Just in case it wasn’t yet apparent, I bloody love Christmas.
One thing that I really wanted to do this year was to make my own Christmas cards for our friends and family with my son, Tyler. I’m a real big lover of anything crafty but I can’t remember the last time I made my own Christmas cards(it was probably when I was in primary school!) Of course, the first thing I did was take to Pinterest for some inspiration and I was blown away by all the wonderful ideas that I came across. My imagination got the better of me and I just assumed that Tyler would be more than willing to place the palm of his hand into some paint to then press it gently onto some card, thus creating a beautiful Christmas card. Sadly, our reality was far from that of the picturesque Pinterest world!
HOWEVER, Tyler and I both had a lovely time making the cards and I’m sure that our friends and family will love them too. So that’s the main thing of course! I thought I’d share some of my “wisdom” on the realities of Christmas card crafting with a one year old for any of you who might be thinking of making some or who are feeling a little disheartened by your experience.
How to get them interested?
Two simple things. Mess and snacks. Toddlers love both of those things, right!? One day whilst Tyler was napping, I set up a little “paint station” at our dinning room table. I placed an old table cloth down before choosing just two colours of paint to put out for him. I purchased some ready mixed paint from Poundland and poured a dollop of each colour out onto a piece of paper and laid out some plain cards in front of where he would be sitting. I also cracked out a packet of Morrison’s own Pom Bears, some paintbrushes and some felt tips. You could go even more messy and grab some glitter, pom poms, ribbon and glue that they could stick to the cards. The snacks certainly helped lure Tyler to the table and he loved using the paintbrush to paint onto the cards!
What if they don’t want to get dirty?
Like I mentioned, I’d originally planned on using Tyler’s hand print on our cards but he was 100% not up for putting his hand into the paint which is completely fine! You could use paintbrushes, cotton buds, potatoes with shapes cut into them or even a sponge for them to paint onto the cards! I also recommend having a cloth or a packet of baby wipes to hand at all times during the paint being in your toddlers reach, in case they suddenly decide to scratch their face with their paintbrush(yup.. this happened!) Clothes that you don’t mind getting stained and a bib/apron are also a good idea!
Of course, I think Tyler’s creations are wonderful and perfect just as they are! But, I will be stamping “Happy Christmas” onto the front of the cards as Tyler won’t be able to do this at his age and I’d like that to be on the front of his cards. If you want to add a bit more pizzazz to your toddlers cards once they’ve finished, then go for it! After all, the card will be from yourself and them, so it’s a joint effort!
Don’t feel disheartened..
If you set up your card making station and your toddler isn’t interested. I was expecting Tyler to be like this if I’m honest, thankfully he did love painting his cards but only for around ten minutes! Toddlers and young children don’t have a very long attention span so don’t be surprised if this activity only lasts a couple of minutes. You can always give it a go another day or try switching up the supplies offered. Don’t forget to get stuck in yourself so that your little one can see just how much fun they could be having!
If you’re still stuck for ideas on how to go about making the cards or the designs you could try, then here’s a Pinterest search I did that turned up some super easy and super sweet ideas! Or just type “diy Christmas cards for toddlers” into the search bar! Happy card crafting!