Ideas for Making Handmade Cards for Kids

Updated July 20, 2017

Birthdays, weddings, new babies, graduation--these are just some of the occasions when we are expected to send a greeting card. If you're home with kids, the last thing you'll want to do is head over to the store and pick out an appropriate card while children tug on your shirt. Receiving a card in the mail usually brings a smile to your face, doesn't it? Rather making another trip to the store, make a handmade card at home. A handmade card can become a keepsake--if you do it right.

Drawing symbols

For this project, get out some oil pastels and plain white paper. It might make a mess, so put down a layer of newspaper and change the kids into clothes you don't mind them dirtying if you're worried. Oil pastels are a good choice for kids because they're soft, bright and easy to hold with little fingers. You'll find them anywhere art supplies are sold.

Give the kids guidance by suggesting they draw something that symbolises the event the card celebrates. So, if you're working on a birthday card, ask the kids to draw balloons, a cake or candles. If you're making cards for the holidays, ask them to draw a picture of a snowy mountain, lights or a snowman. When asking children to draw for a card, try to suggest a single thing for them to draw as a symbol of the e vent . It will signify the occasion and make an attractive card.

Pick your favourites

Once the children have made a few different pictures, cut out your favourite and have the child write her name below. While you may want to send this one directly to Grandma, wait a second. There are many other people who will also enjoy this special card.

Tape the picture to a larger piece of white paper and take it to a local copy centre for a coloured copy. Many stores will allow you to copy directly onto card stock.

For another option, take a digital photo of the image and use it for an electronic card, or use your colour printer to make the cards.

Memories for a lifetime

Making cards with children does more than save a trip, it allows you to share these childhood moments with others who love you and your children. This persohalized creation may not be the best artwork you've ever seen, but let it be what it is.
Later, you'll look back and remember the day you spent together.

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About the Author

Rachel Hillier Pratt earned an M.A. in English from the University of New Mexico. Her creative nonfiction essay about her Peace Corps experience, “Negotiating Bride Price” won the 2003 Missouri Review's Editor’s Prize for nonfiction. Another essay, “Broken Waters,” published in Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction 9.2, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.