Inside: the best two ways to make really pretty Christmas tree cards
I love flowers and I love receiving beautifyl buckets of flowers. The only thing about flowers that I don't like is that after a few days they wilt and little pieces of them fall on the table cloth. That made me think about Christmas trees... I always wondered how you keep the tree fresh and does it shed its leafs on the carpet because that would make me crazy! (As a jew I don't celebrate Christmas so I actually don't know how that works)...
The most iconic symbol of Christmas is the Christmas tree and what better way to celebrate the holiday with the best ways of making a Christmas tree card.
CHRISTMAS TREE FACTS
- Christians weren't the first to admire and decorate Christmas trees. The tradition started more than 2,000 years ago when pagans used to worship evergreen trees as a symbol of fertility. Between the 1500s and 1600s, people in Latvia and other Eastern European countries began decorating Christmas trees, and later on, the Germans adopted this tradition. It was Prince Albert, Queen Victoria's husband, who brought the tradition to England in the 1840s. After the royal family was photographed with a decorated Christmas tree, the tradition spread and was later brought over to America.
- Ninety-eight percent of all Christmas trees are grown on farms. About 350 million Christmas trees are currently growing on Christmas tree farms in the U.S. and only 2 percent of Christmas trees are cut from the wild.
- Thomas Edison's assistant, Edward Johnson, came up with the idea of electric lights for Christmas trees in 1882. Christmas tree lights were first mass-produced in 1890.
- An acre of Christmas trees provides the daily oxygen requirements of 18 people.
- Christmas trees can remove dust and pollen from the air.
- London's Trafalgar Square Christmas tree is an annual thank-you gift from Norway. Every year since 1947, the people of Oslo have selected a 50- to 60-year-old spruce tree to cut down and ship to London as a way of showing gratitude to England for supporting Norway in World War II. In turn, Londoners decorate the tree in traditional Norwegian style, with vertical strings of lights descending from the star on top.
- The average Christmas tree contains about 30,000 bugs and insects.
HANDMADE CHRISTMAS TREE CARDS
The triangle shape of the Christmas tree makes it really easy to make craft projects and cards with it. Christmas trees on cards are made from various materials and with lots of techniques. Here are a few DIY Christmas card ideas:
HOW TO MAKE HANDMADE CHRISTMAS TREE CARD
Check out these two video tutorial on how to make cards with Christmas trees
- To make a shaker card you need to build a 3D frame to insert the confetti into and allow it to move inside. This Christmas tree frame is made with a die cut but if you don't have that you can draw a tree shape and cut it. You can also print a tree shape and trace ot on the cardstock.
- The frame needs two parts: one the complete tree shape that goes on the back and the other the tree shape frame that is connected to the back with foam tape to make a gap fo the confetti to move.
- The frame is closed with a plastic transparency that is cut in the same shape and size of the frame.
HALF FOLD CARD
This card has a really fun opening and it's all a matter of playing with a die cut shape and how it's folded. I used the same die for this tree card as well so if you don't have it see the instructions for the previous card how to cut your own Christmas tree shape.
The three Christmas tree shapes are attached together and than attached to the card. The fun part is revealed when the card is opened!
Need more Christmas card inspiration? Check out the 48 Christmas card Ideas eBook! In the book you'll find more than 40 Christmas card tutorials for amazing and festive card designs you can make this season.
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Have fun creating!