This Christmas card for kids to make is so super simple…just a little paper and paint is all you need. And you will learn a new paper folding technique for making the pine cones. Such an easy kid made Christmas card, and it makes a great gift for kids to give to family and friends this holiday.
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SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG
- Red, white and brown construction paper
- Newspaper (to contain the mess)
- White, green and red paint
- Glue stick
- Markers or black sharpie
Step 1: Fold and Write
- Fold a piece of red construction paper in half to form your card.
- Place it in front of you with the opening at the bottom.
- Cut a half piece of white construction paper, just smaller than the inside of the card and glue it in place.
- Write your holiday message inside.
Step 2: Decorate the Card Front
- Place your card on a piece of newspaper, still with the opening at the bottom.
- Squeeze a small line of green paint into the top left center of your card.
- Now use the q-tip to pull lines of paint outward to form pine needles.
- Optional: You can squeeze a couple of small dots of another shade of green or white and pull with a q-tip the same way to make your pine needles more than one color.
- Sit your card aside to let the paint dry while you move on to step 3
Step 3: Make the Pine Cones
Pine Cones Part 1
- Cut a wide strip (about 3 inches across) length wise of brown construction paper
- Fold the strip in an accordion type motion, but instead of making each fold even, make each one a little lower than the one before it.
Pine Cones Part 2
- Glue the folded piece of paper onto another piece of brown construction paper with your glue stick.
- Let the glue dry for a moment before moving on
Pine Cones Part 3
- Cut out a pine cone shape. You can do this free hand or draw it on the back of the brown paper first.
- Then cut each of the folds so that they are a little bit wavy, giving your pine cone a more genuine look.
- *For little ones who are just learning to cut, draw a pine cone shape on the back using a thick marker and only help as much as is needed to cut the shape. Leave out adding waving cuts to the layers of the pine cone. Just leave it as is with straight lines. It will still look very pine coney 🙂
Pine Cones Part 4
- Place your pine cone on the newspaper and squeeze out a little white paint.
- Use the q-tip to add “snow” details to your pine cone.
- Sit it aside and allow the paint to dry.
*Repeat this process until you have 2-3 pine cones ready to add to your card. They should vary slightly in size and can even be different shades of brown if you have the right construction paper for this. Though it is not essential.
Check out this video tutorial for making paper pine cones to make it even easier.
Step 4: Put It Together
- Once the paint has dried on the cover of your card and on the pine cones, glue the pine cones into place.
- You can also add red berries and a branch or any other details that you would like at this time, like a message on the front of the Christmas card.
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