Home made Christmas cards – fail

Home made Christmas cards – fail

So, I’m cutting it a bit fine, what with it being only a few days until Christmas day, but I decided to make a couple of home made Christmas cards with Miss Belle. One’s a thank you for her nursery key worker as she’s moving up to the other nursery in January. A couple are for her other little friends. I have already posted actual Christmas cards to friends and family, so it was a bit of an experiment and the first time we’ve done crafts together.

I’m not a crafty person, so I Googled and looked to Pinterest for how to make your own Christmas cards. The hand and footprints seemed to be the most popular and seen as she’s nearly two, I thought we better jump on this bandwagon whilst she’s small enough. So, here’s how it went.

I can do this

  • First I set up in the kitchen. We have a laminate floor so it’s easily wipeable.
  • Then I laid out a cheap shower curtain from Wilko’s which I bought approximately six months ago, thinking we’d do loads of crafts when I decided to be a SAHM. **Ahem.** Using a cheap shower curtain as a floor cover was a top tip from my hairdresser. Yes – I have totally got this craft thing cracked, I thought.
  • I brought in Miss Belle’s plastic table and chairs, which are also wipeable. I forgot to put paper down but seen as it’s all washable paint, I thought it’d be fine.

Christmas cards craft

Christmas cards craft

  • Next I folded the card in preparation and grabbed the paint brushes. I put the plastic apron on Miss Belle (also from Wilko’s). We are ready to do this!
  • I firmly shut the doors into the hall and dining room so that she couldn’t escape with paint on her. Clever Mummy.
  • Then I prepared the paint. I put the white paint in a plastic takeaway type pot. I was in two minds whether you’re supposed to paint the hand with a brush or shove it straight in the container. Turns out I immediately regretted the ‘shove it in’ approach. There was far too much paint on her hand. Miss Belle must be inheriting her mum’s dislike of getting dirty. She whinged and started waving her hand about and flicking the paint around the kitchen. Hmm.. oh well, a bit of paint on the kitchen cupboards is to be expected.
  • Then I crouched down and we managed to do a couple of fairly decent hand prints. Yes!! I have nailed this!

I cannot do this

  • Feeling slightly more confident than I should have, I thought I’d try a footprint next. I grabbed her foot and painted it with the white paint whilst she clung onto me. She started to cry and protest. She was not happy! I mean come on, what’s not to like about having cold paint put on your foot and being told not to move or walk anywhere?! Her foot went down (luckily on the shower curtain) and she went into meltdown mode. To stop her running off and leaving white footprints all over the kitchen floor, I grabbed her and tried to do the footprint quickly. But as she was trying to get away, it’s a bit of a mushed footprint really.

Christmas card crafts pin


  • I cleaned her with wet paper towel, thinking at least we’d done the hard bit, and now we can have fun. We just needed to dab some sparkly paint and stick on some white pom pom things. (I have no idea what they are called…) But it was too late. It was meltdown time. She just ran as far away from me as possible into the corner of the room. No amount of reassurance that I wasn’t going to put paint on her again, worked.
  • She calmed down after I took her apron off. I felt a tad defeated if I’m honest! What had I done wrong?! She demanded food. Ah, maybe she was h-angry.

The ‘let mum do it’ way

After a snack we came back into the kitchen and after no co-operation, I stuck the white ball things on myself. I tipped a bit of paint out onto the lid of the takeaway container and now she’d seen the brushes she was fairly interested. She despised having her apron put back on (presumably suffering from post traumatic stress from the painted foot ordeal).  Then I painted the Santa hats. (To be fair there’s no way those Pinterest ones were done by toddlers.) The paint I’d bought was no good for doing the facial details of the snowmen so although I tried to paint the eyes, noses and mouths, you can’t really see them. Must try harder next time Mummy. While I did the finishing touches, Miss Belle dabbed a couple of brushes on a few of the cards until finally, I gave up.

The not so Pinterest crafty experience

While the cards dried I took a photo of the finished goods. The top middle is the best and has gone to nursery! And yes, you are seeing things correctly, some do open the wrong way…

Christmas cards craft

So there you are, my slightly less than perfect attempt at doing home made Christmas cards. Not quite the perfect fun picture I had in my head. The cards definitely don’t look like the ones you see on Pinterest. But, I’m hoping they have a little Miss Belle post meltdown charm…

Do you do make your own Christmas cards? Will I ever get any good at crafts..? Leave me a comment, I’d love to know what I’m supposed to do!



  1. 21st December 2016 / 1:52 pm

    I bought “colour your own” Christmas cards from Poundland, coloured the designs in and then cut them out and stuck them on glittery card from Sainsbury’s. Then I made some cut out “Merry Christmas” things and backed them onto card, then made them stand out with some little cardboard squares on the back.

    Would I have had any success doing this with children? No. I can only imagine the disaster. So I reckon you get kudos for even trying!

    • thisismenow
      21st December 2016 / 2:01 pm

      Hahaha that sounds a much better idea. Maybe I’ll do that next time! Thanks for reading X

  2. 12th January 2017 / 8:48 pm

    Ah bless you! At least you had the good intention and tried to go out of your comfort zone. I would suggest taking her to baby&toddler groups where they have paint out (try local children’s centres and nurserys that do stay and play sessions) then she can see people doing it and enjoying it and you won’t be stressed because there are other adults to help and it isn’t your house getting re-decorated! I LOVE craft and will soon be uploading regular craft activities and other activities for children on my blog (I have 4yr and 1 yr old daughters). I know the snowman you are talking about as my 4yr old made on of those cards, I must admit though we only managed one and then she just let loose painting with brushes and so on. Although hand and foot prints look super cute I often find children don’t enjoy it as much as you expect them to (so your not the only one), they much prefer finger painting and painting with brushes and other objects. Don’t worry you have a whole year to practice crafts for next years cards! 😉

    • thisismenow
      12th January 2017 / 10:06 pm

      Haha that’s true. Oh great I will pop over to your blog and have a look as I am always in need of crafty/messy play ideas. I did a bit in the summer outside with oats and water but I’m not great doing it inside! Too much cream!! Thanks for reading xx

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