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42 CHRISTMAS CARD IDEAS FOR KIDS: EASY HOMEMADE DESIGNS FOR TODDLERS AND KIDS 2023

Here is my big list of easy-to-make homemade Christmas card ideas for kids. There are design ideas suitable for kids of all ages, from toddlers through to tweens and teens.

Christmas card making is such a great craft activity for excited kids in the run-up to Christmas Day. And there is something super special about receiving a card handmade by a child.

That said, when life is a hectic juggle, it can be hard to come up with Christmas card ideas that are simple to make but also stand a chance of looking lovely when they’re finished.

So, that is why I’ve taken the time to research the best Christmas card ideas for kids to make, and I’m sharing my roundup of the best ideas with you.

Related: Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids

42 EASY AND FREE CHRISTMAS CARD IDEAS TO MAKE WITH KIDS

The list of ideas for homemade Christmas cards focuses on Christmas card designs and templates that are easy to make.

All of the ideas, how-to guides and templates are free. Some of the tutorials also feature step-by-step tutorial videos to make life super easy.

HAND AND THUMB PRINT CHRISTMAS CARDS

Hand and thumb print painting is a really simple but effective way for young children to create beautiful homemade cards. Here are some lovely ideas and tutorials to follow.

PRINTING PATTERNS

A great way to create unique card designs is to use stuff you've got around your home or school classroom to print patterns and shapes with.

FOLDING AND/OR CUTTING PAPER CARD DESIGNS

These cards involve folding paper and/or cutting paper into shapes to create 3D designs.

POP-UP CARDS

Pop-up cards are as fun to make as they are to open. Here's a selection of easy-to-make pop-ups for kids to make.

VIDEO CHRISTMAS CARD TUTORIALS

HAND-DRAWN CHRISTMAS CARDS

Sometimes, you just want to keep things simple: pens, paper and perhaps a pair of scissors. These super easy but clever Christmas card designs are just the ticket.

14 USEFUL TIPS ON HOW TO MAKE CHRISTMAS CARDS WITH KIDS

I am well aware that the fantasy of a lovely crafting session with young children can go awry and that older kids can start something that they don’t get around to finishing. So, use these tips to prepare for productive Christmas card-making!

  1. Start early if you want to avoid late-night panic-finishing
  2. Aim for between 5 – 10 cards at a time
  3. Don’t be surprised if your child says, ‘I’ve finished’ after one card.
  4. If you’re making cards with younger children, aim to make two or three cards yourself for every card your child makes.
  5. Make a range of different cards, or else kids will get bored.
  6. Avoid designs that need young kids to be precise.
  7. Invest in good scissors for kids who can cut – scissors for kids can be frustrating – just make sure to be around to be a safety monitor. These Amazon Basics scissors are spot on; they have a soft grip, which is great for kids’ hands, and they’ve got a good titanium blade – with an 81% 5* customer rating. Add the scissors to your crafting toolkit
  8. Prepare! Fold cards, pre-cut shapes, and pre-print basic elements. I’ll let you into a secret: I cheat by buying ready-folded cards that come with matching envelopes
  9. Regular glitter has been found to be dreadful for the environment, but luckily, you can buy eco-friendly glitter that is biodegradable, like this biodegradable glitter by Hemway.
  10. Use household items – raid the recycling! – as craft materials to avoid spending a fortune buying things to craft with
  11. Create simple paint stamps from potatoes, bottle tops and even toddler hands and feet!
  12. Build fun learning and exploration into card-making to keep kids engaged.
  13. Don’t just stick to Christmas colours – excite kids’ interest with eye-popping brights.
  14. Think about what is going to survive the post! Save fragile cards for hand delivery.

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13 Comments

  1. Gidday Alice. These are fantastic and your timing couldn’t be more perfect. I’ve got to start getting the kids organised to make these for their teachers and you’ve saved me the hassle of looking for ideas. Thanks for linking up to Thriving on Thursdays. I’m featuring this one tomorrow.

    Anne xx

  2. Denise Murtha says:

    Alice…thanks for stopping by and linking up at Share It Sunday. I don’t have any christmas posts to link yet as this will be my first christmas blogging. but I will check back. Thanks again. Fabulous ideas for me to use with my daughter!

  3. Glitzy Gleam says:

    Wow lots of great ideas, popping over from #PoLoCo xx

  4. Victoria Welton says:

    Another fantastic list. Thanks for linking to PoCoLo x

  5. Barb Marshall says:

    So thrilled you are encouraging card sending at Christmas! I love to do this too and at any time of year really. Not just the same when you receive a christmas greeting over the email. Found you via “TheBlogStrut” link up. You may enjoy my blog where I gush about all things stationery and the lost art of letter writing – I’m # 124 in the linkup

  6. Izzie Anderton says:

    Loving all the fabulous ideas for the Christmas cards – sadly my two are all grown up. Enjoy it while it lasts x #PoCoLo

  7. Ashley @3littlegreenwoods says:

    Love all these ideas (especially the leaf print Christmas tree)! I’m adding them to our Christmas Countdown list.

    Thank you for the inspiration!

  8. Sarah Vanderkooy says:

    Some really good tips. My daughter loves to help but you are absolutely right my expectations have to be realistic (start early, simple design, and only a couple at a time) thanks!

  9. These are some really great ideas and tips. I especially love the button snowman card idea. (Of course, all of them are pretty darn cute.)

  10. Only Best For Baby says:

    Wonderful ideas, thanks for sharing 🙂

  11. otilia stocks says:

    great ideas! thanks for sharing hon. #pinitparty

  12. What great tips and fantastic ideas. Have pinned from the Parenting-pin-it-party

  13. Some really clever ideas there – I like the pretty beads and the button snowman. This is the first year Little Z will probably like crafty things!

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