When you make inspirational cards, it’s a great way to relax while doing something that gives back to the community. This straightforward and simple way to craft for a cause is something you can do alone or with a group of almost any size.
And if you’re wondering where to send the cards, I already have the perfect connection: Cardz For Kidz.
What Types Of Cards Should I Make?
The cards can include anything that strikes your fancy and you can use materials you have around the house from plain white paper to construction paper, blank notecards to colored card stock.
The designs can be as basic or as intricate as you want them to be. And if inspiration just won’t come to you, the internet can help you get your creative mojo back. A great place to start is my Pinterest board dedicated to paper crafts and printables.
There are so many ways to make inspirational cards that I’ve decided to do separate tutorials for each type of card will be sending to Card For Kidz. I feel this is the best way to give you plenty of options when you just want to follow directions and crank out some fun cards to send to kids in need.
Make Inspirational Cards With A Lei
To make an inspirational card with a Dollar Store Hawaiian lei, you need these supplies:
- Hawaiian lei from the Dollar Store (you typically get 2 for $1.00)
- Thick paper (construction paper, notecards, or cardstock that you cut to size)
- Glue (nothing fancy, just whatever basic craft glue you have around the house)
- Colored pencils
- Sense of humor (this is the appropriate time to get all “flowery” with your language)
How To Make The Front Of The Card
Making an inspirational card with a Dollar Store Hawaiian lei should take no more than 10 minutes. In fact, it may take you longer to round up the various supplies (if you don’t have a well-organized craft room) than it does to make the actual card.
To use the lei for the front of the inspirational card, follow these easy steps:
- Cut the string that holds the Hawaiian lei together then remove them from the string. You’ll have a pile of individual petals so it’s best to have a little zip top bag ready to place the unused ones in so that they won’t fly all over.
- Pick out two contrasting colors from the bunch of flower petals.
- Place a little glob of glue where you’d like the flower petals to be on the card, then place the two ‘stacked’ petals down on glue. Let it set for a moment or two.
- Take a piece of construction paper or cardstock and cut out a little center to finish the top of the flower. Place it over the petals allowing the glue that has slightly seeped through the thin petals to take hold.
- Finish the flower by drawing a stem and some leaves. Add a little grass if the mood strikes you.
How To Add Fun Text To The Card
When making cards for Cardz For Kidz, the only requirement is that the card does not say, “get well” or refer to their health or condition in any way. Plus, there are so many fun things to put on a card, why default to that anyway?
So, now that you have a beautifully decorated card, it’s time to add some fun text. For additional ideas, I looked up “riddles for kids” and “jokes for kids” and found a variety of options. To get you started here is a good post with hilarious jokes for kids.
For this specific card, I wanted to associate the text with the flower . So a joke about the alphabet and bees was a perfect fit!
Inspirational Cards For A Cause
This inspirational card with a Dollar Store lei is just one way to make cards for Cardz For Kidz. I have a whole list of different types of cards to make.
And if you’re wondering about the leftover flower petals? I plan to use some of them to create art to donate to the local senior home that Color>Give>Smile found for me. I will be offering tutorials for each of these projects so you can have some creative fun along with me.
If you know of other organizations that accept and distribute handmade cards, please leave a comment with the name below so that I can connect with them as well.
Remember: If you make inspirational cards and post them to social media, use the hashtag #createtodonate so that I can share your beautiful creations with the community.
Monday 10th of October 2016
What a cool idea! I love simple crafts like this with my kids, and a great cause. We try to send cards to ones we know are sick or elderly and my kids love doing this.
Sarah Nenni Daher
Friday 7th of October 2016
This is an adorable craft, a wonderful cause, and I can't wait to pick up a lei. And thanks for that fun list of jokes for kids - my 5-year-old is cracking up!