Buying your friends and family heartwarming holiday cards is nice and all, but sometimes you (like us!) get the urge to step it up and MAKE a card… or 50. In that case, it’s the thought and the effort that counts, so to get you inspired, here are 25 of the best DIY cards your friends will keep way past 12/25.

1. A House Is a Home: Whether you’ll be home for Christmas or not, this is a sweet idea for a photo greeting for your homegirls. (via A Beautiful Mess)

2. String Those Lights: These printable baubles are way better than actual lights (no electricity or tangling). (via A Subtle Revelry)

3. Comfort and Joy: Impress your list with this printable; they never have to know you didn’t design it. (via Delia Creates)

4. Stamp Session: Sometimes a few festive stamps is all it takes. Ink it up and press away. (via Brit + Co)

5. Wrap The Wreath: We love this useful card, which gives your friends a wreath to hang, in addition to a holiday wish. (via Frolic!)

6. Two For One: Want the reward with little work? Pick up this gorgeous wooden card and the only DIY your recipient has to do is pop out the ornament and tie the gold elastic. (via Brit + Co)

7. Instagram Gram: You could post a holiday greeting on your Insta, but why not make it a little more personal by printing out your favorite shot and framing it? (via Photojojo)

8. Weave It to Us: Invite some friends over and have a paper weaving party. You’ll have a sleigh full of reindeer in no time. (via iVillage)

9. Here’s a Hanky: What a sweet way to send a little somethin’ along with that holiday cheer. (via Allie Ruth)

10. Pixel Pop Up: The techie on your list will absolutely love this pop up card, so get to cutting. (via Mini-eco)

11. A Holly, Jolly Christmas Card: Florals and paper crafting is a brilliant combo. Send your friends in the North a pop of color to get through the fields of snow. We just might add some crazy colors to make these stand out from the pack. (via Style at Home)

12. (Lint Roller) Stamp It Up: Turn your lint roller into a stamping machine with this festive DIY. (via Handmade Charlotte)

13. A Festival of Trees: Get a tree cutter (or your paper cutter of choice) and make a village out of it. (via Trendenser)

14. Warm Wishes With Washi: We love a washi tape project — especially for the holidays — but this one is by far the cutest. (via MollyMoo)

15. Stack The Deck: Make a picture deck of cards and then build a fortress with ’em. The perfect substitution for a year-in-review scrapbook. (via Handmade Charlotte)

16. Festive Feels With Felt: Break out the scissors and hot glue gun to execute these fabric cards featuring familiar scenes in geometric shapes. (via You Are My Fave)

17. Instant Instacards: Personalized postcards are a festive thing with these DIY Instacards. (via Say Yes)

18. Geometric Tree a Go-Go: Double up on the paper and cut away with a sharp craft knife for this triangular tree. (via How About Orange)

19. Gift Card Foldovers: Give gift cards new life with these foldable holders. Way better than the ones you pick up at the store. (via A Subtle Revelry)

20. Circuit Sentiments: Learn about circuitry while DIYing a thoughtful card this holiday season with this kit kicking butt on Kickstarter right now. This one’s sweet, but there’s a Rudolph version coming your way with a $10 pledge. (via Kickstarter)

21. New Year, New Photo Shoot: Have some fun with your holiday card. Dress up with your boo, take some fun shots and then slide them into some card stock. (via Fabric Paper Glue)

22. Stickered Silhouettes: Make that regal reindeer silhouette into Rudolph with some glittering stickers. (via Style at Home)

23. Potato Print Personalities: Take finger painting to the next level with winter characters made from potatos. (via MollyMoo)

24. Let’s Get Chalked Up: Take it to the streets with this card and chalk DIY, which also doubles up as a perfect craft for the kids. (via Buggy and Buddy)

25. Stamps On the Mantel: Short on time? Simply string these stamps and you’ll be ready to ship. (via Lu Loves Handmade)

We have a feeling we’re going to be busy doing all of the above over the next couple weekends.

Which card(s) are you planning to holiDIY? Let us know in the comments below.