Hanukkah Greeting Cards to Make with the Kids
Everyone loves receiving personalized, homemade greeting cards. You and your children can make festive, broadsheet-style Hanukkah cards with just a few simple items that you probably already have around the house!
The directions do include some steps that require scissors or a craft knife, so younger children will need some help and supervision.
Things You'll Need:
- Bottled glue or a glue stick
- Cardboard (you can use an empty cereal box or something of similar thickness)
- Craft knife and cutting board
- Blue and white crepe or tissue paper (or any thin, decorative paper)
- Glitter, sequins, buttons, sparkles and / or other decorations
- A single-hole paper punch
- Twine (or yarn)
- Aluminum foil
- Wax paper
- Have the children tear (or cut) the decorative crepe or paper into confetti. Put all the pieces in a box, dish, or other container and set aside.
- Give each child a piece of foil (about 12” each). Place a generous squirt of glue onto the foil and use a paintbrush or slightly damp sponge brush to spread it as thinly and evenly as possible, or brush the foil with a glue stick.
- While the glue is still wet, sprinkle bits of confetti, glitter, etc., over the foil. (Let some of the foil show for extra shine!)
- Grownup step: On a cutting board, cut cardboard into rectangles with your craft knife. Cut to cardboard to whatever dimensions you’d like the cards to be.
- Another grownup step: Using a pencil, draw or stencil Hanukkah-associated shapes (Stars of David, dreidels, etc.) on the cardboard rectangles. Carefully cut out the shapes with your craft knife.
- Glue the stenciled card directly onto the decorated side of the foil. (If you’ve used cardboard from an empty package, make sure to glue it with the printed side down.)
- When the glue has dried, cover each card with a piece of wax paper and lay a book on top to flatten everything and ensure that the glue adheres well.
- Trim the excess foil away from the edges of each card.
- If you wish, create multi-panel cards by punching corner or side holes and binding them with twine or yarn.
- Write your greetings on the back of the foil with a marker (permanent markers work best so, again, you might want to help the little ones and supervise the bigger ones).