Sunday, November 29, 2009

Dear Santa

It's that time! The time when all the little ones start making their lists to give to Santa! My little one is big enough to write his own list this year (with a little spelling help form mom and dad) so I thought it would be cute to make an "official list" for him to work on. So far it's got some pretty cute requests and I hope Santa can find everything! (Image above is not what my little guy is asking for. It's a sample only =)

The list was cute all by itself, but I took it a step further and created a folder pocket for it as well. That way the little ones can cut out images in magazines or draw their own pictures of the things that interest them to put in the folder for reference. Santa needs all the help he can get these days, right?

This would be a cute gift to give on one of the first days of December as an advent calendar "goodie". You could bundle it with a festive pencil and they can get started right away!

You can download the Dear Santa page and get the instructions below for putting together your own folder. Here's to smooth sailing holidays! I hope this helps you get off to a great start.

1. Print out the Dear Santa page. You can print 2 up on an 11x8.5 page as long as your printer will print to the edges. Otherwise, print one and cut out.

2. Take a 12x12 piece of colored card stock (I used green, you could use red or even decorative paper) and see diagram below for cut and score marks.

3. Cut the paper at 9".

4. Score the paper at 6.25/5.75 so one side is a bit wider than the other. The smaller side should still be large enough to fit your 5.5x8.5 list page.

5. Use sticky strip or glue to attach the top and bottom edges of the folder.

6. Use a scallop punch or deckled edge scissors to embellish the back edge. (optional)

7. Adhere the list to the top of the folder. (I added a gem brad to the top snowflake, you could also glitter them or embellish in other fun ways if you like)

8. Give to your list makers and watch the wheels turn in their little heads.

Diagram of cuts and folds

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