Family Lacing Cards
We live far away from all of our family–most of them live thousands of miles away, and my sister is the closest at twelve hours away. We don’t get to see them as often as we would like, but it’s important to me that we do things to keep connected, and to help my kids know their family. I thought it would be fun to make a set of family lacing cards for my kids for Christmas a couple of years ago, and they LOVE them. I made a card for each of our siblings, and their families, and it’s so fun to have their cute faces so often.
It’s a perfect gift for either your kids, or for other family members–with a card of your family, of course! I love to tuck them into our church bag, into my diaper bag for visits to the doctor and other times we have to wait, and into the car.
This is a very easy project, and can be put together in an afternoon! It’s also extremely budget-friendly–I made this whole set for less than $10, with the majority going to the lamination.
ITEMS YOU NEED:
-paper trimmer & scissors
-pictures of choice
1. Develop 5×7 pictures of your family. On white cardstock, print the names or other text a little below the middle of the page, giving room for the picture to go above it. Once it’s printed, adhere the picture right above the text using double stick tape. (Font = century gothic)
2. Trim the white cardstock, leaving about a 3/4 inch border around the edges. Mat it onto a coordinating piece of cardstock–I decided on red. Trim all edges to be even.
3. You’re ready to laminate! I took mine to Office Max, and had them use a 7 mil laminate. I wanted it as thick as possible, and the 10 mil wouldn’t work with all of the cardstock. Trim the laminate, leaving a small border around the edges. ***Make sure you round the corners afterward–the edges are very sharp! If you have a laminator, you can do it yourself too! I also have a laminator, but I wanted it a little thicker than mine can do.
4. Using a ruler and a Sharpie, decide where you how far apart you want the holes, and make a small mark. Punch the holes over the mark you made with your hole punch.
That’s it, you’re done! You’ve got darling family lacing cards!
Kierste Wade is a published author, blogger, and mom to six. With more than 20 years DIY and project experience, she has been sharing ideas on her blog since 2009. Focusing on simple and doable projects, she loves to share attainable ideas for all things home, holidays, and family. Kierste has been featured on Better Homes and Gardens, HGTV, American Farmhouse Magazine (print and online) Taste of Home, Country Living, and more.
Brilliant! A self-serving idea for this that I am going to do is to take a picture of our church with our pastor sitting on the front steps waving with some type of title: “Welcome to St. Paul’s …. When we have visiting children they can have one. It would help them to be quiet and a fun take-home to want to come back.
Also great for children in child care centers with pictures of their families when they are lonesome!
Thank you so much for sharing!
That’s a fabulous idea!! I love the child care center idea too…
What a wonderful idea for children!! Thanks for sharing all your creative ideas – much appreciated. Have a happy day – Heidi
You are SO welcome!! Thanks so much for your kind words, and taking the time to tell me. I appreciate it!!! xoxo
The work is very sentimental…very beautiful.