Turn Doodles into Hand-Made Cards


May 11, 2013 by CassieCravings


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A hand-made card from a little one is always the best gift. But I added a bit of a twist. We turned 3 year-old Eli’s masterpiece into cut out letters for a teacher thank-you note.


what we used: 

* 2 plain sheets of scrapbook paper

*several markers in coordinating colors

*A Cricut (This is just what we have on hand. Stencils would work nicely as well.)

*patterned scrapbook paper


how we made this craft: 

1. Eli drew his masterpiece in gray marker all over a plain sheet of scrapbook paper.

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“It’s a bear and a wrocket ships and a dinosauwr that saysth ‘ROAR!'”

2. I used the Cricut to cut out “Thank you.” from Eli’s masterpiece. If you don’t have a Cricut, use stencils and a straight edge. Use a little one’s delightful doodles for flowers and other fun shapes. Layer different colors to create a new masterpiece from the original.

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3. Because I used scrapbook paper, I folded the card into a triangle. It wasn’t what I had first intended, but it was an odd size for a traditional card. So, we went with it like we meant it 😉

3. After I glued down the letters, I outlined them to add contrast (since I ended up using the same color for both the card and the doodles).

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4. Eli wrote “thank you” at the bottom of the card. He is a beginning writer and reader, so I told him each letter to write. He was very upset that he messed up the “N” but I adore it. I told him it shows how much he has learned and that he is still learning.

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5. With the patterned paper, I cut out several hearts and pasted them down.

6. The inside of the card was all about expressing our appreciation for Eli’s preschool teacher.

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Eli even signed his name ❤



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a letter of thanks

8 thoughts on “Turn Doodles into Hand-Made Cards

  1. Renard Moreau says:

    [ Smiles ] Now, that is a great idea!

  2. Julie says:

    I love this idea! You just might have given me an idea for how to use my daughters very prolific drawings. 🙂

  3. Mama Carmody says:

    This is a great idea for grandparents, aunts and uncles as well. Also a good idea for grandparents to help the child make a special card for mom and dad. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

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