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How To: Make Sophisticated Christmas Cards and Homemade Gifts

Photos by Kelli Schmidt

Everyone loves homemade cards and gifts at the holidays – they’re one-of-a-kind, crafted with love and fun to receive (and make!). Try these tips to make simple-but-elegant cards and gifts for your friends and loved ones.

Origami Christmas Cards

The inspiration and directions for these creative, unique cards came from Every Last Scrap, a one-stop shop in McKinney for all things paper and scrapbooking. Visit every-last-scrap.com or call 214-592-0355 for ideas and helpful classes.

Diamond Fold Card

Supplies:

  • 12-inch-by-12-inch sheet of double-sided paper (cut part of the paper for one side; use opposite side to make triangles)
  • Colorized glitter glue and stickers for decoration
  • Ink pen (such as thin Sharpie)

Directions:

  • Cut paper to size 4 inches by 12 inches
  • Fold at 2 inches, 4 inches, 8 inches and 10 inches
  • With pencil, mark 6 inches on top and bottom
  • From top 6-inch mark, score at 2 inches and then from bottom 6-inch mark, score at 2 inches
  • From top 6-inch mark, score at 10 inches and then from bottom 6-inch mark, score at 10 inches
  • With face up, fold two ends in
  • Turn over and fold on 4-inch mark and then on 8-inch mark
  • Fold on diagonals
  • Flip back over so your card is face up
  • Pinch the folds for the diamond shape
  • Card is now folded
  • Cut paper to 1¾ inches by 3¾ inches for outside folds; glue down
  • Cut center to 2½ inches by 2½ inches; glue down
  • Ink all edges
  • For the other triangles, cut two to 3¾ inches by 3¾ inches
  • Cut into two triangles; use one of these and cut into two more triangles
  • Cut the other triangle into four triangles
  • Cut the other square into triangles, use one of those triangles and cut into four more triangles
  • You will have one triangle that is not used
  • Have fun decorating the large diamond in the middle
 

Christmas Tree Card

Supplies:

  • Two 12-inch-by-12-inch pieces of double-sided decorative paper
  • Card stock
  • Glitter or colorized glitter glue (such as Stickles)
  • Stickers or decorations cut from different type of double-sided paper
  • Ink pen (such as thin Sharpie)

Directions:

  • Cut paper into four squares measuring 3 inches, 2½ inches, 2 inches and 1½ inches
  • With wrong side up, fold in half, open it up and turn, fold in half again, open it up and turn it, fold corner to corner, open it up and turn it again and fold again corner to corner
  • Open it up again, put the two halves together that make it look like a rectangle and pinch the sides in to form a triangle
  • Pick up one side of top triangle and fold it where the outside edge meets the center fold
  • Do this to the other side
  • Do the above steps to each square
  • When the squares are all folded, you can put glitter or Stickles on each one to decorate (don’t touch until dry)
  • Put a star or another decoration on top of your tree
  • Cut your card stock to 4 inches by 3¼ inches
  • Cut a small tree trunk out of card stock and glue it on your card
  • Glue the largest triangle on the card over the tree trunk, leaving a small space unglued at the top
  • Place the next larger size triangle under the largest triangle, leaving a small portion at the top unglued; do this for each of the next two triangles so that when complete, it looks like a tree 
  • Ink all edges
  • Glue the triangles with the tree trunk on the 4-inch-by-3¼-inch card stock, glue that to a 4½-inch-by-3½-inch card stock and attach it to the card
 

Star Card

Supplies:

  • One 12-inch-by-12-inch piece of double-sided decorative paper
  • A small black or brown paper square for a tree trunk
  • Two squares for tree decorations (can be cut from same 12-by-12 sheet)
  • Ink pen (such as thin Sharpie)
  • Glitter glue
  • Stickers

Directions:

  • Cut paper into a 10-inch-by-11½-inch piece
  • Fold the 11½-inch side in half
  • Mark 5¾ inches on the top and bottom
  • Mark each lower corner with a pencil
  • Line up the two dots and cut to form a triangle
  • Fold the top tip over to meet the bottom edge
  • Fold the other two corners, meeting to form a smaller triangle in the middle
  • Fold each corner of the large triangle back 1 5/8 inches
  • You should be able to fold the card into a star
  • Cut a 2-inch-by-2-inch square and a 1½-inch-by- 1½-inch square and fold like the Christmas tree card (see directions)
  • In center of star, you can cut a small rectangle (2 inches by 5½ inches) for a picture, fold it in half and enter your Christmas sentiment
  • Decorate the tree with glitter glue; use glitter glue to make a star
  • Ink all edges
  • Decorate the top of the star
 

Star Cookie Cutter Wreath

Inexpensive, simple, creative and festive!

Supplies:

  • 10 star cookie cutters (available at World Market for $1 each)
  • Twist ties (usually come with garbage bags) or pipe cleaners
  • Paper clips
  • Ribbon

Directions:

  • Connect one point of a star to the next star and secure with a paperclip
  • Work your way around, making a circle
  • Go back and tie the twist ties or short pieces of pipe cleaner to where the paper clips are
  • Run a pretty ribbon through the top star to hang
 

Cookie Cutter Fudge

I love the yummy simplicity of this gift. It’s wonderful for co-workers, teachers or neighbors. And, it’s a two-for-one gift! Recipients get a cute cookie cutter to use in the future and tasty fudge.

Supplies:

  • Holiday-themed cookie cutters
  • Fudge ingredients
  • Cellophane bags
  • Ribbon (or something to secure bags)

Fudge Ingredients:

  • 12-Ounce bag of semisweet chocolate chips
  • 9 Ounces (¾ of 12-ounce bag) of butterscotch chips
  • 14-Ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 Teaspoon of vanilla extract

Directions:

  • Make fudge by preheating heavy pot over low heat. Add chips and milk; stir until completely melted and combined. Stir in vanilla and remove fudge from heat.
  • Place cutters on squares of foil. Wrap foil tightly around the outside of cutter. Lightly spray cookie cutters with non-stick spray.
  • Fudge sets up fairly quickly so work fast. Pour fudge into cookie cutters. Use a spatula sprayed with non-stick spray to spread and smooth fudge. Let sit and then place in fridge to chill, at least one hour.
  • Remove foil from cookie cutter and place the cutter with fudge into a cellophane gift bag. Secure with ribbon or enclosed twist tie.
  • Enjoy!

 

About the author: Simri Davis lives in McKinney with her husband and three children.