While my kids were home with me last Tuesday, we decided to make some Valentine’s Day card holders for them to take to school. Last year I covered a shoe box with white tissue paper and let the kids decorate that (which is another option). This year I decided to make something that the kids could hang on their doors outside of their bedrooms, or on the coat hook in their school classrooms.
For one hanging card holder, you will need:
- Two paper plates
- A hole puncher
- Stickers for decorating
- Crayons and/or markers, glitter for decorating
Start out by punching holes in one of your plates. When you’re ready to punch holes in your second plate, use your first plate’s holes to guide where you put holes in your second plate. The holes need to line up so that you’ll be able to get ribbon into them. This is what they’ll look like when you’re done:
Next, cut one of the plates in half. Apparently I am not so good with pinking shears. Couldn’t cut a straight line with those to save my life.
Next, grab some ribbon. I used red holiday ribbon that I bought on clearance at Target a month or so ago.
Line your half plate up with one of the full plates (or if you’re only doing one holder, you can invert the half so that you create a 1/2 inch gap between the two plates. Start threading your ribbon through the holes.
Until you’re all done. Try to leave enough ribbon at the end so that you can tie a bow. Wow, I really can’t cut straight! Good thing neither of my kids noticed or cared. ;)
And Wa-La, the plate is ready for little fingers to decorate with stickers, glitter, paint, crayons, markers:
My daughter received her first card in the mail over the weekend and couldn’t WAIT to put her card in her new holder (the big ladybug):
If you decide to make one of these, please send me a photo of the finished product. Would love to see your child’s creativity!
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