The handwritten letter may be going the way of the magazine and the incandescent lightbulb, but I still think it's important to teach my kids to express their gratitude for the generosity showered on them by family and friends with a thoughtfully done thank-you note.
(Even when it's a few months late)
I confess: We're egregious at getting thank-you notes out in time, especially after the winter holidays. We always have the best of intentions, but then time gets away from us; we get caught up in the day-to-day hubbub and suddenly *poof* it's February.
So this year, we set aside a Sunday, cleared off the coffee table, and pulled out a hodgepodge of craft supplies and paper scraps. The girls and I came up with this cute little family card-making project that perfectly expresses both our gratitude and the slowpoke nature of its delivery.
This card gives a whole new meaning to the term "Snail Mail".
Snail Mail Scrap-Paper Thank you Cards
- Templates traced on to cardboard or a manila envelope
- Blank cards
- Black Sharpies -- one regular point, one fine point
- Red Sharpie
- Patterned Scrap paper (we used some old maps)
- Yellow paper (we used some with a linen texture)
- glue stick
Step 1: Print out the template in the size you want your snails to be. Cut out and trace on to cardboard or a manila envelope. Cut out your templates.
Step 2: Trace the shell piece on the patterned paper with a black sharpie. Cut out leaving the black outline intact.
Step 3: Trace the body piece on the reverse side of the yellow paper with pencil,so the trace lines don't show.
Step 5: Optional -- On the inside of the card, paste one of the "SweetTime Delivery Snail" messages. Download HERE.
This project has been linked-up with
Crafting with Sharpies Link Party @ Burlap + Blue