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12 Creative Handmade Card Designs To Make And Donate To Charity

12 Creative Handmade Card Designs To Make And Donate To Charity

Here are 12 creative handmade card designs to inspire you to make and donate some cards to charity.

A homemade card is something that a large number of nonprofits need to send to their clients and the people they serve.

Not only can a card be as simple or involved as you want, but sending even just a handful of handmade cards to a charity will make a difference. 

Where Should I Donate Handmade Greeting Cards?

Making handmade cards is a great way to bring all of your family members together for a fun activity or a community group looking to do a service project.

You are sure to find a cause that speaks to you since there are all kinds of organizations and groups whose sole purpose is to deliver handmade cards or notes to a designated community or cause..

For example, some organizations focus on cancer patients, while others focus on children in the hospital. 

Here are a couple of wonderful organizations I have featured on Create To Donate to get you started:

There are other nonprofits organizations that like to include a handwritten note or card in the packages they send or during their outreach to their clients.

For example, you can send a card as part of a care package or a handwritten letter in a card to a service member or veteran through Operation Gratitude or A Million Thanks.

What Kinds Of Greeting Cards Should I Donate?

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.

Make inspirational cards for charity

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
  • stickers

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:

  • washi tape
  • foam tape
  • watercolor pencils
  • watercolor paints
  • die cut stamps
  • paper punches

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.


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Donating Handmade Cards Spreads Love

I hope you were inspired by at least a couple of these lovely handmade card designs. It’s amazing how such a small gesture can make a big difference in a person’s day.

Which design will you tackle first and, which organization will be the beneficiary of your beautiful work? Share in the comments below!

And if there is an nonprofit in your area that needs handmade cards or handwritten letters, please let me know that too in the comments so I can include them in future posts.

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