Make it personal with these 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.

You just need a few simple items to create DIY 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
  

Using a paper cutter makes these DIY watercolor thank you cards much easier and quick!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.

Write your message on the inside of the DIY watercolor thank you cards.

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!

One option is to free paint your DIY watercolor thank you cards.

Another option is to draw a design before you paint the DIY watercolor thank you cards.

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!)

Crayola watercolor paints are vivid and a great choice for your DIY watercolor thank you cards!

It never hurts to create extra DIY watercolor thank you cards to have 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! 🙂

Allow your DIY watercolor thank you cards to fully dry.

Let your creative side free when making your DIY watercolor thank you cards!

DIY watercolor thank you cards is a fun activity for kids!

Creating your own DIY watercolor thank you cards adds a personal touch!

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