Christmas is a magical time of year with lots to get excited about; from Santa's presents to yummy Christmas puds! So get into the festive spirit with your kids by making your own Christmas cards. It's quick, easy and cheap as chips - and the best bit? Lots of glitter! Here's our 5-step guide to making the perfect Christmas card
1 x sheet plain white card
3 x sheets coloured card
1 x tube of squeezy glue or double-sided sticky tape
Gold gel pen
1 x pair scissors/craft scissors
Choose your design. The key to making a great Christmas card is to keep it simple! There are plenty of festive ideas to choose from and here are a few of ours: Christmas trees, Santa Claus, an angel, reindeers, snowflakes and family pictures. The kids will love choosing a design - but you might have to help them draw and cut it out!
Make the base. Fold a 24cm x 14cm piece of white card in half to form a card shape. If you want a border, use craft scissors (funky cutting designs) to cut out the base and stick onto a larger piece of coloured card. Fold with the white card on the inside - this will be your canvas to write on.
Next, you'll need coloured card according to your design; for example, green for a Christmas tree, brown for a reindeer, red for Santa Claus and so on. Draw the shape out in pencil and get the kids to try cutting it out neatly (depending on age - you could swap roles). When you're ready, stick this onto the middle of the folded base layer using glue or double-sided sticky tape.
Add the fancy stuff. The children will love this part - and so will you, let's be honest! Make the card look as festive as possible by adding glitter, gold stars, felt tips, felt, cotton wool (for Santa!) and any other shiny shapes that'll stand out.
Finally, all that's left to do is the inside - give the little ones a gold or silver gel pen to write their message with on the inside of the card
Handy extra: Got any leftover Christmas cards from last year? Cut out the image on the front, providing the back is blank, to make a great budget gift tag!
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