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Winter Greeting Cards: Homemade Card Ideas to Make

Updated on August 1, 2014
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I love to use seasonal themes when I make all-purpose cards, such as birthday and thank you cards.
I love to use seasonal themes when I make all-purpose cards, such as birthday and thank you cards. | Source

When you're making greeting cards in the winter, they don't necessarily have to be used for Christmas or Valentine's Day. All of the ideas here can be used for those holidays, but they are also perfect for a birthday, wedding, anniversary, or baby shower. Consider winter color palettes as well as themes such as snowflakes, polar bears, and sledding. Happy crafting!

This article covers the following ideas for winter cards.

So Many Possibilities!
Pine Trees
Penguins and Birds
Hot Drinks
Winter Quotes
Polar Bear
Blue Sky With Snow

Tip: Don't be afraid to mix and match themes for your cards!

Fall Winter 2012|2013 Color Trends



There are so many ways to depict snowflakes on greeting cards. Consider stamps, stickers, paper cut outs, and freehand drawing. Capture the rich detail of genuine snowflakes or go for an abstract interpretation. Many people opt to use a mounting material to make a single large snowflake or multiple smaller flakes "pop" off of the page.

How to Make a Snowflake Pop Up Card

Lauren cut out strips of magazine pages and glued them to the back of plexiglass to create these unique, modern pine trees.
Lauren cut out strips of magazine pages and glued them to the back of plexiglass to create these unique, modern pine trees. | Source

Pine Trees

While you can depict bare trees for winter cards, many people appreciate the pop of green that pine trees offer during months when this color is not prevalent in nature. Create detailed trees with lots of needles or opt for block trees as Lauren did. Both effects can be aesthetically pleasing. Don't be afraid to play with the colors of the trees, too. There is no single magic color palette that will work for every card.

Vintage Christmas card from 1885-1895 era.
Vintage Christmas card from 1885-1895 era. | Source


Sledding is a classic winter card image that has been used for hundreds of years. There are lots of iconic vintage Christmas cards, such as the one on the right, that depict sledding. You can capture all of the details of the sled and the sledders or you can opt for a simpler image in silhouette or sledders from a distance.



Snowmen bring back happy childhood memories for many people who grew up in climates with snowy winters. One of the best parts about including snowmen on cards is adding details to them, such as hats, scarves, and eyes. Add dimension to the snowmen with elements such as buttons, sequins, and fabric.



Hats, mittens, coats, and gloves add a classic touch to people in a winter scene, but they are effective winter card elements on their own, too. Look for patterned patterns and fabrics for your winter outerwear. Give your cards extra personality with unique or funny outwear such as hats with animal ears or hats with real pom poms on the tops.

These little birds can be used for all sorts of winter card designs.
These little birds can be used for all sorts of winter card designs. | Source

Penguins and Birds

There are so many cute ideas out there for penguin cards, including ways to accessorize them with scarves, hats, and more. If you want to go a different route, consider winter birds, such as cardinals and sparrows. Alternatively, make your own depictions of sweet song birds hanging out on a cold winter's day.


Hot Drinks

A hot mug full of a favorite drink can make anyone's cold winter day a little brighter. No matter what the mug of your choice may hold, seeing a mug on a card will put a smile on your face. If you're giving a coffee shop gift card or a tea, coffee, hot chocolate, or other hot drink gift, pairing a card with a coordinating image is perfect.


Winter Quotes

You can pair a winter quote with any of the themes in this article or you can use it as a focal for a simple card with a classic winter color scheme. I've included a resource below with winter quotes if you're looking for inspiration beyond the tutorials here.


Polar Bears

There is something about polar bears that appeals to people more than other types of bears for winter imagery. You can use photos for any of the themes here, but polar bears lend themselves particularly well to photography.

Polar Bear Under a Night Sky Card


Blue Sky With Snow

Highlight the beauty of snow by contrasting it with a bright blue winter day or winter night sky. There are a lot of beautiful cards out there with a winter night sky filled with stars and a bright moon. Pine trees can add a nice touch in the foreground or background. Consider how you will group the trees to add to the card's composition.

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