Lisa Leonard Designs

handmade cards

December 15th | DIY

this is such a fun little project that i found in sunset magazine.

it’s quick and if you probably have a lot of the materials needed on hand!

i punched one half hole at the top of the paper ( to create a groove) and six half holes at the bottom. then i used the embroidery thread to weave the tree from top to bottom.

i taped the beginning of the thread and then the end-it’s on the backside so no one will ever see it! then i slipped the tree into a black photo card and finished with a hand-stamped ‘merry’ tag.

this would be a great project to do with kids. older kids can probably do the project independently. smaller kids can decorate the tree with stickers after it’s made.


do you hand-make your holiday cards or gift tags?

21 Responses

  1. Paige Anderson says:

    That is flipping adorable!

  2. Those are adorable!! Some years I make cards, but haven’t in a long time. I have a bunch of tags to use up, but will make some when they’re gone. I have made tags in the past, though. I have loads of papercrafting supplies having been a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator a number of years back. :-)

  3. Oh, these are so cute! Yes, I LOVE to make my cards and tags! So fun!

  4. Lisa, these are lovely! I make all of my own cards and gift tags. But then, that’s also sort of my job 😉 I LOVE being able to create for my own fun though. The handmade touch is always nice! xo

  5. kathy t says:

    Oh my goodness I love this card -Simple but yet a classic

  6. Renae says:

    How fun!! So simple and Super cute!!

  7. Rebecca says:

    I do not have any where near the professional photos found on your blog, but I do have a short tutorial for a gift tag I made this year. It is on my blog @

    I am just finishing my Christmas cards and will post photos of it very soon.

  8. Sarah says:

    I love it! We’ll be trying it here this weekend!!
    Over the last 2 years, one of our traditions has been to buy butcher paper to wrap our Christmas gifts with. We lay the paper down the hallway, and our 4 year old (and sometimes mommy & daddy too) lay on the floor & draw all things Christmas. The paper looks beautiful, is hand made with love, and I simply tie our gifts with twine. Merry Christmas, & happy 2011!

  9. denise says:

    lovely. i don’t hand make. michael takes the photo (at the last possible moment). next, we design a card (typically around the 23rd of Dec.), then i type up a letter (usually print on the 24th) after our bellies and hearts are full of Christmas we finally get them in the mail, and they become Happy New Year’s cards!

    i have a friend who sends out Ground Hog’s Day cards every year. i’m thinking of following in her card giving footsteps.

  10. melissa says:

    oh how cute. thank you for sharing. i love simple activities i can do with my 3 year old. she will LOVE the outcome of this. we can do it for all of our christmas present tags…on a smaller scale and luckily i already have all the supplies.


  11. Robin says:

    I usually buy my Christmas cards but as I am de-trimming my tree and house of decorations, I go through all of my received Christmas cards and cut the front cover off each and use those as my tags the following year . I store them right there with the rest of my wrappings so I don’t have to search the following year.

  12. natalie says:

    My favorite part of the holidays is making the cards. I’ve been doing this for years! A couple years ago I started making gift tags too. Here’s a free download I made of the tags I’m using this year. Enjoy!

  13. Dawn McVey says:

    Yep, I love to make my own cards but this year, I’ve also made lots of fun gift tags too, and I’m now having SO much fun wrapping gifts using them!!

  14. Suzanne says:

    I typically make my tags and I go back and forth with cards. I love this idea – so cute and simple!

  15. donna says:

    Very cute idea!! Where did you get your rubber stamps and black cards from?

  16. Melina says:

    CUTE! Love your design!

  17. Miaja says:

    My daughter and I made these today and they are so easy! We ended up using cards that were green and red frames, variegated embroidery floss, and red and green cardstock (just cut up old file folders). They turned out super cute! Thanks for the GREAT idea!

  18. Whitney says:

    I was so inspired by your cards that I decided to give it a whirl myself as gift tags. I was pretty excited about how they turned out and you were right:: I already had all of the materials in my room! Thanks for the great ideas!

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