How to Make Your Own Cards {Alternative Title: Save Yourself a Bajillion Dollars}

Y’all, I love cards. I have been known to stand in the aisle at Target reading Awkward Family Photo cards with tears of laughter streaming down my face. I have had more than one conversation with a cashier as to the reason behind buying said cards.

But a few weeks ago, I went into a store that shall remain nameless*, and the first card* I picked up was $5.99. FIVE NINETY NINE! That’s ice cream for two at Braum’s.** Blasphemy.

I can no longer bring myself to fork over that much cash for the perfect card. So I decided to buy a few supplies {this was really hard because I tend to overcommit and never touch projects again :/} and get crafty.

I limited myself to 3 purchases that totaled around $20 so it wouldn’t be too hard to recoup my investment:

  1. a packet of cards and envelopes from Hobby Lobby {$9}
  2. Martha Stewart Glitter {$6}
  3. metallic markers {$6}

DIY Card Supplies

From around the house, I grabbed:

  • paper plates
  • scissors
  • a pencil for tracing
  • toothpicks
  • and photo paper

My goal was to come up with a card for each of these upcoming events:

  • a graduation party
  • a wedding
  • a baby shower
  • and several birthdays

WARNING! Family and friends with these events coming up, look away.

The first round was a disaster, but it helped me come up with a few workable designs.

DIY Cards

For the first 3, I traced lightly in pencil, used Martha’s glue over that, then shook the glitter on and tapped it off onto a paper plate. I let the cards dry for 24 hours before I used a toothpick to perfect the lines.

For the birthdays, I decided to come up with my own Awkward Family-inspired photo cards. I did a google search for awkward family photos and downloaded a few favorites. I may be the only one who laughs at the totally cheesy taglines I came up with for each, but I hope they enjoy them!

*It was not Target nor an Awkward Family Photo card that spurred my homemade card making challenge. I have no doubt those will still make it into my cart. I just can’t resist them.

**If you don’t live in the South, you’d better get your sweet self here, because Braum’s alone is worth the move.

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  • Selah June 15, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    I keep those blank cards & envelopes on hand so that my kids can make cards for people. I still buy a few (from that unnamed store) but I try to stick with the $2.99 or less cards.

  • Caitlin Author June 16, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    That’s a great idea! It’s always adorable and precious if a kid makes it for you. Here’s hoping I can pass as a small child :)

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