How to make simple but thoughtful ‘Thank You' cards


Once the whirlwind of Christmas Day is over, and the last distant relative has finally shuffled out of the door, it’s tempting to collapse on the sofa in a chocolate-induced coma for the next few weeks.

But there’s one thing you need to remember to do before you close the lid on Christmas until next year…Say thank you for your Christmas haul.

But with a superb line-up of films on TV and a shiny new collection of toys to compete with, it’s not always the most popular of tasks!

Here’s a fun way to upcycle the wrapping paper from your opened Christmas presents and transform it into really easy thank you cards that’ll keep the kids busy and delight the relatives.

You will need:

  • Selection of left over or used wrapping paper
  • White A4 card
  • A4 paper
  • PVA glue
  • Water
  • Scissors

Time needed:

It takes around 30 mins to an hour to create a few cards, but leave the glue to dry overnight before popping in an envelope.

Suggested ages:

Fun for 3 to 12 year olds. 3 to 5 year olds will love the ripping and gluing but will need help with the cutting. Keep a close eye on any children using the scissors.

How to:

  1. Take some A4 card, fold it in half, then open it up and cut along the crease to create two A5 sized sheets. Then fold these two A5 sheets in half to create x2 A6 sized cards and put to one side. (We’d suggest the adult preparing this part before you get started with the kids)
  2. Mix together some of the PVA glue with water
  3. Take your leftover wrapping paper and tear it into strips
  4. Randomly cover the A4 paper with the torn up wrapping paper using the PVA glue – go wild here you don’t need to be particular!
  5. When the paper is dry, turn it over draw the shapes you’d like to cut out to form the cover of your cards. These could be Christmas related shapes, trees, hearts or stars for example, or letters spelling out ‘Thank you’
  6. Cut out the shapes you’ve drawn with your scissors, but before you do that just make sure the size of shape will fit on the front of the card
  7. Glue your shapes to the front of the A6 cards

If you don’t have any leftover wrapping paper to create your cards you can recycle old Christmas cards instead:

  • Cut the Christmas card fronts into different shapes and stick them to the front of your thank you card. Add a bit of glitter for an extra seasonal card!
  • Cut up Christmas card fronts to make photo frames and add a photo of your child with or wearing their gift.
  1. Write a lovely thank you message inside the card

Not sure what to say other than ‘thanks’? Here are some tips on what to write:

  • What you did on Christmas Day
  • What’s the best thing about your new present from them?
  • What three things are you going to do with your present?
  • Tell them about any exciting plans for the New Year
  1. Leave it overnight to make sure everything has dried completely. Pop it in an envelope
  2. Don’t forget to post it!

Alternative ways to say ‘thank you’

If the children are a bit older, or don’t enjoy doing arts and crafts, there are lots of other ways that you can say ‘thank you’ that don’t involve picking up a pen. Here are some ideas:

  • Record a video message on a phone or laptop. (You can upload this to a free Vimeo account which enables you to control privacy settings, and email a link)
  • Send a picture with your child and their present. (Companies such as Touchnote offer quick and easy ways to send personalised thank you cards or postcards:
  • Pick up the phone and call them
  • Text a nice thank you message, but make sure it’s personalised


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