A Crafty Way to Mail a Hug to Someone You Love

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School was cancelled for Madeline yesterday due to the heat and part of the air conditioning system not working in her school. Of course we decided to make something. Making something for us can go one of two very different ways: Cooking and baking or crafting. Since we were pretty stocked in the kitchen department we went ahead and picked the crafting route. A sweet Grandparents Day greeting card doubling as a hug complete with her handprints! We all know how I love handprint crafts.

That sweet girl of mine has fallen head over heals for giving love to the people in her life by filling up their mailboxes. Most crafts lately revolve around creating something to send to a cousin, aunt or uncle, or a grandparent. I love it. She decided to craft a little something for her three cousins, three of her grandmas, an aunt, four friends, and two grandpas. I told you she likes to mail things. I need to buy a case of forever stamps. For the sake of time and mess limits we whittled the list down to one set of grandparents. Grandparents Day is quickly approaching after all. I promise the rest of the list of recipients can expect something in the mail from Miss Madeline, and probably sooner than later.

A hug in the mail. What could be better than that?

what do I need to make a hug card

Supplies needed to make a hug greeting card

  • Colored paper
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ribbon
  • Heart stencils (optional)

How to make a heart greeting card

making grandparent's day craft

1. Trace both left and right hands on a piece of colored paper. Carefully cut the hands out.

grandparent's day craft

2. Using your heart stencils trace three hearts. Alternately if yo do not have heart stencils you can either freehand draw them or cut a paper folded in half into a symmetrical heart. We used two different sized hearts, but the sizes and shapes are up to you.

heart card

3. Cut two slits, one on each edge, of both handprints, and the hearts to create slits to thread the ribbon through. I drew the lines with pencil and then cut the slits using a knife and cutting board.

homemade grandparent's day card

4. Write a message on the hearts. Madeline opted to write “Here’s a happy hug! I love you!” on her large heart and “Nana,” and “Umpa,” on her small hearts. (Nana and Umpa are what we call Luke’e parents).

making a hug greeting card

send a hug in the mail

5. Cut a length of ribbon of about 30 inches give or take a bit. Starting on one end tread hearts and hands onto the ribbon so that the ribbon is behind each piece of paper. The shapes should be threaded on in this order: hand, heart, heart, heart, hand. This i what makes it look like a hug. Leave a few inches of ribbon on each end to tie everything off.

homemade hug card

6. Flip the card over so all the writing is facing down. Taking one end of ribbon pull it across the backside of the handprint and tie it onto the ribbon just on the inside of the handprint.

Send a big hug in the mail!

7. Fold up your card, put it in an envelope and send it to someone you love. I bet it will be one of the best things they find in their mail box that day.

Perfect grandparent's day card. Send a hug in the mail.

Do you give gifts and cards for Grandparents Day? 

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8 Responses to A Crafty Way to Mail a Hug to Someone You Love

  1. I love your handprint idea for grandparents. I recently did rainbow hand print cards for our grandparents and they worked out really cute too (check mine out here:http://keepingthemeinmommy.wordpress.com/2013/07/10/creative-kids-moment-rainbow-prints/) . I’ll keep your craft in mind for our next mail out!

  2. Chrissy says:

    That is SUPER Cute.. and being a grandmama… I would love to get one of those handprint cards. :) My grownup DD likes to be retro and send out cute hand crafted cards too so here’s to hoping your little one won’t grow out of it either! :)

  3. So clever and cute! I can think of a couple dozen people to send these to :-)

  4. Barb says:

    So cute. I suck as a parent. I never had my kids celebrate Grandparents Day *hangs head in shame*

  5. Kara says:

    I love the idea of mailing a hug. This year we are holding a kids holiday party for the families of my husband’s unit. I think we are going to do this as a craft, the kids be able to mail a hug their grandparent or to a parent that is currently deployed. Thank you for such a great idea.

    • Catherine says:

      Kara, sending a hug sounds like the perfect craft for your party. Thank you for stopping by and sharing that with me. Thank you to your husband, you, and your family for your service.

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