Giving Back With Teens – Holiday Cards

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We try to give back to our community throughout the year but, like a lot of people, we try to do a little extra during the holidays. Teens these days can have pretty crazy schedules so finding something you can do as a family or with friends can be tough. Making cards for nursing homes and/or to send off to deployed soldiers is something everyone can do and you can do it on your own time. I made sure to gather all supplies needed, told the boys what we were doing, and set up a time to craft up some cards one morning. I’ve got some tips for you in making it easy for even the least creative family members.

First, you’ll want to gather supplies. I needed some new pens and found that Pilot Pen favorites are on Rollback at Walmart! The FriXion ColorSticks 10pk is $9.88 and the G2 20pk Assorted is $19.86. (Shop the image below by hovering/clicking on the pen packages).

Easiest Way to Make Homemade Holiday Cards With Teens

Since my boys aren’t usually the super crafty type, I gathered some already made embellishments, small ornaments from Walmart, paper, printed scrapbook cards, stickers, etc. These embellishments combined with all the Pilot Pen colors we got, made it super easy for them to create homemade cards without having to go “all-out”.

Pilot Pen G2 is the ultimate pen for the everyday overachiever. They come in four-point sizes and multiple barrel styles with an extra comfortable grip and super-smooth gliding ink that lasts a long time (and you can find them in 27 bright and vibrant colors – perfect for card making). We always have a stash of G2 pens around here for everything from filling in the planner to homework and crafts. It’s no wonder that it’s#1 selling gel ink brand/pen brand in America.

Part of the reason my boys aren’t big fans of crafting, especially for others, is they are worried about making mistakes. FriXion® pens have smooth writing gel ink but is also the only pen that gives you the power of infinite do-overs. Yep, it erases with friction! So the boys can write, erase and re-write until their card is just right.

I showed them how to add small little accents on their cards with our colorful collection of Pilot Pens to give personal touches to the cards without having to fully create a design. They also discovered that the gel ink is perfect for coloring in the embellishments themselves!

Now we have a stack of homemade cards ready to go out to retirement homes in our community and be sent along with others to soldiers overseas.

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Allison Waken is a wife, mom of boys and Phoenix, AZ native. She has been creating inspiring content for All for the Boys since 2011. Allison loves travel, movies and spending as much time as possible with her family while she can!

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