What to Write in a Mother’s Day Card

What to Write in a Mother's Day card

We all know that parenthood is the #WorldsToughestJob… but how can you seize the opportunity Mother’s Day provides in order to recognize all that mom does throughout the year? According to a recent Harris Poll survey, 81% of U.S. adults believe that moms are under-appreciated; yet, 61% of U.S. adults say mom tops the list of who deserves the most gratitude in their life.*

Sure, there are literally thousands of greeting cards available for Mother’s Day– it’s usually not hard to find one for your mom, no matter how unique your relationship is. But writing a personal note might not be as easy. That’s where the creative team at American Greetings comes in.  Before we write cards, we research relationships.  And we’ve narrowed down the complicated, tender, strong, funny, forever love between a mother and child to give you some expert advice on what to write in a Mother’s Day card that perfectly expresses your gratitude for all of mom’s hard work…

Mom to Mom

Once you become a mother yourself, you have a better understanding of what your mom did for you—and now you’re also celebrating her as a grandmother!  Here are some ways to express your thoughts:

For helping you become the mother you are: The highest compliment anyone can give me, Mom, is to say that I’m like you.

For the ways you’ve followed in her footsteps: I see you in things I do, I hear you in things I say—and these are some of the things I’m most proud of.

For all the stages of you’ve been through: From “Mommy” to “Grandma” you’ve always found a way to be amazing at who you are.

Mom as a Friend

Do you consider your mom a friend and confidant?–here are some great ways to express your feelings:

For the Mom you respect as a woman and/or professional: Somewhere along the way, I realized the extraordinary mom raising me was also an extraordinary woman.

For the mom you love to spend time with: You always knew just how to lift my spirits, Mom.  Some things never change.

For the ways your relationship has changed…and stayed the same: My doctor, my hairdresser, my counselor, my friend…I can’t thank you enough for everything, Mom, because “everything” just keeps getting better!

Still Need Your Mom?

If your mom is still the person you count on most, be specific about what you appreciate:

For her words of wisdom: Even if you didn’t think I was listening, I live by your words every day.

For being the one you always turn to: In my heart I have every hug you ever gave me—and sometimes they still get me through.

For the example she sets: Beautiful, loving, understanding, forgiving…that’s you, Mom.  And it’s who I strive to be.

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*This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of American Greetings from April 14-16, 2015 among 2,055 adults ages 18 and older.

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Easter cookies (and other adorable sweet treats!)

From chocolate and marshmallow peeps to those delicious little jelly beans, Easter is a candy-filled treat for anyone with a sweet tooth!

In honor of the Easter holiday that’s quickly approaching, we pulled together some amazing Easter cookies and sweet treats that take Easter candy to a whole new level! Enjoy!

1. Easy Easter Cookies by Spaceships and Laser Beams

Easy Easter Cookies by Spaceships and Laser Beams

Image credit: Spaceships and Laser Beams

We loved this fun twist on Rice Krispie treats! Stephanie cuts out the bars with an egg-shaped cookie cutter, dips them in melting chocolate and then into sprinkles! How fun! (Heads up: She also has some super adorable Easter printables on her blog, too!)

2. Nutter Butter Chicks by Passion for Savings

Nutter Butter Chicks by Passion for Savings

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We were pretty sure that Nutter Butters couldn’t get more delicious, but when dipped in melting chocolate? Yes, please!

3. Adorable (and easy) Blue Birdies by Sweet Sugarbelle

 

Adorable (and easy) Blue Birdies by Sweet Sugarbelle

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We were thrilled to see Jordan almonds on display (and not just at a wedding!) A little royal icing takes these confections to a new (adorable!) level!

4. Bird’s Nests by The Curvy Carrot

Bird's Next Cookies by The Curvy Carrot

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Shanon makes these Bird’s Nests with chow mein noodles, but can you imagine them with pretzels? We’re positively swooning at the idea of the perfect sweet-and-salty combination!

5. Peeps Easter Bunny Dirt Cake by Food Family Finds

Easter Bunny Dirt Cake by Food Family Finds

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We think that the green fingertips you’ll end up with after using food coloring to dye the coconut “grass” will be totally worth the ooh’s and aah’s you will get on Easter Sunday! If this is half as delicious as it is adorable, it’ll be a show-stopper!

Do you have a favorite Easter treat or tradition? We’d love to hear about it!

 

 

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Our favorite romantic movies

Our Favorite Romantic Movies

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with dinner and a movie? But this year, give a twist to this old standby date by mixing it up a bit. Choose an exciting new restaurant you’ve been wanting to try instead, or plan a fun picnic (complete with candles, if you like) in your own living room. Then carefully select just the right film—one that best suits your relationship—to perfectly round out the evening.

Whether you’re a hopeless romantic or a mischievous imp, our diehard, movie-loving Valentine’s Day crew want to help by offering up a few suggestions. And if you’ve got any other favorite movies to add to our list, please let us know in the comments below!

  • Traditional: Perfect for the romantic at heart in your life, these films capture the essence of everlasting love.
    • Casablanca, Say Anything, Hope Floats, The Notebook, Dirty Dancing, Titanic, When Harry Met Sally…, Ever After
  • Guaranteed Laughs: Equal parts flirty and fun, a good romantic comedy offers a lighthearted way to celebrate love in any stage, whether you’ve just started dating or been together for decades.
    • You’ve Got Mail, Pretty in Pink, Valentine’s Day, Never Been Kissed, Sweet Home Alabama
  • Going to the Chapel: Getting married soon? There are a ton of fabulous movies about this special time in your life that are filled with twists, turns, and best of all–weddings!
    • The Wedding Planner, 27 Dresses, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Confetti, The Wedding Singer, Bridesmaids, Our Family Wedding, The Wedding Date
  • We’re Not Weird, We’re Quirky: If you describe your movie-going tastes (or your sense of humor) as a little off the beaten path, try one of these fun flicks.
    • Harold and Maude, Punch-Drunk Love, Annie Hall, Away We Go, If Lucy Fell, Moonstruck
  • Young at Heart: Looking for something sweet to watch with the kiddos? These family-friendly favorites are sure to warm everyone’s heart.
    • WALL-E, Beauty and The Beast, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White

What’s your favorite romantic movie?

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Valentine’s Day sweet treats

Valentine's Day Sweet Treats

It has been said that the fastest way to a person’s heart is through their stomach. While we might argue that it’s a wee bit more complicated than that, it’s surely a thoughtful (and tasty!) way to express love and adoration.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we pulled together some fun ideas for creating the perfect Valentine’s Day sweet treat!

1. Valentine’s Day Oreo Pops by Makoodle

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2. Homemade Strawberry Valentine Snacks by Modern Parents Messy Kids

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3. Easy Valentine’s Day Cookies by Family Fresh Meals

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4. Easy Cupid’s Arrow Pretzels by One Little Project

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5. Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Hearts by 1 Fine Cookie

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6. Valentine’s Day Candy Cake from All You

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7. X’s and O’s Cupcakes from Martha Stewart

xo cupcakes by Martha Stewart

8. Homemade Valentine’s Day gumdrops by Mom on Timeout

Homemade-Gumdrops

Do you have a great Valentine’s Day sweet treat idea you’d like to share? Link it in the comments!

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Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

Valentine's Day Date Ideas

It’s the most romantic night of the year—and also the one date you want to be perfect. Whether you’ve been together for four weeks or forever, Valentine’s Day is a great time to celebrate what makes your relationship so wonderful and unique. However… trying to plan a great Valentine’s Day date that will not only be fun and romantic, but also memorable, too, can be quite a challenge.

No more worries. This year, we asked some of our creative, romantic geniuses to help steer you in the right direction. Here are some of their fun Valentine’s Day date ideas, catered to each stage of a relationship:

  • If you’ve just met (or have just started dating), set up a cozy double date. Get to know each other’s friends a little better and see that other person in a more relaxed environment.
  • If you’re crazy about each other and your relationship is growing, plan simple “mini dates” leading up to a nice romantic night out on the 14th, which falls on a Saturday this year. Ideas include:
    • Wednesday – Take an evening stroll.
    • Thursday – Play your favorite board or video game together.
    • Friday – Watch a favorite movie.
    • Valentine’s Day Eve – Lovely dinner out at a new restaurant!
  • If you and that special someone have committed to each another, hop in your car and visit a nearby city you’ve both been wanting to explore.
  • If you’ve been together for as long as you can remember, recreate your first date. The nostalgia will have you reminiscing about that special night, plus all the other fond memories you’ve made along the way, too.

What’s the best date you’ve ever been on? What made it so special? Tell us about it in the comments!

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Valentine’s Day gift wrap ideas

Valentine's Day Gift Wrap Ideas

You’ve shopped thoughtfully for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift, but then comes the time to give it to your friend or loved one. But first, why not give it an extra special touch with a pretty presentation they’ll never forget?

We scoured Pinterest and pulled together some of our super fun, super crafty Valentine’s Day gift wrap ideas that we just had to share with you:

1. Confetti Bomb by Oh Joy!

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2. Pennants on white wrapping paper by Annixen

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3. Pinks, Kraft Paper and A Hint of Blue by A Creative Mint

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4. Rolled Paper Roses Tutorial by Creations by Kara

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5. Heart cut-out gift wrapping by The House that Lars Built

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Happy wrapping!

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Throwback Thursday: Vintage Valentine’s Day cards

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Happy #ThrowbackThursday!

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we thought we’d share some of our favorite vintage Valentine’s Day cards from the 1940’s, 50’s! Share with your friends to share the love this Valentine’s Day, retro-style!

Puppy Love Vintage Valentine

Just Peekin’ in to say “Hello” on Valentine’s Day!

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1940’s Puppy Valentine

I’m sweet on you, my Valentine.

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Shrinking Violet Valentine from 1942

I’m a little shrinking violet

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Puppy Sweetheart Valentine – 1944

Why, Sweetheart, there just couldn’t be two…That’s why I’m glad I married you!

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1950’s World’s Dearest Mother Valentine

For the world’s dearest mother

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1950’s ‘How Do You Do’ Valentine

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Children Valentine – 1950’s

With friendly thoughts…image

1960’s One Swell Boy Valentine

Hi Grandson! Here are 3 ponies to ride on Valentine’s Day. This Palomino Pony wants to ride the West with you because he thinks you’re one swell boy – and that’s certainly true!image

Vintage Romantic Valentine for Wife

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Retro Valentine from Child

…a valentine from me!

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Sweet Vintage ‘Be My Valentine’

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Vintage Flower Scene Valentineimage

1940’s Tugboat Valentine

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Love Birds Valentine – 1960’s

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Share the love this Valentine’s Day with someone you adore by posting your favorite vintage valentine with them. Happy vintage Valentine’s Day!

Love Vintage Valentines? Check out our selection of retro-inspired cards that you can send digitally!

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What to write in a Valentine’s Day card

What to Write in a Valentine's Day Card

Thoughts from American Greetings Writing Studio Creative Director Rochelle Lulow…

Real Love…Real Life

We’ve been creating Valentine’s Day cards for a long time–and along the way, we’ve seen the words we use to talk about love have changed, too. Today’s romantic relationships are about “real love” and “real life.” Being in love isn’t something that you are in, or fall into – it’s something that you do. It’s about everyday living, and the little things you do for (and with!) each other that mean the most. Like a goodbye kiss as you head out the door, and saying “I love you” when you say goodnight… it’s the little ways you share love every day!

Love is Ever Changing

Our romantic relationships start out new and evolve into stronger bonds as time goes by. That means we may say, and feel, different things as our relationship grows. From playfulness to passion, to commitment and endurance, and everything in between – from how it all started to what it has become – that’s the where the things you want to say in a card come from.

What to write in a Valentine’s Day card–

When it comes to what you want to say, these ideas might help…

  • Think back to when you first met, maybe a special time you’ve shared, or look at favorite photos, and think about how these things make you feel…try putting that feeling into words…that becomes the “story” you write.
  • Try playing songs that make you think of that person…it’s a great backdrop that can set the mood for writing.
  • Create a list of words that describe the person or special things about him, or her, that you love – those words are great ideas for what you might want to say.
  • Think of it as a conversation… like you would be talking to that person…the words will come easier that way, and will be said the way you would say it.
  • Just before you sign it, try writing your own ending, like “Forever in love with you,” “I love you, and I love us,” or “You’re my everything”…it brings a meaningful wrap up to your thoughts.
  • Write as much, or as little, as you’d like…it’s not about how long it is…it’s about how meaningful it is…a few simple sentences that describes that person, how grateful you are, and everything that you love about that person is what matters!

Love and life go hand in hand. You’re in it together–caring, sharing, hugging, holding, laughing, crying, trusting, supporting, and loving each other through it all… Because that’s what real love is!

Wishing you love, Rochelle

Still need some help? We’ve got you covered. From funny to sweet, romantic to risque, we have a great selection of Valentine’s Day cards you can print at home. Click here to view our collection!

Printable Valentines

 

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The history of Valentine’s Day

The History of Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is the one day a year dedicated to all things love. But as all of the red and pink hearts and flowers begin to appear, it begs the question–how much do you really know about the history of Valentine’s Day?

Surprisingly, the origins of the holiday are a little unclear. Most people will agree the modern holiday arose from the religious observance of the Feast of St. Valentine. While February 14 is now celebrated around the world as a day of love, here are some little-known facts about the evolution of this love-filled day:

Connections to the Feast of St. Valentine

  • The mid-February date may have ties to the pagan festival, Luperchalia, during which there was a ceremony to bestow fertility on women. To counteract this, Pope Gilasius declared February 14 as the feast of St. Valentine in 498 A.D.
  • There were several Saint Valentines, but the one who stands out most is St. Valentine of Rome. He was a priest during the reign of Claudius II (who banned marriages in an effort to keep his army strong). St. Valentine is credited not only with secretly performing marriages until he was caught and sentenced to death, but upon his execution, supposedly passed a note to a love interest that was signed “from your Valentine.”
  • Early references to Valentine’s Day having romantic connotations appear in works by both Geoffrey Chaucer and William Shakespeare.

Traditions and Icons of Valentine’s Day

  • Cupid started out as the Greek god, Eros, who then became the bow and arrow-clad Roman god of love.
  • The tradition of personally exchanging valentines began in the 1700s. By the 1800s, when postal service became more affordable, mailing valentines (sometimes anonymously) became a more popular tradition.
  • The U.S. Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately 1 billion valentines are sent each year worldwide, making the day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year, behind Christmas.

International Observances of Valentine’s Day

  • Throughout most of South America, Día del Amor y la Amistad (or the Day of Love and Friendship) is observed by showing love toward romantic companions and doing acts of kindness for friends. A similar holiday called Ystävänpäivä (or Friend’s Day) is celebrated in Finland.
  • In Slovenia, Valentine’s Day marks the date to begin working the fields and vineyards again.
  • In Japan and Korea, it is customary for women to give chocolates to men on February 14. One month later, on March 14 (referred to as White Day), men are expected to reciprocate with their own gift.
  • Valentinsdag is celebrated in Denmark and Norway by sharing a romantic dinner and sending a card or red rose.

Continuing this centuries-old tradition simply reaffirms the importance of recognizing the love we share with friends and family. It might just be one day a year, but it is one that means so much to them to hear how you truly feel.

 

How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? We’d love to hear your unique traditions!

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Share The Love Calendar

Share the Love - Free Printable Valentine's Day Calendar

It’s not just the things that we say, but the things we do in the name of love that define its meaning. And luckily, Valentine’s Day offers us the perfect opportunity to do so—it’s the one day a year that reminds us to do all of the thoughtful and romantic things we should do every day.

Valentine’s Day is all about love and affection, but oftentimes we find that just one day is not enough to truly show the depth of our feelings. In order to keep those feelings of love and appreciation lasting the entire month of February, here are some tips to help you express your love.

To download our FREE, printable calendar with 14 days of fun romantic activities, click here!

No printer? No problem! Here are 14 ideas for ways to show your love as we head into Valentine’s Day:

  1. Cook their favorite restaurant meal: Try cooking your loved one’s favorite meal from a restaurant.
  2. Lipstick Kisses: Leave a lipstick kiss on the mirror, kitchen window, or any other any frequent traffic area where your love will see it and smile.
  3. Lunchbox or work bag note: Sneak a sweet note into their lunch or briefcase so that they will smile and think of you when they find it.
  4. Start a wish jar: Take a jar and write down all of the things you both have said you would like to do – seeing a play, having a picnic, or learning to play chess. From time to time, pull an item from the jar and enjoy the activity together.
  5. #TBT First date recreation: Throw it back to your first date, and share a special evening at the restaurant you had your first date.
  6. Double date: Schedule a double date with friends you don’t see often.
  7. Breakfast in bed: Make and bring them breakfast in bed.
  8. Romantic Movie Marathon: Watch some old romantic movies together.
  9. Fancy dessert night: Show special care by making fancy dessert that you’ve never attempted before.
  10. Surprise mid-day ecard: Send a flirty Valentine e-card during the day to offer an unexpected smile.
  11. Romantic Pizza date: Order pizza in, but light candles to add a special element of romance.
  12. #TBT Look through old photos: Watch your wedding video or look through photo albums together.
  13. Balloon surprise: set up red, pink, and white balloons in the living room overnight so when your loved ones start their day, they’re greeted with a loving surprise.
  14. Share your love: Valentine’s Day only comes once a year. The easiest way to share your love year-round, is to tell someone that you love them every single day.

How will you be celebrating Valentine’s Day this year? Share your great, creative ideas in the comments!

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Valentine’s Day Free Desktop Wallpaper

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Believe it or not, February is right around the corner and you know what that means–Valentine’s Day!  To celebrate this holiday of happy hearts, we thought we’d share the love by creating some beautiful free desktop wallpapers for you to enjoy!

Click here for our Valentine’s Day desktop wallpaper (2560×1440)
Click here for our Valentine’s Day desktop wallpaper (1680×1050)
Click here for our Valentine’s Day desktop wallpaper (1440×900)
Click here for our Valentine’s Day desktop wallpaper (1280×800)
Click here for our Valentine’s Day phone wallpaper
Click here for our Valentine’s Day Facebook Cover photo

Need help installing this? Click here!

Love this butterfly heart artwork? Check out the full, animated ecard here!

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Ways to give back

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During the holiday season, charities across the US see a large increase in the number of volunteers.  As people get into the giving spirit during the holidays, they find great ways to give back, whether it’s donating their time or money to an organization. Unfortunately, after the holiday excitement has come and gone, charities and non-profits oftentimes find themselves still needing enough volunteers.

So if you’re still looking for a New Years resolution that doesn’t involve a daily commitment, but can provide a lasting impact, we’d like to suggest setting a goal for giving back this year.

Need some help getting started? Here are some great ways to get involved in your community:

  • The gift of time – find a non-profit that resonates with something you’re passionate about, whether it’s doing a craft with local nursing home residents, caring for animals at a pet shelter, or putting together packages for military members overseas. By selecting a cause that’s near and dear to your heart, you’re more likely to follow through and the time you spend there will be even more meaningful.
  • Power in numbers – if your skill set includes event planning and a large network of friends and family, consider serving as an fundraising organizer! Community bake sales, rummage sales, and spaghetti dinners not only bring people together, but they can bring in surprising amounts of money for important causes.
  • Get moving – If you enjoy running or walking, there are a number of opportunities to raise money for charity while enjoying the great outdoors. Check to see if your favorite non-profit hosts a run or search for runs here.
  • Just get giving – If you find yourself time-strapped, non-profit organizations are always looking for financial contributions. This allows them to allocate dollars to the places that are most needed, but may not get as much attention. Websites like Guidestar can help you select organizations that are well-known for their fiscal responsibility.

If you still find yourself struggling to find something that’s a good fit for you, check out Volunteermatch.org, a site dedicated to helping you find local charity and volunteer opportunities!

What are some other ways to give back throughout the year to show gratitude for all of the blessings in our lives?

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Free printable New Year’s game

Are you an experienced New Year’s resolution-maker? We know we are!

Whether it’s an organizational, health, or personal commitment we’ve aspired to, there have been a lot of well-intentioned resolutions we’ve made over the years. Some we had the resolve to keep, but some… well? Let’s just say they ended up de-prioritized. (That feels better than “broken,” right?)

So this year we decided to have a little fun. We took some of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions and turned them into a free printable New Year’s game. Print extras and challenge some friends at your NYE get-together!

Free Printable New Year's Game

Enjoy and Happy New Year!

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A very Mary Engelbreit Christmas craft

Mary Engelbreit

This amazingly simple Christmas craft comes to us from our dear friend and content partner, Mary Engelbreit!

 

 

There’s still time to do a little crafting before Christmas, especially when it’s a simple project like this! It’s even simple enough to do with kids, believe it or not. They make great gift tags that then magically turn into ornaments. You could also use them as napkin rings/place cards. I’m telling you, it’s the all-purpose craft project!

Mary Engelbreit Christmas Craft
You’ll need tiny artist’s canvases, usually sold in packages of 6 at craft and art supply stores. Then drag out all your craft supplies that I know you have piled in a drawer somewhere—- ribbon, buttons, stickers, scrapbook paper, paint, markers, and glue.
Paint the canvases whatever colors you like, including the sides. I painted images on mine but you could just as easily use stickers, pretty buttons, or whatever you have on hand. If you’re using them as napkin rings/place cards, use paint markers to write names on the front.

Cut a backing of scrapbook paper and glue on the back. Cut a 6 inch or so piece of ribbon or trim and glue each end to each side of the canvas. Cover the end of the ribbon on each side with a button, a tiny Christmas trim, or a sticker.

You’re finished! A cute, personal gift, and you get a break from making cookies and wrapping gifts! Another family Christmas tradition is born!

Mary Engelbreit Christmas CraftMerry Christmas to all!

- Mary Engelbreit

PS – If you’d like to see Mary demonstrate this Christmas craft, check out her appearance on KPLR here!

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