Homemade Christmas cards for children

Children love getting involved in the Christmas festivities, and there is nothing nicer than receiving a card which has been home made by the little ones.

Home made Christmas cards

by Louise-Anne Geddes, Mindful Mum, 22nd November 2011

Here are our top five ideas for homemade Christmas cards.

  1. Drying mittens
  2. Hand print Santa
  3. Build your own snowman
  4. Holiday lights
  5. Thumbprint reindeer card

Drying mittens

Drying mittens card
Materials:

  • 8 1/2- by 11-inch natural-colored paper
  • Rubber cement
  • Fabric remnants
  • String
  • Cardboard
  • Pencil or pen
  • Scissors
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Mini clothes pins
  • White glue
  • Tissue paper

Method:

  1. Cut each sheet in half to make two cards
  2. Cut another lighter coloured sheet to fit the page
  3. Stick this to the page as the background for the mittens
  4. Draw a mitten on cardboard and cut out several using different fabric remnants
  5. ADULT ALERT! Using a glue gun, stick the string as the washing line on to the background
  6. Clip the mittens to the string using mini clothes pegs
  7. Use glue to attach the little pieces of white tissue as snow

Hand print Santa

Handprint santa card
Materials:

  • Red craft paper
  • Glue stick
  • Plain notecard or card stock
  • Tempera paints
  • Paper plates
  • Googly eyes

Method:

  1. Cut Santa hat shapes from the craft paper and glue one on to each card
  2. Glue a pair of googly eyes under each hat
  3. Pour white paint on to one plate, and a little bit each of red, black and pink on to another
  4. Get your hands dirty and make a white handprint for Santa’s beard!
  5. Use your fingertips and the other paints to create Santa’s nose, mouth and cheeks

Build your own snowman

Build your own snowman card
Materials:

  • 8 1/2- by 11-inch sheet of card stock or heavy paper
  • Craft knife and scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Card stock in white, black, and orange
  • 7- by 1/2-inch piece of red felt
  • 6-inch piece of embroidery floss or string
  • 6 large black seed beads
  • Snack-size ziplock bag
  • Clear tape
  • A9 or 6- by 9-inch envelope

Method:

  1. Fold the card in half
  2. ADULT ALERT! Open the card and use a craft knife to cut a 6-by 3-inch rectangle from the front of the card (leaving a 1 1/4-inch border)
  3. Cut out three circles (see template), a hat and a nose from the card stock
  4. Fringe the edges of the red felt and tie the string into a loop
  5. Place all these parts plus the beads into the ziplock bag, seal it, and tape it behind the window
  6. Add a festive message explaining to the person receiving the card what they need to do!

Holiday lights

Holiday lights card
Materials:

  • Scrapbook or origami paper in assorted colors
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Plain notecards or card stock

Method:

  1. Cut out the candle bases in various different colours
  2. Cut out an equal number of candle flames
  3. Arrange the pieces and place, and glue them on to your card

Thumbprint reindeer card

Reindeer print card
Materials:

  • Ink pad with non-toxic brown or bronze ink
  • Plain note cards or card stock
  • Craft glue
  • Googly eyes
  • Mini pompoms in brown and red
  • Brown marker pen

Method:

  1. Use a thumb or fingerprint to mark three reindeer heads on each card
  2. Glue on googly eyes and pompoms for noses – make Rudolphs red!
  3. Finish by drawing antlers on all three reindeers

Sources: Drying Mittens, Hand print Santa, Build your own snowman, Holiday lights, Reindeer thumbprint card

Photography: Kodomut @Flickr

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