"Make-it Monday" - DIY Greeting Cards

Hello Krafters! 

Another week is upon us and that means another edition of "Make-it Monday"! Today I will be showing you how to use common household craft supplies (at least for those of us that keep craft supplies on hand) to make an adorable little greeting card. In my project, I am using it for a friend's birthday, but you may use it however you like. Get well, a baby shower, or just because. The options are limitless!

So let's get started!

This is what you will need:

Craft Supplies Needed

Craft Supplies Needed

Materials

  • US Letter size Card Stock
  • Scissors or craft paper cutter
  • Different size and color buttons (2 or more preferably)
  • Multiple colors of fine tip pens
  • Craft glue or hot glue gun and sticks (not pictured)
  • Stamps and ink pads (optional)

Directions

You will start by cutting your card stock in half. Turn it so that the orientation is "landscape" so that the longest side faces you. Now cut it right down the middle. This should give you two equal size pieces (you can actually make two cards!).

In my opinion, it's easier to use a cutter like this so that your cut is even.

In my opinion, it's easier to use a cutter like this so that your cut is even.

Now, sit one of the pieces to the side. Fold your remaining piece in half, as shown in the photo below:

Before you start decorating, decide how you would like your card to open. I will be making mine to lift up from the bottom. You can also do a side opening card. 

Now it's time to incorporate our buttons. You should have 2-4 of different sizes and colors. Go ahead and glue those to the front of your card in a grouping, as demonstrated in the photo below.

Different styles work too, as long as they are all a round shape.

Different styles work too, as long as they are all a round shape.

After you allow a few minutes for your glue to dry (check the suggested wait time on whatever glue you are using), it's time to had some additional touches. Use pens that are a close color match to the buttons you chose and draw a little triangle underneath each button. Now take a black pen and draw squiggly strings from the bottom of the triangle to the bottom of the card. It should look something like this:

I have used a bow stamp and a banner stamp to add a little extra to my card. However, this is optional. If you don't have stamps available or you rather not pull them out for this, you can draw some of these by hand or leave them out completely. It will look cute regardless!

The next an final step of your decoration will be to add whatever words you would like on the front. Since mine is for a birthday I chose to say "Happy Birthday" and add my friend's name. Get creative. If you don't like your own handwriting, you can use stamps or stickers to do this.

This is what my final product ended up like:

Happy Birthday DIY Greeting Card

Happy Birthday DIY Greeting Card

That's it! A quick, easy, and super cute way to make your own greeting cards! You know your friends and family will love receiving something made with love as opposed to something you bought last minute at the store.

So as always, kraft away!

Until next time,

Kimberly