Christmas Cards - Adorable, Affordable, Homemade
I know, you may be saying it’s time to be thinking Thanksgiving food not Christmas cards. But, it never fails that I get at least one Christmas card the first couple of days of December and then I start actually thinking about Christmas cards and then I think about them and think about them some more and then get them started the week before Christmas. A week before doesn’t sound too bad, except that as busy as things are the week before Christmas I actually don’t get the cards addressed and mailed till after Christmas, and as anyone on our Christmas card list can attest to, the cards arrive sometime around New Years. In fact last year I just ended up referring to them as New Years cards because they were too far beyond Christmas, which isn’t all bad, I mean who doesn’t like a happy surprise piece of snail mail once all the holiday mail has ceased.
So after last year’s record lateness of our Christmas cards I have made a commitment this year to get all our cards to everyone before December 25th. I can do this. I know I can.
Now of course, we don’t just buy cards, not even photo ones, we make cards because it keeps the kids busy, they’re unique, and it saves us some money.
I spent some time this past weekend searching for some interesting cards to make since this year and narrowed it down to three choices.
I really like these homemade pop up cards by Robert Sabuda. The Christmas tree design seems especially ‘do-able’ for the kids, although there are other neat things like an angel, a snowman and a pointsettia. And how impressed would people be that the kids made these themselves.
I also like our old ‘stand by’ cards that we have made when the twins were younger. Cards made from wrapping paper designs. Get out your Christmas wrapping paper and have the kids cut out one of the designs like a tree or santa or a reindeer. Then glue the design on and embellish it. There’s a video and more directions of these at kidoozy, under Wrapping Paper Cards.
My final choice is these really neat spinning snowflake cards I found at chico and jo. I’ve never seen any like these and they are really adorable. I think everyone would enjoy opening a card and watching a cute little snowflake spin around. Cats would love it. They’d probably destroy it, trying to bat at the little snowflake, but how great is a Christmas card that doubles as a cat toy? And I’m thinking if we do this one we could use a star instead of a snowflake and insert a little excerpt about the wise men following the star.
Not sure which we’ll do yet this year, but I suppose I’ll have to decide soon to make my December 25th deadline.
Oh, and since it’s a Monday.
Our Money Saving Monday tips for Christmas cards.
I’ve already covered making your own cards. It saves a few bucks.
The other thing we do is tuck 2 or 3 extra photos that we have from throughout the year in with the cards.
Think of the money you can save skipping the photo cards and instead sending really cute extra pictures of your kids you have laying around. Wouldn’t someone love to see a photo of the kids at the zoo this fall, or on a camping trip, or riding the carousel at the fair. Kids love going through old photos and deciding who to send which pictures to for Christmas, and friends and relatives will love seeing photos of what the kids did throughout the year.