A terrific, fun activity for Support Workers to share with participants is making creative (and cute!) personalised Christmas cards.
Whether they are for co-tenants in Supported Independent Living (SIL), Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA), respite, family members near or far, friends or workmates… these 3 craft ideas will engage fine motor skills and creativity all at the same time!
Time to get that craft apron on and hands colourful and messy!
So, which card to make? Tough decision! Check out Sapphire Support’s Top 3 picks:
Got a drawer or container full of random colourful buttons? Now is the perfect time to put them to good use!
- A handful of different sized, and multi-coloured buttons
- Strong glue
- Thick cardboard to fold
- Fine tip pen
Fold your cardboard in half (or to your desired size for the card). Place your colourful buttons on the front and map out where you would like to glue them. Once positioned, and stuck down, draw your ‘string’ to the bauble using your fine tip pen. You can add stamps or stickers in and around the card for extra dazzle, if you prefer.
Cupcake Wrapper Trees
This card is a combination of colour and sparkle. It is important to be patient in the process as you’ll have to accommodate drying time for the tree paint before adding glue for the sequins!
- Thick cardboard paper
- Paint: Brown, green and white
- Gold paper/cardboard OR a large gold star sticker
- 3 x Cupcake Patty Holders (white)
- 8 x Colourful Sequins
- Sparkle Glue Gel
Fold your thick cardboard paper to the size of your preference. Paint the front of the card in a colour of your choosing or leave white. Take your cupcake patty holders and paint green. Allow them to dry before folding and gluing to the card. For the base of the tree simply fold in half and stick down. For the middle of the tree, fold in half and then trim small amounts off either side. For the top of the tree, fold twice, or trim more off each side and glue. Press firmly and secure all parts to the card. Allow to dry.
Grab your paintbrush and dip the end into paint to create dots in and around the tree.
Then, use the brush part of the paintbrush, dip into the brown paint to create the base of the tree. Wash the brush and set aside.
Now, take your sequins and place them on the tree, gluing as you go.
Once you have secured your sparkle, take your glue gel and draw wiggles on the tree for the tinsel.
Lastly, make a wish while you put the golden star on the top of the tree!
Feeling adventurous? This card creation may get a little messy – but it is well worth it! Ready to give it a try?
You will need:
- Green cardboard paper
- White paint
- Black marker
- Red, pink and black felt fabric (or just use colour pens)
- 2 craft eyes
First, fold your green card into the size you desire. Then, take your paintbrush and paint the palm of your hand white. Firmly press onto the green cardboard and release. Turn the card upside down and allow the paint to dry. Wash your hands and get ready to start putting your Santa face together!
Now, if you have red felt fabric, cut out the Santa hat and glue on to the card leaving a little space between the base of the handprint and the hat.
Take the 2 craft eyes and glue them down, along with a red felt nose (or draw with a pen if you prefer). Now take the pink felt and glue on the rosy cheeks (or use your pink pen). Draw a black dot under the red nose (symbolising the mouth).
Take the paintbrush and use the end to dip into white paint and dot along the base of the Santa hat and dot the end of the hat as well.
And… voila! You’re all done!
No matter which card creation you choose to try, the highlight of the card is always going to be the heartfelt message written inside.
May you and your loved ones have a blessed and happy Christmas – full of fun (with a side of sparkle!).