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Published on December 18th, 2013 | by Rob Gros


Christmas card Ikea manual style

This year we created a Christmas greeting card that looked like an IKEA manual. Instead of IKEA we called it IDEA. It’s a manual explaining in a funny way the birth of Jesus. The journey of Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem, but first going to IDEA to buy a stable, crib and a star. Once in Bethlehem, Joseph had to build their own stable. Mary is almost giving birth to Jesus while Joseph is putting a star on top of the stable.

At the back of the manual is a text, saying: Fred på Jord means peace on earth. Unfortunately there is no do-it-yourself package for peace. But there is something we can do, BE POSITIVE even when things go bad. Laugh with someone and the will laugh with you. Everyday is worth celebrating when we think: hurray, it’s today!

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Rob Gros

48 Responses to Christmas card Ikea manual style

  1. Céline says:

    witty and very nicely done ! wish I found this 2 months ago ;-)

  2. steve says:

    I’m also smiling here, just found it here and the funny thing is that also I work for IKEA, so cant wait to be December and send these out. Brilliant done hahahhah Just can’t stop smiling. nice work

  3. Jean says:

    Love it! Very creative and thanks for the downloads :)

  4. teha says:

    maybe it’s not about a computer program but about the ability to illustrate.

  5. Andreas C. says:

    Many thanks for this fantastic Idea!

  6. Cipollina says:

    Thanks a lot for the PDFs! it’s fantastic!

  7. Jo Jo says:

    Thank you for the PDFs. This is truely unique.

  8. Moniek (sprankje) says:


  9. Esther says:

    Downloaded all the links so can send the English version to my English and international friends and the Dutch version to the people around here. Am so looking forwards now to sending cards next Christmas ;-)
    Thanks Rob to make the download available (imagen here the – thumbs up -emoticon ;-) )

  10. geno says:

    Thank you so much for sharing! It’s brilliant….

  11. Syl says:

    Super idea and brilliant execution!!! So adorable :-) Thanks ever so much Rob, you’re a star!

    Beste wensen!!!

  12. Ewan says:

    Thankyou very much! Have a fantastic christmas and new year!

  13. Archibald Tuttle says:

    Thanks a bunch!!

  14. Suzanne Helfrick says:

    Super clever! I really like Mary lying on the ground waiting for Joseph to finish building the stable.

  15. Olli says:

    Thank you so much and merry christmas!

  16. Rob Gros Rob Gros says:

    Hi Everyone,
    Thanks for all your comments!
    I made four PDF’s (two in Dutch and two in English) and they are available in Dropbox, just use the links below. You can choose between screen and print version.

  17. Esther says:

    Will keep en eye out for your update as, like i said before, i would love to send this to my family and friends next year (they all know me as an ikea -fan so shouldn’t be a surprise) And thank you for making it downloadable for all of us

  18. Esther says:

    Will keep en eye out for your update as, like i said before, i would love to send this to my family and friends next year (they all know me as an ikea -fan so shouldn’t be a surprise)

  19. Archibald Tuttle says:

    Love it! Merry Xmas and a good 2014 to everybody!

  20. me says:

    arwwww… it’s awesome!

  21. Hanne says:

    Great idea! It is so amazing and absolutely cute and funny.
    What a pitty that there is no PDF for this manual. This would be MY christmas greeting card, because everybody knows my passion for IKEA :-)
    I would really appreciate to get the PDF to make this Christmas greeting card for next year.
    Thanks in advance!

  22. Stephen D says:

    Brilliant, absolutely brilliant. Best Christmas idea this year!

  23. Monica says:

    Wonderful idea! Please share it with the rest of the world.

  24. NIcola says:

    Love it! Please share… it’s xmas time :p

  25. bazza says:

    Excellent!!!! Thanks in advance for let it to be download. It’s actually a brilliant hack!

  26. Arianna says:

    Amazing! Definitively a significant piece of art! I’m posting it to all my friends. Congratulations!

  27. Absolutely love it, ;-) . This wonderful Card, but more than this, the message you are sending out!

    Have a very merry Christmas!

    So Long,

  28. Rob Gros Rob Gros says:

    Hi to all of you,

    Thanks for your kind comments! I made these drawings in Adobe illustrator. I’ll let you know when and where a download will be available.

  29. grumpi says:

    wow :) i really really love this creative idea!

  30. Shanna says:

    So clever! Well done!

  31. Christine from Norway says:

    Fantastic!! I love it :)

  32. SD-CR8 says:

    Kinda speechless. How do you manage to draw this stuff? I don’t have any real (or have old) drawing programmes but have designed/drawn things in Word (don’t laugh) and use Fireworks to edit. You wouldn’t notice the diff to be honest. Curves are the hardest tho’.

    Looks the real deal!

  33. Freddy Tay says:

    hi thanks for the card idea! i think this hack is excellent! is it possible to post the title page as well? :)

  34. Jeff says:

    so where can we download this?

  35. Natascha says:

    OMG this is so awesome! I´m an IKEA Co-Worker and my Colleges will laughing out loud, when I will send them this Link :)
    Thank u!
    Great Idea!!

  36. Pat says:

    Love it! What a creative idea. I’d love to be able to download your templates for making the booklet as well as learn how you put it together.

  37. florian says:

    Might it be possible to get a pdf-file of this wonderfull work? i’d love to send it to my friends as a christmas card

  38. Esther says:

    I’m wondering if it’s possible to download all the pictures (also the front) somewhere as i would really love to send this to my family and friends next year as a Christmas-card

  39. The creativity of this idea really tickled me! Love it.

  40. dutchman says:

    Merry Christmas and happy new year to you i love it

  41. Molly J says:

    Oh my goodness!!!! Is it downloadable somewhere??? I LOVE IT!!! :)

  42. Ewan says:

    Absolutely fantastic! I saw a cover sheet in the photos but it didn’t seem to be on the included images though?

    What a great idea!

  43. skc says:


    Great idea! Is it a free work? Is there a PDF file that we can download ?

  44. Olli says:

    Could you pleeeeease share this wonderful work? Any PDF download anywhere?

    Thanks and merry Christmas!

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