diy mod Christmas cards

This mid-century inspired design is a great choice for creating simple, stylish Christmas cards; it’s made with just a sheet of cardstock and some basic craft supplies.

This project is perfect for making big batches of cards, and is a good choice for making at the last minute; it comes together quickly and is easy to customize.

Have fun creating your own funky Christmas trees, or use the printable pattern below!


  • colorful paper (like origami paper, gift wrap, scrapbook paper, etc)
  • one 8.5 x 11 inch piece of cardstock
  • glue
  • pencil for tracing
  • brown colored pencil
  • red and yellow pen or pencil (I’m using paint pens)

First, draw or trace your Christmas trees on the back of your decorative paper.

They’ll need to be around 5 inches tall. You can either use the pdf pattern above or freehand your own.

When I was drawing mine, I was imagining the curves and swoops of a pair of groovy bellbottoms. If your paper has a print on it, keep that in mind when placing your trees.

Tip: If you’re making a big batch of cards, use cardstock or cereal box cardboard to make your tree patterns. They’re easier to trace and hold up better after multiple tracings.

Next, cut the trees out.

Since I had several cards to send, I used a variety of shapes and tried to work with the prints on my paper to give the trees a swanky look.

It’s time to start assembling the card

To make the base of your card, fold the cardstock in half and use the bottom of your scissors to set the crease. This will make a sharp fold that prevents the card from swinging open when laying flat.

On the front of the card, I’m using the red pen to write, “Merry Christmas.” By doing my writing first, it’s easy to start a new card if I make a mistake. When it comes to handwriting, I find that it’s easy to mess up and hard to fix!
For the mod style, I belled out the bottoms of the letters a little and added a curlicue to the Y. Then I used an asterisk to dot the “i” and put little serifs on top of some of the letters.

Now that the tricky part is over, it’s time to add the trees!

Put a thin layer of glue on the back of the tree and add it to the front of the card. Don’t worry about centering it; an off-kilter tree goes nicely with the funky theme. 

If you like things square, you can mark the center of the card with small dots of pencil before placing the tree; then use the pencil marks as a guide.

Next come the finishing touches, beginning with the trunk.

I drew the trunks a thick outline of brown colored pencil, and then lightly filled them in.

For the star atop the tree, I drew six-point atomic stars using a yellow paint pen. I made the points on the sides shorter than the top and bottom points to get that signature “atomic” look, and tried to taper each stroke to make them more star-like.

If you want to add a little something extra to your card, consider putting a “Happy New Year” sentiment on the inside

Simply write out the words with a thick pen or marker, and use colorful pens to draw squiggles of confetti throughout the page. 

I made the first letters of my words extra tall, along with the exclamation point. This gives the writing sort of an art deco feel–a bit of a different style from the front, but I think it goes along alright with the vintage theme! 

Your card is now complete.

I hope you enjoyed making these festive cards with me! If you liked this project, you might also enjoy making these gnome greeting cards.

How did you customize your cards this past holiday season? 

Leave your comments and questions below!

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