If you’re coming together to make cards at a certain time of the year, making general holiday cards, a Valentine card, a Christmas card, or a happy birthday card are obvious choices and there is an organization that can use them.
Typically, the main purpose for these handmade card donations is to brighten someone’s day and provide comfort, support, and a sense of community.
So there is always a need for the more generic ‘just because’ cards that are uplifting and entertaining.
Adding a special message like “you are loved” or “you’re awesome” is also always appreciated. You can also add a silly joke or pun to the card to bring a smile to someone’s face.
What Supplies Do I Need For A DIY Card?
The supplies you’ll need for these handmade cards will vary, of course, depending on the project.
If you’ve done any paper crafting before, you probably have some of the basics like:
a glue stick (or three)
card bases (blank card white cards or even solid color cards)
crayons or markers
craft foam sheets
If you’re new to card making, you may need some additional supplies to make some of these cards. Here are some items to consider:
die cut stamps
If you are on a tight budget you can often find a special offer or two for paper crafting supplies at Michael’s Stores or Joann’s.
Also, both stores typically have deep discounts around the holiday season where you can literally stock up and save on paper crafting supplies.
Try Some Of These Beautiful Handmade Card Designs
Many of the designs I included in this list may have been created with a specific event in mind.
For example, there is a heart shape (Valentine) and a baseball glove (Father's Day).
The handmade card concept in each tutorial, however, is something that can be used for a variety of occasions and the message can be more generic.
I didn't include any shaker cards this time because they felt just that little bit "next level".
Plus, when sending cards to people of all ages, I always think about the possibility of small parts being near small people.
So, textures are great, but small parts? Not so much. Granted, that's just my personal preference.
Each of these card making tutorials provides information on the supplies you'll need for the project and detailed steps on how to complete it.