We started our second year of Joy School this week, and it just happened to be at our house. Of course, late the night before I thought, “Do you know what we need? Lacing cards.”

The more I thought about it the more convinced I became that they were a necessity. For Joy School. For church. For car rides.

So I made some DIY Lacing Cards

Here’s how:

1. Choose your image. Mine come from Crystal Wilkerson’s sticker packs.

2. Enlarge to the size you want. Mine are each half page size.

3. Print on glossy photo paper. Glossy photo paper is tough. It was my solution to not having a laminator and they have held up well so far.

4. Cut around the shapes. Try not to cut out too much detail–smaller sections can be torn easier. But unless you have an unusually long hole punch, you’ll have to cut fairly close to the image.

5. Punch holes.

6. Use a fine Sharpie to draw straight lines between holes.

7. Tape one end of yarn on the back and wrap the loose end with tape to prevent fraying and it makes lacing easier for little fingers.


**Disclosure** Crystal Wilkerson has given The Crafting Chicks access to all of her kits with an agreement that we will link to her when using them. She has also given us permission to offer some of our projects using her products as free downloads to our readers.


  1. […] Jump to Comments Here’s yet another idea to work on those fine motor skills.  Nikkala from The Crafting Chicks gives you a tutorial on how to make your very own lacing […]

  2. Oh you are too clever!!! I was just about to buy some of these but now I will just make some! Hooray. Thanks Nik!!

  3. Love this, Nik! Simple but so fun for the littles. 🙂

  4. LOVE this idea! I am making these tonight for my Derek. He will love having them to keep him busy while he is living in the car driving the older kids all over!:)

  5. Too cute! I need some little kiddos to make fun things for!
    I thought we were going to say you used your mad Illustrator skills to make these!

  6. You rock Nik, I have been wanting to do some of these with actual pictures of my kids, I think they would get a kick out of that!

  7. Thanks for the idea! I’m going to make some as Christmas presents for the little people in our family. Yay!

  8. I just started working as an Activity Assistant for residents with dementia. I wanted a simple sewing project and came across the lacing card idea. Many of the designs seemed to be geared toward children. I was just about to buy a set when I found your site. I love your “use your own image” alternative. This will allow me to create some interesting cards suitable for adults. Thank you so much!

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