DIY Watercolor Thank-You Cards

In the wake of our battle with the flu last week I wasn’t feeling up to any major creative endeavors, but by the end of the week the girls were begging to do a craft.  What can I say?  They are definitely my kids!

One of my favorite writing activities for language arts is having the girls write thank you cards.  (Well okay, Trouble doesn’t write them, but she does dictate what she wants to say!)  I have found that the sooner we write them, the more likely we are to actually send them, so when the girls received a fun Valentine’s Day package from their auntie on Friday and I was all out of the blank cards that we normally use, we decided to make our own instead.  It turned our language lesson into an art lesson as well, knocking out 3 birds with one stone!

After experimenting with a few different brands of water color paints, we have found that the Crayola brand is by far the best and results in the brightest, most vivid colors.  Cheap watercolors are really frustrating for the kids.  We bought the watercolor pad at Walmart, and the special paper makes a big difference.  Our normal rule for painting with watercolors is that the girls can paint whatever they want but they have to fill the paper with color; the same rule applied for the cards.

watercolor thank you cards

Here is what you will need:

watercolor paint & brush
thick watercolor paper
paper cutter or scissors
blank envelopes
pencil or pen

We started by cutting our sheets of watercolor paper in half with the paper cutter, then folding the resulting pieces in half to make a card.

The girls wrote their messages inside before painting–we always do our “work” before the fun part!  Trouble is working on learning to write her name, while Princess is working on proper sentence structure.  Thank you cards are a great way to practice both, plus they are a great reminder to kids of how important it is to show appreciation!

Once they finished their messages, they got busy painting their designs–the fun part.  On some of them we drew hearts with pencils, then painted in the designs; on the rest they just did their own designs.  They loved seeing how the colors mixed together!   They looked like so much fun to make that I ended up doing some too! (You can never have too many blank cards on hand!)

After they finished painting we set the cards out to dry, then put them in blank envelopes I had on hand in order to send.  So easy it can hardly even be called a DiY! :-)

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Do you make your kids send thank you cards? Why or why not?

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  • Aimilee February 11,

    Yes I definitely make my kids write thank you cards! I think it is a dying art but I still want them to show appreciation for the gifts they receive. These are great!

  • Shana February 11,

    Yes, for sure. It the least a person can do when receiving a gift. People do not HAVE to buy any gifts for anyone and written Thank You is the best way to show appreciation.
    My only child still writes Thank You cards after Christmas and her Birthday (Luckily they are the same day so she only has to write one card!!) at the age of 18! She has been doing it since the age of 3!!

  • Barb February 11,

    My kids are grown now but they always had to write thank you notes. They hated it at the time but now they tell me how glad they are to have learned that habit. Your girls will appreciate it someday too! :-)

  • Kayla S February 11,

    These are so pretty~!

    I do not have any of my own children (yet!), but I was raised to always send a thank you card. I enjoy it a lot…being able to send out a cute little card with a sweet note of thanks! When I do have my own children they will definitely be raised to always send a thank you card! :)

  • Claire @ A Little Claireification February 11,

    Definitely I make all three of my boys write thank you cards! So important! These are so cute – Littlest loves to paint so I will have to show him this one! :) Pinning!
    xo, Claire

  • Nicole Feliciano March 15,

    The cards are so lovely! We included you on Friday FInds today on Momtrends:

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  • Byrdi June 17,

    This is awesome! I’d also like to add that while Crayola is great, Prang is also a fabulous brand. (And if you go through watercolors often, you can buy refills! The cure to those blues, greens, and red bins.) And don’t use the brush that came with the watercolors; buy a cheap $5 set of brushes that you can use for other art projects!


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