If you want to make holiday cards this year, consider making them in watercolor. Here’s a step by step guide to making DIY watercolor Christmas cards that are so beautiful and easy. If you only have 3rd grade level artistic skills (like me) . . . you’ve got this!
I do love the endearing and tangible gift of receiving a Christmas card during the Holiday season. It’s just so nice to be thought about in such a simple way from friends and relatives. I especially love seeing their pictures and their kids as they grow.
However, Christmas cards can feel like a burden and an additional cost during the Holiday season. Especially if you are used to ordering nice printed ones with your photos on it – which is the more typical modern day Christmas card. They can be pricey!
Even Christmas greetings with beautiful artwork on a card can be an added expense.
This is why I wanted to bring you inspiration to easily make your own DIY Christmas cards as part of the TIDBITS Handmade Christmas Home series.
You’ll save money making your own, and enjoy a very fun and simple Christmas craft that the whole family can join you in.
I promise – the style of watercolor Christmas tree card I am going to show you is so simple! I have zero watercolor skills and I feel like they turned out so beautiful. My kids joining me in making a bunch and I loved seeing their own styles come out and add to the cohesive yet individual look of our collection of cards.
The kids and I enjoyed experimenting with different styles of Christmas trees, and found this particular style the easiest to do for all of us. But have fun playing around with your own designs and making it your own!
I will show you how we did ours if you want to make something similar.
SUPPLIES NEEDED TO MAKE DIY WATERCOLOR CHRISTMAS CARDS
- Watercolor Paint
- Even a simple set of watercolours would work great. I have bought each of us this inexpensive set with different shades of paints with a small brush included. It’s great!
- Watercolor Brush
- If you are picky about your brush, grab what feels good! If you have no idea what to pick, go with a brush with a smaller tip. I loved the 3 brushes included in our sets.
- Paper or a blank card (more suggestions below)
- Damp paper towel
- 2 Paper cups filled with clean water
- Seasons Greetings or Merry Christmas stamp of sorts. I got this cute Merry Christmas stamp.
- Envelopes for your cards
- I found these awesome vintage style envelopes
- Wax seal stamp kit
- Not necessary, but it sure adds a unique touch!
WHAT PAPER TO USE FOR WATERCOLOR CARDS?
You really can use any thicker type of paper to watercolor your own Christmas cards. A cardstock paper would work, or even a pre-folded cardstock card, which you can easily buy in bulk and at great prices. Watercolor paper would also be perfect for this project. I would avoid thinner paper like printer paper, since it tends to warp a bit when wet.
However, if you want to elevate the look, use this beautiful handmade paper like I did! To fit perfectly inside the vintage envelopes I got, I suggest the 6×8 handmade paper and fold it in half.
I just adore the texture on this paper and the slightly rustic/torn edges. I think it makes the watercolor greeting card extra special!
HOW TO MAKE THE DIY WATERCOLOR CHRISTMAS CARD | VIDEO TUTORIAL
With simple strokes of the brush, and some really watered down paint, this card comes together easily. It is better for me to show you on video how to do this, so take a minute to watch my process.
If you want to slow down the process with me, check out my YouTube video where I explain everything in more detail.
SUMMARY OF PAINTING PROCESS
- Grab some green pigment and add to mixing tray
- Water it down significantly
- Clean your brush and blend in some gray, white, black or blues – and see what colors you can achieve! Test on scrap paper.
- Starting at the top of the tree, make a quick gentle stroke down and angled.
- Continue with the strokes all the way down on both sides to create the tree shape. Grab more paint and water as needed.
- Grab some brown pigment and add water to it to create the brown you want for the trunk.
- Make a few simple strokes at the base of the tree
- Paint your stamp with watercolor paint – avoid using too much water.
- Quickly stamp it at the top or the bottom of the card
*PRO TIP: Use a ruler to mark subtle lines with a pencil to keep your painting straight. I did not worry about that since I was embracing a handmade look and not wanting to worry my kids about perfection. But it would help!
HOW TO USE A GLUE STICK WAX SEAL SET
If you want to add a unique touch with a wax seal, find a set that works for you. I grabbed this one set from Hobby Lobby for the letters, and then some wax that is intended to be used with a glue gun. This is a beautiful stamp set on Amazon, and similar rose gold glue gun wax sticks.
I simply added the wax stick to my glue gun, and add a puddle at the envelope closure. With the pretty cursive “G” for our last name, I stamped it in the center of the puddle and held it there for a few seconds.
When removed it created the most beautiful wax seal. A really fun touch to our already super unique Christmas card idea.
MORE IDEAS FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS CARD MAKING
- Do this same thing, but make your watercolor painting into a Christmas ornament.
- Paint this design on gift tags
- Wrap your card with a delicate ribbon
- Add a 4×6 photo to the inside of the card! They are much more affordable to print than a pre-designed Christmas photo card.
- Write a unique and special message inside the card, to really make them feel special.
I truly hope you enjoyed this frugal Christmas idea! I’d love to hear if you give it a try! Feel free to reply in the comments or let me know on Instagram @camitidbits .
MORE IDEAS FOR CHRISTMAS CARDS
- Free printable Christmas Cards
- Christmas Countdown Conversation Cards
- Christmas Card Memories Keepsake Book