Every year we make our own Christmas Cards, the kids love it, it adds that personal touch and they are usually far better than the once they produce at school – Emmy’s this year was a Christmas tree made out of hearts coloured in using pink and purple colours – yes it did look pretty but it took me ages to work out it was supposed to be a tree and not a bunch of random hearts all over the card. Harry’s well I am still trying to figure out if I am completely honest!
While store brought cards are cheap enough there is nothing better than knowing the kids spent time and effort making their own – plus it keeps them away from YouTube too.
Here are a few we’ve made over the years: These are really easy to make and require only a few paint colours and very little effort.
Handprint Reindeer card
You will need:
- A4 White Card
- Brown Paint
- A paper plate, plate or paint tray
- Orange (or another colour paint)
- Yellow paint
- White paint (or stick on eyes/googly eyes)
- Red paint (or red felt/red pompom)
(As you can see you are able to use whatever you have to hand really – if you’ve no red pompoms improvise and use a red pen or red paper – it really does not matter)
To start – fold your white card in half (short sides at the top and bottom – fold these to meet each other)
Next, cover your right hand in brown paint and print to the middle left of the card.
Turn the card upside down and repeat so the handprints meet in the middle (the second print will be upside down to the first)
Using an index finger, paint a line of orange (or a colour of your choice) between these handprints – this will be the collar of your Reindeer.
Making sure the card is the correct way round add a Yellow fingerprint to the bottom of the collar.
Add a Red nose and an eye and you are finished.
Handprint Robin Christmas Card
What you need:
- Red Paint
- Brown Paint
- White Paper
- Card – any colour (we used Red)
- Googly eyes
- Yellow paper
- Black pen
- Paint brush
To start – fold your card in half
Next, cover the palm of your child’s hand with red paint and cover the thumb and fingers with brown paint
Print the handprint onto your card and allow to dry – if you have printed onto a separate piece of paper or card, cut out your handprint
Once dry add a googly eye to your Robin
Cut a triangle of yellow card to make a beak and stick to the card
Lastly, draw on feet
Hand and Foot Print Reindeer
- Brown Paint
- Yellow Paint
- Card – white and another colour
- Red PomPom
- Googly eyes or stickers
How to make:
This one is slightly messier as it requires a footprint for your picture, make sure you have a bowl of water to hand and you cover the floor area too.
- Cover your child’s foot with brown paint and print onto card or paper – if you are making more than one card do a few at the same time while you are already messy. Leave to dry
- While this is drying, cover your child’s palms with yellow paint and print onto paper. You will need a left and a right hand. Allow to dry
- Once dry, cut out the footprint and the handprints and glue onto your card with the heel of the footprint towards the bottom of the card and the handprints covering the toes to make your reindeers antlers
- Add a nose with either red paint, a pom pom, sticker or whatever you have to hand
- Lastly, add eyes to your card
Handprint Christmas Tree
What you will need:
- White card
- Green paint
- Felt pens
- Yellow sticker
This is a very quick and easy one which you can make as elaborate or simple as you like
How to make:
- Fold your card in half
- Paint your child’s palm green and print onto the card, allow to dry
- Once dry add a yellow star to the top of the tree – you can have palm print either way up
- Add decorations to the tree – glitter, baubles etc
As you can see, homemade Christmas cards don’t have to take a long time and can make fun and thoughtful gifts for friends and family.
Do let me know if you try any of these ideas for yourself
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