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Artful Appreciation: DIY Thank You Notes

Posted by Vickie Howell on January 4, 2010 at 10:25 AM in EmbroideryGeneral CraftsParent/Child CollaborationThank Yous
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In the age of e-mail correspondence the paper "Thank You" note is often a lost art.  Raising grateful children however, definitely isn't.   Help your tots celebrate the gift of creativity while they give back some of the love and energy that's surely put into the presents they receive.  Handmade notes are a thoughtful (and fun) way to express that appreciation.  Here are three, simple-to-make cards to stitch, snap or glue!

Make it Sew!
Embroidered Card
It's easy to say it with stitching, when you start off with a basic note card!  Have your child write "Thanks" in pencil on the card front--their handwriting, no matter how messy, will add that extra-special touch!  Using embroidery floss, a sharp needle and the back stitch (see tutorial here), stitch over the writing.  Add little stitched dots or lines, for added embellishment.  So sweet, SEW simple!

Glued Greeting
Ransom (thank you) Note
All kiddo needs for this card collage is a glue stick and a dream!  Ok well, also a pair of scissors, a doily and recycled magazine letters--but you know what I mean.  They'll have loads of fun cutting up pages and piecing together their creation.  If you want to say "Thank You", why not just spell it out?

Picture Perfect
Photo Card
This one is the easiest and probably, most well-received (at least amongst the grandparent set) of all handmade hellos.  Whether it be Christmas, birthday or any other present-getting event; after unwrapping their goodies have the kids pose for a picture! Simply write your greeting on plain, white paper and have them hold those signs up.  Snap a shot; have copies printed up; glue them on card stock and embellish with a little ric-rac.  That's all there is to it!

How important do you think teaching kids to write Thank You notes is?  At what age do you think children should participate in writing (or signing) their own?
  Please post your answers in the comments section.

Thank YOU for making Craft, Apparent!

xo,
Vickie

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4 Comments

Liz writes...

I have ALWAYS written thank you notes for every gift I have received. It's what my grandmother taught me to do and I am teaching my girls as well. As soon as my oldest was 3 or 4 I would help her sign her name on the thank you's, but since she turned 8 she's been writing her own. Now that she's 10 she even addresses and stamps the envelopes herself! My youngest is 3 and so she is starting to sign her name now too! We hardly ever get thank you notes from anyone else, but I still want my kids to know that acknowledging and appreciating a gift is very important just like may Grandmother taught me it was!

Pam writes...

I'm thankful for the fill-in-the-blank ones for those too young to write the entire note. For my son's last birthday I used those for the first time. For each note I made sure to bring out the gift and talk about it with him so he grasped why we were sending the note and to whom.

Vickie Howell writes...

Liz--Good for you, and I totally agree. Even if you don't receive them from others, teaching your children to value gratitude is a gift in and of itself!

Pam--I really like the idea of showing your child the gift as they write the note--great job!

Roy writes...

I haven't made one like this in my entire life to my family, Maybe i should start now, Thanks i'm reminded.

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