I have such a hard time deciding what to do with holiday cards after the holidays. I hate to recycle all those good wishes and smiling faces! But of course–the clutter! My cousin Melissa is here with a Christmas card craft, perfect for after Christmas! It’s simple and fun and my four year old is going to love doing this project when he gets home from school today!
Last weekend we put away all the Christmas decorations, much to the disappointment of my four-year old. She helped me take down all the Holiday Cards we had gotten over the last month from the mirror in the front hall. While it always makes me a little sad, I usually just throw the cards into the recycling each year as there doesn’t really seem to be a reason to save them (and add clutter to my house). But Sofi was really distressed at throwing away all these beautiful cards with pictures of her friends and family and glittery trees and stars. I offered to let her keep her favorites for a while, but because she’s four, EVERY SINGLE ONE IS HER FAVORITE.
So my solution was to turn the holiday cards into a craft project. We got out scissors, glue, and construction paper and made holiday card collages. Sofi and my sister Anna cut out the pictures from the different cards. Sometimes Sofia opted to keep pictures of people and sometimes she wanted to cut out the bows and trees and other decorations on the cards.
Then we laid out all the pictures and several sheets of paper. Before gluing we arranged the pictures on the paper how we wanted them so we could swap them out or move them around. When she was happy with the arrangements, we started gluing. We’ve pretty much only let Sofi really wanted to use Elmer’s glue for this project, so it was a good chance to teach her how to do that. She diligently put a stop of glue in the corner of each picture and glued it onto the sheet in its designated spot.
She was proud of the finished products and it was great way to preserve all the beautiful pictures for a little bit longer while they hang out on our fridge (and not creating clutter in some corner). Plus Sofi got to practice her scissor and gluing skills and use some creative energy on a Saturday morning. And it made putting away the Christmas decorations much more fun. Win-Win-Win!