Friday, February 19, 2010

Lacing Cards



I found some those awesome melissa and doug lacing beads at Savers for 1.99 and of course had to snatch those right up.  This activity is a little difficult for my 2 year olds but is a great educational activity I can help them with.  While playing with the beads, I thought about the lacing cards or sewing cards I had as a child.  I decided I wanted to get my cricut out and make some for my kiddos.  There are so many options for lacing cards and I was thinking this is also a great birthday present as well as party favors for birthday parties.  Here are the steps I took to make my lacing cards:
Got my handy dandy cricut and the cutting up cartridge and cute paper:
Then I cut out a J and K for there names but thinking now I wish I just cut there name out so they could see their name in print..
I cut th letters and glued them on cardstock and traced around them with marker to define them alittle more.  Next I cut them out and put them in a laminating pouch and laminated them using my yourstory from provo craft- which I found on sale for $34 at Walmart. Otherwise I would of taken them to get laminated. 

This was the first time I used this so didn't push all the air bubbles out so it got a little wrinkled on the way out

Next you cut them out and punch holes around them. Take a shoe lace and lace or you can use a piece of yarn with tape around the end.  So while I was doing this I thought how cool to repurpose the valentine cards the kids got from their great grandmother "Nanny".  So I cut the card in half and glued the writing part on the back and laminated it.
Punch holes and play. 
For the dinosaur lacing card I used the paper doll cartridge.  I drew the design by removing the blade and using the cricut marker then replacing and cutting out the image.

27 comments:

  1. We have the lacing beads too and Wednesday loves them, it took her awhile to be able to do them without any help but now it is easy peazy lemon squeezy. I love love you lacing cards. I am really going to have to look into a 'laminater' some day.

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  2. That is genius! I am going to have to make some for my kids! I need all the quiet activities I can get!

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  3. Cute! Great idea to re-purpose the V Day card!

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  4. Ok... I wish I were you! I didn't know you have the Expression!! I am so limited in what I can make....I still have the original personal Cricut. Also, the YourStory for only $34????? Why can't I find that deal???? Seriously, I am happy for you to have those things, though.....but I will still be jealous! LOL

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  5. Cute idea! Stopping by to follow you... hope you will stop by for a visit too! ~Lanie J.

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  6. This looks like a great church activity as well! I don't have a cricuit, but I think you could easily do it just cutting out the shapes on your own. I am on the lookout for great quiet activities, so this one is a great idea for me! Thanks!
    p.s. Thanks for commenting on my blog as well! It makes my day to see people enjoying things I try to do!

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  7. Adorable project. I will have to try this with my lil one. Thanks for linking up. I am now following you.

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  9. what a great idea!! I love it and really want to try it with my kids. Thanks
    Kaysi
    Keeping It Simple

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  10. You are amazing! I have wanted to do this for a while. But I never thought to use my cricut. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Very creative and frugal!

    Thank you so much for linking up with the Talented Tuesday link party at My Frugal Family, which is hosted every Tuesday. Please feel free to stop back in every week and post your newest projects!

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  12. Oh lacing cards! I had totally forgotten about those! How cool is that, especially since you made them! Awesome!

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  13. We have some very nice Eric Carle lacing cards, but I love the idea of DIY cards to give as gifts. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. This is such a good idea. Kids can never have too many quiet activities.

    And I am coveting your Cricut.

    Thanks for linking this to A Little Creative Therapy!

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  15. Adorable! I'm going to have to make a few of these.

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  16. Such a great idea - really helps with motor skills... and gets them into "crafting" early! :)

    Thanks for linking up today.

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  17. Great idea! and your truned out just darling!

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  18. Very clever!! I will have to rember this for when I have grand babies.

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  19. I love this on so many levels... the teacher in me thinks, "what a great way to help kids recognize their letters..." Alas, I have no classroom any longer, so I'll have to try it out on my own little one. :)
    We have a friday fun find party- if you're interested, we'd love it if you'd link up tomorrow!

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  20. You and your kids are so crafty... They are learning from a very creative mom...

    Thanks for joining Get your Craft on Thurs. Please join me next week for another great party.
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    Lori

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  21. We do this too-my kids love them! I haven't ever laminated them though-good tip!
    -Tiff

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  22. Those are so cute! I'm envious that you have a Cricut and a laminator!

    Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours day!

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  23. What a great project! You are so clever!

    Thanks for linking it up to my party!!!

    XOXO
    Jen

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  24. Great tip Jamee! We added this to our upcoming post on birthday parties, thanks for sharing it!

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