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How to Make the Best Holiday Cards and Envelopes: Send Your Own Eco-friendly, Low-cost Handmade Christmas Greetings

Here’s a very low-cost and environmental friendly Christmas activity that’s perfect for everyone in the family: make your own Christmas holiday greeting cards and envelopes this year. You and the kids will have a lot of fun making these. So, raid your recycling bin for your old magazines, whip up some hot chocolate, break open the cookie jar, and go for it.

No magazines? Use whatever scrap paper you have on hand – junk mail, wallpaper, gift wrap, even old calendars work just as well. For the cards, you can use old file folders or any light-weight card you have on hand or buy blank index cards made from recycled paper.

How to Make Your Own Greeting Cards

What You Will Need

  • 1 package of recycled 8” by 5” blank index cards*
  • Magazines, wrapping paper, wallpaper, junk mail, etc.
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Folding tool or metal-edged ruler

How To Do It

*If you have a pile of old file folders, you can cut these up into the required size and use them instead. Just make sure the folders are blank on all sides.

  1. Take an index card and fold in half length-wise. You will have a blank folded card that is 4 inches by 5 inches.
  2. Cut out pictures from magazines or your junk mail, or interesting patterns from gift wrap or wallpaper scraps that are at least 1/4 inches smaller all around than the folded card. Each one should be no larger than 4 ¾ inches by 3 ¾ inches.
  3. Centre and then paste the picture on the front of the card.
  4. Repeat until you’ve made the number of cards you will need.

How to Make Your Own Greeting Card Envelopes

What You Will Need

  • Old, used envelope (use one that is slightly larger than the above greeting cards)
  • Magazines, wallpaper leftovers, gift wrap scraps, old calendars, junk mail, etc.
  • Pencil
  • Scissors or Xacto knife
  • Folding tool or use a straight-edge ruler
  • Glue stick

How To Do It

  1. Get an envelope the same size as one you want to make and carefully pull it open. This is your envelope template.
  2. Select your paper (from magazines, wallpaper, gift wrap, junk mail) for your envelope.
  3. Place your envelope template on top of the paper you’ve selected and draw round your envelope and cut out the envelope.
  4. Replace the envelope template on top of your cut-out envelopes and fold the envelopes together using the template envelope as a guide for the folds.
  5. Fold all the sides in, remove the template envelope, and glue the side flaps closed.

How to Make Adhesive Flap Closure for Your Envelopes

To create a closure flap you can simply lick and stick, all you do is run your glue stick a few times at edge of the envelope flap closure. Let it dry. When you are ready to send a card, simple run a damp sponge across this part of the flap and press down firmly.

There you go, your own handmade Christmas cards and envelopes. And besides these, you can create your own holiday gift bags and tags as well as use magazine pages to wrap small gifts.