Making a Homemade Greeting Card

By Hal Bartle ; Updated September 15, 2017

Things Needed

  • Card stock or construction paper
  • Pen
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Paint
  • Sponge
  • Glue
  • Decorations
  • Scissors
  • Magazines

There's a greeting card for every occasion: to congratulate someone for an achievement; to welcome a new neighbor; or just to say hello to an old friend. While you can go to a store and purchase a greeting card, you may find that they are expensive and impersonal. You can create, and personalize, your own greeting card with items that you already have, or you can easily purchase the supplies from a craft store.

Consider design ideas for the card based upon your reason for sending it. The design of your homemade greeting card should coincide with the occasion. If the card is an anniversary card, you can put a picture of the married couple on it; if it's a birthday card, include a picture or drawing of a birthday cake or decorations. If the card is a "thinking of you" card, include a picture or drawing that contains the person of whom you are thinking, or of an activity that you both did in the past that makes you think of her. If it's a "love" card, you can write a love poem on the face of the card or decorate it with hearts.

Create a sketch that outlines the design of your card. Plan out your card before you start making it so that you do not waste your materials. Think of what you would like to put on the card, what message you would like to include in the card, and the format that you would like for the card.

Prepare your paper for your design. Choose a heavier paper to use for your card, such as construction paper or card stock. Fold the paper vertically or horizontally to fit your design. Fold your card prior to decorating it so that you are sure of the amount of space you have to work with.

Decorate the front of your card. Use whichever materials you choose, and be creative. You can use glitter, pictures you have cut out from a magazine, printed off the Internet, or printed from a digital camera. You could also draw a picture, or dab a sponge in some paint and make a design on the card. You can also add stickers and stamps as embellishments to supplement the design. Once you have finished decorating the front, allow it to dry if needed.

Decorate the inside of the card as you see fit, and add your personal message.

Purchase an envelope for your homemade greeting card at a stationary store or craft store. Envelopes come in a variety of sizes, ranging from 2 1/8" x 3 5/8" to 12" x 15 1/2".

About the Author

Hal Bartle has been writing professionally since 2009. He has been published on various websites. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Saint Joseph's University and a Juris Doctor from Duquesne University School of Law.