We can never run out of things to be thankful for. Every morning, it’s good practis to start your day thinking of things to be grateful for, whether its saying thank you for a great new day, thank you for the sun shining on your face or thank you for the hot coffee you’re sipping from. But when was the last time you said thank you to someone? It’s very easy to show someone how grateful you are through email, or a text message. Maybe you prefer calling someone to say thank you. It’s a little old-fashioned nowadays but wouldn’t you like it if someone sent you something handmade or handwritten? Like a DIY thank you card, perhaps?
A handmade or handwritten DIY thank you card is the best way to show your appreciation for anything from a gift from a friend or a favor done for you by a colleague. DIYing an appreciation card is the best way to go because it only shows that you value the time they have given you, going out of their way to buy or send you a gift or doing the favor. The best way to say thank you is by giving them some of your time back with a DIY thank you card.
DIY Thank You Card Ideas
Here are some DIY thank you card ideas so you can show your heartfelt appreciation to your friends and loved ones.
That heart ornament with the thank you on it? It’s made from baking soda dough. Find out how it’s done with a link to the step by step tutorial NorthStory. She has more rustic DIY thank you card ideas too on the blog.
If you are a crafter, I’m sure you have a stash of washi tapes, so why not use them as a custom background for your DIY thank you card. I’m sure there will be nothing else like your design. Learn from Northwest Stamper how they came up with this idea.
3. Sharpie DIY Thank You Cards
What do you do when you see Sharpies on sale? Grab them fast because you’ll find them handy in the future, like when you need a thank you card and you want it to be personalized. Find out how to make this Sharpie DIY thank you card and other design inspirations at It’s Always Autumn.
4. Star and Washi Tape
Washi tapes are very handy for crafting so when you run out of design ideas for a project, washi tape it! There is nothing washi tape can’t decorate. This DIY thank you card found at Kenarry used washi tapes to make an easy and quick fix for a simple thank you card.
5. Paint Chip
TUsing paint chips to make a DIY thank you card is too clever not to include in this list. This design from Splitcoast Stampers is super simple to make and has a whole lot of elegance.
6. Paper Scraps
One reason to hold on to those beautiful paper scraps? This DIY thank you card from Inch of Creativity. Now we don’t have to see that paper go to waste.
7. Doodles and Origami
Love to Know can show you how to make this DIY origami thank you card, by scribbling or doodling your heart out for the message and additional designs. You could also just buy some stickers from your local arts and crafts supply stores.
8. Watercolor DIY Thank You Cards
These cards may be the prettiest watercolor thank you cards I’ve seen so far, and the good thing about this is you don’t need to be good at painting to make them. Find out how Design Sponge did this fabulous art work of a DIY thank you card.
This design idea from Karolyn Loncon will brighten up anyone’s day with its rainbow background. Make this with a brushstroke stamp set or, if you don’t have those, get the same effect with a thick paintbrush and some acrylic paint.
10. Polka Dot
Now, a DIY thank you card idea that is easy to mass-produce so you can send them as a thank you card after a big celebration or gift them as thank you cards to friends for their upcoming events. Find out how at Clearly Besotted.
11. Stamped DIY Thank You Cards
Whether bought or made from scratch, stamps are a fun way to decorate your DIY thank you card. Learn more at Clear and Simple Stamps, LLC.
12. Calligraphy and Watercolor
If you have good handwriting, try this idea from Amber of Damask Love. Give calligraphy your best shot with a liquid frisket, then add some watercolor on top of it. Learn how to do this and other ideas when you visit her blog.
13. Fabric Scraps
This idea from A Beautiful Mess makes beautiful DIY thank you cards from fabric scraps. Who knew fabric scraps could still be useful, and for decorating cards? Pretty neat to me.
14. Marbled Design
I am seriously drawn to the marbled design of these lovely DIY thank you cards – you wouldn’t believe how easy it is to make them. Honestly WTF sure makes it fun with shaving foam cream and food colors! I bet they smell great, too.
15. Geometric Patterns and Watercolor
What good is a DIY project if you can’t ask your kids to make it with you? This idea from Calico Skies is easy enough for kids to do so you can let them have fun with you and see their eyes glow at the sight of their finished cards.
16. Glitters and Gold
I really think anything is made better with glitter. Just look at how festive these thank you cards from Camille Styles look.
17. Different Watercolor Strokes
These DIY thank you cards from Almost Makes Perfect are simple enough to make in batches and beautiful enough to send for gifting.
18. Dip Dyed
Poppytalk originally made this for Valentine’s Day, but no one says you can’t make them as a DIY thank you card, right?
19. Washi Tapes and Banners
Look at these adorable banners! Washi tapes have really been a hit for crafters and DIYers alike, and here you can change the banner design and colors to suit the occasion, thanks to washi tapes’ many design options! Check out Decorator’s Notebook for the complete list of materials used and a step by step tutorial.
20. Splattered Paint
Another DIY thank you card project you can do with the kids. The messier it looks, the better. Visit Elizabeth Anne Designs for the step by step guide.
21. Embroidered DIY Thank You Cards
Let your creativity and imagination run wild with your DIY projects. Flax and Twine had the idea of drawing patterns and pretty pictures onto the card first, then stitching them. Look at how amazing it turned out with all those details and textures.
22. Washi Tape and Cut-Outs
Washi tapes for the win here! You can never run out of ideas when it comes to washi tapes. Simply Kelly Designs shows you how easy this DIY thank you card is to make.
When your handwriting fails, there are always the printables. Say thank you to the internet for a lot of free printable thank you cards to choose from, like these from Delia Creates. Add whatever details and designs you like after printing the thank you note that most fits the occassion.
24. Pop-Out DIY Thank You Cards
Last, but certainly not least. Want to add some fun and life to your DIY thank you card? Then make it a pop-out! Find out how in this video tutorial from Delish to DIY.