DIY geometric Christmas tree card | How About Orange

December 11, 2012

DIY geometric Christmas tree card

I tried out a simple, geometric Christmas tree card made from solid-color papers. To make your own, get my template file right here.

You could use just a white sheet of cardstock to make this. Or, if you want contrasting colors, do what I did:

Print the template at 100% on white cardstock. (This makes a 4.25" x 5.5" folded card to fit a standard A-2 announcement envelope.)

Then glue a colored sheet of light-weight paper to the back of the cardstock. I used my fancy Xyron machine and some cheap Astrobright paper from Office Max. You could also use spray adhesive to glue the colored paper to the white cardstock. Or better yet, find cardstock that's already two colors.

Next, cut along the printed lines with a sharp craft knife, slicing all the way through both sheets of paper. Try to keep to the outside of the triangles so any printed lines will be hidden when the flaps are folded down.

Then cut out the card.

Fold the pointed flaps down to form the tree and fold the card in half.

If you write inside the card, your message will show through the holes in the front. So if you like, add a second sheet of colored paper to write your message inside.

Cut matching paper to 8.5" x 5.5", fold it in half, and use a strip of double stick tape to secure it to the inside back panel of the card.

If the triangles won't stay flat enough for your liking, lay a heavy book on the card for a little while to press the flaps open.

I like how the cutouts create shadows and a 3D look.

45 comments:

EM-K said...

Genius! Such great inspiration. I used to make bookmarks similar to this for my mother when I was young.

Karin said...

Part of a project I'm trying to get on my blog for weeks: Old pictures in new frames. The frames are finished but the pictures are still just pinned on the wall. maybe you gave me the kick now to finish it. It's so great how differnt cutted and folded paper looks like.

Grandma G said...

Courtney would like helping with that... she'd have fun punching out the triangles! If I were really ambitious. IF.

Mum

jeanne e. said...

great idea! i think this would also work well with heavier scrapbooking paper with a different design on each side.

Mackenzie said...

Awesome!! It looks so ornate but is really simple to make :) I'll definitely have to try it!!

Mackenzie
www.birdfriend.tumblr.com

Four dogs and one quilter said...

Great card but would also make a great holiday wallhanging. Thanks for the inspiration.

Debie Grace said...

Very creative! ;)

Sophie said...

So nice, thank you for the idea!

Chiara said...

I love that!!!! Thank you very much for sharing this amazing idea!

Werkstatt officina said...

bellissimo!

annie dee said...

Love it!

Mahesh A Gurav said...

Good inspiration ...Keep it up...

enjoy said...

looks great!

Jess said...

Really like this look of this. I've been struggling to think of a design I'd like to do for my cards this year - this is very inspring!

Noemi said...

Love it!

Feltland said...

Awww, it is lovely !!! What a beautiful idea - thanks so much for sharing it... ^__^

Melanie Martin said...

LOVE IT!!!
Thanks for sharing

AngieBrumley said...

Did you try adding a trunk?

Jessica Jones said...

I liked it kind of minimal so I didn't, but it would be easy. Just cut three sides of a square in an upside-down U shape, for anybody who wants to try it.

I did make a white and orange one, too, with some curved sides on the triangles so they were kinda leaf-shaped, but I didn't like it as much. Experimentation continues... :)

cynD smith said...

How fun is that!! I am thinking about other patterns one might could do!! Semi circles on trees or ornaments, squiggles and drop the tops down... Oh ya too cool! thanks fot the great idea You go girl!!

Chloe Moon said...

Wow, these are really adorable! I bought cards from CVS but I'm really thinking of returning them...there are too many cute ideas!! =)

Ergo - Blog

Anonymous said...

That's awesome!

I love your DIY!

Anne-Marie said...

What a fun idea! That would be a super funky and new idea to do for Christmas cards. :)

Leyla Torres said...

Nice and simple, thank you!

Anonymous said...

Thank you! I made one today and it looks great sitting on my mantle.

Laura said...

After 45 years or so I still remember my college-age sister making me a construction paper alligator using this technique for his spiny back.It is perfect for a fir tree too.

Gabi said...

...absolutely great!!!
Gabi

sylvï said...

the sleek minimal style is nice, could work for a pinecone, too, homehow...

VarietGrrl said...

Love this idea - thank you!

Kate said...

You are a genius!

Elli by studio34e blog said...

Super!!!I will make it for sure!
Thank you!
xxx
Elli

Jordan - Polkadot Prints said...

This is great! Nice design :)

Mia Annie said...

It's a really cute idea :)

jen morgan said...

I made a few of these and they turned out so great! I found paper that was light green on one side, and darker olive green on the other.
After the triangles were folded down, I put a little glue on each of the tips and put clear chunky glitter on it, like snow on the tree branch ends.
Thank you for a great idea!

equipo: Hannah/Noah/Hilke said...

What a nice simple idea!!

Lizabeth said...

Love it! What would you suggest for those of us without the wonderful Xyron machine (serious envy!) and would rather not use spray adhesive? At my old job we had to get the Material Safety Data Sheets for everything we used (an OSHA thing) - spray adhesive, rubber cement and bestine were extremely scary. Based on the information sheets we got rid of those products but I don't remember what we used instead except getting hospital masks to wear when using spray adhesive outside.

Jessica Jones said...

Hmm... you could try a glue stick, but make sure to cover the entire surface of the paper with glue so the two sheets are laminated together. Sounds tricky. I'd probably just try to buy 2-sided paper.

Maybe try these: packs of 25 sheets for $6.99.

Jessica Jones said...

Correction: $6.50.

Hima P said...

looks great thank you.....

Abi Makes said...

these are fab, i made some simpler ones myself, inspired by yours, pics here http://abimakes.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/christmas-tree-card.html

Anonymous said...

I love this card! I make my cards every year and just found this today (Jan 11). Maybe I have time to make them for next Christmas. LOL Do you have a shortcut for making a lot of these cards? I send out 60+ cards every year.

Jessica Jones said...

Other than buying paper that's already 2 colors so you don't have to fuse 2 sheets together, I don't know of a way to cut and fold them faster. Better start now. :)

Felix said...

Very nice. Cut&Make came up with a similar design: Fir Tree Card

Rina van Roosmalen said...

Leuke Kaart heb de kaart ondertussen al een paar keer gemakt.

Deb WAC said...

As for how to make these cards more quickly, reduce the number of triangles. Enlarge the new triangles so they will fill in the original space. You'll crank out cards more quickly. The new one Won't be as good as the original, but will still be impressive.

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