The simple penguin, polar bear and robin redbreast motifs make these festive animal cards ideal for kids to create, too

This is a charming project to work on with children. They’ll love working with the bright colours and fun shapes.

Animal Christmas Card RobinTo make a selection of sweet animal cards you will need:

* Kraft card blanks

* Felt in red, white and gold

* Coloured card – we used brown, yellow, pink, jade green, white, black, green, pale blue and pale jade

* Scissors

* Tacky or fabric glue

* Ruler and pencil

*Fine black pen

* Green and white baker’s twine

* White gel pen

* 2¼mm (No.13) knitting needles

* 1 skein of Anchor stranded embroidery cotton each in yellow (295)* and white (2)

Rodney Robin

Cutting out

Enlarge the template by 200%, or so the robin measures 9 x 9cm. Cut out the following:

From brown card, one body. From yellow card, one beak. From pink card, four triangles and four stripes for bootees.

From red felt, one tummy and two bootees.

1 Glue the red felt tummy to the brown body piece using tacky or fabric glue. Carefully stick down the beak, using tweezers, if necessary.

2 Stick the body to the centre of a piece of 11 x 16cm jade green card. Draw on two eyes and two legs with a black pen.

3 Stick the pink stripes to the bootees, then glue them to the drawn legs.

4 Write ‘Noel’ on the pink triangles and glue them to a piece of green and white twine.

5 Once the triangles are secure, carefully apply a thin line of glue along the twine and position so it rests on Rodney’s wings and loops down.

Leave to dry, then glue the jade card to the front of a blank card.

Robin Christmas cardPercy Penguin           

Cutting out

Enlarge the template by 200%, or so the penguin measures 10 x 8cm.

Cut out the following:

From white card, one face.

From black card, one face marking, two small flippers and a lower body piece.

From yellow card, one beak and two webbed feet.

From green card, sprig of mistletoe. From red felt, one jumper.

From white felt, one star.

1 Glue the black face piece on to the white face, then carefully stick on the beak. Attach Percy’s head to the underside of the jumper neck with a fine line of tacky or fabric glue.

2 Stick the webbed feet to the back of the lower body. Then stick to the lower edge of the jumper. Glue a flipper to each of the cuffs.

3 Glue Percy to a 11 x 16cm piece of pale blue card, leaving the raised arm unstuck. Position the mistletoe and glue, then stick down Percy’s arm.

4 Stick the white felt star to the middle of the jumper. Add a 6cm white knitted trim (see box overleaf, for instructions) to the lower edge of the jumper and trims to cuffs.

5 Add two eyes with a black pen and mistletoe berries with a white gel pen and glue the blue card to the front of a blank card.

Penguin Animal Christmas CardBilly Polar Bear

Cutting out

Enlarge the template by 200%, or so the bear measures 15 x 7cm cut out the following:

From white card, one body.

From gold felt, one scarf and one hat.

1 Stick short lengths of yellow embroidery thread to the underside of the scarf end and trim if necessary.

Glue both scarf pieces to the body piece, overlapping one on top of the other.

2 Attach a 4.5cm length of yellow knitted trim to the brim of Billy’s hat, and make a matching mini pompom (see box, right, for instructions).

Glue to the top of the hat.

3 Draw on eyes, nose, mouth and muzzle with black pen. Then glue to an 11 x 16cm piece of pale jade card.

4 Glue the hat so it rests just on top of Billy’s head, then glue the pale jade card to the front of a blank card.

Polar Bear Card

Woman’s Weekly reader Sue Evans made a fabulous selection of knitted Christmas cards and couldn’t resist sending us a couple of photos.

‘After seeing the festive cards ideas in Woman’s Weekly, I thought you might like to see my knitted Christmas cards I have been making,’ she says.

‘I make these for the Age UK shop in Newport Pagnell, where I am the assistant manager.’

Christmas Tree card by Sue Evans

Sue Evans decorated a brown paper card with a green knitted Christmas tree

Sue Evans' knitted Christmas pudding looks good enough to eat

Sue Evans’ knitted Christmas pudding looks good enough to eat

We love the cheeky smile Sue Evans has stitched on her gingerbread man

We love the cheeky smile Sue Evans has stitched on her gingerbread man