I know it’s difficult to believe, but sometimes I’m a bit disorganised. I know, you wouldn’t believe it from my polished exterior. When it comes to birthdays and special occasions, I tend to make sure I get a gift in plenty of time. But for some reason, I never get around to buying a card. At Christmas I don’t send them at all.
What to do when you forgot to buy a card
In this day and age, there’s always a garage open. I really could pop out and buy a rubbish one. But having been the proud recipient of many garage cards (if you think I’m disorganised you should meet my husband) I’d rather try a bit harder.
Having toddlers is the perfect excuse for a home made card. But when you’re really short of time, it’s never going to be a masterpiece. So here’s a really quick and simple craft to do with toddlers when you forgot to buy a card.
- 2 pieces of A3 craft paper
- A pencil
- A4 piece of card
- A toddler (or two)
- Put a tiny hand on the corner of an A3 piece of paper and draw around it
- Fold the paper as many times as possible so that you make lots of little hands when you cut it out
- Repeat with a different coloured piece of paper – and a different sized hand if available
- Cut around the tiny handprints
- Glue all the little hands you’ve made onto a piece of paper in a flower shape – the fingers will be the petals
- Put something pretty in the middle – I used paper flowers, you could also use a photo
- Hand to the recipient with an appropriately smug grin that makes it look as if you spent hours creating this masterpiece.
- Never let on that you knocked it up in 2 minutes flat when you realised you’d forgotten to buy a card.
This craft is clearly suitable for mother’s day, but could equally be used as a card for Easter, birthdays, father’s day or other occasions. You could adapt it with a bit of sparkle for Christmas too. Even the tiniest babies can get involved with having their hand drawn around. Older children could do the cutting and sticking themselves too.
Are you organised when it comes to buying cards or are you a last minute wonder? Sometimes home made means so much more anyway.