DIY Anniversary Card

Written by aletha reil
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DIY Anniversary Card
Making a DIY anniversary card is a thoughtful way to express your love. (two hearts image by timur1970 from

Anyone can go to the store and pick out an anniversary card with a pre-written poem inside, but a handmade anniversary card made by you for your spouse is a one-of-a-kind card that could even double as a gift. Making your own anniversary card is a simple way to speak volumes to your loved one without spending a fortune. By making your own anniversary card, you can express your love, appreciation, and dedication to your spouse through your own words and through your favourite memories.

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Things you need

  • Card stock
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Heavy object
  • Computer
  • Fine-tipped pen or marker
  • Glue
  • Q-tips
  • Scrapbook details/accessories (optional)
  • Photos (optional)
  • Tissue paper
  • Tape
  • Ribbon

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  1. 1

    Determine a theme for your card, such as the number of years you have been together, your wedding day, your favourite memory together or use copies of your favourite photos from events you shared.

  2. 2

    Choose your card stock depending on how heavy you want your card to be and in what colour, whether your spouse's favourite colour or your wedding colours.

  3. 3

    Mark off with a ruler your card dimensions and then cut out the card.

  4. 4

    Fold the card in half, either horizontally or vertically. Lay your folded card beneath a heavy object, such as a book, in order to make it lay flat.

  5. 5

    Plan your design. Use scrapbook embellishments, such as sticker phrases, borders, trims, ribbons, flowers or objects such as hearts or wedding bells for the front of your card. Arrange your design before your adhere anything to the card. Cut and arrange photos according to how you want them to appear before gluing.

  6. 6

    Adhere the decorative pieces to your card. Use a Q-tip to spread small amounts of glue onto the backs of your objects and images.

  7. 7

    Add a message the inside your card, such as a poem, your wedding vows, a romantic literary quote, an inside joke shared by the two of you or a simple loving message with a fine-tipped pen or marker. Print and paste in your message if you do not like your handwriting.

  8. 8

    Wrap your card to add a more personal touch. Use one to two sheets of tissue paper, place your card face down onto the paper as if you are wrapping a gift. Fold in the ends and secure them with a small piece of tape. Flip the wrapped card right side up and finish it by tying a piece of ribbon around it.

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