Homemade Christmas cards are crafts you can do with children and are easy and inexpensive to construct. They add a personalised touch to those you send them to and can also be used as Christmas gifts. Cards can range from simple to ornate, depending on skill level, and can help inspire creativity in children. Artists' renditions of homemade Christmas cards have even been on display at the Smithsonian's Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture.
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Things you need
- Red craft paper
- Green craft paper
- Glue stick
- Plain note card or card stock
- Tempera paints in white, red and black
- 2 paper plates
- Googly eyes
- Small paintbrush
Cut and fold the green craft paper as desired to create the card. Cut Santa hat shapes from the red craft paper; this does not include white trim or pom-poms. Glue red hats on the front of each card that you are constructing. Attach googly eyes with a glue stick about a fingertip's width below each hat.
Pour enough white tempera paint onto one of the paper plates to make a handprint. Pour a nickel-size amount of red, black and white paint onto the second paper plate. Mix some of the white and red paint on the second plate to make pink.
Put your hand in the white paint so the paint covers your palm. Turn the cards upside down and stamp handprints on each of the cards about 1/2 inch below the googly eyes so the finger marks look like beards.
Dip your fingertips in the white paint to create white trim across the bottom of the red hats. White trim will look like filled-in white circles next to one another; make a white dot on the end of the hat to create a Santa hat pom-pom. Use the pink paint to make round cheeks and red paint to make a round nose.
Paint a small round circle for the mouth using a small paintbrush and black paint. Allow the cards to fully dry.
Tips and warnings
- There are numerous online tutorials for making a variety of Christmas cards, including themes with reindeer, a snowman, angels and elves.
- Use newspaper when making cards to avoid getting paint on countertops. Do not leave paint within the reach of children.
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