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How to make a handmade Christmas Card- Jingle Bells

Updated on August 5, 2015

If you are looking for a store bought Christmas Card, STOP RIGHT THERE!

Don't waste your money on these plain printed cards.

You should try making your own handmade Christmas Cards in bulks or single for a unique creation.

This year, I am making this Christmas Card, for my family members and friends. The theme is JINGLE BELLS, which I had used last year Christmas gift wrappers that I had received a present from my dad.

I had created a SIMPLE and COLORFUL design based on my previous Christmas Cards I had seen at my dad's place. A simple greeting card that give everyone a warm feeling of Christmas cheers and gifts to share.

Choose the right color for the ribbon

I like the touch of satin texture of this ribbon.

I prefer to choose solid simple color as my main border for the ribbon.

Fancy colors with small print are not suitable for a Christmas card unless you can find snow flakes ribbon.

Peach or cream is my favorite color that matches well with white or yellow cards.

Buy in bulk to save a lot of money. Peach color is easier to match with any greeting cards or birthday cards.

Furthermore, keep the excess satin ribbons for making handmade gifts or make bow ties for your gift box.

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Things you need to prepare

color papers, white card and used Christmas wrapper
color papers, white card and used Christmas wrapper | Source

Basic Stationaries

glue, ruler, pencil, a pair of scissors and ribbons
glue, ruler, pencil, a pair of scissors and ribbons | Source

Things you need to prepare:

White stock card - 1pc

Peach color ribbon - 1 string, you could use any glittering or pattern ribbon that you prefer

2 different color construction papers- I used pink and yellow paper to match the bell color

a pair of scissors

pencil and ruler

a bottle of white glue

double-sided tape

used Christmas wrapper - I chose a Jingle Bell and a Gift picture for the front card

Step 1

cut out the bells picture
cut out the bells picture | Source

Choose and cut

  • Use old Christmas wrapper to cut out 2 pictures.
  • Choose any pictures that are related to the Christmas theme but it would be nice to have BIG and colorful gifts , trees or Santa for the front page.
  • I chose a pair of big Jingle bells and a gift box for my Christmas front card.
  • Cut out the shape of the bell and gift box.
  • Leave aside for later use.

Step 2

paste the bell
paste the bell | Source

Cut and Paste

  • Use a pink construction paper for the base of the pictures.
  • Place the bell picture onto the pink paper.
  • Draw a square box outline along the bell.
  • Cut out the pink box.
  • Apply glue at the back of the bell picture and paste it onto the pink box.

paste the gift picture
paste the gift picture | Source

Follow the same procedure for the gift box picture as well.

Print out the Greeting Words

use Msword, Kingsoftwriter to type out words
use Msword, Kingsoftwriter to type out words | Source

Step 3

You can either write by hand a cursive handwriting of the words "Merry Christmas" or print it out with a word processor.
Make sure the word "Merry" is on the first line and "Christmas" is on the second line.
Print the Christmas greetings onto a yellow construction paper.
Cut out the shape of the Christmas greeting and set aside.
There should be two separate words" Merry" one word and "Christmas" another word.

The bottom line

any patterns will do
any patterns will do | Source

Step 4

For the bottom of the front card, I chose a red gift wrapper to make the bottom line.
You can choose any colors that is related to the Christmas theme, for example red, white or green gift wrapper.
Use the same gift wrapper so that you don't have to spend money on purchasing another gift wrapper.

Making the stubs

fold in left and right hand side
fold in left and right hand side | Source

Step 5

Use the spare white stock card to make four stubs.

These stubs are used to make a 3D image for the bells and gift box.

Cut the white card into two small squares.

Fold left flap inward and the right side inward as photo shows.

Repeat the same for the rest of the 3 stubs.

Paste the stubs

stub them on
stub them on | Source

Paste 2 rectangle stubs behind the bell picture.

Repeat the same procedure for the gift picture too.

All 4 stubs are being used up.

Border with the ribbons

I love making ribbons
I love making ribbons | Source

Step 6

Measure the length of the ribbon as according to the left hand side of the front card.

Cut another piece of ribbon and tie it into a bow.

Cut off the excess tails.

Use a double sided tape or white glue to paste the bow onto the ribbon, at the top .

Arrange and paste the pictures

Bigger picture at the bottom
Bigger picture at the bottom | Source

Apply generous white glue at the back of the bell picture.

Apply on the four sides.

Paste the bell picture on the middle top of the front card

Leave a little space for the Christmas greetings in the middle of the front card.

Apply some white glue behind the gift picture.

Paste it on the middle, bottom of the front card. ( as picture shown )

How do you send your Christmas Cards?

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Paste the Christmas greetings

Remember to leave a space for the greetings
Remember to leave a space for the greetings | Source

Step 7

See the "Merry Christmas" words that I had cut out?

Apply some glue at the back of the greetings.

Paste the "Merry" and "Christmas" in the middle of the front card.

Make sure the greetings are paste in the centre of the card.

Let's paste the snow flakes!

Octagon snowflakes
Octagon snowflakes | Source

Cut out some snow flakes approximately ten of them in any shape you desire.

I had cut out the shape of an octagon since the snow flake does shape like that.

Paste the snow flakes around the front card.

Make the snow flakes look as if they are falling softly around the gift and bells.


Any color for the quotes or greetings
Any color for the quotes or greetings | Source

Fold half the A4 size of the yellow construction paper.

Fold it into half.

Make sure the yellow paper is slightly smaller than the Christmas card.

Apply a little glue behind the folded yellow paper and paste it inside the Christmas card.

A completed Jingle Bell Christmas Card


© 2011 peachy


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    • Venus Rivera profile image

      Daisy Rivera 

      6 years ago from Chicago, IL

      I send the:)

    • peachpurple profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Home Sweet Home


      thanks, i am sure you will get more ideas for next year, do you send them or pass by hand

    • Venus Rivera profile image

      Daisy Rivera 

      6 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Very interesting. You gave me a great idea for next year. My family and friends love sending each other Christmas cards. Thank you for writing this special hub.

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      7 years ago

      What a beautiful monemt with your daughter. I also have a twelve your old daughter. And after having married off my oldest daughter just a few weeks ago, I realize all to well how fast time flies. Treasure every monemt! Have a beautiful week my friend.

    • peachpurple profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @miss kate000

      Yes, I do agree that unique presents and cards are special gifts for all occasions. I like our inforbarrel hubs too. Don't your post get rejected by them?

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      Miss Kate000 

      9 years ago

      I think one of the best things about Christmas is not only family and food, but being able to come up with different unique presents which includes the cards. Having small children we are constantly making different kinds of stuff.I think it adds more personality to a gift.


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