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13 creative Christmas card ideas to make with children

Christmas is a time for spending with close family and doing fun activities together, so why not get creative with your little one and create some personal Christmas cards to send out to all the family? 

Choosing cards can be incredibly stressful, it's always crowded in the stores and the messages inside the cards aren't always personal. Save yourself a trip to the store and make the cards with your little one instead. It's a lot of fun and there's so many different designs that you can create together. 

If you're struggling for ideas, we took some inspiration from Pinterest and found the best homemade Christmas cards for you to make with your baby or toddler.

It can be quite messy, but your little one will have a lot of fun! 

Handmade Christmas card ideas

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1) Santa Claus handprint

This lovely Santa Claus card is fun to make, and once your little one has made the white beard they'll have fun sticking on his eyes, nose and hat! 

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2) Christmas tree footprint

How sweet is this little Christmas tree print? Once you've made the tree print, let it dry and then let your tot finger paint the lights onto the tree! You can even add a sprinkle of glitter for some Christmas sparkle.

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3) Finger print Christmas tree

It might be a little messy making this card, but your little one will have a lot of fun! All you need to do is bluetack a cut out Christmas tree onto the card, then let your tot get creative with paints. Once the cards dry, peel of the tree for the final result. 

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4) Reindeer footprint with pom pom nose

Who knew that a little brown footprint could be turned into an adorable reindear for a Christmas card? Print your little ones footprint onto card, then draw on the antlers with a black pen and glue on some googly eyes and a red pom pom for the nose. 

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5) Mistletoes

If it's your babies first Christmas, this card would be the perfect one to make! It's a lovely, personal way to create something to remember their first Christmas. How cute is the caption, too?

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6) Snowman footprint

If you have more than one child, you can do two or more different prints to make different sized footprint snowmen. It's a great festive card that's in the spirit of Christmas. 

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7) Gingerbread footprint

Once your child has made the gingerbread footprints, let them get creative by adding different shaped buttons, bows, glitter and googly eyes! 

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8) Fork-print Christmas tree 

This could get messy, but the messier the better! Mix different shades of green, then let your baby splatter paint into the card with a soft fork. 

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9) Fingerprint Christmas lights

This is an easy homemade Christmas card to make, but it's fun and colourful! Either draw the Christmas string lights and add your babies finger print along, or let your tot go wild finger painting and add the string later! 

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10) Reindeer handprint card

Not only are these cards really adorable, but they would also look great hanging on a Christmas tree each year! Draw around your baby or toddlers hand to create the card shape, then let your tot pick out coloured bells and pipe cleaners.

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11) 3D Christmas pasta wreath

There are a lot of creative ways you can use dried pasta and different ways to paint them. Let your tot dip or paint pasta bows in Christmas colours to create a magical Chrsitmas wreath card. You could even brave the glitter for a wreath with a bit of sparkle.

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12) Fingerprint snowman family

We don't get much snow to make real snowmen, so these fingerpaintings will have to do instead. The fun family snowman prints are a great idea for a family card and you can create a lot of different versions! Add family members and let your tot paint different colour hats on, too. 

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13) Cutout handprint angel

This creative idea doesn't involve a lot of mess. Help your little one draw out an angel on different coloured papers, and draw around their hands for the wings. All you have to do then is cut out the shapes and glue them onto the card! 

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  • Author: Samantha Ball Samantha Ball
  • Job Title: Freelance writer

Samantha is a mum of one, in a house full of boys and became a volunteer at a Hospice at 11 years old, helping to fundraise for 10 years. Her hobbies are long hikes, coffee tasting, and being a bit of an *obsessive* cleaner.

She also runs a blog Student Mum Diaries about what it’s like to be a student mum.