Donna enjoys using her arts background to create fun craft projects with a special focus on using repurposed or handy household materials.
I love crafting for the holidays, and handmade cards are a fun activity that everyone can enjoy. This cheery Christmas card features a reindeer head decorated with a crown of holiday leaves and berries. This card design requires no special cutting machine and the reindeer template is included in the tutorial below. And you can add a variety of fun elements to personalize these cards for your friends and family!
- Blank card and envelope (if needed) - available (usually in a package) at most craft or stationary stores.
- Selection of scrapbook paper or gift wrap - there is a huge selection of scrapbook paper available at craft stores. For Christmas projects, you can also use pieces of holiday gift wrap. Heavier weight gift wrap with smaller designs would be best for making cards.
- A choice of washi tape, glitter glue, sequin, and/or adhesive gems to decorate your card - these are also available at craft stores.
- (Optional) a small red pompom and/or googly eyes to decorate your reindeer head.
- Glue stick and white craft glue
- Scissors, ruler, and a pencil
Adding A Greeting To Your Card
There are a number of ways to add a greeting to the inside of your handmade card. Your greeting can be added before or after decorating your card, but I find it easier to add it before.
Some ways to add a greeting include:
- Handwriting your sentiment to give it a personal touch.
- Stamping your greeting - there is a great selection of holiday stamps at craft stores.
- Recycling old cards by cutting out the greeting and pasting it inside your card. You can hide the edges with a border of decorative washi tape.
- Print out your greeting on stationary and paste it inside.
I chose to print out my own greetings. I looked at some old Christmas cards to get ideas for a greeting, then printed the greetings out on some resume paper, four to a page. I cut them out and trimmed them to fit in my card, using glue stick to paste them inside.
How to Make a Reindeer Christmas Card
1. Print out the reindeer template above. The size of your reindeer will depend on the size of your blank card. My cards were 5 inches by 6 1/2 inches. For my cards, I printed out my deer head to be about 4 1/2 inches tall from the bottom of the neck to the top of his antlers.
2. Trace the reindeer template on some brown scrapbook paper, or the paper of your choice.
3. Then cut out your reindeer head and put it to the side. You do not need to cut around all the branches on the antlers, but it might help later with the placement of the leaves and berries.
Creating a Background for Your Card
4. Then begin to decorate the background of your card. There are a number of ways to create a simple background. I used a piece of holiday gift wrap as my background. I cut this paper to be 3 inches wide and 5 inches tall to fit my card, and glued it down using glue stick.
5. (Optional) Then I added some "Merry Christmas" washi tape to the top of my background paper as a holiday greeting. If you don't have washi tape, you can add a line of glitter glue as a border around your background.
6. When your background is complete, glue down your reindeer head using glue stick. I placed my head so the base of the neck slightly overlapped my background paper.
7. Using green paper, or the paper of your choice, begin to cut out the leaves to decorate the antlers. I just cut out a teardrop shape for each of my leaves. Try a few sizes of leaves and decide what looks good on your deer's head. Once you find the size you like, use that leaf as a template to trace and cut out more leaves.
8. (Optional) I held a ruler lengthwise against each of my leaves to fold them slightly in half. This gave my leaves some dimension on my card.
9. Glue down each of your leaves around the deer's antlers by drawing a thin line of craft glue and placing the spine of your leaf in it. When your glue is dry and you're ready to put this card in the mail, these leaves should lie flat enough for mailing.
10. You can finish your card by adding other embellishments. Some ideas are:
- Using a small red pompom as a nose. Generally, I think you should be careful about adding three dimensional items to cards that will be sent through the mail, but I think a small pompom is soft enough to not cause any problem. You could also use a red sequin or a dot of glitter glue as a nose.
- Adding googly eyes to the face. Again, I think these eyes are small enough not to cause a problem in the mail.
- Using glitter glue, plastic gems, or small sequin to create berries among your leaves.
Other Card Designs
You can create your card in a number of different designs. I made another reindeer card using the same template, but decorated the antlers with smaller flat leaves and berries.
You could also decorate your antlers with hanging Christmas ornaments made from buttons or circles of glitter glue. Or have your antlers wrapped in Christmas lights cut from decorative paper.
I hope you enjoy making some handmade cards this holiday season!
© 2018 Donna Herron
Donna Herron (author) from USA on November 17, 2018:
Hi Dianna - So glad this handmade Christmas card has inspired you in your own holiday crafting. Thanks and hope you enjoy the holiday season!
Dianna Mendez on November 16, 2018:
Sweet way to greet your family and friends. You have me thinking about this now.
Donna Herron (author) from USA on October 31, 2018:
Hi Heidi - Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate it! Hope you are enjoying the fall season!
Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on October 30, 2018:
Always love when it says "no special equipment required." It's kind of like the recipes which say it only takes 3 ingredients (or something like that). Otherwise these projects end up being very expensive by the time you get all the tools and such.
These are super cute (as always). Happy Halloween!
Donna Herron (author) from USA on October 30, 2018:
Thanks, Sally! I really enjoyed making these cards and will probably make a bunch of them. I think if adults do the cutting, this card design could be adapted for children. Thanks so much for your support and comments!
Sally Gulbrandsen from Norfolk on October 30, 2018:
Great project to do with the children or even grandchildren and so very well-timed for Christmas. Easy to follow. Thanks for sharing Donna.