DIY Secret Message Holiday Card Tutorial

While looking for ways to re-use things, I came up with this fun card using paper scraps. I love a surprise, and they pull out to reveal hidden messages! The holidays always sneak up on me, and I thought this would be a nice tutorial to share for anyone else needing to make or send out last minute holiday cards this week. Enjoy!

+ Pencil
+ Pen
+ Scissors
+ 1" circle punch
+ (2) 1 1/8"x 4 1/2" strips of paper
+ (1) 4"x6" card stock for backing
+ (1) 4"x6" color or decorative paper for front
+ Sewing machine 

1. Punch a hole approx. 1 1/4" from the right and left edges of the decorative paper as shown. Be sure to leave enough space for the strip to pull out and reveal a message when punching the hole.

2. Draw a line approx. 1/8" around the perimeter of the strips with a pencil as a guide for sewing the pockets. 

3. With the card stock and decorative paper sandwiched together, sew along the pencil line, making sure to leave a few inches of thread at the beginning and end of the pocket. (This part could also be done by hand sewing if you don't own a sewing machine.)

4. Knot the thread ends together with a double knot and trim excess thread. 

5. With strips inside the pockets, draw cute, winter images.

6. Wait a bit for the ink to dry, and pull strips out until you have a blank section. Write warm, happy messages and send to lucky friends!