November is here and Christmas is coming, so now is the perfect time to start getting little ones excited. A brilliant way to do this is by getting them to make Christmas cards for all your friends and family.
We’ve put together a handy guide with our top 10 easy and fun Christmas card ideas for children to make at home.
1) Paper Strips Christmas Tree
2) Marble Christmas Tree
This Christmas card craft is a really fun activity for children of all ages. Simply cut a Christmas tree shape out of green card, then dip a few marbles into washable paint, put the Christmas tree and paint covered marbles into a plastic tub (like a washing up bowl) and ask the children to roll the marbles around in the tub. When they’re finished, carefully remove the tree and leave it to dry, then stick onto your card and decorate with gems or sequins. Visit I Choose Joy for the full step-by-step guide.
3) Handprint Snowmen
We love handprint cards – they’re great fun for children to make, and are a lovely keepsake for parents. Friends and family will love to receive a handprint card at Christmas, and this cute snowman design is perfect. Just take some brown card, paint their hand white and create a handprint, then paint a stripe across the bottom of the card for the snow, and ask them to paint some fingerprints to resemble snowflakes. Once it’s dry, you can take some fine liner pens (or just felt tips) and draw on the eyes, nose, mouth, arms and buttons.
4) Handprint Christmas Tree
This Christmas card with hand shaped Christmas tree is a really lovely idea for little ones and a great way to create a hand keepsake without getting too messy! All you need is green card, brown card and yellow card, along with some gems or sequins. Simply draw around their hand, cut out and stick onto the Christmas card along with a brown tree trunk and yellow star, then glue on some colourful gems or sequins for baubles. A really simple and effective Christmas craft that will look great on any windowsill or mantlepiece!
5) Natural Christmas Trees
This natural Christmas tree card from Little Pine Learners is a wonderful craft that children will love. All you need is white card, some cuttings from a real Christmas tree, some wooden beads, and a hot glue gun. To start with, ask your child to arrange the bits of real tree on a piece of paper, then glue in place for them using a hot glue gun. Then repeat these steps with the little beads so that they look like baubles. So simple, but the result is really a really beautiful and natural Christmas card.
6) Fingerprint Christmas Tree
For little ones who love finger painting, this fingerprint Christmas tree design is perfect! You’ll just need blue card, white card for the tree, a small piece of brown card for the tree trunk, bubble wrap, green paint, and a sparkly star sticker. To start with, ask your toddler to do their fingerprint painting on the white card, then cut out a Christmas tree shape once it’s dry. Then take a piece of bubble wrap and brush with white paint, then stamp onto the blue card – this is great fun and makes a brilliant snow effect. Simply stick the Christmas tree onto the card, then add your tree trunk, and sparkly star sticker. The full step-by-step guide is available at Messy Little Monster.
7) Footprint Snowman
There’s nothing more adorable than a child sized foot on a card, and we love this snowman Christmas card design. Simply use white paint to place the footprint onto blue card, then create the hat and scarf from glittery card and stick on the card. You can use brown pipe cleaners for arms, and glue on black buttons for extra detail. Then stick on a small piece of orange card for the nose, and draw on the eyes and mouth with a sharpie. If you like, you can ask your little one to add some snowflake stickers and write a fun message on the card with the sharpie. For the full step-by-step guide take a look at The Best Ideas For Kids.
8) Fingerprint Christmas Tree Silhouette
This Christmas card idea is so fun for children to create, it’s so simple, and all you need is card and washable paint so it’s easy to achieve. Firstly, cut a Christmas tree shape out of scrap paper or foam, then tape into place on your card using a couple of pieces of rolled up Sellotape. Make fingerprints all along the edge of the shape to create the outline, then add fingerprints all over the card in different colours. When they’ve finished their finger painting, slowly peel up the Christmas tree shape to reveal their masterpiece. The full step-by-step guide is available on A Dab Of Glue Will Do.
9) Christmas Tree Window
This is a really simple idea for a handmade Christmas card that children can make themselves. Simply cut a christmas tree shape out of green card, then decorate with circles of coloured card to look like baubles. Then stick on a yellow card, and add strips of black paper to look like a window, and snowflake stickers to represent the weather outside. Don't forget to add a sparkly star sticker to the top of the tree. Perfect for making Christmas cards for their School (or Pre-School) friends.