I hope you’ve all had a good Christmas! I thought a good idea for my first post in quite aa while would be to share with you a little project you could try for yourself at home. A cute alternative to a thank you letter, which may be hard to write if you haven’t done anything exciting of late, is to send homemade cards. They’re great because they show effort, thoughtfulness and they’re also fun to do! So here’s some quick tips on how to make my design for this year 🙂
I made this design in two colour schemes because I thought pinks and purples were a bit too girly to give to my grandfather and great uncles!
What you’ll need:
- Card blanks and envelopes (or simply fold some A4 card in half if you don’t have any pre-made cards)
- Patterned paper (but only if your card blanks are plain, unlike mine above)
- Brown and silver paper/card (the more textured and sparkly the better, although not necessary!)
- Green tissue paper
- Sewing thread (or wool), ideally in 3 shades of the same colour
- Thank you stickers (or a silver pen)
- Stick the patterned paper onto your card blanks (if your cards are pre-printed with patterns, skip this step)
- Cut out a branch shape from the brown card (it should be about 3/4 the length of you card, when in landscape, long) and stick it about 2/3 the way up the card on the left hand side as above.
- Use the scraps of the brown paper to cut out 2 small branches and glue these on.
- From the silver card cut out a bird-box shape with a small handle like above, then cut out a small heart from the centre of this. Glue about 2/3 away along the main branch.
- From the green tissue paper cut out some leaf-shaped pieces (tip: to speed this up fold the tissue paper in half a few times so you make 4 or even 8 leaves at a time) and then glue these around the 2 small branches and at the tip of the bigger branch (about 4-6 leaves per branch looks the best)
- Now for the trickiest stage: to make the flowers wrap the sewing thread 8-12 times around your little finger, then remove it from your finger and tie it in the middle with ones strand of thread or some cotton, then cut the loops at either end to create a sort of mini pom-pom. Glue these tp the middle of the branches, spreading out the pieces of thread so the pom-pom becomes a flattened circle.
- Attach a thank you sticker, or alternatively write ‘thank you’ in a swirly font in the bottom right corner.
- Write yor message inside and you’re done!
I’d love to see your ersions of this design if you make your own, until then happy crafting!