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How To: Make Sophisticated Christmas Cards and Homemade Gifts

Photos by Kelli Schmidt

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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 or call 214-592-0355 for ideas and helpful classes.

Diamond Fold Card


  • 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)


  • 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