Posted by Eileen
There are so many cards out there that creatively use kids' hand and footprints. Although cute, I always had trouble getting one decent hand or footprint from my son. As soon as he was old enough to paint, I had him use cotton swabs, instead of paint brushes, so he could easily dab the paint onto the paper. (Now he uses paintbrushes, sponge brushes and foam stampers). As you can see, his paintings are quite abstract:)
With all of the August birthdays in my family, I wanted to give them each a card that my toddler painted for them. Yet, rather than give his messy paint prints, I thought of a great way to showcase his art but to also turn it into a nice-looking card:
Materials are so simple. You might even already have all of these things.
After my toddler painted on the card stock papers, I let them dry for a few hours or so. Then, I cut his paintings into shapes - cupcakes, presents, balloons, and layered cake. .
I then took a new piece of card stock (a contrasting color), folded it in half, and trimmed off the top (unless I was going for a tall card - like the balloons and train). I then took the pieces that I cut and glued them down.
I even did a train cut-out for my train-loving dad. I used a nearby water bottle cap to trace those perfect circles :)
After making cards for all the August birthdays, I was running low on paintings, so I substituted printed scrapbook paper (here is a similar one) that looked like a cupcake wrapper. It turned out so cute that I wished I thought of it sooner :)
As far as the shapes, I free-handed them as I cut. You could certainly draw on the paper and then cut. Or, you could even use my free printable here. Just cut the shapes out and use them as stencils.
To dress the cards up, you could also add some embellishments to the front of the card. I added the word happy with letter stickers because the present card looked a little plain.
Last, to give the cards just a little more of a personal touch, I had my son decorate the inside. He colored with his crayons and picked out stickers.
I just love how they turned out! My son got to be as creative as he wanted with no restrictions, and I got to create something refrigerator-worthy out of it.
Even though I used birthday shapes for this batch, you could easily alter the shapes for holidays too.
This project is a win for everyone involved. Your child gets to do a fun activity, you get to save some money with homemade cards, and your family members/friends get a creative, cute card, showcasing your child's work.
And, the best part is that there is no need for hand or footprints ;)
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