Once you start to DIY on a regular basis you’ll begin collecting a large amount of crafting materials. I usually share DIY projects when I’m happy with the result, but I have flops just as frequently as successful crafting days. This means that I have a lot of supplies piled up, either because the project didn’t work out or because I have left over materials (sometimes you have to oder in quantities of 50!). Every once in a while I’ll be inspired to make something from materials that have been sitting in my drawers for a long time, this is one of these times, and I’m very happy with the result.
I like to DIY greeting cards because I find these items are very overpriced, and I can make them myself and create something more meaningful than if I purchased them.
The joy I get out of making them is the cherry on top. Now that I’m a mom, it’s even more fun to incorporate my little love bug into making greeting cards. I find our relatives like them even more since they double as mementos of their nephew and/or grandson.
They’ll love this easy to make DIY greeting card.
I made them for my mom and my mother in law’s birthdays. Their birthdays are only a few days apart from each other, so I can usually double up my efforts and make similar cards and flower arrangements for them. I used this as a birthday card, but it can just as easily be an invitation, a valentine’s day card or an anniversary card.
Here is what you’ll need to create this minimalist DIY greeting card.
- instant pix camera, wallet sized picture, or picture you’re willing to trim
- alligator picture clip
- small wooden round ball
- hot glue gun
Before you begin, you should measure your alligator clip against the cardstock you want to use. My cards were size A4, so they were small (about the size of a 4×6 picture). I had to trim the alligator clip a little bit and it was a pain. If you’re starting from scratch, I would suggest getting shorter clips or larger cards.
Let’s get started! First you’ll want to heat up your glue gun. I placed a drop of glue at both ends of the bead, and then inserted the alligator clip into one end. The glue drops should be very small. Once you place the alligator clip into the the bead you can wipe off any excess glue, but there shouldn’t be much if any.
Then add a drop of glue to the wooden bead as well as to the small hole in the alligator clip.
Quickly place your clip on the card and let it dry. Tug on it gently to make sure it’s glued on. If one end comes lose, wiggle your glue gun into the nook between the card and the finding and add a small drop of glue. Press down firmly on the card and allow to dry again.
Finally, take a picture with your instapix or clip your wallet sized picture on the card and viola! Easy peasy.
I kept my card pretty simple, but there are a lot of ways you can get creative when you’re making them. If you chose to use this as inspiration for your own cards, I would love to see what you create.