Creating Thank You Cards

HOMEMADE THANK YOU CARDS #languagearts #craft

Homemade Thank You Cards

Letter writing is becoming a lost art as more and more people rely on e-mail, texting, and instant messaging. Take advantage of the holidays to teach kids how to craft a proper thank you note! Help kids develop the habit of sending thank you notes when they receive a gift or even when they attend a field trip. For younger kids, have them dictate and do the writing for them.

The basics of writing a thank you note are really simple:

  • Thank the person for the specific thing they did: “Thank you for the lovely bunny suit you gave me for Christmas.”
  • Tell why you appreciate it: “It is so warm and soft, and I always wanted my very own bunny suit.”
  • Mention how you will use it: “When it snows this winter, I will not even need a coat.”
  • Thank them again: “It was so thoughtful of you to choose the perfect gift for me.”

HOMEMADE THANK YOU CARDS #languagearts #craft

Project 1: Homemade Fingerprint Cards

Materials needed:

  • 8.5 x 11” card stock or heavy-weight printer paper (each sheet makes two cards)
  • paper trimmer or ruler and scissors
  • invitation-sized envelopes (use leftovers from your Christmas cards)
  • ink pads
  • fine point markers
  • baby wipes are nice to have for wiping fingers

Basic notecards: Begin by folding the paper in half from top to bottom so you have two even sections. Cut apart along fold line. Then, turn the papers so the short sides are at the top and bottom, and fold in half again from top to bottom. These will be your notecards.

Open the card and lay it flat. You will be stamping only on the front section of the card, but you don’t want the ink to bleed through.

Press fingers on ink pad gently so you just cover your fingerprint, but not so hard that the ink is drippy or too wet. Stamp your fingerprints on the card in your chosen design. Wipe fingers between colors and when you are done.

Using fine-point markers, draw in details on the fingerprint design until you are happy with your results. Set aside to dry for a few minutes, and then you are ready to write your note.

HOMEMADE THANK YOU CARDS #languagearts #craft

Project 2: Picture Window Cards

In addition to the supplies from Project 1, you will need:

  • old greeting cards, photographs, or pictures from magazines
  • glue sticks

Create the basic notecards as instructed in Project 1. Lay the card out flat with the front of the card facing you. Using the size of the card front as a guide, measure and cut your picture into a rectangle at least 1” smaller all around than the card front. Now, measure and cut the picture into 4 or 9 equal pieces, depending on the number of window panes you want. Using ink pad, rub ink along all outer edges of each piece. Arrange and glue the pieces onto the card front, leaving about ¼-inch even space between them, which will give the illusion of looking through a window.

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This article originally appeared in Family Magazine, 2013 Issue 4.

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Comments (13)

  1. Angela Taylor

    I love writing notes but I hate paying crazy prices for the cards. Thanks for sharing some DIY inspiration!

    1. Anne Campbell (Post author)

      Thanks, Angela! Yes, cards are unbelievably pricey nowadays. We try to make homemade as much as we can. My boys have fun coming up with ideas for their cards, and they are extra special since they made them.

  2. Brooke Guerra

    I just love these ideas! I can’t wait to use them. Great post!

    1. Anne Campbell (Post author)

      Thanks so much, Brooke!

  3. Megan @ Wit & Wander

    These are so sweet! I love these ideas! I just created some printable Thank You notes for kids – I love finding new ways to help them to be grateful!

    1. Anne Campbell (Post author)

      Megan, feel free to leave us the link to your printables!

  4. Emma

    I love making our own thank you cards too! Somehow writing thank you notes is boring but making cards is fun, lol!

    1. Anne Campbell (Post author)

      I know, and much less expensive!

  5. Lori Hill-Smith

    Those are very cute ideas! When my girls were little we made homemade cards all the time!

    1. Anne Campbell (Post author)

      They become keepsakes, too!

  6. Sharisse

    Cute ideas for homemade thank you cards! Receiving handcrafted/handwritten notes, cards, anything in the mail is one of my favorite things! I wish people mailed letters more often rather than relying so much on technology, but I understand the world we live in. I still try to mail things as much as I can 🙂

    1. Anne Campbell (Post author)

      I’m teaching my boys to write notes. It’s a lost art, though!

  7. L. E. Mastilock

    fantastic ideas for handmade greeting cards. I love the fingerprint animals


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