Instill the act of gratitude in your children by letting them create Thank You Notes to send any time of the year with a little help from these templates.
Enjoy these free templates for printing thank you cards and let your children add their own creative artwork. The options for artwork are endless. For the cards above my kids used pencil erasers as stamps, hole punches to create connect the dot abstract art, and a cutout heart. The artwork is attached to the cards with various styles of washi tape. You can also add a simple note under their artwork on the card stock. These notes allow you to start with a template and then allow your child to be creative and add a drawing or use recycled materials you already have at home to finish the note. For the older set, I have included templates with writing lines so they can add their own handwritten note.
I printed the cards above on creme and kraft paper card stock and used a 4″ x 9″ envelope.
printing note … save these templates to your desktop before printing for best results.
template with blue thank you
template with blue thank you | writing lines
template with red thank you
template with red thank you | writing lines
Create these Citrus Bird Feeders with your kids and nourish the neighborhood birds with these special treats. This was a super simple and fun craft. Here is a tutorial on making the bird food and feeders from HGTV. We made ours using a variety of citrus fruits … grapefruits, pomelos, lemons, and oranges.
Soon, I will be sharing a tasty gluten-free citrus cake that we made with the juice from all of our creations.
Please share with other nature loving families in your life!
Lately the boys have been seriously practicing their archery skills and we thought it would be fun to use this theme as our valentines this year. They came up with the catch phrase “stick around valentine” when I mentioned including the honey stick as a treat. I so enjoy having my creative helpers around.
I used a corrugated cardboard coffee sleeve to make the original arrow collage and then made a printable sheet for you to download and use. One template has the to: and from: and the other does not, in case your (younger) child prefers just to sign their name.
We had so much fun creating this for you and hope you enjoy!
You will need creme or white colored card stock. I like the warmer quality of the creme color, but feel free to experiment printing on various papers. 100 % pure honey sticks are available at health food markets or here. (these are what we decided to use).
Print the Template and cut each valentine out. Cut at the 2 dotted lines on the arrow with an x-acto knife or utility blade and then let your children slip in the honey stick.
printing note: be sure to click on the template links below and save to desktop or acrobat before printing for best results.
Template 1 | with To: and From:
Template 2 | w/o To: and From:
Here is a simple way to add a creative touch to homemade sweet treats and also an easy one for the kiddos to help with. Have them help with the baking of the truffles and biscotti and let them wrap up their own creations. Wax crayons also work fantastic on wax paper!!
Wrapping supplies and directions for wrapped biscotti
paper or vellum for cutting hearts and strips
washi tape for securing
Cut wax paper to desired size and wrap around two biscotti. Secure with washi tape and a heart or washi tape and strips of paper. Experiment with items you have on hand.
The Biscotti recipe is from Jen Altman. I made ours gluten-free by using a gluten free flour blend, but the original recipe is quite tasty too!
Wrapping supplies and directions for wrapped truffles
decorative scissors (optional)
gold paperclips or mini wooden clothespins
Cut out triangular pieces of wax paper approx 5 x 5 x 7 and roll into cone shapes. Secure with your desired fastener. For one design I used a gold paperclip and strips of red and hot pink colored vellum. The next I cut out a red heart from vellum paper and used gold washi tape to secure. The last design is a strip of brown card stock stamped with hearts and attached with a brown mini clothespin. The edges can be cut with decorative scissors or kept straight. Again, experiment with items you have on hand. Two truffles will fit into each cone.
The yummy recipe for the date truffles is from Green Kitchen Stories.
These Recycled Collage Valentines were inspired by the cardboard art of Blanca Helga. Be sure to share her designs with your children, they will definitely spark some creativity!! This was another Valentine craft that was posted before the blog was ready, but I wanted to include it because it is one that the kids really love. It is a simple craft using materials that you most likely already have. It would also be a great one to place in a frame and take out and display every year, or for giving to a grandparent.
Simply cut apart boxes from the recycling bin, then draw and cut out heart shapes. Have your child peel away some of the paper to reveal the ribbed layer of cardboard. Now supply paper, buttons, string, punched paper dots, and whatever you can find that is red, white, and pink that they can glue to their collage heart.
Thinking of crafty Valentines lately and what to create with my boys this year that would have a cool boy factor. Still working on THIS, but I’ll let you know if I come up with an idea. Meanwhile, I posted this one on Facebook before this blog was ready, so I wanted to share it with you again along with the templates. It’s a simple card that is folded over a healthy fruit snack, held together by a clothespin wrapped with washi tape or a child’s own design.
NATURALLY SWEET VALENTINE DIY
you will need ….
- traditional wooden clothespins | I bought mine at hobby lobby, but you can also purchase yours here.
- Stretch Island Fruit Company fruit snacks (or similar fruit strip) – found in the natural foods section of most stores
- assorted washi tape for decorating clothespins or have your children use markers to make their own design.
- templates below
Simply click on the links below for the templates and print as many as you need on card stock.
template for Naturally Sweet Valentine red | shown above printed on brown card stock.
tempate for Naturally Sweet Valentine pink | shown above printed on white or creme colored card stock.
Cut out designs from template and fold over fruit strip. Decorate clothespins and then attach the decorated clothespins to the wrapped fruit strip.
The kids and I made these for gifts last year and it was one we really had fun with. I posted it on the Five and One Facebook page before the blog was up and running, but wanted to give it a proper place here on the blog. It is such a simple craft and can be a very freeform activity, creating an abstract design, and using the burlap makes it very easy to see the needle while little hands are embroidering. The inspiration for these ornaments came from the embroidery work of Evelin Kasikov, which is quite stunning. Take a look at some of her work here.
4″ embroidery hoop
embroidery thread – any colors
creme colored cotton thread for stitching pieces together
creme burlap fabric (roughly a 6 inch square)
creme felt – 2, 6″ square pieces
8″of twine for hanging
stuffing or cotton balls
Place a piece of burlap into the hoop and secure it. The kids might want to start with a pencil drawing or just create a freeform shape with the thread (if starting with a pencil drawing, be sure to do this before placing the burlap into the hoop). Start with a color of embroidery thread and help them thread it, if needed. You can tie a large bead to the end of the piece of thread so they do not pull the entire piece through while they are stitching. Experiment with different colors. When they are finished, draw a circle on the back inside of the embroidery hoop and then remove and cut out the design. Cut two circles of felt, one 1/4″ larger than the design and the other 1/4″ larger than the first piece of felt. See the final image above. It might be a little harder for them to stitch the entire piece together, so you may want to help with this. First, we stitched the design to the smallest circle of felt and then started to stitch the larger circle of felt to the back, leaving enough room to stuff a few cotton balls in and the ends of the twine for hanging. Now, stitch to close and you and your children have together created a simple, unique handmade ornament for giving!
These might look a bit familiar. They are the same leaves I used for printing the Thank You gift tags a few weeks back. I love incorporating natural materials into holiday decor and these are very simple to make.
A variety of pressed leaves (thin leaves work better with this because after pressing the leaf onto paper you roll it slightly to slip it into the glass bulb. Wide leaves and ones with a lot of points are harder to slip into the glass bulb.)
4″ Clear glass bulb ornaments (I found mine on sale at a local Hobby Lobby)
White acrylic paint + paint brush
Brayer (these work well, but are not necessary. You can also just use your hand to press.)
Brown kraft cardstock (The weight of the cardstock works well, it seems to helps the print lay on the inside of the ornament nicely)
First select your leaf. The leaf I used for this was 4-1/2 inches long, but just experiment with sizes. Paint the backside with white acrylic. Lay painted side down onto craft paper and then lay a scrap piece of paper over it. Either use your brayer or your hands to press, making sure you press on all areas of the leaf. This might take several tests to get the print you like, but this is the fun part! You can keep repainting the backside of the leaf with paint as long as it is a sturdy leaf. When you have a good print, let it dry. After the print is dry cut around your design and roll with painted side to the outside and slip into the glass bulb. It should lay on the inside of the glass, but you can also use a Qtip to help press it to the side.
To make this an even easier craft, use leaf stamps and white stamp pads to create your designs.
Involve your children in the collecting, painting and pressing of the leaves and maybe make some homemade woodland holiday cards while your supplies are out.
Welcome guests this thanksgiving with a simple pressed leaf, hand lettered with words of welcome or gratitude.
We did this thankful bowl below last year and it was a simple way for the kids to express what they were thankful for. They explored outdoors, gathered a variety of leaves and we pressed them in magazines under heavier books (overnight is long enough) Take a white, brown, or metallic silver sharpie and let them write what they are thankful for. Give them the productive, creative task of writing on leaves to lay at placesettings or have a pile of pressed leaves ready for guests to write on and gather them in a bowl as a centerpiece. Another idea is to collect branches and clip the pressed leaves with mini wooden clothespins and place in a decorative vase or pitcher.