A home-made Christmas card is always well-received by friends and family. Display this one next to a window and it will look as though the Christmas tree is lit up. It's an easy craft for older children, although they may still need help with a craft knife. Younger children will need more support to make sure the blocky shapes will work.
Time: 10 minutes
Age: 5-10's, Over 10's
Black cardboard (or ready-made black cards)
Stencil (optional - I just free-handed)
Scissors (craft knife optional)
Tissue paper in various colours
PVA glue (or glue stick would also work)
Glitter or glitter glue (optional)
Cut the black cardboard to double the size of card you would like, and then fold in half. Press firmly down on the fold (I find the handle of the scissors works well to make a sharp fold).
Open out the card.
Draw your design in pencil on the left inside of the card. Use blocky shapes that have a little space between them. You could probably find a printable template to download if you prefer.
Use the scissors or craft knife (if it is a more intricate design) to cut on the design from the inside.
Pick different colours of tissue paper, or coordinate in all the same shade if you prefer. Cut them to size - slightly bigger than the openings on the card.
Glue the tissue paper in place on the inside of the card, and then leave the card open while the glue dries.
Decorate with little dabs of glue and glitter, or glitter glue, if you want to add extra sparkle.
For a more grown-up looking card, use a modern tissue paper and only use one for the whole cut-out.