DIY Christmas Cards

Our first tip for a single-use plastic free Christmas is to create your own Christmas cards instead of buying them! There are loads of fun and festive ways to decorate cards which add a personal touch to them, making it the perfect way to show someone how much we care. It also shows how much we care for our oceans too. Usually, when we buy cards they come in plastic packaging, which is thrown away almost immediately. Making your own cards means that you can avoid contributing to the plastics problem, putting you on Santa's nice list. 

We've decided to share our favourite ways to design Christmas cards, showing you how easy it is to do and how great they can look!

Classic colouring

This first suggestion is a great way to get everyone involved in the festivities of Christmas. By colouring your cards, you can make their designs as simple or complex as you like. Plus, you don't have to learn any new skills either!

The possibilities are endless when you colour your cards. So we've shared some inspiration to get you started. Maybe try some stylish calligraphy or attempt a drawing of Rudolph. We're sure whoever gets to open it will love your creation.

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Fantastic folding

Another festive way to decorate your Christmas cards is to include some origami. As expected, this technique may take some time to master but the results looks so good, how can you say no?! 

Whether you use a tutorial online or written instructions to help, there's no doubt that the time you spend crafting your cards will be appreciated by those that receive them. With so many different designs to pick from, it's hard to avoid the temptation of at least giving it a try.

Potato press

Potatoes don't just have to be for roast dinners! They can be used as a fun and quirky way to spread the spirit too. It's a quick and simple way to create colourful cards that's also super entertaining to do. All you need is some potatoes and paint and you're good to go. 

Just cut your potatoes in half, carve a design into them, dip them into paint, press and voila! A very merry Christmas card. 

You can also use this technique to give your ocean friendly wrapping paper a matching design too, making you a coordinated Christmas star!

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Alternatively, you could send your friends and family a Christmas E-card filled with fun animations and entertaining content. It helps to reduce your paper usage and it's simple and easy to do.