Christmas is here, and you’re probably finding yourself rushing around trying to get everything done to make this Christmas one your family will never forget! If you’re looking for something fun that you can do with your kids, we’ve got the perfect solution — DIY Christmas cards.
Christmas cards are an important part of the holiday tradition and serve as tangible reminders of the connections we form each year with family, friends, and colleagues.
Making your own Christmas cards with your kids this year can be not only rewarding but also provide your children with priceless memories of time spent together during the festive season. Here are seven ways to make Christmas cards with your kids this year that you won’t want to miss out on!
1. Give them Real Materials
It’s fun for kids to work with real materials — like scissors, markers, and crayons— as opposed to computer software. They can customize their designs and try out different styles of art. It’s a great opportunity for you and your child to bond over something new (and seasonal!) together! Even if they get frustrated from time to time, keep encouraging them. And even if it doesn’t turn out exactly as planned… It’ll be entirely theirs! And nobody else will have one like it either; making cards are such a personal thing.
2. Emphasize Letter Writing Skills
Sending handwritten holiday cards is a great way to spread a little love and cheer since it’s much more personalized. And letter writing is a great skill for children to have. Not only will your kids gain fine motor skills from writing with all those tiny muscles in their fingers, but they’ll also learn how to write in cursive, which makes them stand out amongst their peers.
3. Introduce Patterned Paper
Adding patterned paper to a hand-made card gives it a more professional look, but one that still has a touch of handmade charm. Choose coordinating patterns for your kids (like red and green trees), or have them each choose their pattern. Have them cut out any shapes they want and then color them however they’d like. Layer these on top of some regular patterned paper, such as snowflakes. For extra flair, write Merry Christmas in a matching font on some white paper and layer those letters over all your layers.
4. Use Construction Paper
If you want something inexpensive, then nothing beats construction paper. The large rolls of paper will last you all year (or even longer), and there is a myriad of ideas out there for projects you can do with your kids on construction paper — from cards to gifts. You may even want to cut each roll into four pieces and pass them out as party favors at family gatherings. They’re fun, they don’t cost much money, and they look great when you’re done! All you need is some glue, scissors, and creativity to get started.
5. Add Stickers
Have a stash of plain white greeting cards? They can be transformed into personalized holiday cards. Just get some stickers that fit them. You could use seasonal stickers or those shaped like snowflakes, snowmen, and trees and have each kid choose their favorite. These are great for kids’ parties as well as for sending out holiday wishes to family and friends!
You don’t need to buy these—you can even cut up designs from magazines for fun, festive backgrounds (just make sure you use permanent markers, so they don’t wash off over time). Another idea is to print off pages of clip art from websites; let kids doodle on them with colored pencils and crayons before putting them in envelopes.
6. Make Glittery Cards
Glittery cards are a fun, simple way to make your holiday cards stand out from everything else in your friends’ mailboxes. To create one, you’ll need white card stock and some gold glitter brushes, which can make prettify any card with its color.
Use a glue stick or double-sided tape (both are less messy than liquid glue) to glue on bits of glitter, working in small sections at a time so that it stays where you put it. That way, even if you don’t get every bit of sparkle down perfectly in one go, there will still be plenty left on your paper to add later.
7. Have Fun!
The holiday season can be incredibly stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Holidays are great opportunities for fun family moments, and you should make every effort possible to create special memories that you and your kids will never forget. Instead of stressing about Christmas cards, try making one of these DIY projects instead! It’s a great way to spend time together and make awesome keepsakes!
By developing a tradition of making your cards and gifts, you’re creating memories for your children that will last them a lifetime. Get creative, get crafty, and make something from scratch using all of those crafting supplies lying around in closets.
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