Before you dive into the list to see which handmade card ideas your children might like to make. I thought it would be useful to put together a list of tips for having a successful card crafting session.
14 USEFUL TIPS ON HOW TO MAKE CHRISTMAS CARDS WITH KIDS
I am well aware that the fantasy of a lovely crafting session with young children can go awry and that older kids can start something that they don’t get around to finishing. So use these tips to get prepared for productive Christmas card making!
Start early if you want to avoid late night panic finishing
Aim for between 5 – 10 cards at a time
Don’t be surprised if your child says ‘I’ve finished’ after one card
If you’re making cards with younger children, aim to make two or three cards yourself for every one card your child does
Make a range of different cards else kids will get bored
Avoid designs that need young kids to be precise
Invest in good scissors for kids who can cut – scissors for kids can be frustrating – just make sure to be around to be safety monitor. These Amazon Basics scissors are spot on, they’re soft grip, which is great for kid’s hands and they’ve got a good titanium blade – with an 81% 5* customer rating. Add the scissors to your crafting toolkit
Sometimes simplicity is just the best! This totally eye-catching Rudolph the rednose reindeer card design is one of my absolute favourites. Great for preschoolers and older kids to make, this is a card that is sure to go down well with anyone who receives it.
If you are looking for a homemade Christmas card idea that is both quick and easy, you can't go far wrong with this 5 minute craft idea! Again, sometimes simplicity is the way forward for budding artists.
These thumb print red robin Christmas cards are absolutely perfect for time poor parents who want to help toddlers or preschoolers to make a cute card. Parents can draw the robin outline and then the budding artist can create the redbreast of the robin with their thumb. Totally simple but very effective.
This elf Christmas card craft is a fun and easy way to get your kids into the holiday spirit! They'll love creating these adorable cards, and family and friends will love having a cute keepsake to stick on the fridge. There's a brilliant video tutorial and a free handprint template you can download.
This handprint reindeer card is the perfect Christmas craft for kids in preschool, kindergarten, and elementary to make at school or craft at home with mum and dad. Just draw around a little hand and then get crafting.
This Christmas card tutorial features hand and footprints, so it is perfect for creating keepsake Christmas cards with babies and toddlers. Which grandparent isn't going to love having their precious grandchild's handprint or footprint on a beautiful homemade Christmas card?!
Now this is a great Christmas card design idea for older children who want to do homemade cards, but don't necessarily want to spend ages crafting with glitter and paint. This tutorial comes with a free printable template and instructions on how to fold it to make it into a pop-up.
This is a great Christmas card idea for kids to make using old buttons and old bits and bobs from the bottom of the craft cupboard! Younger kids and toddlers can keep it simple and older kids, tweens and teens can get more creative.
I absolutely love washi tape and this is a great way to use it as an easy way to create really beautiful homemade Christmas cards. I've got another post with a whole bunch of washi tape Christmas crafts if you are a fan of washi tape too.
How about this for a heart-melting Christmas card for kids to help make and then send to family? You will need to cut out photos, but it will be worth it to make all those relatives smile this Christmas.
These Christmas Card ideas are very easy to make and quite simple to draw as well. The simple drawing designs are suitable for kids of all age to have a go at drawing. They are great if you don't want to go to the bother of getting lots of different craft materials together.
And finally, this video tutorial is a step by step guide to making a super cute pull out Christmas card. I'm sure tween and teen girls will love crafting these.
SO WHICH CHRISTMAS CARD IDEAS ARE YOU GOING TO MAKE?
I hope this list has given you some inspiration for Christmas card ideas for kids.
If you want to do something personal but are just struggling to find time to produce enough – this was us last year!! – you can always resort to photo cards which can be based on your children’s artwork.
Luci is the founder of Mums Make Lists. She has written about all aspects of organising family life for ten years. Her main areas of expertise are family finance and budgeting, simplifying housekeeping and family admin and kids’ party planning. Read more.
Gidday Alice. These are fantastic and your timing couldn't be more perfect. I've got to start getting the kids organised to make these for their teachers and you've saved me the hassle of looking for ideas. Thanks for linking up to Thriving on Thursdays. I'm featuring this one tomorrow.
Monday 28th of October 2013
Alice...thanks for stopping by and linking up at Share It Sunday. I don't have any christmas posts to link yet as this will be my first christmas blogging. but I will check back. Thanks again. Fabulous ideas for me to use with my daughter!
Sunday 27th of October 2013
Wow lots of great ideas, popping over from #PoLoCo xx
Saturday 26th of October 2013
Another fantastic list. Thanks for linking to PoCoLo x
Friday 25th of October 2013
So thrilled you are encouraging card sending at Christmas! I love to do this too and at any time of year really. Not just the same when you receive a christmas greeting over the email. Found you via "TheBlogStrut" link up. You may enjoy my blog where I gush about all things stationery and the lost art of letter writing - I'm # 124 in the linkup