Here's what you need:
Coloured card and envelopes
Paint brush (or just use fingers is you want to really have some fun)
Shaped hole punch
Glue / glue stick
Optional: glitter glue and ribbon
And here's how we did them:
1. Blob some paint on the paper, I used blue, yellow and red and demonstrated to the younger children how we could make oranges, greens and purples too by mixing the colours together as we smeared the blobs about.
2. My older niece had the bright idea of adding some glitter glue, which leaves the finished article with a subtle sparkly effect.
3. Leave the painting to dry
4. Once dry, use the hole punch to punch out shapes, we used a heart shape and a flower shape, make sure you collect the shapes and move around the painting to get all the different colours.
5. Glue the shapes onto the card in a Christmas tree shape. We used a 'make your own Christmas cards' pack of pre-creased red and green cards and envelopes - £3.99 for 50 cards from The Works I think.
6. Add optional extras like more glitter glue to give a really glittery effect, or a pot made out of ribbons. Like this one my niece made:
You don't even have to bother with the painting part, these cards look quite effective if you punch out black, silver or gold shapes, or you could even use some spare Christmas wrapping paper or scrap book paper. Have fun!
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