Torn-Paper Cards

Make uniquely elegant holiday cards with a personal touch with handcrafted paper from an art store or upscale stationery store.
Star of David Card

Sometimes the simplest designs have the most beauty.

What You Need:

Clockwise from top: Star of David
Card, Leaf Card, Stitched Gift Tag

  • Heavy- and lightweight handmade papers
  • Scrap of cardboard, at least 2 inches square
  • Gold-metallic embroidery floss
  • Embroidery needle
  • Scissors
  • 5-3/4-inch-square envelopes
  • Ruler
  • White glue


1. Tear paper. Tear heavy paper into 11- x 5-1/2-inch pieces and fold in half. Tear a 3-1/2-inch square from lightweight paper. For straight edges, place ruler on line you want to tear and pull paper up along the line.

2. Make triangle pattern. Cut a 2-inch equilateral triangle from scrap cardboard.

3. Stitch star. Thread floss onto needle. Hold triangle pattern in the center of 3-1/2-inch square and stitch around it; flip the triangle pattern and repeat.

4. Assemble card. Glue small square on center of large square.

5. Stitch spine (optional). Measure 1 inch down folded edge and poke a hole with needle. Repeat, measuring from bottom of folded edge. Poke holes every 1/2 inch in between the first 2 holes. Thread 15 to 18 inches of thread onto needle and thread it through bottom hole. Center thread in hole. Keeping length of thread centered, work thread up the card, going in and out of holes. (You'll end up with half the stitches on the inside of the card, and half outside.) If needle and thread are inside the card, poke a hole slightly below the top hole and bring thread to the outside. Rethread the needle on the other half of the thread and repeat, working your way up the opposite side of the holes. At the top of the card, knot the two threads together close to the paper. Use your fingernail to slightly curl trailing thread, and trim to desired length.

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