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DIY Paper Punch Christmas Cards

I say this every year, but I think this may be the last year I make Christmas cards. Not because I don’t like making them but because there are so many great designs out there right now that *I* want to buy. What a great pitch this is for a post where I am about to write about how you can make your own. Presenting this years DIY paper punch Christmas cards.

I’d blame the spiked eggnog for the above, but I haven’t reached that far into the Christmas season as I type all this.

These cards stemmed from a very late night crafting session with our 7 year old daughter, who is on a huge drawing and crafting bender.

What you’ll need to make your DIY Paper Punch Christmas Cards

Card making tip

The biggest reason I use Mod Podge instead of regular craft or school glue, is because it dries faster AND it dries clear. So if you make an error, it’s much more forgiving.


Start by punching out a bajillion random shapes using your paper punches.


Take your paper punch pieces onto the card stock in the shape of the tree pattern.

Lay out the big heart pieces first and then fill the spots with the smaller ones.

When you are happy with how it looks, use your Mod Podge and paint brush and glue the paper punch pieces onto the card stock.

Why do a dry layout before using Mod Podge?

The reason I always do a layout first, is that sometimes the way you think it’s going to look, doesn’t always wind up being the case.

Also a quick tip on making sure all of your “tree” shapes start at the exact same spot everywhere, put a finished card on the left side of the card you are working on, and line up your bottom row of hearts first.

That way everything is the same height and size, and work up from there.

We may or may not have made a big mess. I know. Super exciting Saturday night.

At least it’s not glitter.

But they turned out pretty cute.

I’ve also used this cardstock to make Easter cards:

And Mother’s Day cards (though really these could be for any occasion).

If you have any questions, as always, don’t hesitate to ask in the comments.

But wait! Do you want more Christmas craft ideas?

Go and visit all of these amazing and talented Canadian Bloggers in our Christmas Craft Hop!!


From left to right, top to bottom:

AKA Design | Vinyet Etc. | The DIY Mommy | A Pretty Life

Sustain My Craft Habit | A Pretty Fix | Making it in the Mountains | The Learner Observer

BrooklynBerryDesigns | Country Parent | Craftberry Bush | Amidst the Chaos

northstory | Life is a Party | Pink Little Notebook | hodge:podge

This Mamas Dance | Rambling Renovators | Suburble | PMQ for two (not shown)


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  • Reply
    Jo-Anna Rooney
    December 6, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    You are the card making queen!! I love these…I haven’t bought cards yet, but now I feel inspired to make a few special ones of my own for family. I have so much scrapbook paper just waiting to be used!

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    A Pretty Fix (@aprettyfix)
    December 8, 2017 at 5:33 am

    While I agree with you about all the great cards out there, quite honestly, yours look far better than most! I haven’t made cards in a while, but am feeling the same inspiration as Jo-Anna 🙂

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    December 11, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    cute cards!

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    Laurie @ Vin'yet Etc.
    December 12, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    YOU are amazing! I can’t even deal with this! These are sellable lady, you should be selling your cards! and wreaths! Goodness – you are so good!

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    December 12, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    These are so pretty. Love how graphic they look with the black cardstock. Great job!

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    December 12, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    I used to make cards every year when I was into stamps and embossing! Love these! Most recently I discovered those shape punches – LOVE them!

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