6 DIY Christmas Card Ideas For Kids That’ll Make Santa Proud

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Bring back the good ol’ tradition of sending Christmas cards this year with your kids! Creating cute handmade Christmas cards not only allows your kids to express their creativity but also makes this holiday extra fun and meaningful! In addition, it’ll warm their hearts when the kids see the happy faces of their friends and family who’ve received the cards. Check out our list of easy and fun Christmas card ideas for kids and get ready for an art attack this festive season!

1. Reindeer Christmas Card

What’s Christmas without Santa’s reindeer? Your little ones can bring Rudolph to life this jolly season with this easy Christmas card idea for kids! This cute little handmade Christmas card is bound to put a smile on your child’s face. 

You will need:

  • Light green colour paper
  • Brown colour paper
  • Dark brown colour paper
  • Red colour paper
  • White paper
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • 2 googly eyes
  • Coloured markers

How to:

  1. Hold the light green colour paper in landscape orientation and fold it vertically into half
  2. Place the green card on top of the light brown paper and outline it. Cut the light brown paper following the outline.
  3. With the light brown paper in portrait orientation, fold it into half vertically to identify the centre crease line. Cut it into a triangle by connecting the tip of the centre crease line to the two bottom corners of the paper. 
  4. Measure about 8 to 10cm from above the base of the triangle and mark the spot with a pencil. Fold the long side of the triangle horizontally such that the tip touches pencil marking. Glue the tip down.
  5. Glue the brown paper onto the green card. This forms the reindeer’s face.
  6. Using a dark brown coloured paper, cut out a pair of antlers and glue them onto the card
  7. Cut out a big red nose for Rudolph or make this Christmas card idea for kids more interesting by using a red pom pom fur ball (available on fing02) instead! Glue down the nose.
  8. Stick on googly eyes sticker above the nose 
  9. Place the card on top of the white paper and outline it. The white paper should be smaller than the green card, so reduce the outline by about 2 to 3cm. Cut out the white paper and stick it inside the card. Now, the little one can fill in the card with his or her Christmas wishes with coloured markers and mail it out! 

2. 3D Paper Ornament Christmas Card

Many Christmas card ideas for kids draw inspiration from actual Christmas decorations. This 3D paper ornament Christmas card is no exception! Let your kids send some love to their friends and family via this fun handmade Christmas card that resembles the likes of shiny Christmas Ornaments Baubles (available on TSM) or adorable Christmas Honeycomb Decorations (available on Partyforce)!

You will need:

  • Various colour papers (including black)
  • White paper
  • Die-cut machine
  • 7cm circle cutting die
  • Glue stick
  • Coloured markers

How to:

  1. If you have a die-cut machine, such as the Craft Buddy Die-Cut Machine (available on Only for you), this step will be super quick! Help your kids to cut out 13 circles using a 7cm circle cutting die (available on Stationery.sg). The circles can be of any colour according to your child’s liking!Pro Tip: For those who don’t have a die-cut machine, simply use a 360 protractor or a geometry compass to outline 13 circles on the colour paper. Cut them out and you’re now all ready to make  this Christmas card idea for kids.
  2. Fold all the circles into half
  3. Fold the white paper into half vertically in landscape view to create the Christmas card
  4. Glue one circle onto the centre of the card — this will be your ornament base
  5. Cut out a long strip of black paper (about 0.5cm thick and at least 8cm long) and a small black rectangle measuring 3 x 2cm
  6. Glue the small black rectangle on the top of the ornament base, making sure to overlap it. Touching the black rectangle, stick on the long strip of black paper vertically towards the top of the card. Snip off any excess of the black strip that’s sticking out of the card.
  7. Here comes the fun part for your little ones! Apply glue to one side of a folded circle created in step 2 and stick it onto the ornament base, overlapping the black rectangle. 
  8. Apply glue to one side of another folded circle (you can pick a different colour circle) and stick it onto the folded circle in step 7. 
  9. Repeat step 8 with the rest of the folded circles until you reach the last circle. Apply glue to the last circle and attach it to the ornament base. You’ve created a rainbow 3D paper ornament Christmas card! 

3. Fluffy Christmas Stocking Card

One of the most iconic Christmas décor is the Christmas stocking (available on Shadow Home Shop)!  Christmas stockings as they are usually filled with gifts and surprises waiting to be unwrapped. Get your little one all pumped up for the holidays with this Christmas stocking card, one of the simplest Christmas card ideas for kids!

You will need:

  • Red coloured paper
  • Black permanent marker
  • Cotton balls
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Hot glue gun

How to:

  1. Fold the red colour paper vertically in landscape view
  2. With a pencil, sketch out the shape of a Christmas stocking on one side of the card. Make sure that the toe portion of the stocking is at the opening of the card.
  3. Cut along the lines you’ve drawn in step 2, keeping the card folded
  4. Unravel a cotton ball to reveal a long strip of cotton. Line the cotton on the tip of the stocking and cut away any excess. Expand the cotton strip by stretching it gently.
  5. Repeat step 4 so you get two strips of cotton
  6. Help your kids with this step. Using a hot glue gun, secure the cotton strips onto the tip of the stocking 
  7. Let your kids’ creativity run wild as they decorate the card with words and doodles!

4. Snow Globe Shaker Card

While we may not have winter in sunny Singapore, the kids can witness the beautiful snowfall via a snow globe card! This is one of the best Christmas card ideas for kids as they can shake it and watch the styrofoam beads rain down in the ‘snow globe’! This handmade Christmas card is so pretty to look at, it’ll make a great Christmas decor for your home!

You will need:

  • Shallow transparent plastic lid or the base of a transparent plastic cup
  • White styrofoam beads
  • Light blue coloured paper
  • Green coloured paper
  • Black coloured paper
  • White paper
  • Coloured markers
  • Crayons
  • Correction fluid
  • White glue
  • Hot glue gun

How to:

  1. Fold the light blue coloured paper into half vertically in a landscape orientation, this forms your card base
  2. Place the transparent plastic lid (or cup base) on the card and trace the circle with a pencil. This marks the position of the globe.
  3. Using coloured markers and crayons, get your kids to draw their dream wonderland inside the circle
  4. Cut out two small circles of different sizes on the white paper 
  5. With white glue, attach the bigger white circle inside the globe to match your drawing before glueing on the smaller white circle on top. Now you have the snowman’s body!
  6. Create a hat for the snowman by using the black paper 
  7. Draw the snowman’s eyes, mouth and hands with coloured markers
  8. Cut two elongated triangles on the green colour paper — these are your Christmas trees! The kids can add small decorations to the trees using coloured markers too!
  9. Stick the trees next to the snowman into the globe
  10. Create a snowy effect inside the globe by dotting on correction fluid
  11. Place a handful of 2mm white styrofoam beads (available on Fonfleurs) onto the centre of the globe 
  12. Parents will have to help the little ones attach the transparent plastic lid onto the card by hot glueing the edges of the lid

Pro Tip: Keep the card laying flat until the hot glue has solidified before shaking the card. This prevents the beads from sticking to the sides of the globe. 

5. Dangling Mistletoe Card

It’s time for a cute peck on your little one’s cheeks because we’re creating a handmade mistletoe Christmas card! This is one of the best last-minute Christmas card ideas for kids because it requires very few materials and can be completed in less than 10 minutes!

You will need:

  • A5 white paper
  • White glue
  • 5 red buttons
  • Coloured markers
  • Christmas ribbon (of your choice)
  • Ruler

How to:

  1. To create the card, fold the white paper into half vertically in a landscape orientation
  2. Dot white glue around the top half of the card and attach the red buttons onto the paper
  3. Using a black marker, draw mistletoe leaves on top of each red button
  4. With a ruler, draw a straight line up to the top of the card from each mistletoe
  5. Fill in the leaves with a green coloured marker
  6. Measure the width of the card and trim the Christmas ribbon (available on lovenature.sg) accordingly. Glue it onto the bottom half of the card.
  7. Let the kids fill in the card with well wishes and a heartfelt message to express their love this Christmas!

6. Glitzy Christmas Tree

Don’t have space for a White Pine Christmas Tree (available on TSM) in your apartment? That’s ok because your little ones can make one of their own with this fun Christmas tree card idea for kids! 

You will need:

  • Green colour paper
  • White paper
  • 2 A4 colour paper of your choice
  • Various art gems and pearls
  • Glue stick
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Metallic coloured markers
  • Black permanent marker
  • Ruler

How to:

  1. Place the A4 green coloured paper in landscape orientation and fold it into half vertically to create a crease line — this marks the centre of the paper. 
  2. Measure 10cm from the centre on both the left and the right sides of the paper and mark with a pencil 
  3. Using a ruler, connect the tip of the crease to one of the pencil markings you made at the base of the paper. Fold the paper against the ruler. Repeat this on the other side of the paper. You should have an outline of a triangle now.
  4. Remove the ruler and fold one side of the paper towards the centre, following the diagonal crease line you’ve just created in step 3. Fold the paper again, this time in the opposite direction, such that the fold coincides with the centre crease line. Repeat this on the other side. 
  5. Your paper should now look somewhat like a diamond shape with two ‘wings’ at the bottom. Cut through the edges where the diamond and the ‘wings’ intersect in a gently curved manner. Your card should resemble the shape of a pizza slice now.
  6. Line a ruler to the centre opening of the card and mark with a pencil at the following spots — 4, 7 and 10cm. These spots mark the layered tier of the Christmas tree. 
  7. Based on the three spots marked in step 7, cut out the shape of half a Christmas tree on the right side of the card. 
  8. Unfold the first layer of the card on the right side and lay it over the left side of the card. Cut the left side of the card, following the shape of the tiered Christmas tree you’ve created in step 7. This ensures the card looks symmetrical on both sides. Fold the right side of the card back.
  9. Place a white paper in landscape orientation and fold it vertically into half
  10. Hold up the first layer of the green Christmas card and place it on top of the folded white paper. Cut the folded white paper along the outline of the green card, you should get two white paper of the same shape now.
  11. Fold one of the white paper into half vertically and cut along the crease line. Then, glue them into the green card according to the shapes. The bigger piece of white paper should be in the centre, while the other two smaller pieces should be on each inner side of the green card. 
  12. Get your kids to pick two coloured papers. Help them to cut the colour papers into four small rectangles measuring 4.5 x 7cm. Also, cut four small white rectangles measuring 3cm x 4cm.
  13. Fold the coloured rectangles into half horizontally. Unfold them and glue the white rectangles on the inner lower half of the coloured rectangles. Then, fold the rectangles up and glue them onto the Christmas card. 
  14. Using Metallic Paint Markers (available on mohamm.sg), get the kids to draw their own present designs on the rectangles. Additionally, they can also write a short message inside the ‘presents’.
  15. All that’s left now is for the little ones to pen down their festive greetings in the card and decorate the outside of the handmade Christmas card with art gems and art pearls!

Tis’ the season to be jolly

We hope these interesting Christmas card ideas for kids brought about laughter and joy for your little ones this holiday season! There’s more to look forward to during Christmas. Get your Xmas gifts sorted with our ultimate Christmas gift ideas for different budgets! Meanwhile, make the most out of your child’s school holidays with these fun activities for kids in December!

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