40 Homemade Cards for Kids to Make

40 handmade cards for kids to make

40 homemade cards for kids to make including birthdays, holidays, and thank you cards  | TinkerlabThere are plenty of homemade card ideas out there, but how many of them are kid-friendly? We pulled this collection of homemade cards together for everyone who would like some inspiration for cards that kids can actually make themselves.

HOMEMADE CARDS THAT KIDS CAN MAKE THEMSELVES

If you’re familiar with Tinkerlab, you probably know that we appreciate child-centered projects, experiments, and open-ended creativity. So, for the most part, the cards shared here today have that spirit in their soul. These projects will give you a seed of an idea to start with. Once you set these card-making activities up, you can let your child get into their creative zone as they add their own ideas to the mix.

FIVE HOMEMADE CARD CATEGORIES

For easy navigation, these homemade cards are broken down into five categories: All Occasion Cards, Thank You Cards, Valentine Cards, Christmas and Hanukkah Cards, and Birthday Cards. But don’t let these categories dissuade you from mixing them up, as a Valentine card could easily become a Christmas card by swapping a heart shape for a tree. Thank you to all the blogs who let me share their homemade card ideas with us today!

ALL OCCASION CARDS FOR KIDS TO MAKE

40 homemade cards for kids to make including birthdays, holidays, and thank you cards  | Tinkerlab

HOMEMADE THANK YOU CARDS

40 homemade cards for kids to make including birthdays, holidays, and thank you cards  | Tinkerlab

  • The cut-out window on these Peek-a-boo Cards gives your child the opportunity to think about what to put behind the open space.
  • If your child is around kindergarten age, introduce them to the joy of random acts of kindness such as sending a Thank You Card to service members. I love this. Coffee Cups and Crayons
  • Her’s another act of kindness to leave happy greeting notes to brighten someone’s day. So Simple!, Coffee Cups and Crayons
  • If you have a few thank you’s to write, check out these printable thank you cards with a blank area for your child to add a drawing and a few words of gratitude, The House of Hendrix
  • Do you have a stock-pile of art that you’d like to repurpose into something new? Try these Mini-Masterpiece Thank You CardsThe Imagination Tree

HOMEMADE VALENTINE CARDS

40 homemade cards for kids to make including birthdays, holidays, and thank you cards  | Tinkerlab

HOMEMADE HOLIDAY CARDS

40 homemade cards for kids to make including birthdays, holidays, and thank you cards  | Tinkerlab

HOMEMADE BIRTHDAY CARDS

40 homemade cards for kids to make including birthdays, holidays, and thank you cards  | Tinkerlab

DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE HOMEMADE CARD?

If you have a related post or know of an idea that should be including in this collection, feel free to add a link in the comment section.

Simple DIY Pop-Up Cards for Creative Kids

Make your own Easy Pop Up Card

Simple DIY Pop Up Cards

Do you like to make your own cards? Every now and then I’ll find myself in Target’s card aisle, lured in by my wide-eyed kids who ogle at the colorful greeting ideas. I love it too, but we’re rarely suckered in when it’s so easy, fun, and frankly more meaningful to make our own cards.

I know, making your own cards can takes heap-loaps of time, and the truth is that we don’t always have it. On the other hand, creative projects like this have some big benefits: they give my kids something constructive to work on and offer them lots of time to think about the recipient of their card (building lots of gratitude and love along the way).

My five-year old was getting ready for a couple of birthday parties, and she worked diligently on these pop-up cards. They can be as complicated or simple as you like. Since making these cards, this has become her favorite card-making method, and most recently she made a princess card with a pop-up crown for a friend’s dress-up party.

Make your own Easy Pop Up Card

POP-UP CARD SUPPLIES

  • Card Stock or other heavy-weight paper
  • Colorful construction paper
  • White Glue
  • Scissors
  • Crayons
  • Envelope

HOW TO MAKE A POP-UP CARD

Simple DIY Pop Up Cards Instructions 1

CUT THE CARD STOCK FOR THE POP-UP CARD

Cut a piece of card stock to the desired size.

Next, fold the card stock in half. Cut two parallel slits on the folded side of the paper, about one inch apart and about one inch long. I’d encourage you to play around with the length of these cuts.

Simple DIY Pop Up Cards Instructions 2

Next, fold the tab up and crease it.

Simple DIY Pop Up Cards Instructions 2-2

Open up your card.

Simple DIY Pop Up Cards Instructions 3

And then pop the paper toward the inside of the card.

Make Easy DIY Pop Up Cards

INVITE YOUR CHILD TO CREATE A POP-UP CARD

Cut a piece of colorful construction paper, the same size or slightly bigger than the card stock. Glue the card stock to the construction paper. Be sure that you don’t glue the “pop-up” section down.

Set up the blank pop-up card and a bucket of crayons as an invitation for your child to create.

MAKE THE POP-UP DESIGN FOR YOUR CARD

Ask your child to think of what he or she would like to pop off of the card. My five-year old made two cards: one had a space theme and the other had a garden theme. She decided that she wanted a rocket to pop off the space card and a flower to pop off the garden card. I helped her figure out how tall to make these objects.

Note: If the pop-up objects are too tall, they’ll poke out of the card when it closes

Decorate the cards with crayons, markers, or colored pencils. When the card is done, glue the pop-up piece in place and let it dry for about an hour.

Simple DIY Pop Up Cards for Kids

MORE CREATIVE CARDS FOR KIDS

Check back tomorrow for a GIANT collection of open-ended and process-based cards that kids can make. Until then, here are a few more ideas to keep you busy…

FREE template for a pop-up paper giraffe and elephant

The Chocolate Muffin Tree shares the same technique shared here, with some additional ideas on what to add to the pop-up area: How to make a simple pop-up.

Similar to pop-up cards, try making a peek-a-boo card.

If you like handprint cards, this handprint card from Willowday is really unique.