Hello – B here!
I don’t have the most successful track record with making cards
Although I like to think my parents have simply “appreciated the effort” when I was younger, once you get past the age of about 14 you can only get away with so much
I always have mixed feelings when it comes to giving cards anyway – it can seem like needless tree wasting sometimes
Which is why when it comes to writing birthday/leaving/good luck notes, it can take me a good few minutes/hours/days to come up with a suitable message
It’s all about getting the most out of the paper
But to return to the point of this post – I’ve been making Christmas cards!
And to best avoid disaster I’ve made it simple – paper, ribbon, bells, DONE
And in more detail…
Hardly deserves a ‘how to’ – it’s that simple
You will need…
- Card (I cheated and bought pre-folded and cut cards from The Works, 2op each)
- Bits of paper
- Bells (mine were sold as table decorations)
- Needle and thread
- Stick o’ glue
- Cookie cutter (or make your own template – I can’t draw)
It’s pretty clear how to make the cards just by looking at them, but here’s a few things I learnt…
- Thread the ribbon through the very thin slit in the cards BEFORE sewing the bells on
- Don’t use a pen that smudges when drawing round template
- This is an excellent way to use up wrapping paper off-cuts and old magazines (I cannot walk past a pile of free music mags without picking one up)
- Think about your audience – Dad likes crosswords = Christmas tree shaped hole appears in puzzle page
- I can talk and cut/stick – unlike baking
Do you have any quick card recipes?