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Using Kid’s Art to Create Note Cards

Christmas 2009 090I made note cards out of some of my children’s art work for the grandmothers and aunts at Christmas. They were very well received, so I am going to be making some for my husband’s mother for Mother’s Day.

The paintings were too large for my scanner, so I took them to Office Depot to be scanned and printed. All of the sets of cards were completed in less than an hour. I bought a box of 100 envelopes for $9.95 at Christmas time and had enough leftover to make several more set of gift cards. Each card cost .67, so a set of 8 note cards cost $6.16 before tax.  A bargain for a custom, semi-handmade gift!

If your mother has everything she needs and is at a point in her life where she prefers to receive consumable items, rummage through your children’s artwork and see if you have something that could be made into a set of note cards.

I will also be sending my Mother-In-Law a bouquet of Alstroemerias from We both enjoy these beautiful, long-lasting flowers. However, I am still trying to decide what to do for my mother, so am very interested in hearing about your Mother’s Day Ideas! What are you doing for your mom for Mother’s Day?

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About Alea Milham

Alea Milham is the owner and editor of Premeditated Leftovers. She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less.


  1. The Book Lady Online says:

    What a fantastic idea. The grandmothers would love this and my kids would get such a kick out of it as well. If I can get it together, I'd love to include this in their gifts this year.

    We are having some t-shirts made with pics of all the grandkids for each of our Moms for Mothers Day. There is a lady in a nearby town who prints them, though I think that anyone who is crafty and has a reliable printer could probably do it at home (I am neither crafty nor is my printer all that reliable, lol)

  2. That is a great idea and I love yours!

  3. I love the t-shirt idea! My mom is not really a notecard person, but she would love a t-shirt with the kids on it. My son also has a really nice painting of a owl, that couldn't be shrunk to fit on a note card, but would look wonderful as a screenprint. I am going to look into that today. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Thanks for this reminder. I used this a few years back and it was a huge hit. Will have to do it again.

  5. I have no idea what I'm getting my mom for Mother's Day! She's a hard one! Maybe sending flowers would be the way to go!

  6. Porch Days says:

    The note cards are a lovely idea! Every year I tell my children that what I really want from them is a phone call or a Skype call. This year I'm telling them if they want to send a gift a Lowes gift card will be appreciated to help with projects at the new house.

  7. This is such a smart idea!

    I often make donations in my mother's name to charities she cares about.

  8. PrintArtKids will transform your kid’s art into not only note cards, but journals, notepads, return address labels and custom holiday cards. A great way to preserve and share your children’s (and your own) artwork!

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