When you’re a maker of things, there’s a certain pressure on birthdays, Christmas and other high-holidays to DIY. I’m pretty certain the pressure for most of us doesn’t come from the recipients – my family, at least, are just as happy to prop a store-bought card on the mantelpiece as they are to receive one I’ve slaved over for hours - but I always feel a little like I’ve let them down if it’s not handmade. Silly, I know, but I’m guessing it’s not just me.
So, I thought I’d share a really simple idea that appeased a little of the guilt when my nephew celebrated his fifth birthday earlier in the year. I was well and truly stuck for handmade ideas (unlike the year before) and a little short on time, but nothing in the shops felt quite special enough. By way of a compromise, I ended up buying a simple but fun card:
. . . and then pimping it out when I got home.
Whether or not it’s an improvement on the original card is a matter of taste, but I prefer it, and the end result feels much more personal – it’s one-of-a-kind, specially from me for my (joint) favourite little boy. And when he’s a boy this adorable, you’ve got to agree special is the order of the day.