As well as the creativity of photography, we also love to get crafty as another creative outlet. The festive season provides the perfect opportunity to unleash the imagination by making some personalised Christmas cards for your closest friends and family.

Pinterest is a great place to get some inspiration for your Christmas cards, as well as useful round ups of ideas such as this one from Good Housekeeping. Will you keep things traditional or go a little contemporary with your design?

If you will be sending your works of art in the post, be aware of the Royal Mail final delivery dates so you can be sure of getting it there for Christmas.

Get the kids involved

This activity is a great one for the little ones, in terms of keeping them busy and happy when the weather is awful as well as upping the handmade factor. Never to shy away from a photography opportunity, clicking away while the children get messy making cards is sure to bring about some lovely images that can be turned into a canvas print.

A great idea is to use your children’s handprints as the base of your Christmas cards. The children can then decorate them with gold, silver, green and red colours including more glitter than you imagined was possible. Make sure you put down a table cloth before creativity begins, otherwise you’ll be finding glitter right up until July…

If you have the time and your card recipients live close by, you could also hand-deliver the cards with the children – really tug on the heartstrings!

Nearest and dearest

Christmas cards can seem a little perfunctory when you are simply sending them out to everyone you can think of without much thought. A personalised and homemade card makes the recipient feel very loved and touched that you have spent the time and effort to create something so lovely.

It is also very on-trend to do this too, with TV shows such as Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas highlighting the joy (for you and others) of getting crafty at Christmas.

Snow globe Christmas card

How cool would it be to send a homemade card that looks as professional as expensive ones in the shops? This DIY snow globe Christmas card from Mayholic Design is a fantastic way to go, and super easy to put together. You can use materials you have lying around as well as taking a trip to local craft shop to fill your basket with cute little pieces for your winter wonderland scene.

If you find visual instructions easier to digest, this YouTube video from SoCraftastic shows how to create your own snow globe card that is sure to bring a smile to your friends and family.