Spread Holiday Cheer with Homemade Cards

Instead of store-bought cards, this year get your kids into the holiday spirit by making homemade cards. You’ll have a blast making them, and your friends and family will love to receive a special and unique card from the heart. Here are three simple holiday card ideas even young kids can help to make.

Snowman Cards.
What you’ll need:

  • Construction paper
  • Round cotton pads
  • Whole cloves
  • Black Felt
  • Glitter
  • Glue

Start by folding a piece of construction paper in half, then in half once more. On the bottom quarter of the card, spread some glue and sprinkle with glitter. One it’s dry, you can build your snowman on top of the glittery snowy ground. Take three of the round cotton pads and glue them one on top of the other. Then glue two whole cloves for eyes onto the top cotton pad (they’ll make the card smell lovely). Cut a top hat shape out of the black felt, and glue it above the snowman’s head. You can add extra glitter to create falling snow too.

Fold Out Christmas Tree Cards.
What you’ll need:

  • Construction paper
  • Tissue paper
  • Ribbon
  • Glue
  • Glitter

Fold a piece of construction paper as in the previous example. Then lay it on the table with the inside of the card open. Cut a Christmas tree shape out of green construction paper, and repeat three more times, making sure they are all the same size. Take three of the trees and fold them in half down the center. Glue the fourth flat on the center of the card, so that the crease of the folded card is directly in line with the center of the tree. For the remaining three, glue only the crease you made when you folded them to the center crease of the card, so they appear like the pages of a book.

Cut strips of green tissue paper and fold them accordion style. Glue several strips of the folded tissue paper between each layer of the tree. When you close the card, the tree will flatten, and when you open it, the tree will spread open. Decorate your tree with glitter, pieces of ribbon as garland, and construction paper gifts at the base. Be creative and let your kids think of new ways to decorate the tree as well!

Wreath Cards.
What you’ll need:

  • Construction paper
  • Ribbon
  • Colored beads
  • Glue
  • Glitter

This time, fold a green piece of construction paper in half only once. Cut out a circular shape, leaving the folded edge intact so that you end up with a round card that can be opened. Cut a circle out of the center to make a wreath shape, then trim the edges so that they appear less even and smooth and more like a wreath. Pinking shears make a great edge for your wreath, or you can cut in a wave with regular scissors. Decorate your wreath with beads, ribbon, and glitter. You can also add a piece of ribbon to the top of the card, so that recipients can hang it as an ornament or decoration.

You can also add the clove idea from the first card to either the tree or the wreath to bring that spicy scent to your card. The smell will impart a feeling of festive warmth the minute the recipient opens the envelope!

The key to great holiday cards is creativity, fun, and a little love. When these special cards arrive in the mail complete with a hand-written message, your family and friends will feel the holiday cheer from across the miles.

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