Handmade Ideas for a 25th Anniversary Card

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Handmade Ideas for a 25th Anniversary Card
Handmade cards can be the perfect gift for a 25th wedding anniversary. (happy anniversary image by Galina Barskaya from Fotolia.com)

Greeting cards are a wonderful way to show someone that you care. The impact of a handmade card goes beyond that of a store-bought card; it adds a unique, personal touch to the occasion. Making it to a 25th anniversary celebration is no easy feat, so it is definitely one that should be celebrated. Highlight the time you have spent together with a beautiful handmade card made especially for the one you love. It is sure to be a thoughtful gift your spouse will not soon forget.

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Silver Anniversary Theme

The traditional and modern gift theme for the 25th wedding anniversary is silver. You can implement silver into your design by using a metallic silver paper as the base of your handmade anniversary card. Consider layering different silver paper designs, or use silver paint to frame your card design. Silver glitter is inexpensive and easy to find at most art and hobby stores. You can use glue to make a frame around your card message or a design on your card. Sprinkle silver glitter over the top and let dry. Shake off any excess glitter to let your design shine through.

Handmade Ideas for a 25th Anniversary Card
Glitter can be a useful tool in emphasising a metallic silver theme. (pots of glitter image by Warren Millar from Fotolia.com)

Quarter Theme

A twenty-fifth anniversary officially means that you and your significant other have been together as a couple for a quarter of a century. You can play up this quarter-of-a-century theme by making a handmade card in the shape of a quarter or that depicts a picture of a quarter. There should be two sides to this card, a "heads" side and a "tails" side. Instead of "United States of America," write your and your spouse's names. Below, write "Quarter of a Century." For the "head" side, substitute the picture of George Washington noted on the coin with a picture of the two of you together. On the top, replace the word "liberty" with "love." Underneath your picture, include the year you two became a couple.

"Quarter of a Century" is a unique card idea.
"Quarter of a Century" is a unique card idea. (quarter on green image by Richard McGuirk from Fotolia.com)

Personal Pictures and Memento Accordion

For a unique card option that emphasises the 25 years you have been together, try using a very long strip of cardstock to make a memento accordion. To get your paper to the right length (approximately 36 to 40 inches in length), you may need to attach several sheets of cardstock with tape. Fold your paper like an accordion into 13 even sections. You will use the front and back of each section to make a visual timeline of the years you have spent together. Your card should have a front that you can paint to say "Happy Anniversary." On each other section, include a small picture or personal memento that details a year you spent together. If you don't have pictures or mementos, you could simply write a note on each section about something significant that happened that year. Watching your significant other unravel the long, accordion card and look back on your time together is sure to a touching experience for you both.

Handmade Ideas for a 25th Anniversary Card
Personal photos and mementos will give your card a personal touch. (piles de photos 1 image by thierry planche from Fotolia.com)

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