Thursday, May 13, 2010

my creative space: a lolly filled birthday card


In my creative space today is a sweet treat birthday card idea.  I wanted to make a fun, creative birthday card for Amelie's special friend Henry for his 3rd birthday this week and mulling over a few ideas in my head I came up with this idea for a yummy treat card. What 3 year old doesn't want a card filled with lollies!  Here's how I made it...it was actually quite easy!

You will need

  • 2 pieces of A4 card
  • mini zip lock bags (enough for each letter of the childs name) -I got mine from a dollar value shop but stationery shops should have them too
  • decorative sellotape or kozo tape
  • craft knife or little sharp scissors
  • cutting mat (or could use old magazine)
  • small lollies (I used jellybeans, mnm's and wine gums but the smaller the lollies the better - mini mnm's would be ideal)
1. Using Word or Pages (or another word processing programme you use), type up the front of the card. For the letters of the childs name use a wide block type font and change the style to Outline. I used Gill Sans Ultra Bold. Another good font is Optima Extra Black. If the childs name is long you could make the card landscape layout instead of portrait so you have more room for the letters.
2. Print out onto one of the pieces of card
3. Using the craft knife or scissors cut out the letters like this










4. Fill up how ever many mini zip lock bags you need with lollies. Don't overfill or they won't lie nice and flat under the card.










5. Tape the bags to the back of the card underneath each letter. Next time I do this when typing up the card I will move the letters in more from the edge of the card so I've got more room to tape the bags down.










6. Get your second piece of card and use your decorative tape to join the 2 pieces of card together to make one big A4 size treat filled birthday card!










Henry loves fire engines so I found a poem by famous New Zealand poet James K Baxter, "The Firemen" and glued it into the card. I found the poem in a book from my childhood "Poems to Read to Young New Zealanders" (unfortunately I think it's out of print now.)










And there you have it- just don't eat too many lollies while you're making it like I did!

(If you want to make a smaller greeting card you could just cut out a large first letter of their name on the front of the card and use a larger zip lock bag.)

To see what's happening in other creative spaces today head over to Kirsty's here
Megan x


24 comments:

Kelly said...

what a cool idea and perfect for a 3 year old - I really need to buy a printer!

Angela Noelle of Striking Keys said...

This is AWESOME!!! Thank you for sharing your awesomeness!

Jennie said...

That is so cool!
Looks brilliant, Henry will love it!!

Sarah said...

That's an amazing card! I love it!! The poem was a nice touch and the picture looks really neat for a boy as well. Great job!

Cotton Kiwi said...

That's fantastic Megan. What a great idea!! I suppose you could adapt for an older little girl and pop beads in the zip lock bags too.

Mel said...

what a fantastic idea! I see many of these coming up (and maybe some for the grown ups as well!)

Seaside Siblings said...

what a cool idea!

Tracey said...

fabulous! Will definitely be trying that one, thank you for the tutorial

Cat said...

Neat idea, bet the parents hate you right now though! :-)

Steph said...

That is pure genius! YOu should market that idea! Thanks for popping in and for your lovely comment. HOpe you have a super weekend :)

Posie Patchwork said...

Oh that is just fantastic!! Awesome idea, love Posie

Megan said...

you always have such creative ideas! fabulous ideas that turn into even better creations. lucky henry :)

Catherine said...

That's a great idea. I bet Henry is going to think that is the best card ever. Yummo. :)

melissa said...

What a clever idea! I love it. :D (I'd love to receive it myself! hehe)

The Sice Family said...

That is sensational! I love coming up with card ideas, but that is AMAZING! Wendy xx

tortagialla said...

How cool! Thanks for sharing...now that is a fabulous treat and card :)

winnibriggs said...

Hi there
Just popped by to say thanks for following me and what a lovely blog you have. That card is genius. I will have to adapt it for some of my 'older' friends. They would think it so cool.
Can't wait to read some of your earlier posts and will be following from now on (in the nicest way of course)
Jenny

Flick, said...

What a fabulous idea, you are so clever, and I can imagine many happy kids getting those for thier birthdays!
:) Flick

littleminx said...

That is awesome Megan, you are so creative! x

Polka Dot Daze said...

That is a super doper cute idea!
Thanks for sharing.

Jo's Place said...

I think that would have too be the coolest card I have ever seen. Thanks so much for sharing that :)

missnymo said...

Clever idea! Looking good too. I guess the lucky birthday boy was happy:)

Gaijin Wife said...

thats is way cool. Am so going to by doing that from now on!! Thank you :)

aimee @ lily pad designs nz said...

I am officially in love with your blog now. This and the art frame tutorial - magic. That's my weeekend crafts sorted!

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