We like to send out Christmas cards every year, soon after Thanksgiving. It’s one of my favorite rituals of the year. And I try to get the kids involved as much as possible.
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This year, I set up a Christmas card making station at the studio table that we could work at anytime—all together sometimes, with friends sometimes, and individually when the urge or inspiration strikes.
It’s been set up for a week now and I may leave it up for another week or two. (We take our Christmas cards seriously.)
Basically, every card is a mini artwork that we can send out to family and friends with a little note.
Here is what we are using at our Christmas card making station this year:
- 1 Smarts and Crafts Sparkle Stash Craft Kit by Kid Made Modern
- Watercolor paper and other heavy paper (cut into quarters)
- Watercolor sets
- Octahedron crayons
*The Sparkle Stash Craft Kit includes all kinds of bright and sparkly craft supplies that are perfect for Christmas card making (glitter tape, glitter stickers, sequins, and glittery embroidery thread) as well as more 3D craft supplies that would be fun for making ornaments, gifts, or other crafts.
6 Ideas for Christmas Card Making with Kids
Here are just some of Christmas card ideas to use as inspiration. I’m sure you and your kids will come up with your own creative ideas, too!
Christmas Card Idea #1
Create a mini watercolor artwork, such as this rainbow painting above, and embellish with glitter tape.
Christmas Card Idea #2
Use glittery embroidery thread and an embroidery needle to sew a Christmas tree or other design onto sturdy paper. Paint or color in the picture, then glue on sequins to decorate.
Christmas Card Idea #3
Use glitter tape to write a message, such as “Merry Christmas!”
Christmas Card Idea #4
Sew sequins onto sturdy paper with embroidery thread and needle to create pictures or designs, such as these flowers that Maia made.
You can also glue the sequins on the paper to create wreaths, hearts, or elaborate scenes as Daphne did.
Christmas Card Idea #5
Make tape resist art. You can make abstract designs such as Maia’s artwork above, or use the tape resist to make Christmas trees or other pictures.
Christmas Card Idea #6
Sprinkle salt on wet watercolors to create a snowy scene or a starry night sky effect. Once dry, rub the extra salt off and draw additional details as desired, such as Maia’s tree, above.
We’ve made a lot of Christmas cards so far! Some of them were made directly onto folded over cardstock (essentially a blank card) and some of the mini artworks will be glued to blank cards.
To make the note-writing part easier and more fun for kids, I have been known to have each child write one note, then photocopy it to insert into all of their cards.
(We’ve also been known to make one card artwork and duplicate it that way in the past.)
I will be sending out family photo cards, too, as always, but I love that we’ll be sending kid-made cards as well.
How about you? Would you consider setting up a Christmas card making station like ours and getting the whole family in on some creative card-making?
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Again, thank you to Kid Made Modern for sponsoring this post; all opinions expressed are my own.