Handmade Greeting Card Ideas

make you own greeting cards

Show Your Creativity with Handmade Greeting Cards

by Mary J. Davis

make you own greeting cardsHave you ever gone shopping for a greeting card for a friend’s birthday, Mother’s Day, or just a friendship card?

Those cards can cost almost as much as a gift. And, of course, they are produced in bunches, so someone else might just buy the same card for your friend or family member.

Here is a way to give one-of-a-kind cards that show you really care.

Folded Paper Cards

  • Find some paper.  You can use construction, printer or scrapbook paper, or even a brown grocery bag.
  • Cut the paper into a rectangle, then fold it in half from side-to-side, then from top to bottom.  The paper will now look like a card.  Match the card up with an envelope that is large enough to hold your card.


The possibilities for decorating your card are endless, seriously!  You can simply use gel pens or lots of different colored markers to make a design on the front of your card.  You can also scout around the house for decorative things like pieces of lace or fabric, old buttons, leftover wrapping paper or scraps of printed wallpaper border.  Use your imagination to cut, arrange and glue the craft materials onto the front of the card.  Then, open the card and write a special message to the person you want to give the card to.

Really Unique Cards

How about making some cards you’d never see on a store shelf?

  • Cut the picture front from a used greeting card.  Write your message on the picture side of the card front.  Then, cut the card into a puzzle to fit into an envelope. Or, you can even cut a photo of you and the person you are making the card for into puzzle shapes.


  • Find an old CD.  Cover the printed side with a circle of paper, and write your message on the paper.  Or, tear different colors of paper into small pieces and glue them onto the printed side of the CD for a neat mosaic.  Write your message on the paper after the glue dries.


Putting the Pieces Together:

Do you have old puzzle pieces cluttering up a drawer?  Put several pieces of the puzzle together.  Cover the assembled piece of puzzle with brush-on or spray-on craft paints.  Let the paint dry, write a message on the puzzle, then take it apart. Put the pieces into an envelope to give or mail.


Craft foam is so easy to work with and make great cards.  Cut a piece of foam to fit in an envelope.  Then, use glitter pens, gel pens, paint or scrap pieces of foam to create a card.


The people you give cards to will know you put a lot of time and effort, and a bit of love into their card.

They will remember your card way longer than those store-bought ones.  Now, how special is that?


About the Author:

These ideas were provided by author Mary J. Davis. Davis is a mother and grandmother who has written many books and articles on fun, family and faith.  Learn more about her great books on amazon.com.