Sometime this summer I accidentally reserved the wrong book and How to Draw Cute Animals by Angela Nguyen showed up between my storytime reads. It captivated me immediately. Soon I was drawing cute animals on everything - memos to coworkers, letters to friends, the margins of notes from meetings and all around my to do lists. Naturally, when I started thinking about my holiday cards for the year, I wanted to make some with cute animals on them. As a children’s librarian, using children’s drawing books, I think this is a great activity for creative kids who like to draw, cut and paste. Who are we kidding though? I have a lot of fun doing it as an adult too.
First, check out a drawing book to work from. How to Draw Cute Animals isn’t your only choice to start on simple, chubby animals to decorate your cards. HCPL has a great selection of books about how to draw! The books listed below all show how to draw cute things to decorate your cards in easy steps:
- A Christmas Drawing Wonderland - Jennifer M. Besel
- Fun and Easy Drawing on the Farm - Rosa M. Curto
- Drawing Animals - Carolyn Franklin
- 5 Steps to Drawing Farm Animals - Pamela Hall
- Cats - Katie Lajiness
- Dogs - Katie Lajiness
- Drawing Awesome Wild Animals - Damien Todd
If you would rather work from a resource on the internet, or draw your cute animals in a style all your own, that’s fine too.
Next, decide what you are going to draw. A dog? A cat? A lion? A reindeer? I like to add a pun to each when I can think of one. “Meow-y Christmas” for a card with a cat, “Happy Howl-idays” for one with a dog. Some other choices?
- Fa-la-la-la Llama!
- Season’s Tweetings.
- Merry Fish-mas.
- Wishing you a Fin-tastic Holiday.
- Oh Christmas Bee.
The possibilities are endless. If you are not into puns, a simple “Happy Holidays” or “Merry Christmas” is always lovely.
The easiest thing to do, once you have decided what you are writing and what you are drawing is to just draw your animal and write your words on a white card. If you don't have one, use a white piece of paper or cardstock and fold it into a card. If you are using a darker card, you can pencil in your animal and your words and then use a lighter color paint pen to draw it on your dark background. I find white works particularly well on the green cards I have
You can also draw out the outline of your animal and cut it out. I like to cut out little scarves and Santa hats to add as well.
I hope you have fun making cute animal cards this holiday season. Share them on social media and tag us so we can see what creative things you come up with!