Riley and Mema

Riley and Mema

I love having fun with my grandsons, so much for them to experience and learn.


Southland Christian Ministry Training

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Inspiring Carboard Craft Presents

Some very easy and innovative ideas for transforming a plain old box into an outstanding looking gift, with just a few simple balloons.

2 and 3 year olds love balloons, and to add a couple to their 2nd or 3rd birthday gift will bring a delightful response. If you forget to buy a card, you can write your message on the balloons.

Here are some more very simple ways to make an ordinary gift look fantastic.

Cardboard Craft Heart Decoration

This is a very simple cardboard craft, that can we used for many occasions. Hearts can be the same size or different sizes. If you want them all the same size, use the first one as a template and trace around it to make others.

You will need:

  • Thin cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Paint
  • Paper punch to make holes to thread ribbon through.

To make your very simple cardboard craft heart activity,

  • Cut out as many heart shapes as you desire, on thin cardboard.
  • Add child hand and/or foot print and allow to dry.
  • Thread on glitter ribbon.

You can add your message on the reverse side of the cutout cardboard heart. Makes a lovely gift, personalized for someone special.

How To Make a Tie Out of Cardboard Crafts

Making a Cardboard Tie.

This is a fantastic idea for young children to make and give their Dad on Father’s Day!! (or any day)

Materials Required:

Approx 45 cm hat elastic.

Long narrow piece of cardboard, approx 50cm long

Scissors, stapler

Decorations: stickers, glitter, glue, textas, paint (optional)

You can use white cardboard and paint it, or use colored cardboard and decorate. In our illustration we have used black cardboard and just added stickers.

Draw the shape of the tie on the cardboard.  (Alternatively, you can easily borrow a tie from Dad and trace around it!)

Measurements are approx  48cm long, 9cm at the widest point, and 4cm at the narrowest point. The knot is approx 6cm x 6cm, slightly shaped to fit the top of the long piece.  This can be either glued on or stapled together.  Allow an extra 1cm at the top of the knot, to turn over and thread the elastic through, then staple.

You may need to cut the tie out if the child is very small. Then the child can have fun decorating his tie for Dad or Grandpa.

What a great gift idea, and your child will love giving something that looks great!

Birthday Card Cardboard Crafts

This is an activity you can do yourself, or you can assist your pre-schooler to make one of himself which he will delight in giving to Grandparents or someone special in their life. Either way, it is a lovely card and you will be pleased with the outcome. It can be a card for any occasion, ie thinking of you, happy father’s day, announcing birth of a baby, Christmas card, etc.  Just change the wording to suit the occasion.

The picture is placed on a piece of coloured card with approx 5mm around the edge of the picture showing, then glue to white sheet of card. This can be glued on square, or try it on a slight angle as this helps if the card isn’t exact. Alternatively, use card same size or have 5mm of white card showing around the edge.

Note: Use thin cardboard as there will be 4 layers by the time it is finished.

Do a hand print or a foot print of your child on paper. Allow to dry, then cut the sheet slightly smaller than the top half of the card. You will still have plenty of space to write your note on the bottom half of the card.

It is a beautiful gift, very easy and quick to make, costs little, yet has lasting value.

Tip: Scoring the cardboard before folding in half, makes it easier to fold. Scoring means cutting only part way through the cardboard, (on the outer side of the cardboard) then folding, giving a very neat and clean fold.

Personalised Mug

Often it is difficult to find a unique gift for special people in the lives of your children.

Something personal and yet something useful.  Capture a moment in the development of your child, and give to a grandparent, family member or special friend, and you will be giving them a memory that they can be reminded of every time they have a cup of coffee.

Mugs like this are available from and very reasonably priced.