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Four ways with DIY Christmas cards

DIY for kids, from Parenting magazine

A new take on traditional origami, cut-outs, handprints and cards using buttons

4 ways of  making colourful Christmas cards

1. Our wonderful year

For a new take on the traditional origami fortune teller, try making each section about what the various members of the family have achieved during the year. Google 'origami fortune teller' for folding instructions.

2. Christmas cut-out

Fold A5 sheets of red, green and white paper in half and glue them back-to-back. You'll have six sections, one of which will be white - perfect for your message. Carefully cut shapes (we used cookie cutters) with a craft knife or scissors. Use the cut-out shapes for gift tags.

3. Hand-print angel

Making this card is a messy business, but the result is gorgeous. and a wonderful record of how your child has grown. Using fingerpaints, make three handprints, then use fingertips to to paint on arms, hands, face, hair and halo. You'll end up with a big picture (depending on the size of your child's hands), so try scanning it and reducing the size, or photograph it and print it out at your local photo shop.

4. Cute as a button

This is great if you have a button box at home. If not, buy the most Christmas-like selection you can, arrange them in a tree shape, glue above a pot cut from craft paper, and top with a glittering star. No two cards will ever be quite the same!

Summer 2010/11.

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