Z-Fold Holiday Card

Cut out Christmas cardThere’s nothing like a homemade card. I tried this Z-Fold Holiday Card to make a quick “quilted” image that didn’t actually call for any sewing. Another nice feature of it being a folded card is that it will stand on its own when finished. An instant display for holiday decorating.

MATERIALS
• Cream colored card stock, cut to 4.5″ x 6.5″ panels• Colored card stock, cut to 4″ x 6″ panels
• Fabric scraps
• Scissors
• Xacto knife (for adults)
• Glue stick
• Colored pencils
• Tape

DIRECTIONS
1. Each student gets three colored cards that measure 4.5″ x 6.5″ and three 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, the panels are 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.

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