Here is a little tutorial to get you and your kid excited on making the simplest handmade paper greeting cards for any special occasion that is comming your way:
We had a lovely time cutting paper, pasting the boats, tying the bows and so much more. Nothing can be more satisfying than having to do little things with children. It is amazing to see how much a 2-yr old tiny tot learns and absorbs while trying to help. This card making had many lessons for kids ranging from colors, textures, shapes, motor skills, to much more.
Since we had some blue paper, red handmade paper, corrugated paper, satin ribbon and tools at home, we chose for an easy-to-make card using whatever was available instead of buying from the store. The simplest design we could come up with, given the color constraint, was of a boat sailing in blue waters with a dash of yellow to subtly highlight the card.
We thought of a nice short and easy birthday message to be printed on the card. We came up with:
I’m having a little do
as I am completing 2
Please join me on DATE at our regular joint for some cake, crispies, and fun.
While it is nice to turn twoIts much more fun with you!
See You around!
For a rough template, take a print-out of the message after aligning the text. . To save paper, I made two cards out of one A4 sheet of paper. Have checked for proper alignment and spacing on regular paper, I printed the invitation message on a blue paper. Cut the edges clean using a serrated edges scissors and fold on top and bottom. The bottom serrated line is to indicate the waves on which the boat is sailing.
I chose red-colored handmade paper a cover for the card. Place the red paper on the blue paper and let the blue paper overlap. The blue overlap at the bottom is to indicate that the boat is sailing on blue water. The top fold can be construed as blue sky. Staple the top fold, containing the red paper within to secure the two papers in place. Punch two holes on the top fold to let the yellow ribbon through. This ribbon is tied up into a cute bow.
Take corrugated paper and cut out two pieces per card in the shape of a boat. This can stuck with glue or stapled to the red card cover. Cut out a little flag (we chose yellow to go with the ribbon color) and stick it like a flag-mast. Your card is now ready.
You can make cards with other color options and choose themes ranging from a garden, traffic signals, playground, to classroom and more. There are many options in the market to decorate your card – ranging from glitter, colored glue, readymade cutouts, etc. Since the purpose of these cards is to be eco-friendly, there were no external goods involved. Keep the card making simple and clean – for the kid will love getting involved with it.
It was great fun when my kid went around distributing the cards to his play school mates. We invited the kids and their parents for the do. Needless to say, everyone loved the cards. And we loved the whole experience.