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The art of handmade holiday cards is a treasure for the creator and recipient alike. This season, try your hand at one of our many holiday-card craft ideas. How about sending treats with your cards? Bake, decorate, and send one (or more) of our .

  • Photography: Burcu Avsar

    Making personalized greetings is a snap: All you need is a digital camera, our clip art, and a printer to create a few or a few dozen. These fun projects will have everyone on your mailing list smiling -- without even having to say “cheese.”

  • With a few basic techniques, you can create a wide range of looks by varying shapes, color, and decorative details. These snowman and snowflake pop-ups are decorated with glitter and glue, and inscribed with a fountain pen dipped in red ink.

  • As this Christmas card opens, a 3-D tree made from pleated paper rectangles pops out, like a small gift.

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    A sprig of holly springs to life from atop a store-bought plain note card. This project won't fare well in the mail, so save it for greetings you're planning to deliver by hand.

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    A handmade pop-up card is anything but two-dimensional. Like a favorite ornament, it's sure to be treasured and displayed year after year.

  • Dressing a card as a present is as easy as tying a bow. These ribbon-tied cards can be decorated as simply or as elaborately as you wish.

  • These old-fashioned cards are made with sewing notions you probably have around the house.

  • Any bold, seasonal line drawing can be turned into a stamp for embossing cards. These are two examples of cards Martha created to send out last holiday season.

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  • Rickrack -- wavy cotton trim -- is easily manipulated into seasonal symbols. Glue rickrack designs to blank cards, and use them as holiday greetings

  • Sewing on paper is a beautiful -- and tidy -- alternative to tape or glue. On these cards, scraps of ribbon in graduating lengths are arranged in the shape of a Christmas tree; the sewn trunk secures them to the paper

  • With the right supplies, these cards are much easier to make than they look. Soft-touch scissors are designed for crisp, intricate work; origami paper is square and thin, making folding and cutting easy.

  • Martha made frame-style cards to highlight digital photographs of her cats, Sirius and Electra. You can make a border using a frame-shaped stamp or "photo corners" using a triangular stamp.

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  • Create shimmering cards that can double as tree ornaments by affixing glitter-coated leaves to card stock, then writing your greeting on the back.

  • Photography: Gentl and Hyers

    The silhouettes of evergreen sprigs adorn homemade greeting cards; a light layer of white spray paint highlights the shape of the branches against the colored paper. With a bit of glue and touches of glitter, you can create your own sparkling messages

  • The chap, who owes his well-rounded appearance to old-fashioned honeycomb paper, is sure to spread goodwill. After reading your note (now hidden beneath the snowman's belly), recipients can display the card on a table or a mantel, where it will melt the hearts of passersby

    How to Make the Snowman Card
  • Why are these creatures smiling? They're holding on to a secret, and when the time comes, they'll open their arms wide to reveal it: a hidden holiday greeting. Kids can write their own messages inside these cheerful cards and hand them out to classmates and teachers, or punch a hole at the top and tie on ribbon or yarn to use as tags

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  • Combine pretty papers and trimmings to create memorable cards that resemble wrapped gifts and festive ornaments.

  • Photography: Charles Schiller

    A handkerchief is always an elegant accessory, but one that's embellished with a hand-drawn snowman or snowflake is especially smart.

  • Photography: Charles Schiller

    Kids can easily turn their favorite drawings into a playful magnet card for the holidays.

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  • Landscapes and architecture are ideal subjects for cards, and they look great with a dusting of glitter.

  • Make use of old postage stamps and give a personal touch to your holiday cards with this wonderful craft.

  • This project uses red and white rickrack -- easy to find at notions and department stores -- to create a candy-cane-patterned card.

  • Button shapes resemble many seasonal things, as on these simple cards made of folded card stock.

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  • These festive tree cards are a decorative and fun way to share photos of the kids -- and, they're yet another wonderful craft made using our handy circle cutter.

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    Stamped Stationery

    Let kids make their mark on the holidays in the form of cards, gift tags, and wrapping paper; it's quick work with a custom-made rubber stamp. Have your child draw an image in marker. Then have it replicated on a stamp at an office supply store (it takes only a few days).

  • Create a pop-up card featuring a pair of reindeer with little fairy-tale touches, including a patch of glitter that mimics the wintry forest floor.

  • Photography: Lisa Hubbard

    The lacy details of paper doilies recall the snowflake's delicate engineering. Stencil them onto bright card stock for delicately snowbound holiday greetings.

  • Send a personalized message with these distinctive monogrammed cards.

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  • Trees fashioned from colored and textured papers are adorned with sequins and glitter. The boughs of a pretty pink pine literally spring to life. 

  • Trees fashioned from colored and textured papers are adorned with sequins and glitter in these adorable pop-up cards.

  • Using digital photography, you can capture a number of images, then edit them and create original holiday cards all on your computer. Here are nine of our favorite ideas. 

  • Photography: Charles Schiller

    As an alternative to the traditional greeting card, create a holiday letter that will fold to become its own envelope.

  • Cookie cutters work well as stencils for cards and gift tags. You can use assorted cookie cutters shaped like cats and dogs for everyday projects, but for holiday- or season-specific projects, try something different -- a turkey for Thanksgiving or a sprig of holly for Christmas.

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  • There are a variety of ways you can turn a favorite digital photo or family snapshot into a memorable card, which you can then either email to friends and family, or send by post. 

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    Kids can help with the annual holiday greetings by creating a family newsletter to send to loved ones.

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    Stamped holiday greetings can be made even more special using a stamp created from a child's drawing.

  • Create a whole flock of these charming cards to keep on hand for the holidays or give as a gift set.

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