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This year, we’re spicing our holiday cards up a bit.
For the past few years, our cards have become super-quick assembly line of envelope-stuffing, sealing, and stamping. Even our address labels are stickers.
This time, we’re spicing our cards up a bit. Actually, some help from Dollar Tree, we’re spicing up our holiday card envelopes. That’s right—the very first thing our friends and family will see from us, and it’s going to be totally rockstar.
We’ve made super-simple stencils from Dollar Tree posterboard and a stamper out of Dollar Tree balloons. A few swirls of poster paint and a bit of time to dry, and we have very simply added a pretty, festive, fancy touch to our holiday cards.
Here’s the skinny. . .
- Holiday Card Stencils and Balloon Stamps:
Really, all we did was slightly modify the super-easy steps on the Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club Balloon Painting tutorial and change our colors.
This is a holiday craft that my kiddos loved because though they stuff our holiday cards every year, this year, the fun factor was a bit higher. We all had more fun looking at our blinged out envelopes compared to the plain-Jane white envelopes of holidays past.
No matter what you put inside your holiday cards this year, it’s what you put on the outside of your card that will get people talking.
- Blank envelopes
- Poster paint
- Disposable plate and knife
- one piece of poster board
1. First, we created holiday-inspired stencils. We wanted small and simple, and we wanted three basic designs. We made a tree, a star, and a package.
Want some Holiday Stencils so you can do some balloon painting? You can download the stencil template here: wintertime holiday stencils
2. Then we cut out the shapes on the posterboard.
3. Then we dropped paint. We put coordinating paint blobs on a disposable plate: yellow, green and blue for the tree; red, purple, and white for the package; and yellow and orange for the star.
The kids slightly, ever so gently swirled the paint on the plate with a knife to blend the colors.
4. Next came the balloons! We partially blew up a few balloons, and this is what Maddy, Owen, and Cora loved. We talked about how the balloon needed to be just the right size so that we could hold it without slipping and so it wouldn’t pop as we stamped it.
5. Finally, we stamped, stamped, and stamped some more! We used the balloons as stamps, filling in the holiday stencils on the front of each envelope.
We let the envelopes dry completely.
And that’s it—so quick and so simple, but a really extra-special touch to holiday cards.
Don’t have time to balloon paint your holiday card envelopes? No problem!
Consider using Holiday Card Stencils and Balloon Stamps to:
- make your holiday cards
- make holiday gift tags
- decorate holiday gift bags
- make simple holiday ornaments
The possibilities are endless, though the craft is so simple!
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fyi: This post was made possible by a partnership between Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club and The Blueprint Social. As always, my opinions are all my own, influenced only by my experience as a parent and educator and my three little holiday-crafters.
Want a few more holiday-inspired gift ideas or activities? Check out:
- True Holiday Spirit Lunchbox Notes
- Holiday Fun Fact and JOKES Lunchbox Notes (with Hannukah!)
- Holiday Time Fun Fact Lunchbox Notes
- Little Holiday Notes and Jokes
- Holiday Notes for Families
- The Polar Express tradition
- Scratch-off Cards
- K-Cup Advent Tree
- New Year’s Family Interview
- Happy Holidays Backyard Birds