Chldren love arts and crafts, so why not get into the Christmas spirit with some homemade Christmas cards. Creating your own wonderful cards couldn’t be easier and with this guide and print-outs included it couldn’t be better.
What you will need
Following this guide you will need a few sheets of A4 Card or thick paper for the actual card. A pair of scissors to do all the cutting out - I would strongly suggest childrens safety scissors if they are doing it themselves. Some glue - a glue stick works best and reduces the risk of spillage and mess. Finally, something to colour in and write with - crayons or coloured pencils work great.
How to fold the card
It might sound simple but I’ve just put it in here anyway just in case. There are two major ways to fold your A4 piece of card to make it gift card like. Firstly you can fold a portrait piece of card in half across the middle to give you a landscape card. The other way is to fold a landscape piece of card in half down the centre which would give you a traditional style portrait Card.
So now you have your basic card shape it’s time for some decorating fun. It’s not necessary, but a great idea is to give your card a picture for a background to the front image. What you need to do is find a great background to use - this can be anything from wrapping paper to Christmas themed magazine cuttings. Once you have your background, simply cut it down to size so it leaves a small gap around the edge and stick it to the front of your card using your glue.
If you are planning to use the printable background image which is included below, I would suggest folding your card into a landscape card.
Decorate the card
Now for the really fun bit. Find lots of Christmas themed pictures or use our printouts and then cut them down to size for use on your card. Play around with arranging your images and once you are happy, stick them onto your background using glue.
With the printouts on this guide there are also some black and white copies which are great as they let your kids colour in the pictures themselves prolonging the activity and the fun. This also gives it a great homemade look.
There you go, a lovely card. Now all you need to do is write it and then watch the smiles on your loved ones faces as your little ones show off their creations.
- Have your child(ren) dip their hands in paint and then leave a hand print rather than righting their name.
- Find some pictures of your family and replace the faces of the cut outs with them for a great family photo on the front of your card.
- Print out multiple copies of some of the printouts so if you wanted you could have an elf themed card.
- Write in the card in thin pencil and let your kids trace over the top - not only will this look great but it’s great writing practice too!
Free Christmas Cards Printables
This was a guest post by Sam Fisher on behalf of a company that supply many great personalised gifts including Personalised Christmas cards
Disclosure: I received compensation for this post.