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.