Frugal Holidays: easy DIY washi tape Christmas cards

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Do you ever have things that you love to do, but never get around to doing?

I feel that way about crafty & art stuff.

Art was my minor in my undergrad studies. Though I’ve mentioned before, I never quite fit in with people who could actually, you know, draw & paint–I was just attracted to the idea of creating beautiful things.

But back to the crafty & art stuff.

I think part of my excuse for not doing it more often (though I do LOVE to pin ideas & projects as evidenced by my overstuffed DIY pinterest board) is 1) money–craft supplies can add up quickly! & 2) I have to make something that has some function, otherwise I just see it as something to clutter up my house.

Which brings me to Christmas cards.

If I could make money designing & creating cards (which, I’m sure those people exist), I would. But since I can’t, the next best thing, or perhaps even better, is to make cards for our friends & family. Since this is our first year really far away from all family & many friends, we feel it important to send an extra thoughtful card with our family Christmas photo.

Also, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money, & I wanted to the kids to be able to join in too.

I got a lot of inspiration from pinterest, then, with a few loose ideas of what I wanted to do, went to Micheal’s craft store with Mali & Hyrum. I haven’t been there in awhile & my brain nearly exploded with the burgeoning shelves, filled with who knows what.

Walking into a craft store like Micheal’s (at least the one I went to) was a full-on sensory experience. The smell of paper, candles, pine. Everything seemed to be covered in a thin layer of glitter.

Overwhelmed by the possibilities, as well as feeling a little claustrophobic due to the floor to ceiling cluttered shelves (it’s nothing like Target–where I feel so calm & peaceful with the wide open spaces & clean shelving), I came across some lovely natural blank cards & envelopes which were fortuitously placed next to the washi tape.

I thought–hey! washi tape cards.

Easy, frugal, & I think, quite charming.

materials

materials:
(all items were purchased at Micheal’s)

natural cards & envelopes (got 40 for $5.99–40% off)
a non-bleed fine point black sharpie permanent marker ($1.50)
Christmas themed washi tape ($2.99 for 2 rolls–also 40% off)
fine white paint pen (pack of two for $2.99)
scissors
colored pencils
googly eyes & red/black poms (optional–for reindeer cards)

my total cost (with tax): about $15

As far as how to make, rather than tell you, I’ll just show you some examples of what we did.

Though I will add, I think the key to making these cards is to keep things simple.

The white paint pen, the fine point sharpie, the washi tape, & the natural brown paper blend together beautifully.

Not a lot of embellishment is needed!

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I got inspiration for the cute little reindeer bird from this pin (which looks like they actually use fabric for the bird’s body). Love it because it’s cute & so easy to draw!

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I made this card using googly eyes & poms, & my kids used it as a template to make their own.

side note: I lost my fine point sharpie pen for a moment (& nearly had a nervous breakdown), & had to resort to using a regular sharpie–wasn’t my first choice, but I made it work. I think the fine lines of the fine point sharpie pen look much more elegant.

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The kid’s version…
(I love Asher’s bramble reindeer horns on the bottom.)

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Mali’s reindeer & snowman using washi tape.

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I just love the combo of the white paint pen & the fine point sharpie.

The fine point sharpie makes almost any handwriting look good!

More ideas–

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Are you into DIY stuff? Will you be making anything this Christmas? 

Need some DIY inspiration? 

Lacy has a roundup of 30+ DIY gifts for your little ones.

& this AWESOME roundup of simple simple DIY 75 gifts under $5.

Also, check out my kids + DIY & my DIY pinterest boards.

Frugal Holidays Part 1: simple gifting
Frugal Holidays Part 2: why dejunking before the holidays is essential
Frugal Holidays Part 4: 5 of our fave Christmas traditions
Frugal Holidays Part 5: DIY clay baked ornaments

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Comments


  1. lfwfv
    on November 29, 2013 at 8:31 am said:

    Wow, these are gorgeous!!

  2. Emma
    on November 28, 2013 at 5:43 am said:

    Love these! My favourite is the bauble one.
    I used to be craft-obsessed as a kid but lately haven’t done much other than knitting and crochet.
    I’m going to make a few Christmas cards for special people this year- I might have to copy some of your designs…!

    • Janae Wise
      on November 28, 2013 at 6:40 am said:

      “I might have to copy some of your designs…!”
      Yes please do! And I love that you knit & crochet. You are such a sweetie.

  3. stacy
    on November 26, 2013 at 7:55 pm said:

    Janae, these are adorable!! Love it

    • Janae Wise
      on November 26, 2013 at 8:28 pm said:

      Thank you Stacy!

  4. April
    on November 26, 2013 at 1:37 pm said:

    If I did these cards mine would look like my 2 yr old made them. How in the world did you make yours look so good? Are you naturally talented in drawing?

    • Janae Wise
      on November 26, 2013 at 8:28 pm said:

      Ha! You’re hilarious. I think sticking with a very simple drawing (as I did) & using a good pen (ie. the fine point sharpie) is crucial. Also, I think a “less than perfect” drawing is kinda the point–it makes it look authentic & homemade. And practicing a few times on regular paper is a good way to get the hang of it. Another thing, is you can just pick something super simple (like a Christmas tree) & just repeat that same design on all the cards.

      I’m not a natural “drawer,” believe me, which is why these designs are so rudimentary–but like I said, the simple drawings work for these cards. And as far as the lettering goes, I’m serious when I say, just about anyone’s handwriting looks good when written with a fine point sharpie. Those things are amazing!

  5. Laurie
    on November 26, 2013 at 11:21 am said:

    Your cards are beautiful! I’ve been wanting to buy washi tape for quite a while–I’ve seen such cute patterns–but I haven’t because I wasn’t sure what I could do with it besides cutely taping stuff up. This has given me some ideas. I think I see a trip to Michael’s in my future!

    • Janae Wise
      on November 26, 2013 at 11:33 am said:

      Thanks Laurie–washi tape is pretty amazing. This is my first venture with it, in all honesty, but once I got started, I realized how much you really can do with it!