Stepping on legos is the worst. Making neon paper legos, however, is the best! If you have time (watching Netflix, etc.) and have a need to make something at the same time, this is the card for you.
When Liz’s son asked her to make a card for one of his friends’ birthday (future birthday, mind you), this idea popped up. Many kids love legos. Why not make a homemade card? Sure, you can make red, yellow, green, and blue bricks. But neon colors looks waayyyy cool.
To start, gather neon paper and cut it into 1-3 inch strips.
At this point in our crafting journey, we don’t have many tools. But we do have the We R Memory Keepers Alphabet Punch Board. If you have one, you can use it to cut small, even sized strips of paper. Otherwise you can cut out a small 2 x 3 inch rectangle (give or take) and cut it into several strips horizontally or vertically. In fact, do both. Make them in varying sizes for interest and diversity as legos come in different sizes. Also, it doesn’t have to be perfectly straight. You will be spacing them out on the card. Just do your best.
Next, comes the hardwork. This card is not entirely a fast project (You’re watching a movie in the background, remember?).
Grab a hole puncher (single, three hole punch, etc.) and cut out two types of paper dots:
- First, hole punch as many neon dots as you can for each color you are using. These paper dots will be the tops of our lego blocks. So punch a lot of dots.
- Next, it’s time to add dimension to the lego bricks. Dig into your scrapbooking paper or use scraps for this. Find a gray color or a duller color which is similar to your neon colors. For instance, if you are using neon orange, chose a duller color of orange (in this case, we used orange construction paper). We think this is some type of optical illusion, but when using these two tones of color together (bright and duller), the duller color starts to look gray. What we are trying to achieve here is shading. It gives the lego bricks dimension.
Now that you have your dots, glue the duller looking dots to the strips of neon paper. Try to lay the circles equidistant from each other. See above. If you have a tool to help pick up and arrange the tiny paper dots, now is the time to use it. Tip: we used crafting toothpicks to help pick these tiny dots up. You could dip it in candle wax and let it cool down. Here, we attached a rubber encasing—the kind that protects new gel pens but must be removed upon use. Has anyone done this?! We are proud of this hack.
Anyways, after you are done gluing the first layer of duller-colored dots, start gluing the neon color dots slightly off center. The key here, however, is to create dimension. So do not glue directly on top. Glue slightly off-center to create a shadow effect. Doing it this way makes the legos come alive and look three dimensional.
When you are done doing this, arrange the blocks on your card. When you’ve settled on a design. Glue it all down.
Add a birthday sentiment on top.
Use any unused lego bricks and attach it to the card or add it inside to surprise its reader.
Here’s the final result! (Your Netflix movie is over hopefully).
If you created this card, let us know! Otherwise, do let us know: what is the brightest, loudest, and most colorful birthday card you’ve ever made?