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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

{family lacing cards}

One of the things I made my kids for Christmas was a set of lacing cards, featuring our family...grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.  Since we live far away from them, it will be a fun way for my kids to see and be reminded of their extended family.

This is a very easy project, and can be put together in an afternoon!  What a fun gift--for your children, or for other family members that don't live close. I'm excited 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. 

  • white cardstock
  • printer
  • paper trimmer & scissors
  • coordinating cardstock or scrapbook paper
  • hole punch
  • family pictures

1.  Develop 5x7 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!

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!


Blogger Linda V said...

Thanks so much for this tutorial! Where did you find your laces? Love this idea!

December 20, 2011 at 10:03 AM  
Blogger Swimmingmom said...

What a cute idea Kierste!!!

December 20, 2011 at 10:05 AM  
Blogger kierste said...


I actually already had the laces from another lacing set. You might want to look at a shoe store, or even craft store like Michaels--they may carry them.

December 20, 2011 at 10:14 AM  
Blogger Libbey said...

Love this idea! I am going to make these for valentine's day! LOVE! I will probably also repost on my Spanish blog.

December 20, 2011 at 5:15 PM  
Blogger Natalia said...

This is one of your best ideas yet. I like the idea of doing it for valentine's day. My child's class is encouraged to make homemade valentines. Perfect!

December 20, 2011 at 8:36 PM  
Blogger Mimi said...

I love this idea! I want to do it! Such a great way to keep those faraway family members remembered.

December 23, 2011 at 12:28 PM  

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