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How to Make Giant Greeting Cards

I love making DIY arts and crafts projects at home. They are always lots of fun to do.

Making a Giant Greeting Card Is Easy!

Standard greeting cards cost anywhere from $.99–$7.00. I haven't purchased any of the cheaper greeting cards recently because my eyes always seem to be drawn to the high-end area—the shiny, sparkly, break-the-bank cards. The great thing is that you can make your own greeting card for a mere fraction of the cost with a few simple items.

The first few things you will need are some varying colors of scrapbook paper, poster-board, and a glue stick. Glue sticks work a lot better than standard glue for the beginning of your project because they allow for the paper to stick completely flat to your poster board, easier to work with and they are a lot less messy.

  • HINT: When you are choosing your color palette, start with more pieces of paper than you need and then narrow it down to what works.
  • HINT: Use colors that appeal to the recipient or, look for themes from their life, such as: if they like to go fishing use paper with fish on it.

Start by strategically placing your paper before you glue it down. (Practice) Once you feel you have a good layout, glue each piece down by starting with the bottom layer first. You may want to use a ruler to make your glue guidelines.

  • HINT: It's more appealing to the eyes if you off-set the paper placement.

When you have everything glued down, allow enough time for everything to dry properly.

If you have paper that is over-sized, you may need to trim the edges off before you begin applying the notions and fine details. It's best to use very sharp scissors and cut with long even passes.

Adding the Final Touches

When your giant greeting card is dry, and the edges are cut, you are ready to add the best parts. Come up with a saying that fits your occasion whether it's a birthday, message of love, hope, get well or Happy Father's Day! The best quality about giant greeting cards is that you can tailor them to the individual in multiple ways.

Once you have chosen a slogan, practice writing it on a separate piece of paper. Make a habit of practicing everything prior to putting together your final project.

  • HINT: When writing your slogan, you can choose to write it all together or as separate words that you cut out individually. It looks great both ways.
  • HINT: Instead of purchasing books that help you find different fonts (what I did) you can go online and find thousands of free fonts!

When you have completed your slogan, set it aside to wait until you are prepared to apply all of your ornaments.

Ornaments are the most important part of your giant greeting card because they really personalize your project. You can use die-cut ornaments, hand-drawn and colored ornaments, pictures, magazine photos—be creative! Use specific details about the recipient.

Here are some ideas:

  1. If they are having surgery, you might want to put a nurse's hat or stethoscope on the card.
  2. If you know what they are having surgery for, address that specifically.
  3. If they enjoy meditation, use meditation symbols and colors.
  4. If you are attempting to convey a message, put an envelope with a message inside on the card.
  5. I always add a small additional note on the card with the name[s] of who the card is from and the date it is being sent.

Now that you have the ornaments finished, place all of your artwork onto your giant greeting card. Arrange and rearrange until you have a placement that is pleasing to your eyes. When you have everything in place, begin gluing everything down with a glue stick or a glue gun.

  • HINT: If you find that your slogan isn't standing out, find a solid color or a print colored paper that matches to put behind the slogan. Glue them together, allow drying time, and then cut around the edges enough to leave at least 1/4–1/2 inch to show on all sides.
  • HINT: It's easier to glue down bulkier items with a glue gun. Items that are thin will glue much better with a glue stick.

After all of your ornaments are glued down, it's time to add the glitz. (glitter, jewels, ribbon, brads, stickers). Adding glitz will change the giant greeting card completely. If you have your own logo, you may want to add it in a small inconspicuous place.

Personalized greeting cards are wonderful to send because they let people know that you spent time thinking about them. You don't have to spend a lot of time making a giant greeting card. They can be simple, or they can be very ornate, but they are always from the heart.

I made this card on behalf of my team, Hubaholics Anonymous for our teammate Meloncauli. It was inspired by Sid Kemp. I couldn't have done it without Watergeek.

© 2012 Kristi Sharp

Comments

zanin from London, England on November 29, 2015:

Lovely idea. Great for a big occasion!

Kristi Sharp (author) from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota. on July 31, 2012:

Kristine, thank you for reading and voting! -K

Donna Kristine from Atlanta, GA on July 31, 2012:

What a fabulous idea! So creative. Voted up.

Kristi Sharp (author) from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota. on July 31, 2012:

shalini sharan, you are most welcome! Thank you for reading. -K

Kristi Sharp (author) from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota. on July 31, 2012:

ignugent17, thank you! I hope they are helpful for you :) -K

shalini sharan from Delhi on July 31, 2012:

you share some really innovative ideas

thank you :)

ignugent17 on July 30, 2012:

Keep on sharing good ideas. Thank you very much. I will use your tips someday :-)

Kristi Sharp (author) from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota. on July 30, 2012:

random, thank you! It was fun to make. I appreciate the compliment since you are the the queen of creative! -K

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 30, 2012:

Your Hubaholics Anonymous Card is awesome! I'm sure that your other giant cards are always a hit, too. Thanks for the great photos and tips.

Kristi Sharp (author) from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota. on July 27, 2012:

unknown spy, thank you. I appreciate you stopping by to read and comment. They make a really fun gift and always bring a smile! Glad to have your input. -K

Life Under Construction from Neverland on July 27, 2012:

great idea and beautiful. unique and very creative

Kristi Sharp (author) from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota. on July 26, 2012:

Emma, thank you for taking the time to read and comment. I appreciate you voting me up and for sharing! They are a lot of fun to make. -K

Emma Kisby from Berkshire, UK on July 26, 2012:

Hi Krshap05 - love this idea it's wonderful. Such a personal touch - voting up and shared.

Kristi Sharp (author) from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota. on July 26, 2012:

RTalloni, thank you for reading. I appreciate the compliments. They are a lot of fun to make and even nicer to receive. These are one of my favorite craft projects. Thank you for your input. -K

Kristi Sharp (author) from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota. on July 26, 2012:

moonlake, they are fun to make. When my kids are invited to birthday parties we make them together and they love the process! Giant cards are always a hit. Thank you for reading, voting and sharing. -K

RTalloni on July 26, 2012:

Fun to make, fun to give, fun to get--what a super project hub. Thanks for details on how to make these awesome greeting cards. Your example and the idea are both delightful!

moonlake from America on July 26, 2012:

How neat. Loved it. My Mom would love getting one of these. It looks like fun. Voted up and shared.

Kristi Sharp (author) from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota. on July 25, 2012:

teaches, thank you. It was a lot of fun and my son (the photographer) took about 800 actual photos so there is an entire photographic journey. I'd love to share the entire process (shortened version) with the team somehow. Anyway, thank you for reading and commenting. -K

Kristi Sharp (author) from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota. on July 25, 2012:

Om, thank you for the compliment. They are a lot of fun to make especially because you can really tailor them to the individual. If you decide to make them for your friends, send me some photos. I'd love to see them. -K

Dianna Mendez on July 25, 2012:

This is a great idea. I can see how much fun you had doing this hub through the photo posts. I believe a giant card like this would put a smile on anyone's face when received. Very creative!

Om Paramapoonya on July 25, 2012:

CUTE!!! I can tell you had lots of fun. I have three friends whose birthdays are in September. Maybe I should make giant cards for all of them!

Kristi Sharp (author) from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota. on July 24, 2012:

Watergeek, thanks for reading and for your approval. I couldn't have done it without you! :) -K

Susette Horspool from Pasadena CA on July 24, 2012:

Great job Kristi - Thanks for including the whole team!

Janine Huldie from New York, New York on July 24, 2012:

Hi K, I too am passionate about hand written notes and am so happy that we can do co-links too. My link is: https://janinehuldie.hubpages.com/hub/Thank-You-Ca... Will add yours too now. Thanks again, Janine :)

Kristi Sharp (author) from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota. on July 24, 2012:

Janine, thank you for taking the time to read and comment. I am passionate about hand written notes as well. I would love to have coop links so let me know what your link is and I will post it here. Glad to have your input. -K

Kristi Sharp (author) from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota. on July 24, 2012:

Riverfish and spartucus, I am really enjoying the team and was so inspired by the hub watergeek did for meloncauli that I wanted to do something from all of us. I'm glad you think it's a good idea. Thank you for reading and for your blessing. -K

CJ Baker from Parts Unknown on July 24, 2012:

To one hubalohic to another, you rock! Even though I am not an arts or crafts person myself, I am inspired by both your creativity and your compassion.

Riverfish24 from United States on July 24, 2012:

Fabolous work K! Also SO thoughtful. Kudos and a great hub!

Janine Huldie from New York, New York on July 24, 2012:

Loved this. I actually just write an article on the art of writing thank you notes and would love to add your hub as a link on mine. Let me know if this would be ok. Voted and shared too of course.

Kristi Sharp (author) from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota. on July 24, 2012:

leahlefler, thank you for the compliment! I love making these cards because they are so much nicer than the store bought alternative - not to mention much cheaper to make if you already have the supplies. I'm pleased that you like the idea! Thanks for reading. -K

Leah Lefler from Western New York on July 24, 2012:

What a great idea, krsharp! I never thought about making my own giant greeting card - this is so easy to do! I'm definitely making one for the next party we have, or the next Get Well card!

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