Homemade Thank-You Cards


Icklegen and I decided to make our own thank-you cards for the wonderful gifts she received at Christmas. Given my lack of inspiration on where to start with this, I turned to my trusty Google search engine (how did we cope before the Internet?) and found this page full of original ideas for children.

A lot of the suggestions are a bit beyond a young toddler, such as “let her make up a story about the gift,” and will have to be saved for future years. We opted instead to create a set of unique art cards – basically cutting rectangles out of one of Icklegen’s paintings and then glueing them to folded blank card.

Firstly, and most importantly, Icklegen had to create her one-off masterpiece. Needless to say, we had a lot of fun with this. Painting is always a very messy business in our household, and nearly always followed by a bath or shower. This time though, Icklegen was kitted out in her super-trendy Da Vinci art smock (courtesy of one of her lovely aunties). We still managed to create a fair amount of mess, but it was more *contained*.P1010482P1010484

Once the painting was complete, I pegged it out to dry and scampered around tidying up.P1010503

While my mini Da Vinci was comfortably tucked up in bed, I did some valuable behind-the-scenes work on her chef d’œuvre: cutting, glueing, and writing…And voilà: a rainbow of homemade cards, ready to mail out. P1010521

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3 thoughts on “Homemade Thank-You Cards

  1. PT

    I received the finished product in the post yesterday and it is now decorating my fridge!
    Another really nice thing to do to try and avoid too much paint getting over your floor or if you don’t have any large pieces of paper is to get some old wall paper rolls and use the reverse side to paint on. Or on sunny days doing some water painting with chunky paint brushes or rollers on the paving slabs outside – mess free!
    Keep the stories coming, they’re fab! 🙂

    1. Laura Post author

      What brilliant ideas for fun painting with minimal hassle! I’ll definitely be putting them to the test soon. Laura xxx

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