Creative handmade cards created using everyday things you already have
Any great gift should be accompanied by a special card that expresses your good wishes for the festive season. These days, creative manufacturers offer variously designed mass produced gift cards. But it’s so much more thoughtful to create such cards with your own hands, using unique ideas.
We have selected several ideas for you to utilize, so you too may create the most beautiful handmade greeting cards. There are numerous great ideas that can be easily created with your own two hands.
Let’s enjoy these handmade card concepts and think about how we too can apply these ideas to add a personal touch when sharing our love with our family and friends, this holiday season!
Matchbox greeting card
An artist from Vietnam who goes by the 3XU nickname creates adorable gift cards from matchboxes. What a perfect alternative to regular greeting cards!
The main feature in her sweetly designed matchboxes are hidden messages, that can be seen only when one tries to open the matchbox. One can quickly and easily make a greeting card like this from a box of matches.
A perfect idea is to embroider a festive design using cross-stitching, needlepoint or ribbons, and then place it into a card, or even into a frame. Such a beautiful present will never be hidden inside a drawer, or thrown away together with other useless gifts.
Certainly such a card would be displayed in a significant place on a wall in the recipient’s house. Do you already know how to embroider? Then this is the right time to start preparing for next Christmas and New Year!
Cards with natural materials and dried fruits
It shouldn’t take a lot of time to create such a card; furthermore, these materials are widely available: branches, dried citruses, egg and nut shells, dried flowers, pine cones, acorns etc.
The final result is beyond impressive. You can even make these cards together with your kids. Let them surprise their grandparents, tutors, teachers and friends.
Perfect gift card for your girlfriend
If you want, you can follow in the footsteps of creative artist Edgar Artis. He suggests that you modify a photograph of your beloved by adding a unique dress. Use all of your creativity and you will become the designer of a real masterpiece.
If your girl is a fan of coffee, you can create an astonishing dress from ground coffee and coffee beans. If she’s glamorous, try using rhinestones and gems. And if she’s a swimmer, use water drops (transparent glue). Such a hilarious gift card will definitely create a furor!
Cards from napkins and cotton pads
A budget option for an adorable handmade gift card! It’s unbelievable how many astonishing cards can be created from folded napkins and soft cotton pads. Here are several ideas to rouse your inspiration:
Cards with buttons
Regular buttons can be used as the perfect material for your gift card. If you have a large quantity of colorful buttons, you automatically have numerous potential ideas at your disposal: for example, create fir trees, New Year balloons, hearts, flowers and cute animals – the possibilities are endless!
Budget solutions for creative minds — making gift cards from leftover wrapping paper
After you wrap your gifts with wrapping paper, you will definitely have scraps leftover. Don’t throw them away, because they are the perfect material to utilize when creating holiday cards!
Holiday cards from newspaper cuttings
Old newspapers and books can become an incredible resource for your designer gift card. Decorative elements combined with a variety of printed texts do look incredibly stylish and unusual.
Gift cards from felt
Felt is an affordable material, which can be bought in virtually any art shop. It’s incredibly easy to use, you don’t have to worry about its edges fraying, and furthermore, it’s very soft and looks really adorable. This material is already widely used to produce toys and various other crafts. What a perfect material for your holiday card!
Lacy holiday cards
If you want to create a tender gift card for a little princess or your lovely girlfriend, or an invitation to a wedding or christening, you can use lace as a decoration. Numerous variations of this material open up a wide horizon of options for you. Try combining designer cardboard, lace, beads, rhinestones and artificial flowers to make lovely and sparkly holiday cards.
Yarn holiday cards
Very interesting holiday cards can be made from colorful yarn, Mouliné or any other bright and shiny threads. There are several different techniques: you can put all the threads on a frame, use them to sew different shaped papers together, or knit various decorative elements by putting them together on a piece of cardboard.
We really hope that this article boosted your inspiration and you are ready to make art. Please post your artworks in the comments below!