Very Arty Kid-Made Christmas Stationery

Sometimes the best ideas come from your children; our family’s Christmas 2013 stationery was a result of an idea Cammy eagerly shared.

Very Arty Kid Made Christmas Stationery, made with painted baubles_ My Little Bookcase

Although I wasn’t aware at the time, Cammy has recently been painting with marbles at kindergarten. We were left with some Christmas bells and baubles after decorating her cubby house a few weeks ago, and Cammy asked what I was planning to do with the baubles. When she found out I had no plans for them she asked if we could paint with them, ‘just like we paint with marbles at kinder.

I loved her thought process and that she was applying her prior knowledge to a new situation. It also gave her an opportunity to explain the art process.

Make your own very arty Christmas stationery

You will need:

Very Arty Kid-made Christmas Stationery, created with bauble painting_ My Little Bookcase

  • Christmas baubles or bells (These can be any size, but the Christmas bells create a more sensory experience than plain baubles)
  • A range of paints in different containers (We used red, green and gold)
  • A spoon for each paint container
  • A shoebox
  • Paper (We used paper pre-cut as Christmas trees)

How to create very arty Christmas stationery:

1. Fill each container with paint and a spoon

Very Arty Kid-made Christmas Stationery, created with bauble painting_ My Little Bookcase

2. Lay one piece of paper inside the shoe box

Very Arty Kid-made Christmas Stationery, created with bauble painting_ My Little Bookcase

3. After covering the baubles in paint, use the spoons to drop each bauble or bell into the shoe box

Very Arty Kid-made Christmas Stationery, created with bauble painting_ My Little Bookcase

4. Roll the baubles around the shoebox. Because we used Christmas bells, Cammy tried to shake her box to the tune of ‘Jingle Bells’.

Very Arty Kid-made Christmas Stationery, created with bauble painting_ My Little Bookcase

Very Arty Kid Made Christmas Stationery, made with painted baubles_ My Little Bookcase

5. Remove the paper from the box and set it aside  to dry

Very Arty Kid-made Christmas Stationery, created with bauble painting_ My Little Bookcase

6. When your trees (or other Christmas shapes) are dry you can turn them into gift tags or Christmas cards. Simply punch a hole in the top of the tree to create a gift tag or glue the tree to the front of some folded cardstock to make a Christmas card.

Very Arty Kid Made Christmas Stationery, made with painted baubles_ My Little Bookcase

Not only do you have some very arty kid-made Christmas stationery, but you’ve given your child the opportunity to write for meaning.

Very Arty Kid Made Christmas Stationery, made with painted baubles_ My Little Bookcase

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Very Arty Kid-Made Christmas Stationery

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  1. LOVE this idea!!!

  2. I love that Cammy came up with this wonderful idea! These gift tags and cards are gorgeous. The tags add such a special touch to the gifts. How special for your family and friends to receive one of these festive hand made cards.

  3. Adorable! What I love most is that your Cammy’s writing is so similar to my Cammy’s :)

  4. Beautiful project and the results look great on her presents too. I can see the grandparents and family members treasuring them just as much as the gifts inside!

  5. lovely idea
    they turned out great

  6. This is such a FUN idea for Christmas Play!! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us at TGIF. I featured it today here – http://www.123homeschool4me.com/2013/12/tgif-linky-party-105.html.

    I hope to see you linked up again later today. Have a GREAT weekend,
    Beth =-)

  7. What a fun idea! Love it!

  8. Doing the activity inside a shoe box makes you a genius ;)

  9. Love the look of these! Plus doing in a box is nothing short of brilliant!

  10. What a fabulous idea. I bet the sound of the bells was delightful too. The outcome looks awesome.

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