Can I just confess something I’m not so proud of to you guys? Last year I totally dropped the ball when it came to sending out Christmas cards. As in, we did not mail out Christmas cards… at all. Only a few people received our cards hand-delivered to them at our family gatherings. I felt awful and if you can’t tell, I’m still feeling a little guilty about it.
The worst part? I bought all of the cards, had most of them in envelopes and addressed, but they just never got a stamp and got stuck in the mail box. Now that’s bad!
Now this year, we have a whole pile of Christmas cards from last year that didn’t get used, but I still wanted to do something special with them. You see, last year’s Christmas cards had a photo from our wedding on them. They were inexpensive, but who wants to waste something so special, right? I thought I’d jazz them up a little bit and make them a little bit more special by creating these fun washi tape Christmas cards.
1. Cardstock paper
5. Photo to use in card
6. Scotch® Expressions Tapes
7. Bakers twine or string
I purchased all of the above at Walmart– their craft aisles have a great selection! I had a hard time choosing which Scotch® Expressions Tapes to purchase, so I bought a couple extras for other projects. They’re very durable, strong, but like a washi tape, it’s easy to reposition if you don’t get it quite right the first time. You should also check out the Scotch® create line for masking tapes and other spray adhesives– you’ll be doing all kinds of fun holiday crafts in no time!
1. Fold cardstock paper to make a card.
2. Glue photo to the inside of the card on the right hand side.
3. Put down 4 pieces of Scotch® Expressions Tapes to create the gift box outline. You can use a variety of colors or make a pattern. Get creative!
4. Measure string out to fit vertically in the middle of the “gift box” you created on the front of your card. Add an extra two inches or so onto the end of that. Knot where the string will meet the top of the box. Then tie into a bow.
5. Adhere the string to your gift box with glue and let dry.
6. Write your Christmas message inside and you’re good to go!
(See photos above for a more visual tutorial!)
Yep, I’m kind of obsessed with how they turned out.
I’m excited to actually stick to it and send out our Christmas cards this year. I promise you. I will be making my way out to the post office this week after work and purchasing our Christmas stamps. I will not drop the ball this year. Especially because these Christmas cards and the Christmas photo we took this year is too cute not to share!
Do you send out Christmas cards every year?
Do you order them on-line or do you make them yourself?