How To Make Your Own Greeting Cards

Learn to make your own paper greeting cards. Design and shape paper in a whole new way for personalized cards you can send by mail!

Making and designing your own greeting cards is a fun, personal way to show friends and family just how much you care.

PRESSED LEAF CARDS

This card is an easy card to make. By adding a single pressed leaf to the front of your greeting card, you'll add color and shape to any type of card. This design is perfect for Thanksgiving wishes and invitations.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

Thick paper or greeting card stock

(1) Pressed leaf

Glue

Clear vinyl stick on (or contact paper)

1. Press your leaf first. To do this, use a pressing machine or place a single leaf inside the pages of a heavy book and allow it to sit for several days.

2. Arrange your leaf on greeting card stock or a piece of heavy paper. Glue leaf using household glue and allow to dry.

3. Cut a piece of contact paper to fit the front design of your greeting card. Make sure it's large enough to fit over the entire leaf. Apply. (If no contact paper is available, you can seal your leaf to the card using a hot iron and small sheet of wax paper.)

4. Add your note to the inside, sign, seal and deliver!

TIPS AND TRICKS

YOU can also make a pressed flower card by using dried flowers in place of leaves.

ADD a few freehand drawings of leaves to the envelope and color with colored pencils to complete your own matching envelope.

POTATO PRINT CARDS

By carving or cutting a design into a household potato, you can let your imagination take hold, and design and print colorful fun cards for holidays, birthdays, or just to say "hi." Because this type of card requires a sharp knife, it's best crafted with adult supervision.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

(1) Potato

Construction paper or Greeting card stock

Craft knife or similar tool

Acrylic paints or stamp ink

1. Wash and dry one potato.

2. Cut potato in half.

3. Using a craft knife or similar object, carve a design into the cut edge of the potato. (You can use stencils for ideas or as a pattern for your print.)

4. Pour your paint into a shallow dish or plate.

5. Dip the potato carving into the paint.

6. Do a sample print (to rid your stamp of excess paint) on a piece of scratch paper.)

7. Press your potato cut out firmly and evenly on to your card paper.

8. Allow print to dry completely.

TIPS AND TRICKS

MAKE a multi-colored card by washing off the potato and dipping it into a different colored paint.

PRINT designs on your envelope before addressing.

MARK your initials in a potato to make your own monogram on cards and stationary.

PHOTO CENTERPIECE CARD

This is an easy card that not only says "hello," but gives the receiver a visual image of what's going on in your life. This idea is perfect for far-away grandparents and friends!

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

Construction paper

Scissors

Glue or tape

Photograph

1. Fold your construction paper in half. Run a fingernail or ruler across the fold to seal it.

2. Fold your paper in half again, so that there are 4 equal sized boxes on the paper.



3. On the outer panel of the card, draw a circle or oval shape.

4. Use a scissors to cut the shape from your card.

5. Open your paper so that it lays flat on your work surface. Your shape cutout should be in the lower left hand corner of the page.

6. Trim away the edges of your photograph.

7. Attach your photo to the paper with glue or tape. (Photo should be face down and upside down when applied.)

8. Refold paper and design.

TIPS AND TRICKS

USE a cookie cutter to cut fun designs out of paper.

MAKE a photo frame for your card by outlining your cut-out shape with colored construction paper, yarn or colored ribbon.

THE GIFT CARD

This is a fun card to make and give for Birthdays and Holidays. By designing what appears to be the outside of a present, you'll be making your own gift and card at the same time.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

Construction paper

Wrapping paper

Scissors

Tape or glue

Ribbon

1. Fold and/or cut a single sheet of construction paper until it is the size you desire.

2. Lay a sheet of printed gift wrapping paper (design down) on a flat surface.

3. Lay your card on top of the wrapping paper and trace around it.

4. Cut shape from wrapping paper and attach to your card using two sided tape or glue.

5. Lay a strip of ribbon diagonally across your card and cut it so that it measures the exact length of the card. Once done, glue the ribbon diagonally to your card to give the illusion that your wrapped gift has a ribbon tied around it.

6. Repeat step 5 in a vertical direction.

7. Add your sentiment and send!

TIPS AND TRICKS

YOU can use yarn or cut-out strips of colored construction paper in place of actual ribbon.

GLUE a strip of ribbon across your envelope to make a matching set!

COLOR ME CARD

By tracing a design on to a sheet of paper, even small children can send handmade cards to loved ones.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

Cookie cutter

Crayons

Paper

1. Lay a cookie cutter flat over a piece of construction paper.

2. Trace the outline of the cookie cutter using a black crayon.

3. Let children color in the cookie cutter.

4. Add your sentiments, address, and send!

TIPS AND TRICKS

COMPUTER users can print out clip art for children to color!

PHOTOCOPY a coloring book page your child has already colored. Reduce its size and then glue to your paper.

MELTED CRAYON CARD

This is a fun card for children to design. Because a hot iron is involved, supervision is necessary to complete this project.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

Construction paper or glossy card stock

Crayons

Iron

Ironing board or similar surface

Paper

Scissors

Glue

1. Have children draw a design or picture in crayon on a thin sheet of typing or copy paper.

2. Heat iron to medium setting.

3. Place a sheet of construction paper or glossy card stock on the ironing board.

4. Place child's drawing (face-side down) on top of the construction paper.

5. Apply iron, using firm, slow strokes.

If properly done, your child's drawing will now be transferred on to the construction paper. Either cut-out design and glue to card stock or fold paper so that the design is shown on the outside of the card.

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