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These DIY watercolor Christmas cards are fun to send to family and friends, or keep and frame with your Christmas décor!
Watercolor Christmas Cards
I love getting crafty – especially around the holidays. These watercolor Christmas cards are a fun DIY and surprisingly easy to make. They require very little supplies, and there are tons of ideas online for designs to give you some inspiration.
What do you need for watercolor Christmas cards?
You only need two pieces of supplies to make these cards – watercolor paints and watercolor paper. I found this great set at Target that has a variety of colors AND came with a pad of paper for an awesome price. (Here's another option for paint on Amazon with same-day shipping – and this one is SO COOL and only a few dollars more!). You can also find pre-folded watercolor paper cards with envelopes on Amazon to make sending even easier.
Some optional supplies you can use with your cards: markers or pens to write on the front, scissors if you want to cut down to smaller cards, washi or painters tape to create shapes to paint within.
DIY Watercolor Christmas Cards
To start, I folded a piece of the watercolor paper in half. (This would be a large card and I don't have an envelope for it, so if you have envelopes make sure to cut your card down to mailing size.)
Next, I used a few different shades of green and just began to swirl down the page. I started small at the point of the tree, and gradually got larger as I went down.
The nice part about watercolor paints is that they're so forgiving. If you mess up, you can just paint right over it!
Once my tree was dry, I added some red ornaments and a gold trunk.
And finally, a star on top!
Another fun idea is to trace circles onto the paper and create ornaments (or a snowman). For this, I folded the paper the same way and grabbed a tiny bowl from my kitchen to trace perfect ornaments.
This one will be a little more whimsical, so I went with a non-traditional color scheme using my preschooler's favorite colors (she DID notice and was delighted!).
Finally, I wanted kind of a sketch look for this card (maybe I was inspired by Charlie Brown's Christmas!) so I outlined the ornaments with a fine-tip Sharpie marker and added a couple animator lines to the ornaments. I finished it off with the word “merry”. They came out cute!
Easy Watercolor Christmas Card Ideas
The possibilities are endless with these watercolor Christmas cards. You could even paint a whole page and then cut out small squares to use as gift tags on your presents. Pinterest has so many different ideas for inspiration – just be careful to not get sucked in to hours of “Pinteresting” like I do!
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