Kids Craft Christmas Thank you cards to make

With Christmas all done and dusted and hopefully nearly all put away, its time to start thinking about thanking your nearest and dearest for their wonderful gifts even if they are a pair of socks!

 Looking for inspiration online i found this cool article below. I tried my best to do footprint Rudolph cards off my little one to my family this year, which didn’t exactly work out (i might give you a post on that in the future) little tip…practice lots before applying brown paint to a 1 year olds feet and be prepared! But with hope still in my heart i found this article for thank you cards and i just love that it ties in with the footprint theme of the Christmas cards.

 Although if anyone does have any tips on controlling a 1 year olds feet, please let me know!

Article found at howaboutpinkplease
I would have loved to have sent a homemade card to each and every Aunts/Uncles/Grandparent that the boys received gifts from, but as I mentioned here, my boys refuse to sit down for more than 5 minutes to do any type of craft project with me.  It kills me!!!
So, the easiest solution is to make one card, photograph it, and mass produce that baby!
This year, I used a painted plate that I saw on pinterest via flickr as inspiration for our card.  The boys actually didn’t mind making this because they thought it was fun having their feet painted.
I used scrap fabric for Rudolph’s scarf, cotton for Santa’s beard, and sticky googlie eyes for both sets of eyes.  I then had Ethan write the thank you note at the bottom of the card.
To convert the painting into a card, I first photographed the painting. After adjusting the color a bit on the computer, I right clicked on the image and “rotated it clockwise” twice, so that it was upside down.  (This step is needed so that when you print it, it comes out correctly.)
I then printed the card on 8.5 x 11″ cardstock.  When in the print screen, I chose 4×6 inch with only 1 card per sheet of paper.  I also made sure the box that said “Fit picture to Frame” was UNCHECKED.  When it was checked, it cut off part of the picture.
 Here is what our thank you cards ended up looking like:
Super easy, fast, and bound to bring a smile to the Grandmas’ faces.
I hope they like it!  It’s the best we can do.

New Year Kids Craft Ideas


Here’s a fun little craft to get you and your kids over the post-Christmas blues and into next year. Just what everyone needs: noisemakers! Well maybe you don’t need more noise after last night’s party but this craft is sure to put smiles on their faces and give you a bit of quiet while they craft away.

Here is what you will need:

  1. empty raisin boxes

  2. silver spray paint (optional)

  3. popsicle sticks

  4. glue

  5. tape

  6. bells

  7. ribbon

  8. rice, pasta, beans, or any other hard bits you can find in your pantry that shake and make noise

  9. glitter, sequins, stickers, etc.


I chose to spray-paint my raisin boxes first because I wanted them to look uniform. I was thinking how cute they would be as a New Year’s party favor, sitting pretty in a nice silver bowl. You should feel free to paint your boxes with poster paint or cover them with construction paper.

After you paint your boxes, attach a popsicle stick to each box to use as a handle. You’ll probably need to glue it on and reinforce it with tape since these buddies are going to get a lot of shaking action. After you’ve attached the handle you can tie a ribbon around it for more reinforcement and attach a jingle bell to that for maximum noisemaking.


Then set out the glue, glitter and sequins and let your kids have at it. What could be better than sparkly, shiny noisemakers for a shiny new year!?


Once the outsides are all decorated, it’s time to fill the insides. Open one end and drop in a small handful of pasta or rice or beans. Not too much, just enough to make a lot of noise when rattled. Then close it back up, seal the opening with tape and you’re done!


Time to turn on some tunes and tell your kids to shake what their mama crafted with them!


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