Everyone likes a handmade greetings card and what better way to spend a chilly November afternoon than making a few special cards to send to friends or family. I’ve come up with three designs to be published here over three weeks that you can make at home with minimal materials – all you need are some card blanks, some Christmassy papers (craft paper or wrapping paper are fine, and if you have anything with a bit of glitter so much the better!), and maybe some Christmas “messages”.
If you’re already a card-maker you may have some or all of these materials to hand, or you may be able to recycle some old Christmas cards by cutting them up and using them instead of Christmas papers. You might be surprised what you can do with what you’ve got!
Here are instructions for the second of the three designs. Like last week’s, it’s fairly simple but this time it involves an extra step – making holly leaves! Have a go and remember, there are always more ways to achieve a similar effect or one that you like better, so have a play and see what you can do.
Card 2 – FESTIVE CANDLES
You will need: a blank card, Christmas papers, Christmas message, a small piece of green card or paper, glue stick, scissors, felt-tip pens.
Method (see photo for clarification!)
- Choose three different Christmas paper designs to be the three candles. Think about how the different colours and patterns will work together.
- Cut three rectangle shapes approx 1 inch wide and 3, 4 and 5 inches long.
- Position these three shapes, overlapping each other slightly, onto your blank card. Play around with them a little until they look right, them glue them down.
- Take a yellow felt-tip and draw in the candle flames.
- On the piece of green card or paper, draw some holly leaves (not too difficult – look closely at the shape and practise first if you need to). Cut these out and glue them to the base of the candles. With a red felt-tip, draw in some “berries”.
- Stick on or write your chosen Christmas message, and draw a few colourful stars.
- If you happen to have some glitter in your craft box, add a little to the card to give it an extra festive feel!
Don’t forget to share pictures of your creations with us so we can admire them! If you’re happy for MFT to share them on social media too to inspire others to take part, email them to Connie Ridout, Communications Lead at MFT, at firstname.lastname@example.org