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I am super excited to share this printable today! For one, I spent the better part of a lunch hour and evening playing around on PicMonkey to make it right. Second, my kiddos loved it, so I’m sure yours will too! But let’s start at the beginning…
It all started a couple of weeks ago when Miss. B. came down with a nasty virus. Like, a high-fever-do-nothing-but-lay-on-the-couch-and-watch-Frozen-on-loop, virus. So we went in to the doctor. On this particular day, I forgot to wear my super-mom cap. I was a bit off my game, and forgot to bring toys with in the diaper bag. And with my luck, on this particular day the doctor was running WAY late. Miss. B. was growing impatient. I made a decision. I gave her my wallet. She was in heaven, and so was I, until…
Yes, that IS a twenty dollar bill ripped in half. Thank goodness for tape! Miss. B. was entertained until the doctor came in, and I was spared a complete meltdown. But then we got home, and she still wanted to play with my wallet. I will admit, I am a weak mom. I pick my battles, and I rarely actually pick a battle. Miss. B. spent hours rearranging my credit cards in the slots, and I got to go on a scavenger hunt the next morning for the contents of my wallet. Win-win, right?!?
Something needed to change.
I hopped on PicMonkey, and started playing around. Here’s what I ended up with:
- Play Credit Card Free Printable (click the download button below)
- White Cardstock
- Clear Contact Paper
- Craft Punch
Update: Since I created these play credit cards, I have since purchased an laminating machine. If you have little kids, I highly recommend buying one. It’s quite inexpensive, and you can protect reusable worksheets and flashcards.
How to Customize the Play Credit Cards
Download the free printable image, and open it in PicMonkey. To add your child’s picture on the driver’s license, find a picture of your child that is about the dimensions of that blank white box. Save this image to your desktop.
In the left toolbar, click on the butterfly icon – this allows you to add overlays. Click the “Your Own” button and then select the picture of your child on your desktop. Re-size and arrange the overlay picture of your child into the right spot on the driver’s license. Then all you need to do is add text wherever your child’s name belongs, and you’re ready to print and laminate.
I took my images to FedEx Office, and had them printed on cardstock. My home printer is OK, but by paying a few dollars, I knew I would have vibrant colors without those pesky printer lines.
Then I went to Wal-Mart to buy clear contact paper. This is such a great trick for easy DIY laminating. You just need to know where to look. Although intuition may tell you to look with the craft supplies, this is not the case. Clear contact paper is with all of the other colored contact paper and shelf liners with kitchen and home organization. For about $5, you can laminate a whole bunch of projects!
I also used my handy Fiskars punch that rounds corners for me. This is totally optional. You could just use scissors to round the corners.
I cut out all of the cards, rounded the corners, and then covered them with contact paper. I suppose I could have reversed the order. It’s up to you.
Tip: Use a real credit card. As I laid down the contact paper, I immediately went behind with a credit card to smooth out any air bubbles.
I hope your children like their play credit cards as much as mine do!