How To: Make Thank You Cards

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 🙂

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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)
  1. Stick the patterned paper onto your card blanks (if your cards are pre-printed with patterns, skip this step)
  2. 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.
  3. Use the scraps of the brown paper to cut out 2 small branches and glue these on.
  4. 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.
  5. 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)
  6. 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.
  7. Attach a thank you sticker, or alternatively write ‘thank you’ in a swirly font in the bottom right corner.
  8. 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!

Christmas Activity Ideas

I’ve just finished planning the evening I’m going to be running at Cubs in December, the theme being Christmas crafts. So I thought I’d share with you some fun, quick and simple Christmas activities for children:

Baubles

Baubles are cheap to buy if you purchase the undecorated matt or shiny finish ones. They are also easy to make yourself by using paper mache to cover a balloon. Then once you have your plain baubles, let your child go wild with glitter glue, sequins, ribbon etc to create a funky and original ornament. They also make great gifts for your child to give to family members!

 

Cake Lollipops

For this quick and easy recipe, all you need is some cake (chocolate brownies or golden syrup cake work best as they’re quite moist), some chocolate (and cream if you want a creamier coating), some lollipop sticks and some sprinkles to decorate.

  1. Cut the cake into squares and roll each square into a ball about the size of a truffle, and insert the lollipop stick. (Cocktail sticks or coffee stirrers also work just as well)
  2. Melt approx 100g of chocolate (or 50g of chocolate in 100ml warm single or double cream) for every 300g of cake.
  3. Dip the cake balls into the chocolate and twist as you do this to get a nice, even coating.
  4. Decorate with sprinkles (or grated chocolate) then leave to set. (Punching small holes in an egg box and putting the sticks in these holes will ensure they set without the chocolate becoming stuck to anything).
  5. Enjoy!

Stand up Ornaments

You could use an old jam jar to create a snow globe by using a hot glue gun to stick a plastic Christmas figurine to the lid, then fill the jar with water and glitter, then simply screw on the lid and shake!

Alternatively, you can make paper or cardboard stand up snowmen, stars and trees by decorating two identical shapes, then cutting a slit in one from the top to the middle, then a slit in the other from the bottom to the middle – you’ll then be able to slot the two pieces together. They can be made by simply colouring the designs in or by using glitter, sequins, felt etc. depending on what you have spare at home. You can find the star design here and the Christmas tree and snowmen templates here.

 

Christmas Quiz

There are lots of fun facts you can find out about Christmas. For example, did you know Christmas pudding originates from a soup-like medieval Celtic food called frumenty? However the questions don’t have to be based entirely upon Christmas; you could include a general knowledge round, or a riddle round;

e.g. “My first is in last, but not in first, My second is in best, but not in worst, My third and fourth appear in tree, My fifth appears twice in Jubilee, My sixth is in Churcher but not in Hall, The catch is, I could be in them all! What am I?” (For the answer, click here)

If you would like a copy of my animated PowerPoint Christmas quiz send an email to rebeccacdenyer@live.co.uk 🙂

Let me know if you have a go at any of these things – I’d love to see the results!