I love how colorful and sparkly these kid made Christmas cards turned out. They were super simple to make and my 8-year-old daughter loved making them with me.
Coffee filters are a fun craft supply to use because they are so versatile and using them with watercolors is a fun way for kids to explore mixing colors. Check out my awesome watercolor painting for kids post for more fun and creative ideas kids will love!
These cards would also make beautiful Christmas suncatchers. You could cut your paper in half instead of folding it and tape it up to a window for a gorgeous Christmas display.
We love exploring different painting techniques. Take a look at my collection of painting ideas for kids for more fun and creative art projects to try!
We used three different Christmas shapes for our cards and I made printable templates for you to use as part of my free resource library that is available to my email subscribers. Click here to subscribe and get your Christmas shapes template. You will get a welcome email with all of the access details.
Make Your Own Kid Made Christmas Cards with Coffee Filters
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- Printable template
- Cardstock in red, green and dark blue
- Coffee filters
- Watercolors (this is one of my favorite sets, we use it all the time)
- Glitter glue or glitter paint in gold and silver
- Silver and gold permanent markers
- Glue stick
1. Start by painting your coffee filters. They will take a while to dry, so while they are drying you can cut out your templates and write on your cards. We used watercolors to paint our coffee filters. I used the colors straight from the pan set rather than mixing them with water because I wanted the colors to be really vibrant.
Let kids choose the colors they want to use and watch how they blend and mix together. The brighter the colors the better! I love how the bright pink color looks on our cards.
2. While the coffee filters are drying you can start to make the rest of the cards. Fold your paper in half and trace your template onto the front. Cut the shape out, this step is best done by an adult or an older child. My daughter wanted my help to cut out her tree shape.
3. Use a silver or gold permanent marker to write on your card.
4. Once your coffee filter is dry, using a glue stick, glue around the edge of your shape on the inside of the card. Position the coffee filter how you like it and press it onto the card. Trim off the excess.
You can always use a hairdryer to help speed up the drying process which is what we did.
5. Using glitter glue or glitter paint, trace around the edge of your shape to give it a little extra sparkle. Make sure to keep your card flat until it is completely dry.
These kid made Christmas cards were so easy to make and my daughter and I had fun making them together. I love that kids can give these to family and friends as cards and that they can then be turned into gorgeous Christmas suncatchers to enjoy all season long!
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