Monday, April 4, 2016

Cardboard Creations - DIY Character Lacing Cards - How to Make Lacing Cards Easily and Inexpesively

Easy DIY Character Lacing Cards - Cardboard Creations - Frozen Lacing Cards - Olaf



Lacing cards a such a great "quiet time" activity and they are prefect for helping toddlers develop fine motor skills.  I wanted to get some for my son but had a hard time finding them, or at least finding ones that I wanted.  I finally realized that their really isn't much to a lacing card and decided to make my own.  

I am so happy with how they turned out. They were so easy to make and by making them myself I was able to use characters my son is interested in.  I made a full set and he loves both being able to play with the different character cards... and occasionally, even lacing them. :)  




Easy DIY Character Lacing Cards - Cardboard Creations - Frozen Lacing Cards - Olaf

Supplies Needed: 

  • Cardboard Piece (preferably a cardboard shipping box, but cereal boxes and the like will work as well)
  • Colored print out of character or colored page from a coloring book
  • Scissors/Exacto Knife
  • Foam Paint Brush
  • Hole Punch
  • Elmer's Glue
  • Yarn or String
  • Tape

Steps to Make Character Lacing Cards: 

1) Cut out your character leaving a 3/4 inch boarder around it. 
2) Mix glue with a little bit of water, I used about 1 part water to 2 parts glue, you can also use modge podge for this. 
3) Cover your cardboard piece with your glue/water mixture using your foam brush. 
4) Press your cut out character onto your gluey cardboard and use your foam brush to smooth it down. 
5) Cover the top of your character with another layer of the glue mixture, be sure to get the edges well. 
6) Let it dry. 
7) Once dry cut out the cardboard around your character, I ended up using an Exacto Knife for this. 
8) Punch holes around your character. 
9) Take your piece of yarn/string and a roll a little piece of tape around the end.  Taping around the top part of the string with make it stiffer and easier to use for lacing. 

Easy DIY Character Lacing Cards - Cardboard Creations - Frozen Lacing Cards - Olaf

Have you made this craft?  What was your experience like and do you have an suggestions to make it better?  I'd love to hear about them in the comments section below.