Cutout Christmas Card

Christmas-tree-z-card1There’s nothing like a homemade holiday card. I tried this method to make a quick “quilted” card that didn’t actually call for any sewing.

1. Start with giving each student 3 colored cards that measure 4.5″ x 6.5″. Next, they each need 3 sheets of contrasting card stock that measure 4″ x 6″ (I used a cream color.)

2. Older students can draw and cut out a separate template of an evergreen tree, and then trace it in the middle of each of the cream sheets of paper. Younger students could choose from some precut templates and trace their image on each card. As for cutting out the shapes, I haven’t found a better way than using an xacto knife. I had a small class, so I ended up pre-cutting the cards for them.

3. The students will need some holiday-colored fabric scraps. They are to cut a shape that is large enough to cover the tree hole and a glue it to one side. Any excess fabric should be neatly cut away. Then the colored card stock is glued to the back of each cream card. I think glue sticks will give you the neatest results.

4. After all three cards are done, they may be taped together on one side to make what is called a “Z-fold”. With a sharp colored pencil, small dash lines are drawn around the edge of each tree to look like stitch lines.

7 Responses

  1. Bridget

    I just found your blog through Makes & Takes…you are blog of the week! :)

    Your site is awesome! I’m going to work your ideas into our homeschooling. Thank you so much!

  2. LiEr

    I love your blog! And I love the wonderful techniques you share from your work with kids. I made cards just like these (except without the z-fold) here:

    I never thought of christmas trees – I love it. That’s the shape I’ll do next. Thank you!

  3. Kangaroo

    I just found your blog and I am so grateful! Come visit mine if you have a moment; just launched last weekend. We’ll be posting some great kid projects often. Happy holidays!

  4. Jo James

    I just wanted to say THANK YOU for so generously sharing your lessons with us.
    I just started an after-school art program in our little town, and your project ideas have all been big hits. The kids in this town haven’t had a single day of Art Class if they grew up here, so it’s much needed. Your tried-and-true ideas have been a Godsend. Thank you!

  5. Celynda

    Oooh That’s pretty! I’m going to try these with my daughter. I may have to pre cut everything for her since she’s 4, but she loves to cut so maybe she’ll have fun with this!

    I love your blog by the way!

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  7. Jen

    I love the idea of using fabric on the cards!

    Creative and Curious Kids!

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