winter woodland printables and get started today!

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Winter owl cross stitch DIY Christmas cards

Snuggle up and stitch these adorable owl Christmas cards, perfect for even the novice stitcher. These are great for anyone looking to combine crafts and maybe learn something new. You can then mount your stitching in a simple white aperture card and decorate with sequins for a touch of seasonal sparkle. You can get a free pattern for this cute owl on Gathered.

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New York DIY Christmas cards

Know someone who loves the big apple? Make them this delightful DIY Christmas card using a set of papers and toppers designed by Naomi Hocking, which truly brings the magic of the city into your creations. Find out exactly how to make this card and download the free patterned papers today.

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Poinsettia DIY Christmas cards

The poinsettia is a classic symbol of Christmas, and create gorgeously bright Christmas cards. The red, green and gold colour scheme looks beautiful when paired with a kraft card as your card base, or why not brighten things up and go for a bright red card base? Find the free printable paper and more inspiration right here on Gathered

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Jolly Santa Claus DIY Christmas cards

Get your free Santa Claus patterned paper to create cards with a traditional, cosy feel that complements the imagery and colours in the set. The muted tones are sure to work well with other items in your stash, too, such as ribbon, metal charms and brush script sentiment stamps. Choose from three delightful designs, and get making!

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Sparkly bauble cross stitch card

Another great project for beginner stitchers and papercraft lovers alike! Super-quick and easy to stitch, you’ll have a batch made up and ready to send to friends and family in no time. You download the pattern for free and start stitching today.

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Cute DIY Christmas cards

If you're looking for just some classic brightly coloured Christmas paper to make your cards with, you've come to the right place! If you already know what you're doing and have decided on your design, then simply download these free cute Christmas patterned papers, and get crafting.

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Washi tape DIY Christmas cards

These adorable and super easy DIY Christmas cards can be whipped up in no time and will impress! You can use any washi tape you have, these festive ones look particularly good, but you can use glittery tapes or shiny tape to get the same effect.

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Happy Holidays printables for DIY Christmas cards

Download these delightful printables designed by Fox and Hazel and create your very own professional-looking Christmas cards, what's even better is they can be downloaded for free! You'll find 4 designs to choose from, a mixture of styles, so we're sure you'll find something you love.

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Free printable DIY Christmas cards

What a wonderful idea these colour your own Christmas card printables are! Give your recipient a moment of calm and quiet as they take on the therapeutic task of colouring in their own cards. Find two gorgeous designs to choose from and print for free from Lemon Thistle.

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Stitch your own DIY Christmas cards

You don't need any previous sewing experience to create these cute cards! They are really easy to complete and you can follow along with the helpful tutorial. These are a great project for a festive crafting day, get your friends and family involved!

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Santa DIY Christmas cards

These Santa cards are super easy to make and really effective and cute! You'll only need a few materials and you'll be able to whip these up in no time! Follow along with the easy tutorial, you might even want to get the little one's involved in making these.

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Pipecleaner DIY Christmas cards

Make an impact with your Christmas cards this year and create these simple, yet elegant DIY chirstmas cards that will surely impress your friends and family. Only a few supplies are needed and you can get the full tutorial from Buzzfeed. There's also lots more inspiration for easy DIY Chirstmas card ideas for you to take a look at whilst you are there.

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Button DIY Christmas cards

Create these simple yet fun Christmas cards with only a pen and some buttons! The colourful string of lights is minimal but really cute and unique. You'll need a glue gun for this one. You can follow along with the quick and easy tutorial, plus get other button Christmas card ideas.

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Little hands DIY Christmas cards

This is a fab idea, and great to give to the grandparents this Christmas! Get the kids involved with decorating this cute card, they will have lots of fun.

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Candy cane easy DIY Chirstmas cards

These candy cane cards might look tricky but they're actually just lots of card circles layered on top of each other. If you have a die cutting machine, this will be a super quick make for you. But even if you don't have a die cutter, as long as you have some scissors and something circular to trace around, you'll be set!

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DIY Chirstmas card kits

Do you want to take your Christmas card making to the next level? Check out some of these amazing DIY Christmas card making kits, packed full of everything you'll need to create all of your cards this year (and probably for next year!). We've chosen our favourite stockists, and kits to show you.

Chirstmas tree DIY Christmas card kit

Get everything you need to make these cute Christmas tree cards in this modern kit. This kit is a great introduction to Iris folding, which is the technique used to create a unique tree pattern. It is very easy to pick up and should be suitable for beginners, if you are totally new to the style, the kit also includes an introduction to Iris folding.

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DIY Christmas card kit

If you only want to make a few Christmas cards then this may be the perfect and purse-friendly option! The kit contains lovely papers and decorations for you to create your own style of cards, why not get on Pinterest for some inspiration on how to use your kit!

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Ginger Bread house DIY Christmas card kit

This adorable kit from Baker Ross will delight your friends and family this Christmas time. You can mix and match the contents to create your very own unique gingerbread house! The pack contains enough material to make six cards. Embrace your inner child and create these wonderful houses, or you can actually get the kids involved because it's also suitable for little hands.

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DIY Christmas cards stamp set

It's not a full card making set, but stamps are so versatile, so if like us, you have lots of scrap paper at home you can easily spruce it up into Christmas cards using these fun stamps. In the set you'll receive 16pcs Christmas stamps and 4pcs ink pads, so you won't run short on combinations!

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Mega 500 piece DIY Christmas card kit

If you want to make a tonne of Christmas cards at a low cost, this kit is a must-have! It doesn't contain the actual card but all of the embellishments you could think of! From pom poms to buttons to goggly eyes, there are so many types of Christmas cards you could make with this set, the possibilities are endless.

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We hope you loved our festive roundup of these amazing DIY Christmas card kits, and you've found lots of inspiration to get creating. Do you want similar projects? Try these eco-friendly Christmas decorations, to add a personal touch to your display. Find out how to make a Christmas wreath with our simple tutorial! If you want to get the kids involved we have plenty of projects for smaller hands too, try the Christmas crafts for kids. Want a smaller project for yourself, try this mini Christmas crochet tree - so cute! Looking for something less festive? Get inspired with these lovely paper cutting templates.


Katie Dolan
Katie DolanDigital Assistant, Gathered

Katie Dolan edits our needlework sections, focusing on our embroidery and cross stitch articles, as well as making videos for our arts and crafts projects. Katie runs her jewellery business, Ophelia Jewellery Art, on Etsy, where she sells beautiful resin-pressed flower earrings. She has a wide range of craft interests including embroidery – she particularly loves all things pop culture and a less traditional approach – The Simpsons and Rick & Morty are among her favourites to embroider. She has recently completed a silversmith workshop and hopes to expand her jewellery business with these new skills. When she’s not crafting, she’s usually fuelling her Harry Potter addiction with a Sunday film marathon and a couple of butter beers!

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