Monday, September 17, 2012

Make Your Own Mega Birthday Card

So it’s Grandma’s birthday, and all the munchkins want to color their own picture or card for her. How do you present that pile of papers? And what does she do with it all after the party?

Put it all into one really big birthday card ~ from the entire family.
You’ve probably seen examples of lapbooks on blogs and school sites. You may have even made your own. A Mega Birthday Card is the same idea, except the “theme” of the lapbook is the celebration of the birthday gal or guy. I first saw this idea on The Better Mom, but as happens with ideas, it grew and morphed, especially once the children got involved, and I wanted to share with you our end result.

We celebrated my mother’s 80th birthday this past weekend, and this is what the children made for Grandma.

Start with a regular file folder. De-crease the middle. Then fold it so that two even flaps meet in the middle.

Arrange your pieces and parts inside before you glue. The children included, among other tidbits, a tri-fold picture, a pocket with another picture, a little book, and a couple of pop-ups. They used plain paper, coloring pages, and scrapbook paper.

A pop-up cake ~ labeled in case Grandma didn't know what it was!

Another coloring page nestled inside a pocket.

They also made a pocket for a gift card. {She’s taking a trip soon, and we wanted to help her out with her meals.}

Finally, make a closure with two buttons and some embroidery floss on the front. {I can’t show you the buttons on ours because just as my oldest was about to sew them on in the car on the drive to Grandma’s, one slid off the card and down into the unreachable abyss under the seats.} Sew a button on opposite flaps, and then use colored embroidery floss to close by wrapping around the buttons. Maybe I should have kept those Depends buttons?

We have so many ideas for future cards, we can’t hardly wait to make more! In the future, we plan to ~
  • Include a pocket with pull-out cards. Write on the cards Bible verses such as Psalm 139:14 to let the recipient know how special she or he is to God.
  • Include a flower shape with fold-out petals. Glue in the middle of the flower a picture of your child with the recipient and write encouraging words on the petals.
  • A sympathy card, recording special memories of the deceased.
  • An anniversary card, perhaps with a brief timeline of the relationship.
  • A card for pastor appreciation month.
  • For a graduate, and include dollar bills in separate little pockets.
Be creative, and have fun!

Have you or your children made a mega birthday card before? What do you like best about the idea? How would you personalize it?

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  1. Replies
    1. It's a great way to keep the children busy! Thanks!

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    1. I wish I'd thought of this when I was a child. I would have loved making them! Thanks for commenting!

  3. What a neat idea! I will definitely have to try this will my children! :)

  4. I love this idea. Thanks for sharing how your family interpreted this project. My creative juices are starting to flow.

  5. I really like this idea- especially the flaps and envelopes. It is so fun! Thank you for linking up on Photo Friday! Hope to see you next weekend and have a great weekend!

    1. There's just something about having a little pocket in which to stash a few precious words! Thanks for the link-up opportunity!

  6. LOVE this! I am all about paper crafts and this is gorgeous! so so fun!! found your through the photo friday link up! have a great weekend!!

    1. Lisa, I would love to see your mega birthday cards. From your blogs, you look like a Creativity Queen! So glad to have you here, and have fun!

  7. I love this. It is very homeschool of you. That should be a new phrase! What a creative and fun idea that can be used for so many different things. Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library!

    1. Love that phrase - "it is very homeschool of you." Can I use it? (But only in a positive way!)


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