An occasion as special as International Women's Day calls for surprises on a more personal level. You don't always have to search high and low for the perfect gift—a beautiful hand-crafted card can go a long way to show the woman in your life just how much you care, especially when you take the time to DIY it. We have gathered a few easy and great ideas down below for you to try out and choose the right one for your special lady.
- Button Flower Card
You only need a few supplies to make this easy card and it’s a great way to involve the kids in the DIY prosses.
- Colorful Cardstock
- Green Foam Sheet
- Begin by folding an 8.5 X 11 piece of card stock in half.
- Cut some small strips of green foam and glue it to the card stock.
- Glue some large buttons above the green stems, leaving a little bit of space for the petals. You can use white glue to glue the buttons down. Just allow time for them to dry.
- Glue smaller buttons around the large centers for the petals.
- Glue green buttons next to the foam strips for leaves.
- Hyacinth Flower Card
This one requires a little bit more effort but the beautiful 3D result is worth it and the special woman in your life will definitely appreciate your creativity.
- Hyacinth Flower Template
- white cardstock
- light blue cardstock
- green cardstock (purple or pink)
- glue stick
- Tacky Glue
- Download the Hyacinth flower template. Print the leaves and stem page on green cardstock. Print the flower page on purple or pink cardstock.
- Fold your white cardstock in half. Cut out a rectangle from your light blue cardstock and glue it onto the front of your folded white cardstock.
- Cut out the pieces of the hyacinth flower template. Assemble the flower petals. To do this, use your glue stick to add glue to the end of one of the flower petal rectangles. Bend the rectangle into a circle so the two ends are glued together.
- Glue the flower stem and flower base onto the light blue cardstock on the front of the card.
- Fold the leaves in half and then bend the top down a bit to add texture. Glue them on the sides of the stem on the front of the card.
- Add a dot of Tacky Glue to the bottom of the flower petals and glue them onto the flower base.
- Allow the glue to dry completely and then write your special message on the inside of the card.
- Mini Washi Tape Card
You most definitely have some washi tape laying around and even if you don’t it’s easy to get anywhere. This cute little card is extremely easy to make and it can be the perfect little surprise hidden somewhere in the house for her to find.
- Card stock (white, blue, pink)
- Paper trimmer
- Washi tape
- Scoring board
- Gather all materials. Pre-cut the white paper for the card to 2 1/2" x 5" with the paper trimmer. Pre-cut the envelope paper to 3 1/2" x 5 3/4".
- Make the card. Fold the paper lengthwise in half, and apply strips of washi tape side-by-side on the front of the card. Turn it over and snip off the overhanging tape.
- To make the envelope, score the blue paper lengthwise at 1 1/2" and 4 1/4". Rotate it 90 degrees and score at 1/4" and 3". Fold all the creases.
- Copy the photo and cut off the pieces no longer needed. Then, cut two diagonals opposite each other on the top and bottom flaps.
- Use double-sided tape to attach the side flaps together and bottom flap.
- Add color to the front of the envelope with matching washi tape.
- Pressed Flower Card
Remind her just how special she really is for you with this romantic and fun-to-make card.
- Flowers (waxflowers, white daisies, carnations, pale pink roses, and larkspur)
- Brown craft paper, or natural paper, or canvas fabric
- Start by pressing the flowers in a large book for a couple of days (give the roses more time).
- Die some of the paper with coffee for a more rustic look.
- To secure the flowers to the paper, use Tacky Glue, but keep in mind these are very delicate and meant to be handled with care.
- Marbled Stationary Card
This might come as a shock to you, but you can create a "marbled" effect on paper using a combo of shaving cream and food coloring. Yes! You read that right and we’re going to teach you how to do it.
- Start by masking off the backside of your paper. It’s important to use heavier weight paper with texture.
- Spray a nice, thick layer of shaving cream into a rectangular baking dish – one that is large enough to easily fit your paper inside.
- Put just a few drops of food coloring into the shaving cream.
- With a rubber spatula, start folding the shaving cream to incorporate the color. Don’t over mix as you’ll want to keep that nice swirly pattern.
- Once your base color is swirled, you can add additional colors with a toothpick or wooden skewer. Simply dap the skewer into the food coloring and swirl is around in different areas. If you don’t want the colors to mix or muddle, do not over mix or blend.
- Place the paper, tape side up, onto the shaving cream.
- Use your fingers to gently press down the paper so that as much of it makes contact with the shaving cream as possible. You don’t want the paper to sit for too long as it will start to get too wet. Gently lift the paper off the shaving cream from one corner.
- Place it onto a paper towel. Take your ruler and from one corner, scrape the shaving cream off in one sweeping motion and you’re done.
Whether you're a crafty person or just a beginner, we guarantee you'll have a lot of fun making any of these cards.