Brighten Someone’s Day With DIY Cards and Budget Bouquets

Creating special notes and cards is simple with these DIY hacks. Local craft stores are fully stocked with inspiration. Gather mix-and-match washi tape, metallic letter stickers, and alphabet stamps, and get ready to let your creative juices flow. Taking an afternoon to craft is a great way to spend time with the kids or unwind solo.

Pencil eraser stamp card

Materials:

  • Notecard and envelope
  • Stamp pad
  • Metallic letter stickers
  • No. 2 pencil

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Use an eraser to create an abstract pattern on all four edges. As you stamp, the color will dissipate to create an ombre effect. For extra gradients of colors, I used Hero Arts’ ombre pink stamp pad. It’s like three stamp pads in one.

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A message spelled out in foam metallic gold letter stickers finishes this custom card beautifully. The letters are available in tons of fonts you can mix up. I used Thickers Gold Foam Letters.

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Washi tape pattern card

Materials:

  • Notecard and envelope
  • Washi tape in varying designs
  • X-Acto knife
  • Protected surface for cutting

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Washi tape comes in loads of colors and patterns. Combining these shiny gold, floral and geometric washi designs makes a funky custom card.

Tape the notecard to the cutting mat or protected surface, and carefully cut along the edges.

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Seal the deal by detailing the closure on the envelope with washi tape to match the card inside, and finish with a fun stamp.

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Arrange-it-yourself bouquet

Say it with grocery- or corner-store florals. Skip purchasing a large flower arrangement in favor of setting out a smaller bespoke bouquet. Or spread the love – make more than one small arrangement to surprise a few friends or neighbors.

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Purchase four different kinds of flowers or greenery. When you get home, trim the stems and put the flowers in cold water.

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Choose a lovely, unexpected vessel like a jar or mug. Cut the flowers’ stems to the appropriate length, and arrange in a balanced but informal grouping.

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Set out your arrangement, paired with one of your cards bearing a special and personal phrase, as a welcome home surprise or morning treat for your Valentine.

Photograph by Kristen Blush.

Photography by Kristen Blush.

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Originally published January 28, 2016.

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