How to Make Children's Card Holders

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Whether you’re getting ready for a game of Go Fish or making up your own game with a set of flash cards, you can help to make it easier for your youngster. Now she can hold the cards in her little hands with a disc-shaped card holder that does the work for her. If your child doesn’t want the cards in her hands, but rather on display in front of her, make a free-standing card holder instead to demonstrate that you’re one crafty and recycling savvy mama.

Things You'll Need

  • CDs
  • Fast-acting adhesive
  • Plastic lids
  • Kitchen or utility knife
  • Brass brad fastener
  • Egg carton

CD Card Holder

  • Lay one of the CDs on your work surface. Spread a ring of glue around the inner hole of the CD.

  • Arrange the second CD on top. Measure down about 1/8-inch from the one edge of the underlying CD and place the second CD here. Offsetting the disc in this way will make it easier for your child to slip the playing cards in between the two layers.

  • Press down firmly and maintain pressure for approximately 10 seconds. The tight seal will help to keep your youngster’s playing cards firmly in place, rather than slipping around or falling out of the holder.

Plastic Lid Card Holder

  • Lay two plastic lids on your work surface from a yogurt or margarine tub or a similar container. Both lids must be the same size.

  • Place one lid on top of the other, back to back. Puncture a hole through the center of both lids with a sharp kitchen or utility knife.

  • Slide a brass brad fastener through the holes and open the fastener's ends to secure the two lids together.

Egg Carton Card Holder

Tips & Warnings

  • Your child can help decorate the card holders. Paint them, cover them with glitter and glue, add stickers or create a pattern of imitation gemstones around the outer edges.
  • If you're in a hurry, use a clothespin as a card holder. Just fan out the cards like you would when holding them in your hand and pinch the bottom center with the clothespin. Do the same to secure the cards with a chip bag fastener.

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