There’s nothing like receiving handmade, heartfelt DIY Christmas cards in the mail. Make these paper wreath DIY Christmas cards with a Cricut machine and your holiday greetings will be like little works of art!
Are you a snail mail card sender? If so, do you ever make them yourself? Since we weren’t able to go shopping due to lockdown for the first part of this year, I created handmade cards for all of the holidays, birthdays and occasions that took place during that time. I really enjoyed it! They were fun to create and it felt good to send a handmade greeting that the recipients would know I spent the time to make for them.
We’re not on lockdown anymore, but I am still on a handmade card-making kick! If you’ve ever wanted to try card crafting, Christmas is the perfect time to start, and these paper wreath handmade Christmas Cards are the perfect project to start with!
Paper Wreath DIY Christmas Cards with a Cricut
You can still make this project if you have another kind of cutting machine other than a Cricut. Either way, you will upload these Paper Wreath SVGs into your cutting machine software to make your handmade cards.
Print out this simple to follow tutorial to have handy while you’re crafting!
- Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore Air 2
- Paper Wreath Cards SVG
- 12 x 12 Cardstock 2 sheets white, 1 sheet each red and green (for optional envelope flap liner)
- Light Grip Cutting Mat
- Cricut Glitter Gel Pen Silver
- Scotch quick drying tacky glue
- Thin red ribbon
- Scoring Stylus or Scoring Wheel (for Cricut Maker only)
- In Cricut Design Space (or other cutting machine software), create the base of the card by adding a 10 x 7 rectangle shape. Add a score line in the middle of the card (at 5").
- Upload the font SVG and add it to the right, bottom middle of the 5x7 rectangle to the right of the score line. Once the font is positioned, highlight it by clicking on the layer and select "Draw" for the Linetype.
- Highlight the rectangle, score line and font and click attach and then click Make it. Turn the dial to Cardstock (or select it from the materials menu if using a Maker). When you're at the mat screen (below) you can use the arrows to reposition the card to save paper.
- Design Space will direct you on the steps. First you will load the scoring stylus or scoring wheel (for Cricut Maker only). After the machine has scored the line, it will direct you to load the Cricut pen and finally to cut by reinserting the fine tip blade.
- Next upload the wreath SVG. Duplicate the circle wreath needle layer once more and adjust width to 3.5”.
- You will be cutting 2 wreaths. Highlight both wreaths and click Attach and then Make it. Cut.
- Apply tiny dots of adhesive to the back of each pine needle cluster. Follow the circle formation and glue down each needle cluster the way it's shown in the design, overlapping them slightly. Use the first set as a base to create the wreath and the second set on top of the base needles sporadically.
- Once assembled and completely dry, use some ribbon to tie a small bow and glue it at the top of the completed wreath.
- Lastly, upload the envelope SVG. Turn the envelope horizontal with the large flap facing to the right side. Once, rotated then adjust the size to fit your 5x7 card by adding a 5 x 7 rectangle (the wreath card size) and moving it to the large envelope square where the card will be held once cut. If the rectangle fits without touching, it is sized correctly (if the rectangle is touching the envelope design then just make it a little bigger). Once the envelope is sized, delete the previous rectangle shape.
- Highlight all of the lines that are inside of the design and will eventually house the 5x7 card. You will know they are selected when the turn blue. Change the linetype for those lines to Score. Highlight the envelope and all scoring lines and click Attach and then Make it. Follow Design Space instructions as you did for scoring and cutting the card itself.
- Once cut, fold all scored lines inwards. Add adhesive from the middle to the bottom of the side flaps to the bottom large flap.
Envelope flap liner (optional)
- Upload the envelope flap panel SVG into Design Space and turn it vertically. Adjust the size to about 2.3” wide or layer it on top of your envelope design previously cut to ensure it fits (don’t forget to hide the actual envelope layer before cutting). Cut.
- Glue to the inside top of the envelope.
What do you think? Are you on board for making some DIY holiday cards this year? If you don’t feel like you want to start from scratch, you can also find a ton of quick and easy cards to make with a Cricut Joy and the Cricut Joy card mat in Design Space.
Happy Christmas card making, my friends!