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After all, I will, however, encourage you to spend the afternoon or evening together creating my own Christmas cards, the sending of which will certainly feel the recipient's affection. For those more talented and those less prepared a few banal proposals. This year, with my husband and 1.5-year-old daughter, we are going to make a slightly easier version of some of them. And well, that they will be uglier than those professionally printed? After all, I do not send them to the competition or to the President. I send them to my loved ones, to a family that I won't be able to meet on Christmas Eve and whom I want to give them a feeling that I remember about them and that they are important to us. I am sure that everyone who receives it will appreciate it.
In the second part of the article I will show a trivial way to decorate a wrapped gift in a unique way. I will try to convince you that outdated Rzeczpospolita or Gazeta Wyborcza, as well as plain gray paper can be the best packaging for gifts, if we approach the topic properly.
So let's get to work!
Winter picture (for the youngest):
- White sheets of paper
- Colorful Bristol (e.g. blue, navy blue)
- Glue, scissors, pencil, eraser
- Additional: hole punch, cotton wool, shapes for drawing geometrical figures
We give colored card stock the desired size of card. We fold in half, creating the final form. We cut out a few small circles, triangles, squares and rectangles from white sheets. They can be of different sizes. On the cover, we sketch an imaginary picture with a pencil, based on cut out shapes, e.g. a snowman is 3 circles, a Christmas tree is 3 triangles and 1 small rectangle, an angel is 3 triangles and 1 circle, etc. (Fig. 1). We grease the sketch with glue in places where white figures should be glued and we recommend that the child put the shape in its place. Finally, we can cut a few "snowflakes" with a hole punch and decorate our winter picture with them somewhat chaotically. If you do not have a hole punch, you can tear the card into tiny pieces and form balls into them. Or use cotton wool to make snow. After drying, we can fill out the card and send it. This kind of card can already be made with over a year old Malec, just helping him with a sketch. We can give older children freedom of action.
Card with a picture / picture
- Colorful Bristol (preferably in two colors)
- Glue, scissors
- Additional: colorful ribbons, sequins, filament, beads
To make such a card, we need a photo (e.g. from previous holidays or this year's Christmas preparations, it can also be winter views, a picture of a dressed Christmas tree, etc.). Fold a piece of colored bristol (e.g. blue) of the B5 format (half A4) in half (fig. 2). On the cover of our card we stick a photo intended for decoration. We can decorate it by creating a frame of different colored bristol or with the use of glitter, beads, ribbons, etc. Next to it, we can also create a picture from colored bristol (e.g. a Christmas tree with baubles, an angel). Decorating our card can be absolutely any. In fact, the more it relates to the recipient and our relationship with him, the more valuable the card will be. After all the elements have dried, it remains to fill the sheet inside and send.
Card decorated with glitter
- Technical block, various colors
- Multi-colored loose and glitter glitter
- Colorless glue (can be vicol or any other transparent), scissors (can be with decorative cut)
- Templates (Christmas trees, baubles, snowman, angel, bell, etc.)
- Additional: white toothpaste, cotton pads,
A card decorated with brocade can be made in three ways (Fig. 3):
The first of these is card painted with toothpaste. We cut out black fragments from the templates (to be found on the Internet). We put a template, e.g. a snowman, on a dark card. We squeeze a small amount of white toothpaste onto the plate, which we then apply to the cut out elements of the template with a cotton swab. Finally, sprinkle with brocade, gently remove the template and set aside to dry.
The second way is use of glitter glue. For this purpose, we can mix glue with glitter or immediately use a ready-made pen. Similarly to the first method, we first apply the template to the card. Then squeeze the glue into the cut pieces and spread it with your finger. Gently remove the template and set aside to dry.
The third way is as simple as the first two. After applying the template to the card brush spread the glue into cut out fragments. Gently remove the template so as not to smudge wet glue. We cover all glue with loose brocade. After drying, remove excess glitter.
- White and black sheet of paper
- Blue felt-tip pen
- Glue, scissors, a piece of cardboard
On a white paper with a felt-tip pen we prepare a picture that we want to put on the card. If we do not have artistic skills, we can support ourselves with a coloring book depicting some holiday or winter picture. In my case, I definitely choose a coloring book depicting a winter picture of several houses and Christmas trees, plus stars and the moon. Using a felt-tip pen, I turn black outlines into blue. We cut the picture with gentle surrounding cuts without careful care. The strip of cardboard with the width of the picture (a bit narrower width as a sheet) is glued with glue and we attach our picture to it. The whole is glued to the card. We glue the stars and the moon directly on the black card to get a three-dimensional effect. Ready page (fig. 4).
In a similar way, you can prepare cards with one decorated Christmas tree on the background of other, e.g., unadorned Christmas trees. Only in this case, instead of cardboard, I suggest using a small stick.
In this technique, you can freely combine colorful papers to create layers and add beads, bells, ribbons, tufts of yarn and whatever your imagination suggests.
Of course, we can "settle the matter" by putting a gift in a fancy purse purchased in a supermarket, sign for who the gift is and don't bother anymore. However, it will be much more pleasant for the recipient if he takes the trouble to unpack, thus stimulating his imagination, appetite for this gift. If the gift is still original and aesthetically wrapped, and not in ordinary gift paper glued with transparent tape, then the effect will be staggering. The more so that children can help us in decorating (if, of course, gifts are not a closely guarded secret and we cultivate the annual arrival of Santa on a sleigh). I suggest a very simple way, but it gives our presents a unique style and elegance.
- Potato (relatively large)
- Knife, cookie cutters in various shapes
- Paints and brush or glitter and glue for paper
Cut the potato in half. We press on one of the halves, or actually press the mold in it (e.g. in the shape of a star). Cut with a small knife. We take out the mold. Cover the convex shape with a layer of paint (or glue and sprinkle with glitter) and apply to the wrapped gift. A similar effect can be achieved by using a pencil eraser (Fig. 5).
Such stamps look best if the gift is wrapped in gray paper or a newspaper. If we want to use ornamented paper, it is worth reaching for the less decorative ones.
The effect will be even more beautiful if we make even a few stamps with one soak in the paint, putting the first on a separate piece of paper. These are not completely filled, especially on gray paper they look the most beautiful. If we want to do more work, we can shape the stamp ourselves. My abilities only allow cutting out shapes given by the molds. For an additional effect, you can cut letters in potatoes and thus address the gifts by stamping the next letters of the name.
I hope that the series devoted to the preparation of Christmas decorations will not only remind you to spend time together, especially now, but also to the charm of these non-perfect Christmas trees, or not perfect cards, where the hand of computer graphics could not make "necessary" corrections. I encourage you to give your loved ones not only gifts, but also sometimes that each of us still complains about. Contrary to appearances, the more we give him, the more it turns out that we have so much left :)