Family Time Calendar: Holiday Greeting Cards

If you are actively searching stores for the perfect holiday card to send to family and friends this year, STOP! Your personal greeting card creator is right under your nose -- literally. Recruit the kids to craft the most creative expression of your holiday cheer. This project is easiest if set up in family "assembly line" style.

What you'll need:

  • Package of 8.5-by-11-inch white or colored 65-pound cardstock

  • Greeting card or invitation-sized envelopes

  • Various craft supplies (See ideas below.)

  • Paper cutter (This one-time investment will come in handy for lots of crafting projects.)


What you'll do:
Create basic blank greeting cards: For a 5.5-by-8.5-inch card that fits into a greeting card envelope, simply fold the cardstock in half. To create a smaller card that fits into an invitation envelope, use the paper cutter to cut the cardstock in half, either horizontally or vertically, then fold in half to form the card.

  • Using holiday rubber stamps and stamp pads in the colors of your choice (check your local craft store), let kids stamp the design onto each card. If desired, a holiday sentiment can also be stamped inside the card.

  • Cut out squares of holiday-themed wrapping paper that will fit onto the front of the card. Punch designs in the paper with holiday-themed paper punches. Attach to the front of the card with glue sticks. Use a regular hole punch to add two holes near the top of the card, add a bit of raffia through the holes and tie into a bow.

  • Have a child draw a holiday design in black marker. Have a local copy shop photocopy it onto the cardstock before you cut it. Add simple color details with markers, crayons or colored pencils.


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