Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Banish Summertime Boredom with Greeting Card Craft Projects!

"Hey Mom (or Dad), I'm bored! What can I do?"

 How many times have you heard those words in your lifetime? Summer is usually when those words ring out in even the busiest homes. The best advice I can give you is to have plenty of paper, glue sticks and colorful markers on hand. If you have a good public library, I suggest that you go to the "Arts and Crafts" section and look for books about greeting card making.

I recently found a delightful crafting book at my own public library.  Pop-Up Paper Structures: The Beginner's Guide to Creating 3-D Elements for Books, Cards & More is jammed packed with well-written instructions for making creative pop-up greeting cards for all kinds of occasions. The best part is that you can adapt any of the design concepts so you can use supplies that you might have on hand. Those are MY kinds of projects--the ones that reuse stuff!



I have a big storage box where I keep all of my hoarded paper supplies. (If you are a regular reader of this blog you might remember my post about re-using greeting cards. ) That big box is the home for the file with all those greetings card pieces. There is also a big zipper bag with my favorite tools and glues in that same big box.

I am sure your older children will be able to find a pop-up greeting in the book shown above, that they could figure out how to make. Just remember, dear parent, try not to be too critical and just go with the flow. So what if some of the cutting is not as straight as you might expect. Let your children be creative. Sometimes their ideas might just be better than yours.

If you are not in the red and green "holiday" spirit yet, you should read "How to make a Watermelon Card Invitation for Summer Parties", make the card then throw one! Not a watermelon--a party! You will still be red and green, but this card will not feature any holly or red noses!

If you are in the Christmas frame of mind, you must check out Making Handmade Christmas Cards. You will find plenty of big photos that will inspire you!

greeting card craft projects
 "Creative Ways To Recycle Holiday Greeting Cards"
Have you saved a ton of cards, you most definitely should read Creative Ways to Recycle Holiday Greeting Cards. This page abounds with many of ideas for recycling those greetings. I particularly like the projects for a "Star Tree" and a "Woven Card" (see them above--Thank you AcornOakForest for allowing me to use your image!). You will be happy to know that there are wonderful photo tutorials to walk you through the steps for making both of these green crafty projects.

If you need a good crafting glue for paper projects, I highly recommend Elmer's Craft Bond Fabric and Paper Glue. I use it myself to repair books and make my own greeting cards.

6 comments:

  1. Great suggestions and recommendations! The book you featured is awesome and the articles are packed with fabulous ideas. What a great way to squash the summer time boredom for all of us.

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  2. I have to agree - a great way to beat the boredom. Even for us adults! OK, so maybe not boredom - but certainly a way to relax. Good suggestion for the parents to not be too critical. That's just way too tempting at times. Creativity is worth allowing the boundaries to get messed up.

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  3. I used to throw away cards. Then I would go out and spend a fortune on scrap book supplies. DUH... where is my brain. Now I save it all.

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  4. Thanks for the great ideas. My granddaughters are flying in to town and they will be staying with me for 2 weeks. These ideas will be great for rainy days and down times.

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  5. After watching my 5-year-old grandson make a fantastic homemade card for his dad for Father's Day, I definitely believe 'card-making' is a fun and creative craft -- limited only by a child's imagination. Having a good supply of craft supplies on hand will encourage children to be creative. Great suggestions here!

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  6. Crafting is such a great way to chase away the boredom and foster creativity. Thank you for the great projects!

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