Hand-made Christmas cards bring a smile to anyone’s face, and kid-made Christmas cards are even more special. Even if you don’t usually send cards, it’s nice to have a few Christmas card ideas up your sleeve ready to be made for the special people in your preschooler’s life.
Like most of my crafting suggestions, these handmade Christmas are all lovely and simple to make.
You’ve got more than enough to do already, trying to make sure that gifts are bought and wrapped, food is prepared, and Christmas plays and parties are all on the calendar. There’s no time for elaborate Christmas card ideas that require you to stand over the children scrutinising their every move and striving for the perfect card.
So, I’ve chosen my favourite Christmas card ideas.
You’ll need to gather some basic supplies, but hopefully, you’ll be able to get hold of everything pretty easily.
I’d recommend that you go in with low expectations, both for the finished product and for the number of cards produced. You might have a production-line preschooler who happily churns out dozens of cards one rainy afternoon, or you might have a perfectionist who spends that whole afternoon producing one exquisite card that he’s still not happy with.
I’ve had both of those children.
Either approach is fine.
Don’t plan on sending out 200 kid-made Christmas cards to everyone you know.
Don’t plan on the finished product looking exactly like the Pinterest picture.
If you keep things realistic, then everyone’s going to have much more fun.
Here's a simple but effective Christmas card idea that can be put together by even toddlers with minimal adult help required.
I know the sparkly gemstones will be a huge hit for all kinds of projects, not just this Christmas card. (Make sure you click through to see the ones recommended in the post for the best results).
I think the finished result is fabulous with all those sparkles!
A simple, messy, process art idea used to create a beautifully clean, neat, finished product.
The masking technique is such a brilliant way to turn a chaotic piece of art into a crisp, clear outline. It's definitely a tip to remember for all kinds of preschool craft projects.
I also love that this makes two pieces of art - the negative-space print, and the positive tree print, ready to be mounted onto another blank card.
Twice as many cards for the same amount of time and mess!
I love this Christmas card design.
It's just such a simple idea, but so effective.
Older children will be able to manage the whole thing themselves, while younger ones will need your help to make the line connecting the fairy lights.
The finished result is so pretty though, isn't it?
Another process-art Christmas card.
Simple shaving-foam marbling (which is such fun - if you haven't tried it, you definitely should, even if you don't want to make the Christmas cards), with pre-cut shapes added.
If you make a lot of free-form process-style art with your kids, then you've probably accumulated a healthy supply of art that could be used as backgrounds. These cards would be a great way to use some of them up.
This might be the sweetest footprint craft I've ever seen!
(And I've seen a LOT of footprint crafts while hunting down preschool Christmas card ideas!)
Christmas cards with hand or footprints on them will be treasured keepsakes, brought out year after year as you marvel at how tiny they used to be.
Printing with hands and feet is always a big hit in our house. I'd suggest getting your pretty Christmas cards done and dusted early in the session, and then letting them loose on big paper to create some chaotic, messy footprint art afterwards.
Dyed or painted pasta shapes are fun to use in Christmas sensory play, like this Christmas sensory bin.
They're also fun to use in all kinds of arts and crafts.
This pretty festive wreath card is such a simple concept, and it makes a beautiful card. It's also great fine motor skill practice, painting the pasta and then getting it stuck on in the right place.
While you're over at Crafty Morning, you should also take a look at these sweet pasta angels.
Washi tape! Everyone always has time for a quick bit of washi-tape crafting.
The patterns on the tape are irresistible, and the act of cutting or tearing and sticking is something most little ones really enjoy.
(One of my children, aged three, had a pack of masking tape and a notebook that she called her 'sticking book'. She spent hours tearing off bits of tape, sticking them into the book, and then drawing on them. Making her own washi tape in a funny kind of way.)
Washi tape is brilliant for little fingers because it tears so easily.
This is a high-satisfaction, low-mess craft, and that makes it a winner for me.
There are two different kinds of Christmas cards in this post from Hands On As We Grow. You can see the tree here, but my favourite is the snowman, so make sure you hop over and take a look at it.
It's a craft that uses pre-made shapes to keep things simple, but still leaves plenty of room for children to make their own creative choices.
How cute are these penguins?
I don't even have any children in the house with me at the moment, but I'm so tempted to cut up some potatoes and have a go myself!
I won't, though, because a certain someone is penguin crazy at the moment, and I know he'll want me to wait until he can join in too.
Super-simple printing method, but there's so much room for creativity in the positioning of eyes, feet, and any other details. All your penguins will turn out with their own individual personalities.
These Christmas tree cards are adorable. So bright and colourful.
I love tissue paper for crafting. So much learning happens naturally as children layer different colours and see what happens.
This tutorial at Wee Folk Art is lovely and detailed, walking you through the exact steps to make these pretty Christmas cards.
If the many small piles of tiny paper snippings I keep finding are any indication, then any kind of Christmas crafting that uses scissor skills is going to be a hit for my youngest this year.
That's why this one made the cut.
Simple Christmas tree card, with snipped fringing on each layer.
What’s even more fun than having your preschooler try out some of these cute Christmas card ideas?
Making a family occasion of it.
The best way to encourage your little ones to enjoy making things is for them to see you enjoying making things.
Maybe fingerprint Christmas lights aren’t your thing, but that needn’t stop you. When you’re buying supplies for your kids’ creative projects, treat yourself to some as well.
Hit up Pinterest for some grown-up Christmas card ideas, and join in with your children’s making session. Yes, they’ll probably want to steal your fancy paper and use your hot glue gun, but that’s okay.
Creating together is one of the best ways to make happy memories.
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