Getting my craft on for Christmas

I have so many fond memories of making my own Christmas cards at school … all that bubble writing, glitter, colouring-in and expert scissoring … what wasn’t there to love?

In remembering this I find it quite surprising that since that time, I’ve never again made my own cards to mark the festive season.

Everything has changed this year though, as I’m taking part in the ‘Creative Collective Handmade Christmas Card Swap‘. I was initially going to buy some lovely handmade cards to send to my swap partners … but instead I decided to have some fun making my own. Just to be on the safe side, I’ll be keeping all my fingers crossed that they work out OK!

Perhaps I’ll be so inspired by the experience that I’ll make more to send to those near and dear to my heart … in any case, the five cards I’m whipping up for my swap partners will be starting their mailed journeys shortly.

Is making and sending Christmas cards still a ‘thing’ that you do?


  1. Kylie

    I thought about participating in this swap, but I found it a tad too intimidating! I look forward to seeing how your turn out!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Kylie – Well my card-making prowess is certainly nothing much beyond ‘basic’ … but I did have a lot of fun making some Christmas card cheer, and it made me feel like I was back working on a school craft project …
      I shall share how they turned out later in the week! πŸ™‚

  2. Rellacafa

    Oh, look at you, so organised!! I have been thinking I’d like to do a bit of this myself this year, haven’t sent special cards in a long time. I still haven’t got to the “being organised enough to shop for supplies” part yeat ;P

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Caf – I’m so glad I looked organised with my Christmas card making plans … because I kind of felt a bit like the opposite! But still I managed to get my cards made and sent out before deadline, so I must admit that I’m rather proud of that!
      It is a bit of a commitment though to make special cards, so I completely understand where you’re coming from with not yet getting around to ‘buying supplies’. The other thing about Christmas is that it really sneaks up on us so quickly … before you know it, IT’S HERE! πŸ˜‰

  3. Gabrielle Bryden

    My kids make cards but it’s not for me, all that glue!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – I tried to stay a bit light on the glue with the Christmas cards I made, but I know that in younger years I would have been much more ‘glue happy’ … I bet your kids have fun making them though. My trouble used to be glitter – I’d end up with it EVERYWHERE! πŸ˜‰

  4. jan

    That is one of those things I’d like to do sometime…but probably won’t. I do write personal notes in my cards though.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jan – I think this is the first year that I’ve actually committed to making some cards, and I’ve actually managed to complete some … normally I’m ‘all talk’ about such things and ‘no action’. Sometimes it’s nice to surprise yourself.
      It’s lovely that you write personal notes in your cards … that makes the sentiment extra special.

  5. fairchildstreet

    Good on you. I am struggling to write Christmas cards this year I am a bit over them, hmmm. Homemade ones would be nice though, maybe next year. Charmaine

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Charmaine – I think sometimes at this end of the year it’s very easy to ‘get over’ things … especially when Christmas becomes a bit all-consuming. Making the homemade cards was certainly fun, but also made me realise how much effort goes into them. Perhaps I should start planning for Christmas around July each year? πŸ˜‰

  6. hila

    oh good luck with all the making! I made myself a wishlist on my blog πŸ™‚

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Hila – Thanks so much for your good-luck-with-the-making wishes … I’m convinced they helped as I got my cards all made and sent!
      I adore your wishlist for Christmas … could I please take one of everything for myself too? πŸ˜‰

  7. Caz

    Good on you I say! I buy charity cards each year and send them to my special friends especially those overseas and sometimes I evn struggle to do that.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Caz – Thank you! I wasn’t going to commit to the handmade Christmas card challenge, but then I thought … why not? I’m glad I did as it was lots of fun and also made me appreciate people that make such loveliness for a living (it’s rather time consuming).

      Ordinarily I do the same as you and buy charity cards to send out each year … but I do tend to be a bit slack with that too … I think I need to improve my organisational skills at this time of year!

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