30 Days of HoliDIY: Woven Holiday Family Card

No rush delivery needed on these adorable DIY holiday cards from You Are My Fave.

 

 Woven Family Card

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Before my son was born, I joked that nobody wanted our Christmas card because we didn’t have a cute baby to show off. I started hand-making our cards so each one was unique and a little more fun to receive. It’s become a tradition, so I’ve been playing around with ideas for this year’s card and remembered the woven paper technique I first learned from my elementary school art teacher. It’s quite easy, and you can create a variety of shapes or words. With thicker strips of paper, kids can even help, too. Here's how.

What you'll need:

 Woven Family Card

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Folded cards
Scoring board (I found this easiest to use to measure and cut the slits but you could also use a cutting board and ruler)
Razor blade
Colored paper strips (I used quilling paper since it was pre-cut)
Tape
Scissors

Step 1:

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Open up your folded card and cut slits with your razor blade on one side. Keep them about 8 mm apart and make sure to not go all the way to the edge so the card stays intact.

Step 2:

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Weave in strips of paper to start creating your design, putting it behind the cut strips of card where you don’t want it to show. If it’s more of a complicated shape, create a template beforehand so you know where each strip of paper goes.To make the three designs we've shown here, just follow the picture.

Step 3:

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When design is complete, turn card to the backside, realign colored strips if necessary, and tape down the ends so they don’t move.

Step 4:

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Trim the excess paper from the sides. Voila! You’ve got yourself a handmade Christmas card.

You're done!

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What other festive designs would you like to create?

 

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Melanie Blodgett is blogger behind You Are My Fave where she shares party ideas, DIY projects, and her fave finds. Follow her on Pinterest, Instagram, Google+ and Facebook.

 

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