These handmade card designs for seniors will allow you to leave the mixed bouquet of colorful carnations at the local store, and present them with a flower-filled card instead.
Handmade cards are the perfect fall craft when each day seems to have fewer and fewer daylight hours. Making cards is also something that doesn’t always require a lot of materials or set-up time.
Homemade Cards For Seniors Help Foster A Connection
Many years ago before e-mail was the standard form of communication, I had a friend joke about how he liked getting letters from me because otherwise all he got was just junk mail and envelopes from Publisher’s Clearing House.
And I’ve never forgotten that conversation because it captured how most people feel (even if they won’t admit it).
When you receive a letter or card in the mail makes you feel connected to another person.
Even if you don’t know that human on personal level, it’s hard not to appreciate that someone took the time to write or create something just for you by hand.
So when I think about seniors who may be house-bound or living in a facility and don’t have a lot of family in the area or visitors who come to check on them?
I know that a handmade card will make ALL the difference.
If don’t already have an organization in mind for your handmade cards for seniors, take a look at Color > Give > Smile.
Standard Materials You Need For Handmade Cards
Each of the card designs listed below uses a different technique, but the base materials are very similar.
The basic supplies for these handmade card designs for seniors are:
- craft paper in various colors and even different thicknesses if you’re feeling super adventurous
- a pair of scissors
- a ruler (I prefer clear rulers* because I can see beneath them and really gauge placement of things)
- an eraser
- markers in different colors
- a pencil
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Make And Donate These Handmade Cards Designs With Flowers
The Dollar Store is a treasure trove of goodies for DIY projects.
Hawaiian leis typically come two for $1 and because they are fabric (like) flowers, there can be used for projects of all kinds.
I like using these flowers for paper crafts because they add some color and dimension to a project.
Super Simple DIY Autumn Tree Pop Up card
I don't know about you but I've always though of pop-up cards a "next level". So, I haven't really tried very many of them.
When I saw this simple autumn tree pop up card, I thought it was the perfect starter project for anyone looking to branch out (yes, I'm feeling punny).
The materials for this project are also simple. You need some thick craft paper, a marker, a pencil, glue, an eraser, a ruler, and scissors.
Quilling Craft - Flower Pot Card
Like pop up cards, quilling is another paper crafting technique that may seem daunting, but isn't.
I love this flower pot card because of its colors and the three dimensional aspects.
For quilling, you will need some special supplies and tools like quilling paper and a quilling tool. To get you started, you could purchase this quilling kit (*affiliate link)
How to Make Pressed Flower Greeting Cards
Pressed flowers are a timeless technique that always seem to add a beautiful touch, along with an ethereal quality to a project.
When I was younger, I remember seeing them typically used for bookmarks or paper weights.
I haven't worked with them yet myself, but I'm excited to give this pressed flower greeting card a try because I know it will open up endless possibilities.
If you want to get started immediately, you can buy a pressed flower kit on Amazon*.
Q-tip Flower Art Card
This project is the perfect way to show your kids that a Q-tip is not the enemy!
Seriously, though, this Q-tip flower card is a great way to to practice some fine motor skills along with having fun making dots in all different colors.
I really like the addition of tissue paper for the center of the flower and the paper cut as the flower pot to add some dimension to the card.
If you don't have paper cups on hand, you can also use a piece of scrap fabric instead.
How Many Cards Can You Commit To Make and Donate?
One of the best things about making handmade cards to donate to charity is that it’s an activity that can be done in fits and starts?
Don’t have time to make a big batch? Then just make a couple at a time and then send them to your organization of choice once you have a bunch of them.
Making homemade cards is also something that is a lot of fun to do with family and friends over the course of an hour or two. It’s a fun way to catch up on the latest while also keeping your hands busy!
So, how many cards can you commit to make and donate by the end of 2021?
Leave a comment below and let me know.