Making thank you cards

It was James’ birthday two weeks ago, and I’ve started to do the thank you cards twice already. The first time I made a simple photo fronted card, which was pooh-poohed for being too simple. My next attempt looked good, or better, but our printer was out of yellow ink, so the photos took on quite a crazy hue. 

What better, then, than a wet and rainy afternoon to actually get James to make his own thank you cards? We are also waiting for parcels – driving supplies for our next European holiday later this week! While Noah naps, we have been busy.  thank you card creation 

I remember writing thank you notes while I was little. I think it’s important to instil a similar responsibility and politeness in the boys. 

So James set about cutting and sticking. Of course he either uses far too much glue, or not enough! 

thank you bunny rabbit 
And how can the card be mailed with that great big egg shell on?! I don’t intervene, because we have people who can receive these masterpieces face-to-face.  

Do you find it hard to step back and let your little ones ‘create’? Obviously I’ve had some input because he needed the letters cutting out and instruction on the order to glue them in. But otherwise I try to be present but passive. 

thank you card with a bus on msde by preschooler I have to admit I was twitching when he moved the sun from one side to the other after it had clearly dried on. 

We used paper that has languished in our craft box for a long time. 

Do you make thank you cards after Christmas and birthdays or am I old fashioned? Is a FaceTime thank you enough? 

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5 Comments

  1. September 15, 2015 / 7:24 pm

    Ooh how cute!! These are lovely. We do thank you cards too and We have made some, but I have to admit the last few lots have just been cards based on cute photos. Love getting a bit more inspiration now though! X

    • September 16, 2015 / 12:21 pm

      Photos on cards are really welcomed – I know I love to receive them, and if our printer was playing that’s what we’d have given out this time!

  2. Emily
    September 15, 2015 / 11:13 pm

    We make homemade thank you cards here. We were always taught to send thank you letters and I’m teaching the girls the same. We did some once where we wrote thank you with play doh then took Hollys photo to stick on card.

    • September 15, 2015 / 11:29 pm

      That sounds like a great idea Emily! Might pinch that for Noah’s 🙂

  3. September 18, 2015 / 8:27 pm

    Oh these are fabulous! What a clever boy. I don’t do enough crafts with my girls, it’s really just not my thing. I’m hoping they’ll get into it through nursery or school in the future, I’d hate for them to be as bad at art as me!x

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