Christmas Stocking Cards
Give a Christmas stocking with a difference. These cards will add festive cheer to any mantelpiece. Using a traditional Christmas color scheme of red and white, they make the perfect card for a child but will be equally loved by adults, too. Use store-bought giftwrap papers or decorate plain red and white card with adhesive stickers. The addition of ribbon and braid finishes the cards off beautifully.
• Thin red and white card
• Red and white circular stickers
• Red and white patterned giftwrap
• Glue stick • Red crepe paper
•Sewing needle and red thread
• Fast-drying, high-tack craft glue
• Selection of braids and ribbons
• Rotary hole punch
Copy and enlarge the stocking template. Using the template, draw and cut out stocking shapes from the white and red card.
For the spotted stockings, stick circular stickers randomly all over one side of the card stocking. Alternatively, draw around the template onto patterned paper and cut out. Glue this onto a plain card stocking with glue stick.
Cut a 12 x 1-in. (30.5 x 2.5-cm) strip of crepe paper. Stitch along one long edge, securing the thread with a knot at the start. Pleat the paper as you go by gathering it until it measures 4 3⁄8 in. (11 cm). Finish with a few stitches or a knot.
Cut out a cuff from either red or white card (the opposite color to the main stocking). Apply craft glue along the bottom of the cuff and glue the crepe paper ruffle along this, if using.
Glue the cuff onto the stocking. Decorate the tops of the stockings with lengths of ribbon and braid, adding a ribbon bow if desired.
Using the hole punch, make a hole in the top corner of the stocking. Cut a 6-in. (15-cm) length of thin red ribbon and thread it through the hole. Tie a neat knot in the ribbon and trim the ends to even them.