English Heritage Christmas Card Craft

CHRISTMAS CRAFT: HOW TO MAKE A LAYERED CHRISTMAS TREE CARD

Colouring pens at the ready! Christmas cards date back to the 1840s but you can make your own festive fun.

Use our step-by-step guide and video to create your own handmade Christmas tree card, complete with decorations.

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The first Christmas card by John Callcott Horsley in 1843. © Getty Images

A CHRISTMAS TRADITION

Have you ever wondered who invented the Christmas card? The first one was designed in 1843 by painter John Callcott Horsley at the request of his friend Sir Henry Cole, who wanted an easy way to correspond with people over the festive season.

The card featured a Victorian family party above the phrase, 'A merry Christmas and a happy new year to you.' The custom of sending Christmas cards took several decades to catch on but, by the late 19th century, it had become an integral part of seasonal celebrations.

The first Christmas card by John Callcott Horsley in 1843 © Getty Images

Christmas Craft: How to make your own Christmas Cards

YOU WILL NEED:

  • A piece of coloured A4 card
  • Christmas card colouring-in page (download here)
  • Colouring pens and pencils
  • Scissors
  • A glue stick

Fold your card

STEP 1. FOLD YOUR CARD

Fold the piece of coloured A4 card in half - this will be the body of your Christmas card.

 

Colour in the Christmas tree and decorations

STEP 2. COLOUR IN

Download and print out the Christmas card colouring-in page (link at the bottom of the page).

Colour in the Christmas tree and decorations using coloured pens, pencils or even paint!

 

Carefully cut out the Christmas Tree and decorations

STEP 3. CUT OUT

Carefully cut out the Christmas tree and decorations, following the dotted line.

Stick the tree down onto the folded card

STEP 4. STICK THE TREE DOWN

Stick the cut-out Christmas tree to the front of your folded card using the glue stick.

Decorate the Christmas tree

STEP 5. DECORATE THE TREE

Arrange the decorations on top of the Christmas tree before sticking them down with the glue stick. We finished off our Christmas tree with some glittery pens but you could add tinsel or sequins for an extra bit of sparkle!

Have fun getting creative - and why not ask your parents to share your designs with us on Facebook and Twitter.

VIDEO: HOW TO MAKE A LAYERED CHRISTMAS TREE CARD

Watch our video to see how to make a layered Christmas tree card and to pick up some ideas for how to colour in and decorate your card.

DOWNLOAD THE CHRISTMAS CARD TEMPLATES

Download our festive templates of a Christmas tree and decorations to print, cut out and colour in at home.

DOWNLOAD CHRISTMAS CARD TEMPLATE

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