Every year I spend a small fortune on Christmas Cards for friends, family and neighbours. As if Christmas isn’t expensive enough without the additional expense of Christmas cards.
Why should we spend all that money (enough for another gift for someone) on Christmas cards that will be chucked in the recycling bin before you can even say Ho Ho Ho? And don’t even get me started on the ridiculousness of how busy the card shops get at this time of year. Or how uncivilised the people in the card shops can get.
With this in mind I have decided that this year, with the help of my toddler, I will be making all of my Christmas cards.
There are so many benefits to this..
- It’s cheaper so I’ll save money
- I’ve already got stacks of craft supplies so wouldn’t need to buy much
- My toddler will have a fun messy play session
- The cards will be sentimental because they are hand made
- I can just use my toddlers hands and feet and the cards are half way done. Simple.
Pinterest is full of inspirational ideas for handprint and footprint Christmas cards. I decided to opt for ideas that are simple, purely because my toddler has the attention span of a knat, and because of my lack of creativeness!
Molly couldn’t wait to get stuck in. She loves painting so she jumped straight into painting her hands.
We made handprint Christmas tree cards, handprint reindeer cards, and we made footprint snowman cards. As always with our messy play sessions, both myself and Molly had lots of messy fun making these cards.
I already had all of the paint and card in our craft supplies so I just bought a few different Christmas crafty bits to finish the cards off.
To make the cards we used:
- Black and white A4 card folded in half
- Paint and paintbrushes
- Googly eyes for the snowman and reindeer pictures
- Glitter for the reindeer nose and glitter snow for the snowman picture
- Flatback gems for the Christmas tree baubles and the snowmans buttons
- Christmas tree and present stickers
- ‘Merry Christmas’ stamp for inside the cards
There was glitter everywhere. And I can’t even blame Molly because it was my fault! I knocked the bag of snow glitter over. Molly had fun playing with it though so that’s all that matters.
I think the cards turned out brilliantly and we’ve saved loads of money. They are also a little bit more personal than a card from a box . I will definitely be making all of my cards from now on.
I’m loving the idea of handmade things lately, so much so, that I’m also going to attempt some handmade decorative items and gifts. Is anybody else making their cards or gifts this year? Would you ever send Handprint and Footprint Christmas Cards to your friends and family?
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