I must admit, I am surprised too that I am writing this post. It has been almost a year since I was active around here and that was only for a short period of time. My blogging experience is not impressive, but it gave me joy and purpose, and recently I decided it’s time to give it another chance.
As Christmas is coming, I wanted to share with you some simple ideas to create beautiful Christmas cards with your toddler, in a fun and creative way. Your friends and family will appreciate more the hard work that you put into personalising their cards and your toddler will learn how to become creative and will bond with you through this experience.
Arianna is 20 months old now (I know! Time flies!), and together we painted, drew and glued a nice collection of Christmas cards that we are so proud of. The joy in her eyes when she saw the finished products was so priceless.
We went to buy supplies from Poundland, the place where we always get our paint from, and crafting cards. In total we spent about £10 and became the happy owners of a bunch of personalised cards. I know with these money you can get a lot more cards from shops, but I would not change anything from what we’ve done.
I researched on Pinterest ideas, and always found great ones there, and noticed that he best cards were the ones where you could see the work of the little one, and the “polishing” made by the grown ups.
We started from giving Arianna the blank card and green paint. She started painting, chaotically and happily. When she became bored of doing it without a purpose, I made her a template. I was improvising, so I cut from an envelope that she drew on, the shape of a Christmas tree and stuck it on the blank card. The attempt to fill in the tree was funny, but not all the time successful. But that was what I wanted anyway. She is young and rebel, and these cards are exactly how I see her, crazy and unorganised, but perfect.
When the paint dried I wanted to create a pattern on the cards, but most of them were taken over by Arianna with her adhesive gems. She realised how much she loved them and glued them everywhere, including on her dad.
For a bit of sparkle, we used (mainly, me) the liquid glitter tubes to dazzle up the cards. Here and there corrected the cards with the marker pen.
Other type of designs that Arianna really enjoyed consisted in adhesive foam figurines stuck on the cards, alongside a joyful message.
The more you get into creating, the more ideas you’ll get.
For the far away family I wanted to make personalised cards with a picture of Arianna, and I will admit that she did not participate much to these. It required more precision and we were a bit tired of doing cards, and time is pressing us, as Christmas is coming.
If you want the step-by-step for these cards let me know and I will make a short post for that as well.
Enjoy the pictures of our cards and please share yours with us on our Facebook page, Flo’s Bubble of Joy.
See you soon with another post!