When it comes to showing your gratitude, there’s hardly a better option than sending a handwritten note. Why not add an additional layer of thoughtfulness by creating your thank you card from scratch? Full of charm, homemade cards also lend a touch of personality and individuality with each rendition. These DIYs are straightforward enough that beginning crafters and kids alike can start practicing the art of gratitude—from start to finish.
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Snip a few triangles from an assortment of patterned papers (or fabrics), then attach to a rustic twine to string across the face of the card. Use a marker to add a letter per triangle, or let the banner speak for itself and save your message for the inside.
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3D Unicorn Card
Participate in the unicorn trend with this three-dimensional card. Using a simple circle cut-and-paste technique, the body becomes a sculptural pop-out when the card is opened. This craft is especially great for little ones practicing their cutting skills.
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Potato Stamp Turkey Card
Before you peel, boil, and mash all your potatoes this Thanksgiving, set one aside to use as a quick and easy paint stamp. Crafters can transform that blob of paint into a funny little turkey with just a couple of fingerprints and construction paper beaks.
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Sticker Doodle Dot Card
Practice patterning by filling each sticker dot with a different design! Keep things monochromatic or go for a colorful rainbow effect. These pre-sticky circles keep this craft mess-free and quick.
Sticker Doodle Dot Card from Make and TakesContinue to 5 of 25 below.
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Wax Resist Card
With a white crayon, watercolors, and a little magic, your little ones can easily create their own wax resist artwork. Especially friendly for even the smallest painters, simply write a message using wax, then paint over top to reveal. Perfect for showing a bit of extra thanks to your kid’s teacher or daycare provider.
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Popsicle CardContinue to 9 of 25 below.
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Wrapping Paper Card
Not only are these homemade thank-yous simple and straightforward, but they also provide another great way to recycle those wrapping paper scraps. Bonus points for matching the wrapping paper to the gift-giver!
Wrapping Paper Card from Red Ted ArtContinue to 13 of 25 below.
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Perfect for the littlest gift recipients, these clever fill-in-the-blank notecards allow your child to practice demonstrating gratitude while writing just a few words at a time. These clever designs from It’s Always Autumn are free and easily downloaded and printed—no crafting required.
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Handprint Turkey Card
Is there a better time of year than Thanksgiving to demonstrate appreciation for your loved ones? A riff on the traditional handprint turkey craft, these cute designs can be used for place cards or to write a sweet note thanking your dinner guests for attending.
Handprint Turkey Card from Make and Takes
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Kids' Artwork Card
If your refrigerator is getting cluttered with your little artist’s finger paintings, try repurposing the artwork into original thank you notes. Frame squared-up bits of paintings using cardstock, then write a message on the inside. Don’t forget to attribute the artwork to your little one!
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Easy Pop-up Card
Teach kids to recreate the 3D artwork of some of their favorite storybooks with this simple pop-up technique. Make the craft simpler by handling the cutting yourself, then letting kids attach stickers or drawings to do the popping.Continue to 17 of 25 below.
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Thanks a Bunch Card
Everyone loves a good food pun, and there’s no shortage of those when it comes to thank yous. Illustrate a bunch of purple grapes for this quippy card (or bananas, flowers, or anything else that’s bundled in bunches), and add a personal message inside.
Thanks a Bunch Card from Damask Love
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Envelope Banner Card
This cute little card puts patterned paper scraps to great use! Cut out a few teeny envelopes (this step is made way easier with the help of a rubber stamp), then thread onto jute or hemp. Secure the banner to the front of your card (or to the inside for a fun surprise) with a couple of metal brads.Continue to 21 of 25 below.
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Easy Stitched Card
If you have a sewing or embroidery novice at home, this is a great project to develop those needlework skills. Recycled cardboard makes a great base for yarn stitching, so put those old shipping boxes to use!Continue to 25 of 25 below.
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