Make your own Christmas cards with the kids
Six lovely ideas for homemade greetings cards your family can make.
Spending time making things for Christmas with your children is a great way to share the excitement of the season, spend time together on wintry days, and get a task done at the same time. And personally crafted greetings add a lovely little touch that spreads Christmas cheer among loved ones you send them to.
Christmas Cards that toddlers and under-5s can make
- Handprint Santas – get your kids to make handprints in skin-coloured poster paint onto the front of the cards. Let these dry and then get a pen and draw little faces on each fingerprint. Then draw a little red Santa hat on the top of the thumb and green hats on the fingers to make helper elves.
- Christmas selfies – get the children to dress up in silly costumes (e.g. wearing homemade reindeer ears and a red button nose, or tinsel ‘hats’ ) and have fun taking pictures of themselves. Print these out on normal paper (it’s cheaper and easier to glue onto card than in proper photographic prints).
Cards that children under-10 can make
- Pre-loved reboots – get a handful of last year’s Christmas cards (or even old birthday cards) to cut up and recycle. They kids can cut out bits of the pictures to make a new festive scene, or simply cut colourful bauble shapes, which look lovely if you arrange them in threes on one colourful background.
- Festive frames – children who love to draw or paint their own scenes can cut out strips of an old Christmas card to create a frame around the outside of their pictures.
Cards over-10s can make
- Gorgeous graphics – make the most of your kid’s computer smarts and encourage them to make digital festive patterns that can be printed out and glued onto card.
- Getting crafty – cut out and sew little bauble or tree shapes (about 5 cm high) made from scraps of old fabric, adding just a little stuffing so they have a subtly 3D look. Sew a small piece of ribbon to the top of each. Carefully make a hole in the front of the greeting card and thread the ribbon through, gently attaching it with a little tape on the inside flap, so the front looks like a little decoration hanging down. These look great as cards, and your friends get a decoration they can keep to hang on their tree in coming years.
Be sure to supervise your children at all times.