Fun Shaped Cards for Easter and Spring
What you will make:
Make simple and fun cards in the shape of
a chick, bunny or a pair of flowers. These card projects are simple enough for younger children and
people with special needs to make. The cards have a theme of renewal for
Easter and spring.
While the cards are very simple to make, they are designed so that
creative touches can be added.
Related crafts: For pop-up cards and more easy to
make greeting cards, see the projects listed in
Greeting Cards Kids Can Make.
Here's what you need:
- Cardstock or computer paper
- Markers, colored pencils or crayons
- Empty ballpoint pen
- Optional supplies: Glitter, tissue paper, and glue.
This project is rated VERY EASY to do.
How to Make Fun Shaped Cards
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Choose a Pattern and Print It
Choose a card to make. Download the pattern for the card and print it on cardstock.
(Paper may be used, but the resulting card will be flimsy and less able to stand up.)
There are three card designs—chick, bunny and flowers. All
the card patterns have both a front and a back, and are offered in color and black & white
(B&W). While the color
patterns are quicker to make, the black & white patterns allow for
more creativity. Whichever pattern you use,
make the cards truly from the heart by adding your own creative touches.
Choose an envelope pattern and print it on paper. The black & white
(B&W) patterns work well on white or colored paper. Color the
envelope any way you like, and then follow the instructions on the
pattern for assembling the envelope. See the
Shaped Cards Envelopes Patterns page for more details.
Patterns are Adobe PDF files. The
Adobe Reader is available for free.
All of Aunt Annie's Crafts project patterns are designed to be printed on standard letter-size paper (8.5"x11" or A4).
When printing from Adobe Reader, you may need to select Auto-Rotate and Center or Choose paper source by PDF page size to ensure the best fit.
- Step 2: Color and Decorate (optional)
Use crayons, colored pencils or markers to add color to the black & white patterns. Perk up
your card by adding touches of glitter,
or maybe a tuft of tissue paper for the tail of the bunny or
chick. Use your imagination!
- Step 3: Score and Fold Card
Fold the card in half on the black line in the center of the card. Scoring the fold line will make for easier and neater folding.
To score a line, you need a ruler and a blunt tip (like an empty ballpoint pen). Place the ruler on the line and trace the line with the blunt tip.
This makes a dent in the cardstock that will fold naturally.
- Step 4: Cut
Cut straight across the bottom of the pattern on the marked line. Cut around the top of the card
following the shape of the chick, bunny or flowers.
Make the cut about ¼" to ½" (0.5 to 1 cm)
from the shape's outline. Give the cut gentle curves, and leave a hinge on
the left edge.
For the chick, leave a hinge from the bottom of the
card to the left wing tip.
For the bunny, make the hinge extend from the
bottom to the left ear tip.
For the flowers, the hinge goes from the
grass to the left leaf tip.
Be sure not to cut through the fold—it is needed to connect the card front to the card back.
- Step 5: Add Your Personal Touches
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