3 Easy Steps Make Your Own Up-Cycled “Thank You” Cards

3 Easy Steps Make Your Own Upcycled "Thank You" Cards

After Christmas I want Ethan & Evelyn to learn how to be a little more appreciative of their gifts that they have received from our friends and family. So instead of buying more things, I decided to come up with the idea of up-cycling our Christmas Cards. Here’s how we went about it…

What you need:

How to:

1. DRAW: I freehand drawn the alphabet letter “THANK YOU” individually on the front of the Christmas cards in bubble fonts. You can use Alphabet ruler if you are not comfortable doing it freehand.

2. CUT & STICK: I then cut the letters out. Unlike Evelyn, Ethan really hates using a pair of scissors. So I asked him to glue the letters onto the blank cards instead – thus Evelyn can not cut things preciously yet, I asked Evelyn to do the same. We made six cards in total.

3. DECORATE: I asked Ethan to decorate the cards how ever he wanted to. He ended up being so very detailed on one card for the so long that I ended up decorating the rest of the bunch of the cards. lol! Oh well..

Here are some of the cards we ended up with…

3 Easy Steps Make Your Own Upcycled "Thank You" Cards

What Ethan learnt from this?

  • What Bubble fonts writing looks like.
  • Tried to use a pair of scissors at least.
  • Practices his dexterity figures by sticking the letters on to the cards and using his imagination in decorating the cards.
  • Hopefully leant how to be a little more appreciative of things that he has received over Christmas.

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What do think? Do you think your kids would enjoy doing something like this too?

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Su blogs at Ethan & Evelyn. Ethan (7) & Evelyn (4) are her children. Her blog was originally an online diary but quickly transformed. She blogs about their life adventures of her experiences of motherhood, lifestyle, food, crafts, and travel. Her blog was awarded the Coupon Machine Travel Blog Top100 (#37) in 2016. The #MadBlogAwards 2016 Nominated for Best Craft Blog, Best Family Travel Blog, and Best Preschool Blog. She is a now a Freelance Writer, a Photographer, Co-creator of #ExplorerKids IG community. Host of #FabFridayPost and #ExplorerKids Linkys. And a Kids Yoga Teacher too! Connect with her on Twitter & Instagram @ethannevelyn


  1. 30/01/2017 / 2:49 pm

    Well done, these are lovely we do something similar, the kids write card by folding A4 paper then cut pictures from our old Christmas cards to decorate the front. I do like this letter idea though, perfect for younger children.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #Trash2Treasure

    • 05/02/2017 / 8:39 pm

      Thank you Fiona. That’s a great idea too. Perhaps, Ethan can do these when he is a little older. Thank you for hosting too. x

  2. 03/02/2017 / 10:37 am

    We also recycle christmas cards and birthday cards but didn’t thing to do it like this! We tend to cut out images from the cards and turn them into labels for christmas presents the following year or with birthday cards, they just get used for general art and craft activities- lovely idea! #FabFridayPost

  3. 03/02/2017 / 12:37 pm

    These are utterly brilliant! Great way to use old Christmas cards to great effect – and make doing those darn Thank you cards more enticing!

  4. 03/02/2017 / 12:38 pm

    Excellent idea! The kids always love new upcycling ideas. You’ve got to admire Ethan’s concentration! My third, aged 5, won’t let go of a project/activity until he’s happy with the result, no matter how long it takes – I love that he can focus on something for so long.

    • 05/02/2017 / 11:00 pm

      Haha He has put so much detailed on his cards: snow, wind, trees, rain and a dinosaur! lol!

  5. 03/02/2017 / 1:08 pm

    Cute idea! We had (still have?) plans to make gift tags from our Christmas cards. This is a great way to create some unique thank you cards. It’s nice to have the kids help – since mine are older they may be able to create these on their own!

  6. 03/02/2017 / 2:19 pm

    Oh, I love this idea! So important (and oftentimes hard!) to teach kids to be more appreciative of what they have. I’m all about recycling and have a bad habit of hoarding things for the sole purpose of using them as future craft materials, so I love that you made use of the old cards too! #fabfridaypost

    • 05/02/2017 / 11:06 pm

      Oh my… join the hoarding club! I am so terrible at these. lol! I try to re-use everything if possible. x

  7. 03/02/2017 / 4:37 pm

    Peachy is too little for something like this. But this is a nice and inexpensive craft for older kids. #FabFridayPost

  8. 03/02/2017 / 8:53 pm

    Su, this is terrific! I often worry that kids may not continue the etiquette of properly thanking people for gifts. This is a great way to impress upon them the importance of thanking people and sending the giver a lovely gift in return. Absolutely wonderful! #FabFridayPost

    • 05/02/2017 / 11:12 pm

      Thank you so much Mary. I do try. And hopefully they appreciated the gifts too.

  9. 06/02/2017 / 11:49 am

    A great way to reuse Christmas cards and a creative activity for kids. #Trash2Treasure

  10. 06/02/2017 / 2:54 pm

    These look really effective and are a lovely touch too. Ethan did a brilliant job. Sarah #FabFridayPost

  11. 07/02/2017 / 1:04 am

    I love those! They are so much better than just buying cards aren’t they. Plus it keeps them busy for a while 😉 #fabfridaypost

  12. 08/02/2017 / 11:04 pm

    I really love this idea, great way to recycle your cards. We still haven’t finished all our thank you cards yet and it’s already February…aaaggghh. I think we will have to do this for our last cards! Thanks for the inspiration #FabFridayPost

  13. 09/02/2017 / 2:16 am

    What a fab idea, Su!!! I love it! I tend to keep Xmas and all sorts of other greetings cards {hoarder syndrome!} but this is a fab way to re-use them 🙂 and what a great way to teach the children how to say thank you! xx #FabFridayPost

    • 11/02/2017 / 10:02 pm

      Haha! I have a hoarder syndrome too! Thank you for your lovely comments. xx

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