How to Make Handmade Greeting Cards

Last month I had so much fun creating Valentine’s Day cards so I decided to make general-use handmade greeting cards. This is such an easy and economical project. You can make a bunch at once and then keep them stored in a drawer until you need to send a card. It sure beats paying $4 for a card at the grocery store!

Spring Vignette using greeting cards as buntingYou could also keep the cards out on display to decorate your home.

Here’s how to make them …


1. Gather Materials

I suppose this first step is a little obvious, but first you need to round up some supplies.  You can find plain cards and envelopes at most crafting stores for just a few dollars.

Supplies for Handmade Greeting CardsI used a variety of stamps, ribbons, buttons, and decorative decals for my handmade greeting cards.


How to make handmade greeting cardsPlain stock cards and envelopes come in a variety of colors.

I used white cards and added color by applying a variety of ink colors with a large script stamp.


2. Decorate Your Greeting Cards

This is the fun part where you get to be creative making your handmade greeting cards. You can look online for design inspiration or simply concoct something new and creative all on your own.

DIY Handmade Greeting CardsAfter stamping the cards with blue, green, and pink inks, I added embellishments.

For this card, I cut a length of blue grosgrain ribbon and hot glued it onto my card.


Making Handmade Greeting CardsNext I hot glued various sized and colored buttons atop the ribbon.

The hot glue gun allows you to work quickly, which I love.


DIY Greeting CardsTo add a little more depth and interest, I added another layer of buttons.


Handmade Greeting CardsThe insides of the handmade greeting cards are left blank so they can be personalized.


3. Add Text to Front of Cards

You can add text to the front of the cards to make them more specific if you’d like. Calligraphy would be pretty, or you can use stamps to write your greetings.

Creating Homemade Greeting CardsFirst I added a blank, decorative label to the card using hot glue.

Then I used miniature letter stamps to add “With Love” and placed a button for interest.


Handmade Greeting CardsA pretty 3-D paper butterfly completes the look. I think this one is my favorite!


Homemade Thank You Card“Thank You” printed a little haphazardly embellishes this pink script greeting card.


Spring Time Greeting CardOf course, you don’t have to add text to the card if you don’t want to.


4. Store or Display Your Handmade Greeting Cards

It’s best to make several greeting cards at once so you don’t have to keep hauling out your crafting supplies. Simply tuck them in a drawer and use as needed. Or use them to make cute displays around the house.

Banner made with greeting cardsCreate a cute banner by clipping your homemade cards to baker’s twine using wooden clothespins.


Greeting Cards used as BannerSuch an easy spring time bunting to make!

When you take down the bunting, the cards can still be used.


DIY Greeting CardsThe cards also look pretty propped up in a vignette.

Next on my greeting card to-do list is a very special Mother’s Day card!


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  1. Sweetness, Jennifer!!!! Just total sweetness! These are just adorable! My step-daughter makes these for friends and relatives who want to give something special. She layers them like you do and even uses tweezers to place tiny little cut out pieces! Such patience! lol Thanks for the great tutorial, sweetie!!! How are you doing these days….??? 🙂

    xoxo laurie