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Making Adorable Cards from Toddler Art

Looking for an easy way to make homemade birthday cards from toddlers? Check out this easy trick – perfect for card making with toddlers. 

I’m always looking for cute greeting card ideas for my kids to make.

There are so many fun cards out there that creatively use kids’ handprints and footprints.

Although cute, I always had trouble getting one decent hand or footprint for a greeting card.

Not to mention the mess it makes.

As soon as my son was old enough to paint, I had him “paint” with cotton swabs, instead of paintbrushes, so he could easily dab the paint onto the paper.

This kept the paint really confined but still allowed him to create artwork. (Sponge brushes and foam stampers are great for making cards with toddlers too.)

As any toddler’s paintings would be, my little guy’s artwork was very abstract. 🙂

I was having him make birthday cards for all of the summer birthdays in our family. Yet, rather than give messy toddler paint prints, I thought of a great way to showcase his art but to also turn it into a nice-looking greeting card.

Homemade birthday cards from toddler from kids paintings

Birthday card from toddler to dad and mom - card making ideas for kids

Homemade Birthday Cards from Toddlers

So after my son did a little abstract painting, I did a little cutting and gluing – and voila! Don’t the birthday cards look nice?! 

Childrens birthday card ideas - have them paint and then cut it into a cardMaterials for Making Greeting Cards from Toddlers

Making these greeting cards is so simple. The materials are so easy too. Most likely, you will even already have all of these things.

Card making ideas with toddlers - use their paintings and cut and paste them into homemade cards for birthdays
  •  Card stock – I like having toddlers make artwork on card stock because it is so thick. When they layer paint on paint on paint, the card stock works really well. I mostly used this bright color pack. The brighter the colors, the better the cards turned out. (Looking at the purple card (below), I wished I used a brighter color for the actual card.)
  • Kids paint – I love this washable Crayola paint. Lots of color choices keep my son very interested in painting!
  • Paintbrushes – sponge brushes, cotton swabs or stampers work too! My son loves making greeting cards with these foam painting stampers. He has this farm set, but they have transportation ones, animal ones, sea-life ones, and even holiday sets too! He only uses the paintbrush for so long, but the foam stampers keep him interested for longer
  • Scissors – just the regular ole pair you have laying around the house 🙂
  • Glue – or even tape 🙂
  • Sharpie/Marker (if needed) – I used a sharpie to add the balloon strings. You could use ribbon or pipe cleaners or anything else you find around your house.
  • Stickers or embellishments (if desired) 

Making Cards With Toddlers

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 for the birthday cards.

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). After, I took the birthday items that I cut and glued them down to the card.

I even did a train cut-out. I used a nearby water bottle cap to trace those perfect circles 🙂

Card making ideas for kids - paint and then cut into shapes for birthday cardsUsing Patterned Scrapbook Paper for Toddler Cards

After making cards for all the summer birthdays, I was running low on paintings, so I substituted printed scrapbook paper (here is a similar one) that looked like a cupcake wrapper.

The greeting card turned out so cute that I wished I thought of it sooner 🙂

Using scrap book paper and kids paintings to make homemade birthday cards from toddlersBirthday Shapes

As far as the shapes, I free-handed them as I cut. You could certainly draw on the paper and then cut. ​

Cards that Toddlers Can Make by using the paintings and cutting and pasting into cardsAdding Embellishments

While making cards with toddlers, you can dress up the cards by adding some embellishments to the front of the card. I added the word happy with letter stickers because the present birthday card looked a little plain.

Cards that Toddlers Can Make - card making ideas with toddlers and kidsA Personal Touch

Last, to give the greeting 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. This gave him another opportunity to be creative making birthday cards.

Making Cards with Toddlers

I just love how the birthday cards turned out! My son got to be as creative as he wanted with no restrictions (like fingerprints or footprints), and I got to help my toddler create something to give to others that were refrigerator-worthy.

Making Cards with Toddlers - Using Toddler Paintings to Create Gorgeous Greeting Cards

Card-Making for Older Kids

You can easily alter this activity for older kids by having them paint and then cut and glue their shapes. It makes a fun alternative to them drawing cards – and it gives kids practice with scissors and putting shapes together to make things.

Birthdays, Valentines, Anything!

Even though I used birthday shapes for this batch of greeting cards, you could easily alter the shapes for holidays too. These are perfect birthday cards from toddlers to dad or mom. They also are great Valentine’s cards to make with toddlers.

Making cards with toddlers is a win-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.

Now that’s a win right there 😉

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  1. Those are so cute! From what I understand, this is similar to the method used to illustrate Eric Carle books. That means that you and your kids are real artists, right? ? Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

  2. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

    Wow thanks, Leslie!! I didn’t know that’s how those books were illustrated – but I’m not too surprised because the cutouts make great cards :)) Thanks for the great comment!

  3. My preschool class might have to try this to make Christmas cards for their parents!

  4. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

    Thanks, Helene! They turn out so nice 🙂

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