The annual holiday card is on everyone's to-do list this time of
year. No matter how your family celebrates, we all want to share a
seasonal sentiment with our loved ones. Rather than buy fancy
stationary, work with your little helpers to make a holiday card
that is truly from the whole family. This collaborative project is
a great opportunity to teach your children the real significance of
sharing seasonal greetings (it goes beyond just signing your name
to a card).
Here are three ideas for homemade holiday wishes using your
child's creativity and artwork as inspiration.
Regardless of how your family decides to convey holiday
greetings, keep in mind the focus of this project: creating
something together. So if your child wants to draw a purple
Christmas tree or his rendering of Santa Claus is a bit abstract,
be sure to remember that you are working to create a unique piece
of art-no perfectly straight lines or traditional holiday scenes
You can create your own one-of-a-kind stationery. Encourage your
child to make a drawing that celebrates the spirit of the season.
Be sure that the artist signs his work.
Use a color scanner to scan your child's picture onto your
computer and resize it to fit cardstock paper in the size of your
choice. If you don't have a color scanner available or this process
seems too technologically complicated, leave it to the
professionals at your local copy store. Simply bring the picture to
the store, explain your project and the professionals can help you
create the holiday stationery you have in mind. Include a
personalized greeting inside the card and match with coordinating
envelopes to complete the set.
Another time-saving option is using an online photo service.
Scan your child's artwork into your computer and upload it to an
online photo service such as Shutterfly (www.shutterfly.com) or Kodak
Gallery (www.kodakgallery.com). Use
the online photo service's program to customize a "photo card"
featuring your child's artwork rather than a traditional photo.
Stamps, cut outs and glitter, oh my!
If you would prefer to stick with the tried-and-true family
photo for your holiday card, you can still incorporate your
children's creativity into the project. Buy plain, fold-over note
cards in the color and size of your choice. Offer your child a
selection of art supplies including punch-outs, holiday stamps,
glitter pens, glue, wrapping paper scraps, crayons or markers. My
daughter used a Christmas tree punch-out to make a dozen or so
little trees out of wrapping paper scraps. She glued the little
trees on the front of the card in a pattern. I attached a family
photo on the inside of the card with a glue stick and we used
stamps to write a holiday greeting. This type of card gives family
and friends the chance to see your little one's creative talents
and enjoy a recent picture of the artist as well.
• A selection of art supplies to create the picture
• Cardstock paper
• A color scanner
• Plain, fold-over note cards
• A family photo
• Stamps and ink, punch-outs, glitter pens, glue, cardstock
paper, crayons, markers, wrapping paper
Think outside the card
Who says that your holiday greetings need to come in the shape
of a card anyway? Work with the kids to paint wooden holiday
ornaments in lieu of the traditional card. Unfinished wooden
ornaments are available from craft stores for less than a dollar.
Stock up on a variety of ornaments, poster paints and glitter glue
and then let your little artists get to work. Work with your kids
to paint and decorate each ornament. Attach a ribbon tied into a
bow and a small note sending holiday greetings. The lucky
recipients will be thrilled to display your holiday wishes.
• Unfinished wooden ornaments
• Poster paints
• Small holiday note cards
• A hole punch
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