How to Make Home Made Holiday Thank You Cards #GlueNGlitter #CBias

Christmas was very good to J-Man this year.  Family and friends really went out of their way to get him things that were special to him.  So we decided that we would make home made thank you cards as a way of telling them how special and thoughtful their gifts were.  Because, after all, nothing says you are appreciated more than a home made card!  So off to Walmart we went.  My little crafter (J-Man) was super excited about getting to use his creative side and I was super excited about coming up with fun ideas!
We started out by checking out the Elmer’s Memory Keeping items to get an idea of where we wanted to start.  After finding some great gel glitter pens and some glitter glue, an idea started to come together in our head.  We decided that we didn’t want to go with traditional holiday colors – even though the cards were for Christmas thank yous.  Instead, we wanted to incorporate bright colors with a slightly different Christmas theme to create a keepsake that would show family and friends just how much their gifts meant!
So, here is how we made our cards!  They were super fun!  And scroll on down to see if you think they are super cute!
What We Used:
- Elmer’s Glue Pen
- Elmer’s Sparkle Glue
- Elmer’s Gel Pens
- Glitter
- Card Stock in an Assortment of colors
- Gift stickers
- Scrapbook supplies (be creative)

How to Make Your Cards
Choose the color of card stock you want to use.  Fold it over in half to make it open like a card.  Then decide what theme you want to use.  Even though we didn’t want a traditional Christmas look, we still wanted to focus on the present/tree/holiday theme.
We then decided what the focus of each card would be.  For the two we created, we wanted one theme to be presents and the other to be ornaments.  Since we had present stickers and round balls that could easily be used for ornaments, we decided to create around those.  On the first card, we drew a Christmas tree using the glue pen.  We then used silver glitter to sprinkle on the tree to bring it to life.
We then added the present stickers and used the sparkle glue to write thank you and create ornaments on the tree.
We set the first card to the side to dry and began to work on the second.  J-Man wanted an ornament theme for this one and even though the scrapbook stickers we were using we supposed to be buttons, I thought his idea was really cute.  So we took each of the round buttons and he stuck them on the card.  He then used the silver gel pen to create the hooks that they were hanging from.
We then used the sparkle glue to write thank you diagonally between the button ornaments.
Finally we added a matching Christmas tree to the bottom using the glue pen and glitter for a little extra holiday cheer.
Our final result was two amazing cards that anyone would be thrilled to receive!  J-Man was so proud of his work and I think we came up with some pretty great ideas to say thanks and have fun at the same time!  The key to this project was letting J-Man take the lead and come up with creative ideas himself.  With the fabulous crafting items we purchased, his imagination was the limit!  And the final product speaks for itself!
This super easy and fun craft was a great way to teach J-Man about saying thank you, have fun and create memories!  To see my entire shopping and creating experience, please check out my Google+ album HERE!  Happy crafting!
This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Elmer’s #gluenglitter #collectivebias #CBias.  Regardless, all opinions are my own.

Comments

  1. You've got me feeling creative now. Gotta go make something.

  2. These are so cute!! I love the way they turned out! I did a New Year Card. I really love these types of projects!

  3. Anna at Mama Writes says:

    These are great! They remind me of the cards we used to make at school right before Christmas when I was little… I should get back into making them. Thanks for the idea!

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  5. Diane - It's All Good Until You Burn Dinner says:

    Way too cute!! And I was feeling so proud when I actually made my own photo cards and got them in the mailbox this year! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Donna George says:

    I used to take my kids fingerpaint papers and turn them into wrapping paper.

  7. How can you go wrong when there's glitter involved?! I'm sure your family will love to get such a thoughtful, personal thank you card.

  8. They turned out super cute! Love the glitter tree!

  9. About A Mom says:

    These cards are super cute! Great ideas!

  10. Susie B. Homemaker says:

    Those are so cute! I love the one with the buttons as ornaments. And sending Christmas Thank You cards is a great tradition.

  11. East9thStreet says:

    Thank you cards are always better with glitter!

  12. The cards look great! I always think that home made thank yous make a big impression on family and friends – my kids have always made thank you pictures but rarely add glitter… I can see that being our next purchase!

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