Here are 5 unique homemade Thanksgiving and Christmas cards that you’ll see nowhere else. Unlike store-bought, commercialized cards, your homemade creations will be three-dimensional and full of never-seen-before charm. Each unique homemade Thanksgiving and Christmas card idea can be customized to fit the colors of the holiday, using orange and reds for homemade Thanksgiving cards, but greens, reds and whites for homemade Christmas cards. And ideally, don’t mail these unique holiday cards. Instead, hand-deliver them to maintain their fresh beauty and grant your gift a personal touch.
#1. Magnetic Homemade Thanksgiving and Christmas Cards
Create a magnetic board for each of your homemade Thanksgiving and Christmas cards. In a craft store look for a piece of wood in a fun shape, like a heart. Paint the wood with magnetic paint (like that from Rust Oleum). Use several layers to create a strong magnetic foundation. Then paint over the dry magnetic paint with the colors of the season. For your homemade Thanksgiving cards, paint the wood orange and use Thanksgiving stamps to print decorations here and there. For your homemade Christmas cards, paint the wood green and use Christmas decorative stamps. Finally, create a holiday greeting from magnetic letters that will stick to the colorful board you created. You can find magnetic letters at toy stores.
#2. Homemade Thanksgiving and Christmas Leaf Cards
This unique homemade Thanksgiving and Christmas card places emphasis on the beauty of nature. Visit a craft store and look for a giant silk leaf. You can also make this homemade card from a fresh leaf, but the card will wilt with time. Write your holiday greeting on the card using a gold glitter pen. Then decorate the leaf with holiday buttons or embroidery patches. For homemade thanksgiving cards look for pumpkin buttons that you can sew on the leaf, or scarecrow embroidery patches that you can glue over the leaf. For homemade Christmas cards look for miniature Christmas tree buttons or embroidery patches, as well as tiny jingle bell ornaments. It’s up to you how you scatter these decorations around your homemade leaf card.
#3. Homemade Thanksgiving and Christmas Parchment Cards
This idea for unique homemade Thanksgiving and Christmas cards creates the illusion of an ancient missive. Begin by printing your holiday greeting on printer paper. Next crumple the paper and soak it in strong tea for 1 minute. Once the paper yellows, squeeze the tea out and flatten the wet paper to dry. Roll the crinkled, yellow parchment and tie it with a festive ribbon. For homemade Thanksgiving cards choose two silk ribbons, an orange and a red, then tie them in a pretty bow. Add cinnamon sticks in the knot. For homemade Christmas cards tie the rolled parchment with a green and red ribbon, then slip a sprig of fresh or silk holly into the knot.
#4. Dressed Up Homemade Thanksgiving and Christmas Cards
This is a whimsical idea for homemade Thanksgiving and Christmas cards. Begin by cutting cardboard into the shape of a scarecrow for a homemade Thanksgiving card, or into the shape of a snowman for a Homemade Christmas card. For the scarecrow card, coat the cardboard with straw from a craft store, then dress the scarecrow by gluing pants over the legs and sew buttons on the chest. For the snowman card, glue cotton wool all over the cardboard, then dress the scarecrow by gluing a fabric scarf around his neck and adding buttons for eyes, nose and a mouth. Add a personal message to your homemade cards by creating a sign stuck to a popsicle stick. Glue the bottom of the stick to the hand of the scarecrow or snowman card.
#5. Homey Homemade Thanksgiving and Christmas Cards
Create an emblem of a perfect home for your homemade Thanksgiving and Christmas cards. In a craft store buy a charming, miniature bird house. Glue straw to the roof of the house for a homemade Thanksgiving card, then paint the house orange. Paint the windows in vibrant colors and glue Thanksgiving stickers to the house as decorations. For the homemade Christmas card, glue cotton balls to the roof to mimic snow, then paint the house green. Create a miniature wreath from silk holly to hang on the bird peg, and add Christmas stickers for decoration. Finally, personalize your unique homemade Thanksgiving and Christmas cards by slipping a rolled message into the bird house opening.
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