5 DIY Greeting Card Ideas for Families

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Encourage creativity and kindness with DIY greeting card crafts

Crafting is a fantastic activity for kids to practice fine motor skills. DIY greeting cards definitely accomplish that, but they also give kids a chance to be creative and practice kindness. Of course, grandparents love getting handmade cards from their grandkids. However, there are a lot of other occasions for your kids to send cards. Some examples are holidays, birthdays, friends and family ill or in the hospital, and even those dealing with grief. That’s not even counting long-distance friends and family. Sending a greeting card to a faraway relative is a great way to help kids remember them.

To get you started, we’ve gathered 5 ideas for making, sharing, and organizing DIY greeting cards at home. Avery blank greeting cards are, of course, ideal for printing personalized greeting cards using our free templates, like we wrote about here. However, they’re also the perfect blank canvas for crafting DIY greeting cards.

Examples of DIY greeting cards made with Avery office supplies that are great for crafting.
Send smiles to family, friends, and those in need of extra cheer.

1) Use DIY greeting cards to practice kindness

Caring for others, especially when they’re not feeling well, is always an important lesson for kids. Making DIY get-well greeting cards together is perfect for practicing kindness and caring as a family.

One way to use your get-well-soon cards is to make enough to store for future use. That way, you’ll have them on hand for any sick friends or family members. You can also make greeting cards to send to hospitalized kids (this website can help you get connected), local convalescent homes, or veterans. AMillionThanks.org is a great resource for sending cards to U.S. military veterans.

A DIY greeting card made with a blank Avery note card, glue stick, permanent marker as well as a simple adhesive bandage and googly eyes.

Get directions to make this DIY get-well-soon card that only takes about 5 minutes to make.

2) Stay in touch with sweet thinking-of-you cards

Thinking-of-you DIY greeting cards are a super versatile crafting activity for kids of all ages. You can have your kids send their greeting cards to friends, teachers, far-away relatives, or Grandma and Grandpa just because. Grandparents will love getting them!

Encourage older kids to start a greeting card exchange with their friends for some unplugged connection. They can save the greeting cards in a decorated memory box or scrapbook.

Avery color-coding dots are shown used to make a rainbow card craft for kids. The colorful dots are stuck on a blank Avery card in the shape of a rainbow and cotton balls are used to make clouds.

We love this simple DIY rainbow card for toddlers and elementary-age kids.

3) Use DIY greeting cards to teach gratitude

Practicing gratitude has oodles of benefits that everyone wants to give their kids, including positive effects on mental health. One of the best ways to teach your kids to practice gratitude is to model being thankful so that they have an example to follow.

For example, sending thank-you cards is a very literal way to practice gratitude. This is a perfect way to model gratitude for younger kids that might not be ready to grasp abstract gratitude exercises.

Making cards for others

First, make homemade greeting cards to express gratitude to others. Together with your kids, pick out a free thank-you greeting card template to personalize and print. Then, write your thank-you message and let them contribute. Finally, show them how you address the envelope and let them help you put it in the mail box. During the project, talk to them about how grateful you are for their teachers or a nice gift someone sent them.

Making cards for your kids

You can also model gratitude and boost kids’ self-esteem by giving them thank-you cards. Create a DIY card saying thank you for any accomplishment, big or small, and leave it on your kid’s pillow. It can be anything from helping set the table or cleaning up toys to helping take care of a younger sibling.

Examples of a 3D card and sticker birthday card made with Avery labels and blank cards.
Encourage kids to send some love out into the world. Whether it’s a special occasion, just because or uplifting your community.

4) Share the love with heartfelt homemade greeting cards

It’s so important to encourage kids to express their emotions and show love to the important people in their lives. Whether you’re making DIY greeting cards for Valentine’s Day or just to say, “I love you,” why not expand and send some love out into the world? One way to uplift your community is to send cards to your local senior home on Valentine’s Day. You can even get the whole family involved.

Start by organizing a family card-making night. Set up little kids with an easy DIY greeting card craft project like our 3D heart card. You can also find tons of ideas for more homemade valentines (including free printables) right here on our blog.

3D paper hearts and cotton ball "clouds" are glued on a blank Avery card to make Valentine's Day hot hair balloons.

This cute 3D Valentine’s Day greeting card is the perfect way to reach out and send a smile.

5) Make homemade birthday cards

You can never have too many birthday cards on hand. Between friends, family, teachers, and classmates, it seems like it’s always someone’s birthday. Having a ready supply of DIY greeting cards for any birthday that pops up is such a time saver.

Set up your kids with crafting supplies and let them go to town. Card-making is an activity that kids can do at any time and entertain themselves for hours. Entertaining the kids so you can get some quiet time is priceless, but stocking up on a few basic card-making supplies is also cheaper than getting a ton of expensive store-bought birthday cards every month.

A blank Avery note card is decorated with Avery star stickers and color-coding dots as well as colorful ultrafine-tipped Avery permanent markers.

Kids will love playing with stickers to create DIY birthday cards like this one.

DIY greeting card organization in a shoebox. The contents of the box are organized using Avery UltraTabs 74768 and the front of the box is labeled with Avery label 8253.
Organize your DIY greeting card supplies so they’re easy to find and don’t add clutter to your home.

How to organize & store DIY greeting card supplies

Start by sorting your greeting cards by occasion. Then, add them to a storage box in groups and use tabs to indicate the occasion or season. Finish off the box with a label and you’re done.

Here are the supplies we used to create our DIY card storage:

  • Storage box
  • Colorful repositionable margin tabs (74768)
  • Ultra-fine tip black permanent markers (09230)
  • 2″ x 4 blank labels, (by the package for inkjet printers 8253 / by the sheet 94207)

Make DIY greeting cards and send a smile

Card-making is a fun activity that’s easy to use for keeping the kids entertained on Saturday afternoons. The kids love it, and even benefit from DIY greeting card crafts. Not only do they get a chance to practice fine motor skills, but, they can also practice kindness, gratitude, and creativity. Indeed, when done mindfully and with purpose DIY greeting card crafts can be an enriching activity for the whole family.

For more card-making resources, use the button below to check out our full selection of blank card styles as well as more greeting card projects and tutorials. We even have awesome ideas to make last-minute Christmas cards. You can also have your personalized holiday cards printed on professional digital printers with our WePrint® service.

Author: JoJo Mrgich

JoAnn (JoJo) Mrgich is a copywriter and SEO content writer who began her copywriting career in 2011. A musical theater major at the time, JoJo began writing blog articles, product descriptions, and other online content for a dancewear brand. Since then, she has gone on to write in a variety of fields, from essential oils and natural beauty to fashion and swimwear, finally landing at Avery, which she affectionately calls her "forever home." At Avery, JoJo writes content for the Avery blog, covering everything from organization to party planning, as well as contributing to other online content for avery.com. She is also a technical and content writer for Avery Industrial, where she writes in-depth articles that span a wide variety of topics, from safety compliance to 5S lean practices. In her personal life, JoJo is a big fan of fantasy and science-fiction works such as Lord of the Rings and Star Trek (especially the original series). She also loves going to Disneyland and runs a non-profit social organization of 600 members that brings fans of "nerd culture" together for meet-ups and events in Southern California.