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How to Make Fun, Natural Holiday Cards

8 1/2 -by-11-inch construction or art paper
Water-based paint or ink
Nature objects such as leaves and seedpods
Paintbrush, 1/2 to 1 inch wide ==

1. For each fold-over note, cut a piece of the paper to 6 by 11 inches.

2. Spread some paint evenly on a paper or washable plate.

3. Lay the natural object in the paint. If you are using a leaf, lay the vein side down into the paint. Make a sample print on newsprint or scrap paper to see whether you have too much or too little paint. Once you’ve determined how much paint to use, dip the leaf again.

4. After the notes have dried, fold them in three sections–two equal sections of 4 inches each, and one that is 3 inches.

5. Fold the 3-inch flap down. After you have written your letter, seal the flap in place with a sticker.

Adapted from Natural Crafts, by Marilyn Tower Oliver (Stackpole Books, 1994).

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4:38AM PDT on Mar 26, 2014


3:26PM PDT on Mar 11, 2013

Good idea.Thanks for sharing

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11:15PM PDT on Apr 17, 2011

I make cards occasionally and I love it. It's good creative and artistic therapy for me and the recipient knows that time and effort (and love) went into making and personalizing it.

6:30PM PST on Dec 10, 2010

Great Ideas!!! I actually sent online holiday cards this is a great idea!!!

5:47PM PST on Nov 20, 2010

Thanks for the info.

6:57AM PST on Nov 10, 2010

God ideas. It is worth a try to make some cards.

5:59AM PDT on Mar 14, 2010

Great ideas. Must try.

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