Handmade Christmas cards are a great way to celebrate baby's first Christmas, especially if you include a photo of your son or daughter with your greeting. People usually mail their Christmas cards during the first or second week of December, so it's important to plan ahead if you want to create handmade cards in honor of baby's first Christmas. Ideally, you should schedule your family photo shoot and buy your card making supplies in mid-October or early November.
With most Christmas card making ideas, it is best to work in an assembly line fashion instead of making each card from start to finish in one sitting. This saves time because you don't need to be constantly switching supplies or shifting your focus from one step of the project to another.
Handprint Santa Homemade Christmas Cards
Baby handprint crafts are simply adorable, so making handprint Santa cards to celebrate baby's first Christmas is a great idea. Use the handprint Santa to decorate the front of the card, then slip a small family photo inside before mailing.
Making a handprint Santa is very easy, although you'll want to keep a towel and baby wipes handy in case your little one starts to fuss while she's covered in paint.
- Cover your baby's hand in white craft paint, then make a hand print with the fingers facing the bottom of the card. Wash your baby's hands with soap and water when finished.
- When the handprint is dry, add a Santa hat with the bottom of the hat touching the top of the palm on your baby's handprint. Use cotton balls to make the hat look fuzzy if desired.
- Add a face. Use google eyes for extra interest if desired.
- If you want to save time when making these Christmas cards, create one handprint Santa and scan the image to print on the front of all of your Christmas cards.
Christmas Ornament Cards
If your Christmas card list is fairly small and you don't mind paying for additional postage, a Christmas card that features a removable ornament can be a fun project to create in honor of baby's first Christmas.
Follow these simple steps to design your Christmas card:
- Purchase chipboard shapes from your local craft or scrapbooking supply store. Plain chipboard is ideal because it can be painted or decoupaged, but you may be able to find chipboard with Christmas patterns.
- Glue your photo onto the chipboard.
- If the chipboard does not already have a hole in the top, punch a hole using a tool such as the Crop-A-Dile eyelet setter.
- Add a ribbon for hanging.
- Use glue dots to adhere the ornament to the front of your homemade Christmas card.
- On the inside of your card, add a small note indicating that the ornament can be removed and hung on the recipient's Christmas tree.
Refrigerator Magnet Christmas Cards
A refrigerator magnet Christmas card, like the photo ornament Christmas card, is best when you are sending cards to a relatively small group of people.
- Follow the instructions on the About Rubber Stamping website to create folded paper photo frames using Christmas themed scrapbook paper or wrapping paper scraps.
- Add a cute Christmas photo of your baby to the frame.
- Add an adhesive magnet strip to the back of the frame.
- Use glue dots to adhere your refrigerator magnet to the front of your handmade Christmas card.
- On the inside of your card, add a small note indicating that the recipient should remove the magnet from the front of the card.
Artsy Digital Christmas Cards for Baby's First Christmas
If you're comfortable using image editing software, following the instructions in our Turn Photos Into Coloring Book Pages or Turn Photos Into Pop Art tutorials to transform your favorite Christmas card photo into unique digital artwork that can be used as the front of your holiday greeting. Online developers such as Shutterfly and Snapfish let you make Christmas cards with photos that have been digitally altered in this manner.
More Christmas Card Making Ideas
If none of the ideas for handmade Christmas cards in this article fit your needs, About Rubber Stamping has several pretty projects that you might like. About Family Crafts also features a nice gallery of Christmas card making ideas that you can use for inspiration.