HOW TO MAKE EASY CHRISTMAS CARDS AT HOME OR SCHOOL

Hand-made Christmas Cards

Creating Christmas cards is an easy craft idea for kids to do at school or at home.

Add your own personal touch to Christmas card design with cut-out festive shapes from coloured card of your own choosing.  People will really appreciate receiving a card that you have specially designed and made for them.

Make several sample cards first, then allow your children to create their own Christmas card with special Christmas greetings for friends inside.

EASY CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR KIDS TO MAKE

You will need the following:

White blank card
Coloured blank card.
Decorative coloured print paper
Coloured glitter shapes, stars, circles
Scissors
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Christmas Crafts Materials
Craft glue or glue stick
Doubled sided adhesive tape
Lead pencil or pen

You can download the free PDF template to access Christmas card patterns or template

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Christmas tree template
This Christmas card is suitable for children who can use scissors and glue.

Making Christmas cards can be so much fun and can be an activity that teachers, parents or grandparents can all participate in.  It’s a great way of talking about why we celebrate Christmas, giving Christmas cards and the giving of gifts.

Children love making their own creations when involved in an art and craft activity. It’s good to demonstrate each activity but it’s vital that children be allowed to express their own individuality when doing a project.  Children learn and develop when they can express their feelings through their art-work.   They will experience greater satisfaction if they are free to express themselves through using their own thoughts, feelings and ideas.

Don’t be surprised when they put their own special touch to their individual creation. It’s important to give children lots of praise and encouragement when participating in these easy crafts.

In this particular project, teachers, parents and grandparents need to encourage children to choose their own coloured printed paper, glitter and decorations to create their own special Christmas card.  They can then add their own personal Christmas greeting to someone special. inside the card

Children learn and develop when they are involved in creative art and craft activities. They develop their own thoughts, feelings and ideas about colour, texture, patterns and style when allowed to freely express themselves through art media. Freedom of expression is important for their self-development.

Instructions for making Christmas Cards

Choose plain coloured paper for your cards. 12” X. 6”. (30cm x 12cm)

Cut your paper to size

Choose coloured pattern paper for different tree designs

Download the free PDF tree design

Print the template in landscape format

Cut out your tree patterns

Trace tree pattern onto the back of the pattern paper

Avoid wastage by cutting close to the edge

Cut 3 to 6 different trees to suit your Christmas card

Test which colours go best together

Cut tree pattern carefully

Arrange your coloured trees onto different coloured cards

Decide which trees go best together

Start gluing the first tree then the 2nd and the third

Try the other tree pattern and different coloured card

Glue a star at the top of each tree

Glue coloured circles on top of tree

Glue stars on top of circles

Glue extra stars and decoration

When finished, write a special Christmas message inside your card

Have lots of fun making these lovely Christmas cards.

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MOTHER’S DAY CRAFTS FOR KIDS TO MAKE

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Mother’s Day DIY Gifts

MOTHER’S DAY CRAFTS  –  2 PRETTY GIFT BOXES

DIY Mother’s Day gift ideas are not always easy to find but homemade Mother’s Day gifts from children are always greatly appreciated as DIY Mother’s Day gifts.

Mother’s Day craft ideas may be hard to find, but on this site you will find some easy Mother’s Day Crafts that kids can make.  If you’re looking for free printable Mother’s Day crafts, look no further.  We have a Mother’s Day Craft Project that’s easy for kids to make.

This is a Mother’s Day DIY project that would be suitable for 6 to 12-year-olds, and fun to make.  Children of this age are capable of creating Mother’s Day arts and crafts and putting their own creative skills to work.  [DIY gifts for Mom are not necessarily Mother’s Day crafts for pre-schoolers or Mother’s Day crafts for toddlers]. 

Pretty, cute soap boxes are great DIY Mother’s Day gift ideas and these beautiful little soap boxes will make charming Mother’s Day DIY gifts.  Your children will delight in making these easy Mother’s Day crafts.   It’s always lovely to receive homemade gifts for Mom, and Mom will have a special Mother’s Day Box as a keepsake. 

MOTHER’S DAY CRAFTS : GIFT BOX

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

Pen, scissors, craft glue, paper glue stick

Ruler, plain firm white board card

Colored paper patterned card

One piece of gift soap, stick-on gems

1 x 12ins of ribbon for bow on gift box

1 x 10ins of ribbon for length of box

INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAKING THE GIFT BOX

1 Download PDF template for size of box pattern {or save and print the image below}

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2 Cut out the template pattern

3 Trace paper pattern onto firm board card

4 Cut pattern on board carefully

5 Select pretty, colored paper for box

6 Select ribbon to match

7 Trace pattern onto back of colored paper

8 Cut out pattern carefully

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Cut out pattern, score and and glue flaps

9 With a pen, mark all fold positions carefully

10 Using a ruler bend folds backward and forwards

11 Align coloured pattern on top of plain pattern

12 Check that it fits, glue carefully using a glue stick

13 Press firmly and allow to dry

14 When dry, bend folds carefully back and forth

15 Cut ribbon for length of box, include overlap

16 Glue ribbon on rear of pattern

17 Allow time to dry

18 Glue side flaps to inside of box

19 Press, peg and allow to dry at each end

20 Glue end flaps on one end only, allow to dry

Place your gift soap inside box

21 Place your gift soap inside box

22 Glue other end flaps, allow to dry

23 Tie ribbon and make a bow, trim the tail

24 Glue bow… press lightly, allow to dry

25 Glue pretty gems in center

Now you have finished your Mother’s Day Craft Gift

The instructions for making these pretty MOTHER’S DAY CRAFTS are on video for you to enjoy watching and creating.

DIY Gifts for Mom
Mothers Day Craft Ideas

Follow the steps slowly and enjoy making your own Mother’s Day craft gift box.

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The Origins of the Famous Fabergé Egg

Faberge decorated Easter eggs

History tells us that The High society in Russia in the 19th Century started the tradition of giving highly delicately decorated eggs, featuring many special intrinsic jewels and beading, creating beautifully ornate decorated eggs. This tradition led to the famous Fabergé egg.

It is believed that the first Fabergé egg was created for Tsar Alexander lll who was inspired to give his wife, the Empress Maria Feodorovna, a beautifully decorated Easter egg in 1885, perhaps for their 20th wedding Anniversary.

This delicate Fabergé egg was crafted from a gold base with a transparent white shell that, when opened, revealed the gold yolk. This yolk also opened to reveal a highly colourful gold hen in a basket.  The hen also opened, revealing a miniature diamond crown, suspending a tiny delicate ruby pendant. This egg became known as the Jewelled Hen Egg.  The delicate egg was supported on a tripod pedestal, also highly coloured with gold, jewels and intricate detail.

Maria Feodorovna

Maria was so adoring of this delicate gift given to her by her husband Alexander that it led to Peter Carl Fabergé being appointed to the Imperial Crown as a goldsmith and given complete freedom in designing any of the future imperial Easter Eggs. This in turn led to them to becoming more and more decorated and elaborately intricate. Alexander’s only requirements were that each wonderful Fabergé egg would contain a surprise and a special uniqueness.

Faberge decorated Easter eggs
Fabergé Egg

The Imperial eggs became quite famous and Fabergé went on to be commissioned by many private clients… duchesses and wealthy families, creating many more intricate designs for them, along with their special surprises hidden inside. History tells us that a series of 50-54 Fabergé Eggs were commissioned for the Russian Imperial family under the direction and supervision of Fabergé, all of which were delicate in nature, intricate in design and surprising in their secret inner creations.  Many of the intricate inner surprises were of flowers, carriages, clocks, jewels, pearls and many more.

Other Easter Egg Customs

Chocolate eggs, egg-shaped candy and coloured jelly beans have all been well associated with Easter from the early 1930s.  Many countries, cities and towns, on many different scales across the world, celebrate the Easter Hunt and The Easter Parade in a very big way, involving everyone to celebrate this festive season with dressing up, with elaborately coloured, decorated hats, and outfits, or people dressed up as the Easter Rabbit.  Children enter into the fun by finding the scattered Easter eggs.

The American White House maintains an Easter tradition on the Monday after Easter as an annual event on the White House lawn, including an Easter Hunt and egg rolling Competition.

Other Easter Traditions…

HAPPY EASTER GREETINGS

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Easter is about celebrating with loved ones and spreading joy and happiness.  Even in a time of global crisis, it’s important that we carry on these special traditions that we all look forward to each year.

Happy Easter Greetings

At this time of year, it has become a tradition to give Easter cards that include a very special Happy Easter greeting inside.  Everyone loves to receive an Easter card, especially if it is a DIY craft card.

It’s lovely when you can make your very own creative Easter cards and send them to family members who may live a long way away… or it may be for your teacher.   Parents or special friends would also appreciate receiving one.  But of course, you need to put a very special Happy Easter Greeting inside the card.

You might like to write funny Easter greetings or send an Easter blessing to a special friend.  Everyone loves a Happy Easter Greeting.

Here are some examples of Happy Easter Greetings

Thinking of you at this special Easter time.

I am sending you HAPPY EASTER WISHES.

May you and your family have an Easter basket full of blessings.

Happy Easter! May Easter bunny bring you lots of yummy eggs.

Here’s a special Easter greeting… HAPPY EASTER!

May your hearts be filled with joy and thankfulness at this special Easter time!

Funny Easter Greetings

We all love funny or silly jokes or clever sayings.  When you open an Easter Card and unexpectedly read a funny Easter greeting, you could well be put into stitches of laughter.  It’s fun to have a silly joke to make people laugh. You can always make up your own funny Easter greetings.

Here are some examples of Funny Easter Greetings…

Happy Easter Greetings

So why did the Easter bunny cross the road? …The chickens were chasing him.

Happy Easter! A large Easter Egg is on its way …if the Easter Bunny hasn’t eaten it, like last year!

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Happy Easter Greetings

How does the Easter Bunny stay fit?  …He EGG-cersizes

Happy Easter! Funny Bunny!

Happy Easter! Hope you can wait till the bunnies bring your eggs back home.

Wishing you a Happy Easter with lots of Bunny-kin greetings.

Religious Easter Messages

Often Easter is only thought of as a season of family fun, lots of eggs and bunny rabbits …painting eggs and having a meal with family or friends.

religious easter greetings

But Easter is a special religious time of the year, when we are reminded that Easter is the remembrance of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  And it was his sacrifice that has shown us the path to eternal life with Him in God’s Kingdom!

Here are some religious Easter greetings…

May God bless you at this special Easter time!

Easy Easter Cards

Hallelujah! The King is risen. May you receive many blessings this Easter season.

May all the blessings of Easter fill your heart with joy!

Let’s rejoice and be glad in Him for He is risen! …Blessings at Easter time!

May all His blessings come upon us this special Easter time!

Happy Easter! May all the blessings of Easter fill your heart!

Christian Easter Greetings

A Christian verse…

Jesus Christ, he told us so!

Little did we believe… little did we know,

That He spoke the truth with every word!

Now He is risen, His voice is heard!

HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!

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Happy Easter Greetings

Easter Cards for Kids to Make…

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The Origin of the Easter Bunny

Easter Bunny

The origins of the Easter bunny are somewhat of a mystery. One thought is that they stem from an old pagan tradition celebrating the goddess of fertility. The name of the Germanic fertility goddess was Ēostre.  The sacred animal was the hare. Hares were profuse breeders; hence they became a symbol of fertility.  Over time the hare was replaced by a rabbit that became known as the Easter Bunny who hid colored eggs at Easter.

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Pagan Anglo-Saxons had held feasts in Ēostre’s honour, but this tradition was replaced by the Christian Paschal month, a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus.  Easter is a religious holiday and the Easter eggs are a representation of Jesus’ emergence from the tomb to his resurrection.  Eggs were and still are representative of new life and the decorating of eggs for Easter dates back many hundreds of years to the 13th century. Churches encouraged their followers to abstain from eating eggs and to paint and decorate them instead, during the time of Lent… then allowing them to eat them once again on Easter.The origins of Easter
Easter is a very important time on the religious calendar and is celebrated widely around the world, having grown out of the ancient symbol of fertility and new life.  The egg is associated with spring and “fertility”, “rebirth” and “the beginning”.  With a rise in Christianity across Western Europe, many pagan customs and beliefs were adopted into Christian tradition. The egg was a symbol of new life represented by the Resurrection.

Easter Traditions across the Atlantic

Immigrants brought their traditions with them when they decided to migrate to new lands.   New continents were being discovered and new traditions were developing. The earliest Easter Eggs were painted with different vegetable dyes and were duck or hen eggs.  Flowers and baskets were a later addition.  These varying customs eventually spread, along with the fabled Easter Rabbit. These customs developed into the famous morning Easter hunt for multicoloured Easter Eggs, along with other candy ones.  Decorated Easter baskets became essential to collect these special eggs, replacing the original nests. Carrots are also sometimes left out the night before to entice the hungry Easter bunny to add additional eggs and so that he would not get hungry while jumping around the garden.Easter bunny

Family Easter fun

The painting of Easter eggs is still a strong tradition and quite fun to do with children. It’s easy to do, but only paint hard boiled cooked eggs.
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Children love to paint and cut out Easter shaped eggs and decorate Easter egg cartons along with straw like decoration.
Easter craft projects
This is a picture of my 3-year-old grandson’s decorated painted cardboard Easter egg carton.  We had so much fun using various colours and blending different colours together. Some of them we placed in a cut-out green basket, rolled together, that stood up on the table. We had a lovely three hours of bonding, chatting, and painting while he was using his skills of drawing, painting and cutting out shapes which he does extremely well. I allowed him to experiment and explore his creative side. It’s such a fun activity to do for Easter.

Easter craft projects

The origins of the famous Fabergé  Egg

Other Easter traditions…

Chocolate eggs and hot-cross buns.

EASTER IN FRANCE

Chocolate Easter Eggs

Easter is celebrated in France just as in so many other countries around the world, even though some traditions may vary.

In France Joyeuses Pâques! means “Happy Easter!”

When French chocolatiers start making their delightfully carved chocolate creations, wonderful displays start appearing in their front shop windows. When this happens, you can expect that Easter is going to be right around the corner.

French chocolate is deliciously smooth and will tickle and tantalize your taste buds for more.  This is why the French love eating them.

The delicate chocolate chickens, eggs and fish are filled inside with even more delightful bonbon surprises and they are almost too beautiful to eat.Chocolate Easter Eggs

Chocolates begin to appear in every chocolate store, months before Easter as the French people just adore them… along with chocolate hens, bells with wings and wonderful varieties of friandises.  The very first chocolate eggs were produced in France and Germany during the 19th Century.

Easter Traditions in France

The French people have a Fish symbol for their Easter Season, much as the Rabbit is a symbol of Easter in other countries across the world.  The French fish is called The Poisson d’Avril or the “ April Fish.”  French children love to play at sticking as many paper fish onto the backs of as many unsuspecting adults as possible. The children then run away screaming “Poisson d’Avril!”

Flying Bells

Another French Easter Tradition is the Cloche Volant or Flying Bell.

On Holy Thursday, all the church bells in France are silenced. The legend goes that all the church bells fly to Rome to see the Pope, then on Easter morning the bells return from Rome, just in time to ring out across France declaring the joyous news that Jesus has risen again.

The Origins of Easter Traditions

Easter Decorations to Make