Try one of these great homemade card activities with your kids today! Cards are a lovely way to show friends, family, and neighbours that you’re thinking of them, and making them yourself at home is a special touch. Much more personal and thoughtful than a store bought card, handmade cards are a more cost effective option – and a fun thing to do with your kids!
Making cards at home together is a creative (and sometimes messy!) activity that not only encourages your kids to use their imagination, but also brings together all sorts of activities (writing, drawing, collage) in one fun project. Card making is an activity they won’t be able to resist!
What You’ll Need for Making Cards
To make your own cards with your children, you need nothing more than some thin, plain card and some crayons and paints – the more options you have, the better. A wide variety of colours and kinds of paints can help kids really unleash their creative side, and you’ll get some very imaginative cards as a result! Here are some art supplies you may wish to offer in addition to your card and paints:
- Coloured Tissue Paper
- Cotton wool
- Kitchen Foil
- Googly eyes
Card Making Ideas
If you’re looking for some inspiration to get you started, check out these fantastic (and easy!) ideas below:
You and your children can make your own card from recycled images, materials, or text. Old card packaging makes a sturdy card base, while food wrappers, scraps of old clothes, newspapers, and magazines are great for decorating.
Not only is this an inexpensive way to make cards, but it’s also a good opportunity to teach your kids about recycling, or to introduce them to the concept. You can cut out any interesting images from magazines or newspapers, and glue them onto the card – you can also use cleaned up old foil wrappers for a bit of sparkle! The beauty is that each card is completely unique.
Leaf printing is a popular activity for kids, and it also makes for interesting and beautiful card designs. Pop into your garden, or to the local park, and collect some leaves that have fallen to the ground.
Apply a small amount of paint to the top of the leaf, and press it firmly onto the card – the veins of the leaf should be visible, creating a very authentic and realistic looking print. Keep in mind that this activity can get a bit messy, but you can rely on the Solve Your Stain section of our site to help you out when it comes to your clothes.
What Cards Will you Make?
These ideas are just a small selection of what you can do with a piece of card and a few art supplies – there’s really no limit as to what you and your kids can create. It’s worth keeping some basic craft materials (glue, pens, paint, interesting packaging, old magazines) around the house for a rainy day, or for whenever the creativity bug bites! The big question is, what will you make?
Share your favourite card ideas with us in the comments below!