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Creative Christmas cards with natural materials tinker: How to design Advent cards yourself

Surprise friends and family with beautifully designed Advent cards. In today’s post we give you several inspiring ideas for creative Christmas cards with natural materials. Give your loved ones joy with the next beautiful little cards , which you can easily recreate even without templates.

Make creative Christmas cards with natural materials

Creative Christmas cards with natural materials Rudolf reindeer from autumn leaf

A beautiful Christmas card is always well received. The first Advent card is perfect for families with children . You only need a few materials:

  • Clay cardboard (A4)
  • Two tree branches for the antlers
  • self-adhesive wiggle eyes
  • an autumn leaf
  • a red button
  • glue for paper or tape

Organize a trip in the woods or a walk in the park to gather the necessary natural materials. Line a windowsill with newspaper and let the autumn leaves dry there overnight.

Creative Advent cards with natural materials gluing tree branches

The next day, you can start crafting. First, fold a sheet of clay cardboard in half. Then glue the two tree branches in place. Cover the glue strips with the autumn leaf. Then attach the button and the wiggle eyes. If you don’t have a red button, then you can cover another button with red fabric.

Make creative Christmas cards with natural materials: Fir tree made of needles

Advent cards with natural materials sticking needles

The next idea encourages fine motor skills in children. For this greeting card you also need a little patience, because the needles are glued on one by one. You will need the following materials:

  • Clay cardboard in white, beige and reseda green
  • Rhinestones
  • Cotton
  • pine needle
  • scissors
  • superglue with dispenser with fine tip

Advent cards from natural materials needles craft for children


  1. First, fold a sheet of clay cardboard in half. Then cut out a rectangle for the tree trunk from the beige clay cardstock and a triangle for the tree top from the reseda green clay cardstock. Then assemble the tree and glue it to the white sheet of paper.
  2. Now patience is required: remove about 30 needles from the fir branches.
  3. Apply glue to the top of the tree. Make sure that it does not run out. Try to work as precisely as possible and virtually draw the picture with the glue.
  4. Then glue the individual needles so that they form rhombuses.
  5. Now you can start decorating. Shape small balls from the cotton and glue them in the middle of the rhombuses. You can also attach rhinestones or paint the rhombuses any way you like.

Make Christmas cards with natural materials: Fir trees from cypress branches

creative christmas cards decorate yourself with natural materials

Alternatively, you can choose a greeting card with several fir trees. Fortunately, cypress branches have the right shape. All you need to do is cut them to size and glue them to the card. By the way, this task is mastered even by children, as long as the glue has a dispenser with a tip for precise application. After the glue dries, you can start decorating. You can decorate the “fir trees” with wooden beads in different colors (yellow, orange, red). You can also embellish the fir trees with self-adhesive rhinestones or spice them up with glitter.

Creative Christmas cards from twigs Christmas tree crafting

Create fragrant Christmas card with natural materials

Advent cards with natural materials fir branches and lemon slice design

A Christmas card that not only looks but gives off a pleasant scent is very special. Use natural materials to heighten the anticipation of the holiday. You will need:

  • a sprig of silver fir
  • a cinnamon stick
  • 1 piece of star anise
  • one slice of dried orange
  • string
  • a pair of scissors

You don’t have a dried orange slice? No problem. Buy an orange and cut it into slices. The slices should be 1 to 2 cm thick. Line a baking sheet with baking paper and spread the slices on it. Let them dry at 80 degrees Celsius without convection for about three hours. Leave the door of the oven open a crack. Turn them 5-6 times during the drying time.

Christmas cards self design ideas with natural materials

Now you can assemble the decorations. Tie the individual decorative elements together and then attach them to the clay cardboard.

Create Advent cards yourself: Christmas tree from maple seeds

Christmas cards with natural materials design instructions for fir tree

From the beginning of November, you can collect maple seeds. The sycamore maple, which can be found in many parks and the forests in this country, reaches seed maturity in late autumn. You will need these maple seeds for your next craft project. Other materials needed are:

  • 12 maple seeds
  • red clay cardboard
  • shredded coconut
  • glitter
  • superglue
  • a brush
  • a star from yellow clay cardboard

Instructions: spray the maple seeds with glitter spray. Fold the red clay cardboard in half. Place the maple seeds in the center of the cardboard and arrange them to form a Christmas tree. Glue the yellow star to the top. At the bottom, glue down the coconut flakes.

Make creative Christmas cards yourself: Decorate children’s drawings with natural materials

Christmas cards with Rudolf reindeer and snowman and fir branches

Another variant that leaves a lot of room for imaginative designs: Let the children draw Christmas motifs on clay cardboard and decorate them with natural materials. For example, make the reindeer’s antlers out of twigs, embellish the garland with real fir branches, make Santa’s arms out of twigs too.

Christmas cards with natural materials: shape fir trees from autumn leaves.

making Advent cards with children from natural materials

Fir tree from ferns and dried flowers

Christmas cards creative design ideas with dried flowers

Creative Christmas cards: fir tree from fresh green leaves

Christmas cards with natural materials instructions for fir tree from leaves

Craft creative Christmas cards with natural materials: Fir tree from dried flowers

pressed flowers for Christmas card with Christmas tree motive