I’m always looking for good Christmas and holiday crafts that work with senior citizens, preschoolers and special needs students. Here’s a no-fail stenciled holiday card making craft with free printable stencils included that’s great for all ages.
You will need:
holiday stencils (click here for printable stencils)
black construction paper
assorted shaped paper punches in with holiday images (candy cane, bell, present, teddy bear, reindeer)
tissue paper (cut in different sizes squares)
wrapping paper scraps (cut in one inch squares)
Stained Glass card: On a black piece of card paper, use stencils, trace the outline of solid shapes on the outside of your card to create a picture. Cut out the areas inside the stencil with sharp scissors. On the inside of the card, tape tissue paper or thin wrapping paper over the cut out openings so the pattern shows on the outside of the card like stained glass. Snowflakes, candy canes, a manger scene, presents and a Christmas tree all make excellent stained glass window images.
Painting.About.com (click here) has over fifteen free printable holiday, winter and Christmas stencils. There are nativity scene and manger scene stencils, snowflake stencils, a Christmas tree, a wreath, Merry Christmas in old world lettering, plus Christmas animals and more. Copy these printable stencil templates and transfer the image in permanent marker onto a piece of mylar (found in craft stores). Better still, use use a recycled piece of cardboard from a cereal box and trace stencil pattern onto cardboard. Cut out the stencil. Tape the cut edges of the cardboard stencil to keep edges from getting rough. But the easiest way to use these free printable stencils is to laminate them and then cut out the stencil. Here’s that link again:
Simple Stained glass window: If the stencial is too difficult or for disabled persons, and very young preschoolers, use shaped paper punches. These can be difficult to punch, but if you put your finger on the punch and the child pushes your finger, she will feel like she is doing it all herself. After punching out the shape, glue a one inch piece of tissue paper to the inside of the card so that the color shows through the punched shape on the outside of the card. The easiest way to glue is to put the glue directly on the card and affix the tissue paper. I like to make a stained glass border along the edge of the card. Kids really love this craft project and the cards always look so nice.
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