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Mother's Day is just around the corner but these colorful pop up cards are perfect for so many occasions - birthdays, thank you or just because! 

Start with:

  • Paper/Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pencil

Create it!

Step 1: Using a sheet of scrap paper, cut a half circle the size you wish for your card. This will be your rainbow template.

Step 2: Fold a sheet of paper in half, trace a quarter of the circle template and cut. 

Step 3: Divide and cut the circle template into pieces for each color in your rainbow.

Step 4: Trace the cut template pieces onto colored cardstock/paper and cut out.

Step 5: Open the card and fold the half circle down. The card will close with the half circle folded down.

Step 6: Open the card and glue the colored paper strips to the rainbow.

Step 7: Fold additional sheet of paper/cardstock in half and glue to the back of the original card. Write a message and decorate the outside of the card as you wish.

Fun to make and sure to brighten someone's day!

Do your little ones like to play dress up? How about a fun Valentine's Day themed heart scepter? We made it (along with a simple crown) for fun imaginative play just in time for Valentine's Day!

Start with: 

  • Colored Paper/Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Paper Tube
  • Paper Fasteners
  • Tissue Paper
  • Paper Punch
  • Glue or Hot Glue Gun*

Create it!

Step 1: Cut strip of tissue paper and glue around end of paper tube.

Step 2: Follow instructions here to create paper ball and attach to end of scepter.

Step 3: Cut a heart shape, leaving a straight portion at bottom for attaching to paper ball. Glue the folded portions to the top of the paper ball.

Step 4: Add final details such as dots from paper punch to the base of the scepter and a strip of paper around the gathered edge of the tissue paper for added color!

* We used a hot glue gun - carefully supervise or better yet join in the fun - but glue would work well too.

Last year, instead of small gifts during the month of December, my children and I agreed to make a tree ornament together everyday from December 1 through Christmas! It was such a fun time we are going to do it again this year. Since last year, I have been hoarding spice lids for necklaces. And, while this could easily be turned into a necklace, we are hanging this version on our tree as ornaments!

Start with:

  • Spice Lid
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery Thread

Create it!

Step 1: Cut long piece of thread and knot several times, thread through top left hole of spice lid.

 Step 2: Thread through holes several times in shape of tree.

 Step 3: Repeat previous step to create second tree.

Step 4: Cut thread and wrap around top portion of the spice lid. Once finished, tie in knot.

Step 5: Tie a knot to top of thread for hanging on the tree! 

There is just something extra special about a handmade gift. Often we are pulled in so many directions during the holiday season it can be difficult to find time to make something for everyone on your gift list. This simple craft strikes a great balance for creating something unique and handmade!

Start with:

  • Sketch or doodle book
  • Pen/pencil
  • Colored cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Paper Fasteners
  • Single hole paper punch (optional)

Create it!

Step 1: Draw holly leaves and berries on corresponding colored cardstock.

Step 2: Cut out holly leaves and berries.

Step 3: Use single hole punch or simply poke paper fasteners through base of each leaf and center of berry cluster.

Step 4: Fashion leaves and berries on paper fastener to create a sprig of holly.

Step 5: Use single hole punch or press holly on paper fastener through cover of sketch/doodle book and secure.

So simple to make but adds a fun, festive look to a useful gift your loved one is sure to enjoy!