Make it by Monday: DIY Cards for Every Occasion
Welcome to Make It By Monday, GOOD's weekly DIY feature in which we curate, demystify, and add our own tips for craft projects from around the web (and our apartments). This week: DIY your belated thank you cards.
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If you have a bit more time, these personalized, hand-sewn cards from the wedding chicks are a lovely way to send a note. What would otherwise cost you a fortune in fancy monogrammed paper is easily DIYed with a needle, thread, and printed font. Cursive is the easiest for a continuous line of thread, but if you're looking to break up the letters, just sew on a piece of card stock, using the back of the card for longer stretches between each letter. Then, adhere the paper to a card so you don't see the messy backside.
These celebratory flag cards from Whim and Wanderlust are a great way to say congrats. Use flannel, felt, or even old ties to get a mix of fabrics for your flags. Overzealous crafters shouldn't feel the need to stop at one row of flags—you can always add multiple rows to the inside of the card for a pop-up effect.
Watercolor looks good on paper, but not when you're trying to get a message across. With these watercolor cards from Oh, So Beautiful Paper, you can keep the watercolor look, but print out your message clearly with a customized stamp. These cards would be great as save-the-dates: The efficiency of mass production, with a touch of personalization.
For my project this week, I used a bit of chalkboard paint on some $1 bin cards I picked up at the store. I spray-painted both cards, then painted a gold border around one of them using a water-soluble paint. Chalkboard cards can be tricky, because you don't know how smudged your message will look after it's been through the mail, but they look great when you ship them off. Keep a couple on hand to tailor to any message you wish to send.