And we continue with our 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS CARDS with this simple Christmas Wreath Card, made with just a few supplies. With just a few days left until Christmas, time if limited. Making a card is one of those crafts that you can put together quickly but mean so much to the person that receives it! I mean, it is absolutely impossible not to smile when you get a homemade Christmas card. Try making one with your kids today. You will be so glad you did!
SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG
- Green and red paint
- Black sharpie marker
- White, black and red construction paper
- Paper plate
- Glue stick
- Elmer’s glue
- Red pipe cleaner
Crafting with our kids is vital to their development. There are so many skills that can be learned, but also so many good times to be had. Have you ever noticed how a child really opens up when their hands are busy? That is just one of the many, many benefits of creating things with your family. (Check out this post to learn even more!) But, I know that life is busy, and it is no easy task to plan and implement screen-free activities. Believe me…I get it. So, I am striving to make it easier! Take this one step, fill up your craft bag with the supplies that I suggest, and you will be ready to craft any time, any place, with less mess. Because every single project on this blog is made from that same master list. Find out what to put in your bag…
- Fold the white construction paper in half and cut it on the fold
- On half of the white paper, draw a circle. I used a small bowl for tracing. This will be the template for your fingerprint wreath.
- Squeeze a small amount of green paint on the paper plate. Dip your finger (or thumb if it is a little guy/girl) in the green paint and use it to stamp the leaves of the wreath.
- Allow the paint to dry.
- Squeeze a very small amount of red paint on the plate.
- Dip the q-tip into the red paint and make berries. Allow the paint to dry.
- Cut the wreath out and use the glue stick to affix it to the black paper.
- Trim around the wreath, leaving a small border of black paper around the outside of the wreath.
- Also, cut a small rectangle out of the remaining white paper. (Do not use the full half of white that is remaining because you will still need that.)
- Glue it to the black construction paper and cut out a small border.
- *If you want to simplify this craft, just skip this step. The black matte is not necessary, I just like the look of it. Also, you can just cut a circle around the wreath and leave out all of the curved detail. Really, there is no wrong way to do this project. Make it your own, and cut corners if you need to. I give you permission!!! Actually, I encourage it 🙂
- Fold the red construction paper in half to form the foundation of the Christmas card.
- Cut a piece of newspaper the size of your card. Pick an area in the paper that is just plain, simple text…no pictures or ads.
- Rip a little bit off of the newspaper on each side. This can be a little tricky and may take a couple of tries to get it just right.
- Use the glue stick to adhere the newspaper onto the front of the card.
- With the glue stick, glue the wreath onto the front of the card.
- Write a message onto the white rectangle and glue it in place on the front of the card.
- Trim around the half piece of white construction paper that is remaining and glue it to the inside of your card. Write your inside message.
- Make a bow out of the red pipe cleaner and glue it in place with the Elmer’s. Allow the glue to dry completely.