Friday, November 16, 2012

Christmas cards made by your kids!

How much fun would it be to make a huge pile of Christmas cards with your kids and send those out this year?

We all know that it can be like pulling teeth to get them to write multiple cards (I'm thinking 'thank you cards' at this moment) but let's go back and pull out the technique of styrofoam printing again to make the job is fun and easy.  This technique lets them produce one fine piece of art and print as many cards as you want with them.  You'll probably find that they will want to make multiple styrofoam etchings because it is so much fun to do.

Materials Needed:

  • styrofoam containers, plates, or trays from meat (washed and dried)
  • pencils - not too sharp
  • craft paint in a holiday colours
  • plates for the paint
  • foam rollers
  • blank notecards
  • Scrap paper for testing the designs
  • paper towels



  1. Provide each child with a flat piece of styrofoam.
  2. Have the children use a pencil to etch a design into the styrofoam. Remind them not to press the pencil all the way through the styrofoam. Alternatively, the children can also cut their styrofoam into a shape then etch a design.
  3. Pour each colour of paint into its own plate.
  4. Use the foam roller to apply a light layer of paint to the styrofoam template.
  5. Turn the styrofoam template over and press onto the notecard. Rub the template all over being careful to keep it in place.
  6. Gently lift the template from the notecard making sure not to drop it or smudge it.
  7. Clean the template with a paper towel and continue printing using different colour paints.
  8. Let the prints dry.


  • A roller produces smoothest results.
  • Before printing on the final paper/canvas, do a few test prints on your scrap paper to determine how much paint you need. If necessary, at this time have an adult go over some of the lines with a sharper pencil to add more definition.
  • Remember, the final picture will be a mirror image of your design so have the kids stay away from words and stick to images.
We had a great time making styrofoam prints in the summer to decorate the kids rooms.  Now I hope you and your family have a great time making handmade holiday cards this year using this same easy technique!

1 comment :

  1. A great idea. A whole class could do this for other holidays too. It teaches reuse and it teaches you can do it you don't need to buy it and it makes a truly great gift to save for memories.


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