Create a Christmas card with a mathematical twist!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! We finally made it to Christmas season! Obviously the most common thoughts around Christmas are about presents, Santa Claus and candy canes. Yes, we enjoy getting and giving gifts but what makes Christmas so special? The wrapped packages underneath the Christmas tree are only special because they are intended for loved ones. Let’s show our families we care by creating something unique this holiday season!

Materials

  • 1 8.5”x11” piece of paper
  • 36 inches of embroidery floss
  • 1 ribbon

You can choose any color you like for your paper, floss and ribbon. Festive colors are our favorite! We also suggest using a slightly thick piece of paper for your card.

To begin creating this card, you must first draw a circle with equidistant points. If you need help with this step, consider the option below with 36 points:

Circle with points

The design of the wreath will depend on the distance between the points in your circle. You can try out several combinations on a piece of paper by tracing the lines in pencil. You can then choose your favorite design!

Several combinations are possible

Instructions

Begin by folding your piece of paper in half horizontally or vertically. You can choose the fold depending on how you want the final product to look.

Create the pattern on a separate piece of paper. You must then decide which face you would like your design to appear on. You will place your design on top of your card. You may choose to tape the design to the card to help it stay in place.

  • Poke a hole at each point in the circle. You can do this with a pin or a pencil.
  • Insert the embroidery floss through the first hole from the back of the card. Tie a knot at the end to keep it from sliding through.
  • If you have chosen a 10 point spacing, insert your floss into the 11th hole and pull until taut.
  • Next, push the floss through the back of the 2nd hole and insert it into the 12th hole.
  • Continue this process until the entire wreath is formed!

How to embroider

Solid line: yarn on top of paper / Dotted line: yarn below paper

To complete the card, tie a knot on the final hole to hold the design in place. You can then add your ribbon with glue or you can stitch the ribbon onto the design.

Final result

You’ve finished your beautiful Christmas card!