Everyone loves getting mail, especially, I think, a really nice, thoughtful Thank You note or an invitation to something fun. And everyone can go to a card store or stationary store and pick up some stock cards to mail out. One thing that makes mail really special, though, is if it's homemade. Not only will you save yourself lots of money making some cards yourself, but you'll have fun doing it and you'll be sending a really special, unwritten message too: That you REALLY care about this person and your message to them, and that you put some of your creativity and time into their mail. How great it that? And don't worry; you can MAKE cards as quickly as you can go buy them, if not faster. You can even make a whole bunch at once, so you have them for the future, too. Even better, you can make them with you kids as a super fun family art project that people will especially enjoy receiving, and you can make boxes or bundles of cards as gifts as well.
All you need to start is some paper, which you can cut into creative shapes like circles, hearts, stars, flowers, fish, or anything you want, or just keep in standard card shape. Paper can be plain white or in any multitude of colors. In fact, you can even just buy a pad full of pretty patterned paper at any store with a large craft or kids department, and cut that paper into shapes and THAT's your card right there. It really can be that simple. Whatever you do, make sure get envelopes to fit the size of the cards you want send.
Once you have your paper and envelopes, you can decorate them in so many cool, fast and fun ways, either on your own or with your kids. Some ideas are to use simple ink stamps, or make potato stamps. You can use watercolor to paint the paper. You can use felt or ribbon bits to make stripes or patterns, with glue. You can use other pieces of cut paper for a simple collage look, like a red heart on a white paper. So easy! You can use photos. You can use finger paint. You can recycle items like old playing cards or newspaper or magazine pages to cut out fun words or letters and just write THANK YOU or HELLO or LOVE or whatever you want, like the person's name, in collage. You can use pressed flowers or confetti or other standard craft items that you sprinkle and glue on.
You could spend 3 minutes or 30 minutes, but either way, have fun with it and don't sweat the details. Whatever you do, it will be far more unique, heartfelt, surprising, personal, and special than ANY card from a store.
Do you have any ideas for making your own cards?