Credit: MollySVH: http://www.flickr.com/photos/18472724@N00/4212106228/sizes/m/in/photostream/Would you like to know how to make cards out of kids’ artwork? Any parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle would be touched by the gesture of custom greeting cards from your child. There are things you can do to make your kids’ artwork even more suited to a card. All it takes is a little creativity. Read on for how to make a card with kids’ artwork.
You will need:
- Paper (2 8 1/2 by 11 inch pieces)
- Markers, crayons, colored pencils or paints
- Tape or glue
- Stickers, foam cutouts, or glitter
Credit: Childrenâ€™s Book Review: http://www.flickr.com/photos/25230222@N07/3051838579/sizes/m/in/photostream/Prepare the paper for your child. One thing I’ve learned about when children draw is that they have a hard time filling a page. They tend to draw something at the very bottom, and maybe something way up top, but they don’t fill it out. To help your child with this spatial perception phenomenon, you can prepare the paper for them. Simply draw a 4 by 5 ¼ rectangle in the center of a regular 8 ½ by 11 inch piece of construction paper to make custom greeting cards.
Decide on which art materials your child will use for the card he or she is making. A child who loves to draw might use crayons, markers, or colored pencils. Other children might enjoy paint. Others may prefer collage using scissors with fun designs in their trim, stickers, or foam pieces. When your child makes artwork for a card, it should be fun for them!
Credit: Ellecupcake: http://www.flickr.com/photos/35038786@N05/5569038915/sizes/m/in/photostream/Allow your child to draw a picture that they desire. Depending on what kind of artist your child is, it could be an abstract, something that they like, or something that the recipient might like on their custom greeting cards. Giving a child a choice between 2 or 3 ideas usually helps them feel less overwhelmed, but still in some control of their design. Let them know to stay within the box. Elementary aged children typically do fine with this direction. Very young children may go outside the lines, but don’t usually mind parts being trimmed once they see the final project. Trim the rectangle once your child is finished.
Credit: Sysop: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pyxopotamus/3851401120/sizes/m/in/photostream/Prepare the card. Fold an 8 ½ by 11 inch piece of construction paper the long way, then the short way, so that you have fourths. This will help the card stand upright. Trace your child’s picture onto the front of the card. Center it for best results.
Cut out the rectangle, slightly smaller than the rectangle you traced. This creates a matte for your child’s artwork. If you like, you can use fancy edged scissors (shown here) to create a fun textured edge for the card. Then tape or glue your child’s artwork behind the matte. If your child likes stickers, he or she can stick them or foam cutouts onto the matte to decorate it as well. Add a message to inside, and let your child sign it. And that’s how to make cards with kids’ artwork! Have fun making these personal, custom greeting cards!