Craft for toddlers – when you forgot to buy a card

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.

Being a mum to young children is tough. None of us are blessed with lots of time and sometimes it's nice to do a simple handprint craft that toddlers can get involved in. Plus, if you forget to buy a card, you can knock one of these up in minutes! Here's how to make it.

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 doย with toddlers when you forgot to buy a card.

You’ll need:

  • 2 pieces of A3 craft paper
  • A pencil
  • A4 piece of card
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • A toddler (or two)

Method:

  • Put a tiny hand on the corner of an A3 piece of paper and draw around it

Being a mum to young children is tough. None of us are blessed with lots of time and sometimes it's nice to do a simple handprint craft that toddlers can get involved in. Plus, if you forget to buy a card, you can knock one of these up in minutes! Here's how to make it.

Being a mum to young children is tough. None of us are blessed with lots of time and sometimes it's nice to do a simple craft that toddlers can get involved in. Plus, if you forget to buy a card, you can knock one of these up in minutes! Here's how to make it.

  • Repeat with a different coloured piece of paper – and a different sized hand if available
  • Cut around the tiny handprints

Being a mum to young children is tough. None of us are blessed with lots of time and sometimes it's nice to do a simple craft that toddlers can get involved in. Plus, if you forget to buy a card, you can knock one of these up in minutes! Here's how to make it.

  • Glue all the little hands you’ve made onto a piece of paper in a flower shape – the fingers will be the petals

Being a mum to young children is tough. None of us are blessed with lots of time and sometimes it's nice to do a simple craft that toddlers can get involved in. Plus, if you forget to buy a card, you can knock one of these up in minutes! Here's how to make it.

  • 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.

Being a mum to young children is tough. None of us are blessed with lots of time and sometimes it's nice to do a simple craft that toddlers can get involved in. Plus, if you forget to buy a card, you can knock one of these up in minutes! Here's how to make it.

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.

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5 Comments

  1. March 22, 2017 / 9:38 pm

    Eeerrrr… I am the kind who sends e-cards or quickly print out something from the computer for kids to colour and sign off. This is actually a great idea. Luckily I still my youngest and he’ll enjoy making this.

  2. Vicky
    March 23, 2017 / 3:03 pm

    This is lovely, really pretty and the bonus of always being able to keep the hand prints

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