Making Christmas Cards with Kids - DIY Tutorial
- Christmas card with snow
- Stamp Christmas card
- Christmas card with buttons
Every year, pretty and especially homemade Christmas cards delight young and old. Already the tinkering of the loving attentions makes children a lot of fun and is a great occupation on cool days of advent. Whether painted, glued, cut or marbled: Here you will find different inspirations for cards that are so easy to make yourself that the little ones will help enthusiastically.
Tinker with the Kids Christmas cards!
The tinkering of pretty Christmas cards with children is a great activity in the Advent season. You can play Christmas music or you can hear a nice story. Even own stories or shared joy on the festive days find a lot of space. All children, who are already safe in dealing with pencils and scissors, can help. Of course, there are fancy Christmas cards to buy for little money in the trade - but you'll see how much effect you can achieve with the least amount of money when you present your Christmas DIY teamwork to friends and family!
The best condition for great Christmas cards is beautiful paper. With effect paper, colored cardboard, which is also a bit more stable, or pattern paper can be designed especially beautiful cards. Especially in the run-up to Christmas, there is a large selection of colorful papers in almost every stationery shop. Everyone should find something. We use thicker tone cards with glitter effect in our manual.
Christmas card with snow
Even an exciting effect card can be tinkered easily. The result is an atmospheric model with a small window in which the snow trickles through shaking. That sounds like a lot of effort - but it's actually quite easy.
Difficulty level: 1/5
Time required: with practice, about 15 minutes per card
Material costs: under 5 euros
- Tonenkon A4 in Christmassy color (about red, dark green, gold)
- Ziplock bag (without inscriptions, format slightly smaller than A5)
- Salt, sugar, artificial snow or glitter (as snow)
- Scissors and cutter
- Ruler and pencil
- wintry picture *
- Tape or better: winter washi tape
* Here you will find the template for printing. Alternatively, you can also bring in your own beautiful winter photos or even paint a picture yourself.
Click here: To download the craft template
Step 1: Bring your construction paper into a beautiful A5 card format by simply folding it.
Step 2: Cut a rectangle into the cover sheet, which you draw in pencil and ruler. Distance to the edge at will: A smaller window looks mysterious, a large one gives more view of your subject. Our window frame is 3 cm wide - the individual strips of the window cross have a width of 1 cm.
After you have cut out the window with a craft knife, the pencil marks can be erased. Best take care of cutting out for your children.
Attention: The cut-out area must be smaller than your zip-lock bag, as otherwise it can not be adequately fastened!
Tip: If you want to do a little more effort, draw a cross in the middle and leave it as a window frame. It will then cut out four small rectangles instead of one big one.
Step 3: Next, glue your winter picture inside the map (where a text would normally be written).
Tip: With a pencil, you can mark the corner from the front through the window and later you will know exactly where the picture has to be glued.
Step 4: Now fill the zipper bag with about a third of it with "snow" and close it well.
Step 5: Open the card and attach the pouch on the left side - behind the edges of your cut-out window with tape or nicer: festive washi tape!
Tip: Make sure that you do not stick too far over the edge, because of course no tape should be visible from the outside.
Step 6: When you close the map and then move it slightly back and forth, the snow trickles idyllically over your winter landscape!
Step 7: Decorate the card as you like. On the cover page, you could place the usual "Merry Christmas" or other greetings in large letters. Also a big glued loop looks festive. Pretty stars or winter stickers round off the card lovingly.
Tip: Since the image in the interior no longer possible to write, you could put more greetings in small letters on the outside - around your indicated window frame around. This achieves a fancy creative effect. If you like it more classic, let the card speak for itself and add a little note for more words!
Stamp Christmas card
This idea will surely bring a lot of joy to your children, because at the same time you will still learn how to make great Christmas stamps yourself. These can then be used for all other decoration purposes - be it for decorating gifts or table cards.
Difficulty level: 1/5
Time required: 30 minutes per card
Material costs: 5 Euro (depending on which materials already exist)
- Christmas clay cardboard in A4 format
- foam rubber
- Pencil or pen
- Wooden or Styrofoam cubes
- hot glue
- Acrylic paints and brushes
Step 1: At the beginning you need a stamp motif. You can either get creative yourself or simply print out our stamp templates.
Click here: To download the template
Step 2: Once you have decided on a motif, we cut it out.
Note: For the candy cane in our template, only cut out the outline, not the little white stripes. We carefully cut out the white stripes with a craft knife after sticking the motif on the stamp. You should definitely take over this part for your children.
Step 3: Then transfer the outlines of the stamp template to a sufficiently large piece of sponge rubber with a ballpoint pen. Then cut out the subject again.
Step 4: Now glue the sponge rubber stamp on a piece of wood, styrofoam or another smooth surface, which you can convert as a stamp pad. Hot glue or good holding Bastelleim are best suited for this.
Step 5: Now the cards are being prepared. You can fold cardboard in A4 format once in the middle, resulting in a card in A5 format. Or you cut the paper apart again in the middle and fold these halves together once, which results in a small map in A6 format.
Step 6: We will not stamp directly on the cards, but make a kind of passe-partout. If a stamp printing goes wrong once, the card is not unusable directly, but only the passe-partout. Measure the width and height of the map. For the mat, pull off a few inches of height and width. This format is then cut out of plain, white paper. Our cards are in A6 format, the passepartouts have a size of 9 cm x 13.5 cm.
Step 7: Now it's time to stamp. First, paint the stamp with acrylic paint. If there is too much paint on the stamp, you can make a first print on a piece of kitchen paper. The second print is then on the mat. First put the stamp carefully and straight to the desired position. Then it is pressed first on the stem. Then pull the stamp straight away with a jerk.
Step 8: After the stamp prints have dried completely, they can be stuck in the middle of the card. With glue or double-sided tape that's done in no time.
Now you can label the cards at will, decorate and of course also write in it. These self-stamped Christmas cards are fun and bring joy. Try it!.
Christmas card with buttons
Have a box full of buttons at home and do not know what to do with them best "> instructions
Step 1: Fold the A4 format paper lengthwise and centered to make it a folding card in A5 format.
Step 2: Then mark the middle of the map on the top edge - making sure that the opening of the map points to the right. Then connect this center point to the two corners of the bottom edge of the paper. This creates an acute-angled triangle.
Step 3: Next, this triangle is painted green with paint and brush. Acrylic paint is best on thick cardboard. Paint the triangle completely. Do not worry if you're talking about the line - the tree does not have to have accurate edges.
Step 4: With the hot glue gun now different colored buttons - especially green, - yellow and brown tint - glued to the tree. These may all be different in size. This gives the tree a natural look.
Tip: If you are tinkering with your children, you can use the following procedure when gluing with the hot glue gun. Always place a small dab of glue on the tree. Then your child can put the button on this blob and press lightly. Caution - do not use too much glue, this can swell quickly through the buttonholes.
Step 5: If the entire tree is covered with buttons, only a small star is missing for the tip. Cut this out of craft felt and fix it also with glue on the top of the fir-tree.
Now you and your little ones can write Christmas wishes and congratulations on the card. And the beautiful green Christmas card is ready! Have fun crafting and giving away!