As a middle school teacher, I don't get to do crafts with my students much, but when I get the opportunity, I try to find things that are fun for them and don't involve much prep. It's also nice when it can be something that they'll actually share with their loved ones. Some of these cards are great for younger kids, but there are some for older kids too!!
1. Reindeer Card
Just like the website name suggests, this card is easy to make. Kids can choose the colors for the background and nose, and also how they'd like to arrange the pieces. I love the example with the silly eyes, and this would be a great time to use googly eyes.
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2. Christmas Tree Card
Most people place their Christmas tree in front of a window, where it can be seen from outside. I love seeing them when I'm driving. There is a printable template for this card and easy-to-follow instructions, which makes this an ideal project for kids.
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3. Snow Globe Cards
One of my cousins collects snow globes, and these cards made me think of her. This adorable snow globe card can be made by children of all ages. They can arrange the scene however they want, which allows for freedom of expression.
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4. Gingerbread House cards
What a fun card?! We make gingerbread houses every year and I just adore how they are different each year, which will definitely be the case with these cards. There is a template available for this one too, so if you're a perfectionist like me, it's helpful.
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5. Handprint Cards
Handprint cards become keepsakes for families to see how their child has grown. There is a template for these, which includes the words and swirls on top of the blank card, and the additional pieces, such as the star.
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6. Paint Chip Cards
How cute are these cards! They are easy to make and won't make a big mess, which is always a bonus. Kids will love making these colorful tree cards. Hopefully, your local hardware store won't mind you taking a bunch of samples.
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7. Fingerprint Cards
Fingerprint crafts are timeless and I love these adorable fingerprint card ideas. They can be made easily with finger paint and a pen or marker. The possibilities are endless.
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8. Snowman Card
Snowmen are a favorite for so many people and aren't just limited to Christmas. This card idea is another one that kids can create using their imagination! The snowmen can have different faces, scarves, and other accessories and can be made from mixed materials.
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9. Print and Color Cards
If you're looking for a quick, easy, low prep card, then look no further. Just print and fold and they're ready to go. I'd use these for younger kids or as a quick time filler. My middle schoolers really like to color, since they don't typically get to in school by that age, so I think they might enjoy these as well.
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10. Pom-Pom Wreath Cards
Every year I hang a wreath on my door, both at home and in school. This wreath is so easy and cute to make. These creative cards won't disappoint. Cardstock would be best for these as the pom-poms would be too heavy for construction paper.
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11. Gingerbread Cards
When I saw these, I immediately thought about how much fun it is to decorate gingerbread cookies. This is such a cute card and I love that they stand up and the use of the buttons is great too!! They seem easy to make as well. I can't wait to try these with my kids!
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12. Potato Stamped Snowman Cards
Potatoes you say? These festive snowman cards will surely bring a smile to everyone's face. They are also great if you have students that don't celebrate Christmas, but still want to participate in a seasonal craft. Get cutting!!
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13. Marbled Paint Cards
Who knew you could mix paint with shaving cream and get such a cute Christmas card?! This is an easy-peasy Christmas card design that kids will have fun with. Mix the colors however you desire and away you go!
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14. Washi Tape Cards
What a neat holiday card! I would never have thought of using washi tape in this way, but I'm loving it! The possibilities are endless here.
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15. Lego Print Cards
Have a million Legos in your classroom? Use them in a different way! Simply dip them in paint and press it onto the card in whatever pattern or way your students decide.
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16. Handmade Cards
If you are looking for a card that uses mixed materials and creativity, these are perfect for you. I especially love the snowman button design seen in the picture! It looks like you can use leftover buttons. These can be made quickly too, which is always a plus.
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17. Snowflake Lacing Cards
This one works for so many different reasons. Lacing them is wonderful for fine motor practice, which can become boring using the same lacing cards over and over. Depending on how much prep time you have, you can make each one different, mimicking real snowflakes too!
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18. 3D Folded Paper Card
My students loved making this tree and 3D cards are so much fun to create (and receive). Each one will come out different too, depending on how students choose to decorate them.
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19. Foldable Santa Card
Here's a new take on a Santa craft card. The included template could also be used to make hats if you're looking for a different take. Arms and legs could easily be added to make them look a little more life-like.
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20. Pointillism Christmas Tree Card
Sometimes we're looking for a project that will take up more time than others, and these trees are the answer. The "point" of pointillism is that when looked at from a distance, it looks like a solid image, but up close you can see the individual dots. While our students aren't going to produce a work like Seurat, my guess is that they'll do a wonderful job with this activity.
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21. Light Up Cards
Cute and STEM-related make for double the holiday fun. Kids have to make sure that their circuits are connected properly so that they light up, but they can still be creative with their design. My 6th graders loved this one!
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22. Coffee filter Watercolor Cards
Have extra coffee filters laying around? Then you need to make these! While they are intended to be cards, the watercolor on the coffee filters makes beautiful stained glass, so they could be used as a window decoration as well.
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23. Children's Art Cards
When my son was little, I did an ornament version of this with him by having his finger paint on cardstock and then cut out and laminated Christmas trees. Our family loved them and I still have one of my own for our tree as well. This is definitely a DIY Christmas card that will be loved by all who receive them.
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24. Reindeer Pop-Up Card
I couldn't resist adding this one. Pop Up cards are so much fun and these are adorable while being easy to assemble. Santa would be super cute with a pop-up belly too.
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25. Christmas Present Pop-up Christmas Cards
OMG, this is the cutest card ever! Not your typical pop-up card, but absolutely one that will be a treasured family gift. I'm actually thinking about using this to deliver our family holiday photos this year.
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26. Elf Handprint Cards
Handprint projects are a favorite keepsake for families. Looking back at them years later is a great reminder of how much they've grown. They're also good fine motor practice for kids if they are able to trace their hands themselves.
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27. Penguin Cards
Kids love penguins and these cards don't disappoint. You could use just construction paper for the bodies if you are limited with supplies too, but I like the cupcake liner on the belly.
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28. Pipe Cleaner Cards
Have an abundance of pipe cleaners? Here's a way to use them for a creative 3D card. This is another one that is minimal prep but still looks festive.
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29. Ornament Cards
Ornaments come in all shapes and sizes. One of my most treasured memories is decorating the tree with my family each year. With these cards, kids can show their creativity while making a handmade card and maybe start a new family tradition.
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30. Santa Hat Cards
This list wouldn't be complete without a Santa hat card. These are quick and easy to make too. Growing up, my family would open presents on Christmas morning, wearing Santa hats. So many good memories are elicited here.
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