Dec 2, 2013

DIY Christmas Cards From Empty Toilet Paper Rolls

This post is a re-peat from last year.  I posted it just two days before Christmas last year but because it was so late in the season, I'm pretty sure everyone but me had made their holiday cards by then.  Because of that, I thought a re-post was in order.  Especially if you are looking for a kid-friendly, easy idea

When we made these last year, my girls and I spent the afternoon around the table laughing and creating.  It was one of the highlights of the season as we worked side-by-side to create cards to go with our Christmas treats that we give to neighbors and friends.

It's a very simple project idea.  If you are looking for something easy to do with your own kids, maybe something to attach to a plate of goodies, this is one idea to save because, well, it's just that, easy.  It's also really inexpensive.

If you want to try this, you will need the following...

- Craft Paint in Christmas colors
- Cardboard tubes.  I used two sizes, one from a paper towel and one from an empty tin foil roll
- Marker
- Card stock cut down to card sizes, mine were 4"x7"
- Tape
- Paint Brushes

Step 1:  Paint the ends of your tube.  I painted the larger tube first.

Step 2:  Use the painted end like a stamp and "stamp" a circle onto the front of your card

Step 3:  Just repeat the process, using different sizes and different colors until you have three circles on your card.  Tip:  If you want the circles to look like they are behind/in front of each other, then after you apply the paint to the tube end, take a piece of tape and put it over one part of the paint end.  Then stamp.  This will give you a circle that will have a space in it.  Then, when you do your next circle, just stamp it into that open space.  

Don't forget that your tubes have two ends so you can use different paint colors on each end.

Step 4:  Next, take your marker and draw on a little "cap" at the top of each circle.  This will be the ornament top.  Then add lines from the top of the card down to each cap.  And, that's it.  You now have a simple card that looks like hanging ornaments.  Don't forget to add "Merry Christmas"

After we got done making cards, we played around with the paper scraps and made some gift tags.  I know snowmen aren't normally green but I kind of like my little green snowman.  So, that's all.  It was easy.  My girls loved it and it's something that kids, even pretty young ones could do.