Create sweet holiday cards with a mix of papercrafting and hand embroidery! I used one template to create four different DIY Holiday cards. Grab the free template to create your own card this holiday season :)
Yay! It’s here – the first day of my series, 12 Days of a Crafty Christmas! I started this series a few years ago to share my love of holiday crafts. Twelve straight days of holiday-themed crafting!! There will be paper crafts, sewing projects and crafts for your cutting machine. This year I’m starting my series a little bit earlier than usual to hopefully give all of you more time if you want to give any of these projects a try! I’m kicking the series off with a fun DIY Holiday Card!
Using the same basic template, I created four different holiday cards. I love how different the cards all turned out! I used paper and embellishments from the Simple Stories collection Holly Jolly. The colors from this paper collection really jumped out at me when I was at my local scrapbook store. I love the traditional reds and greens mixed with that beautiful pink!
These cards are so easy to customize, they will work well with any Christmas paper. You can also keep things super simple and use solid cardstock – the wreath will really pop! The template also works great for creating photo cards. Slip a favorite holiday photo in the cutout circle and you’re all set!
Below you’ll find the tutorial plus the free template for the embroidered wreath! You may recognize the embroidered wreath from my Wedding Ring Card tutorial. It is almost the exact same template but used in a totally new way.
Supplies Needed for DIY Holiday Card:
- Free printable template – located at the end of this post :)
- Card stock. I used paper from the Simple Stories collection, Holly Jolly. This Holly Jolly Collection Kit comes with paper and a sheet of coordinating stickers!
- Green embroidery floss
- Pin and piercing mat (or something to place under the paper when you pierce the holes. This piercing mat by Sizzix is super similar to the one I used)
- Double sided tape – I used Scor-Tape
- Embellishments, die cuts or stickers – optional. I used the Holly Jolly Bits & Pieces Die-Cuts Set.
- Envelope – purcahse or make your own 5.75″ square envelope.
- The free template included creates a 5.5″ x 5.5″ finished card. To change the size of the envelope needed, cut the bottom layer of the card to measure 5.75″ x 5.75″ to fit a 6″ square envelope or you can skip the bottom layer so your card measures 5.25″ x 5.25″ and fits a 5.5″ square envelope. :)
Step One: Cut three pieces of cardstock that will be layered together to create your card. The bottom layer can be a flat card or folded card.
- Cut the card pieces to the following dimensions:
- Bottom piece: Flat Card – 5.5″ x 5.5″ Folded Card – 11″ x 5.5″
- Middle piece: 5″ x 5″
- Top piece: 4.75″ x 4.75″
Print the free template and use it to pierce holes in the first layer of paper. Use a straight pin and put something under your paper like a piercing mat or cutting mat.
Cutting a hole in the center of the wreath is optional. If you plan to cut a hole, you can do this before or after you have stitched the wreath using a circle punch. I cut a 2.75″ circle to make sure I left enough room for the embroidered wreath. The embroidery takes up about 3/8″ to 1/2″ depending on how thick it is.
Step Two: Follow the stitching guide posted below to stitch the embroidered wreath. Your wreath will look different depending on how many threads you choose to use! If you check out the picture of my four cards, you can see my FaLaLaLa card has a thicker wreath than the other cards. I chose to use 4 strands of floss in a darker green color, which made the wreath thicker. Experiment and play around with how many strands you prefer! Tape loose ends to the back of the card.
Below is one of my embroidered wreaths all finished.
Step Three: Layer the top piece of paper with the embroidered wreath over the other two pieces of cardstock. Decorate the card with embellishments, stickers, ribbon – anything you want! I used Scor-Tape to adhere my layers of cardstock together and a glue pen to attach the small details!
This card came together easily with a cute little Santa, a bow and some fun Dot embellishments! If your card will have the circle cutout, be sure to plan your design before attaching the layers of cardstock together, – just in case you want part of your design to be tucked underneath that first layer of paper!
For my FaLaLala card, I created a little winter scene inside the circle cutout complete with a cute birdie perched on the outside.
You can also keep things simple and skip cutting the circle out as I did for my floral wreath. So many options! :)
I hope you enjoyed day 1 of my holiday crafting series – so many more fun crafts coming your way! Stop back tomorrow for day 2 :)
Download Christmas Wreath Embroidered Card Template.pdf
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The piercing mat I used is no longer available, I’ve included a link to the Sizzix one which looks very similar, though I have not personally used it :)