Mrs Lighty is a little bit old fashioned in many ways, but particularly when it comes to snail mail. I still send paper invites for parties, because I always feel that you get a better response back, and I always try to send thank you cards for Baby Lighty’s birthday and Christmas presents.
Having said that, that’s not to say that I don’t find sending thank you cards one of those tasks that feels never ending. And just to make my life harder still, I always like to do something a little different.
For Baby Lighty’s presents at birth I went down the ‘traditional’ printed postcard route. After his first Christmas, I printed postcards at home myself. And after his first birthday, I sent a photo of Baby Lighty at his cake smash within each thank you card.
And last Christmas? Well I was pretty sure that most of our friends and family were getting sick of all of the photos of Baby Lighty they’d received over the past 18 months, but I still wanted to do something a bit different for my thank you cards. But what? And that’s when I received a piece of artwork from the daughter of my very talented friend, Mrs Withy of Baby-Led Weaning for Busy Parents. And I totally pinched the idea for myself (sorry about that, Mrs Withy!!).
So if you’re after easy thank you cards this New Year, plus you’re looking for something to do with the kids while it’s wet and grey outside, here’s what you need to do:
You will need:
- Blank card
- Stamps or other paint effect tools (optional)
- A willing child
Cut your card to size. A5 or A6 is ideal, as you can fold an A4 piece of card to size. Mrs Lighty is a very thrifty crafter, and I had some pieces of coloured card left over from Baby Lighty’s first birthday party. They were meant for the guest book on the day, but as the weather turned his party into a disaster, these went to waste. They were, however perfect to use for this project. Alternatively, you could buy pre-scored and pre-cut blank greetings cards which can be purchased at craft stores.
Get your willing child, and ask them to create masterpieces on the pieces of card. This was actually Baby Lighty’s first ever go at painting at home; previously we’ve only ever nervously attempted it at messy play sessions. We used the paintbrush, his hands and some stamps from a craft set that we were given by the aforementioned Mrs Withy for Christmas.
Once dry, fold the pieces of card in half. You then have your very easy thank you cards made!
Simply write and send!
I was really pleased with how the cards turned out. Remember that they don’t have to be completely perfect, and that really young toddlers can get involved. Part of the fun is that your little one can be their very own Picasso. All of our cards were each a little bit different, and I think a then-18-month-old Baby Lighty was pleased with his handy work too. Evidenced by the fact that as he decided that he was done with his composition on each piece of card, he would say to me “Mummy, bye bye!” and slide the card away from him!!
And I think all of our recipients were pleased with them too, judging by the lovely comments we received. So why not have a go yourself? I was really surprised by how super-easy these thank you cards were to make, and by how much fun it was.