Looking for no-fail homemade Christmas cards that are pretty and easy to make? Here are tutorials for snowflake cards. stained glass crafts and cards and pop-up cards. Free printable holiday stencils are included for card-making. These homemade Christmas cards and crafts work well for senior citizens, preschoolers and special needs students with limited abilities. Kids love pop-up cards and 3D crafts.
You’ll need sharp scissors, pencils, black construction paper, white copy paper, glue sticks, assorted holiday shape punches (candy cane, bell, present, teddy bear, reindeer), wrapping paper and tissue paper cut in one-inch squares. Print free printable holiday stencils at First Palette. About Painting has a nice collection of free printable holiday stencils and templates, too. Use these free printable snowflake patterns for card-making.
Stained Glass Christmas cards and crafts: You can make stained glass crafts from snowflake patterns or black construction paper. Fold black paper like a card and trace stencils on the front. Cut out the areas inside the stencil with sharp scissors. On the inside of the card, tape tissue paper or thin wrapping paper over the cut-out openings so the pattern shows on the outside of the card like stained glass. For snowflake cards, cut two identical snowflakes. Glue tissue paper to one and glue two snowflakes together so colors show through “windows.”
Simple stained glass window crafts If the stencil is too difficult to trace, use shaped paper punches. These can be a little tricky, so put your finger on the punch and have child push your finger. He’ll feel like he’s doing it by himself. Punch out shapes and cover on the inside of the card with tissue paper. The easiest way to put glue on card, not tissue paper. Kids can make a stained glass border along the edge of Christmas cards.
For 3D and pop-up cards, use holiday stencils with one basic holiday shape-bell, sleigh, reindeer– on Christmas cards. Put tissue paper pieces on the end of a pencil and dip in glue. Affix tissue paper inside shape and continue this procedure filling the shape with color. Use different colors for different parts–a poinsettia, for example, is filled with red with one piece of yellow in the center and green leaves. Make pop-up cards by cutting holiday shapes from construction paper using cookie cutters or templates. Leave tabs on shapes like paper dolls. Tape tabs near fold of card. Make pop-up cards by folding strips of paper accordion style into “springs.” Tape one end of spring to back of shape and the other end inside the Christmas cards. These pop-up cards work when opened.