Lacing cards, sometimes called sewing cards, are great activities for little fingers.  They help build fine-motor skills and they keep preschoolers busy while you are working with your older children.

Denna has a set of lacing cards from Scholastic books that we got for a steal.  Sometimes, though, the cost for these simple toys is high and they don’t always last.

It is very simple to make your own lacing cards that are sturdy and custom made.  Here is what you will need:

  • Cereal box or other sturdy cardboard box
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Craft string or yarn (cotton and acrylic work best)
  • A shape or picture to cut out
  • Rubber Cement or Mod Podge (or you can use thinned down Elmer’s glue in a pinch)
  • Tape

Step 1

Choose what shape or picture you will use for your card.  You can trace a shape onto the cardboard with a stencil.  We used a chick from an old workbook.  Cut out your picture.

Step 2

Cut out one side of your cardboard box.  You can make several cards with one box so if you have more pictures cut them out now!

Step 3

Glue your picture to the cardboard and then add a nice layer of glue on top.  We used Mod Podge so it gave it a nice glossy look.  Wait for the glue to dry before you go onto the next step.

Step 4

Cut out the shape on the cardboard.  Leave a small border around the shape so you can punch holes.

Step 5

Punch holes around the entire outside of the shape.  Then, cut about 2-3 arm-lengths of your yarn.

Step 6

Tie one end of your yarn to the back whole on your shape.  Be careful not to tie the knot too tight or it will rub against the cardboard and rip off.  Then, on the other end of your yarn wrap some tape around the tip to make a “needle”.

Show your child how to lace!  Let them experiment lacing different ways.  Make an entire set of themed cards for long car trips or visits to the doctor’s office.


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5 Responses to Homemade Lacing Cards

  1. I have lacing cards on my to do list! Now that I saw your post I think I will try and get some done tomorrow! Thank you for giving me a push!

    Idea: We save old shoe strings and use those for our lacing cards!

  2. Roslyn says:

    Great idea – I have been meaning to get a couple of these for my little girl – I will just make some now!

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