Handmade Anniversary Card Ideas

Written by filonia lechat
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Whether you’re celebrating your first anniversary or have sailed through your golden anniversary, reaching such a milestone is a special event. If a store-bought card seems too generic for the occasion, create one yourself with a few supplies. Handmade cards make their recipients—your spouse or significant other—feel special and can help you celebrate the day with distinction.

Anniversary Annuals

From the first through the 80th anniversary, lists of “traditional” and “modern” gifts, flowers and jewels are associated with each anniversary. You can take advantage of these lists as a guide for making a handmade card for your anniversary. If you’re celebrating your ninth anniversary, for example, you can draw or paint a picture of a piece of pottery (the traditional ninth anniversary gift) or a willow tree (the modern anniversary gift). If you prefer flowers, try painting a poppy, the ninth-anniversary flower, with a purple colour scheme for the card base, as amethyst is the stone of the ninth anniversary. Some anniversaries, such as 41 through 44 and 46 through 49, don’t always offer a list of traditional flowers or gemstones for the year; you’ll still find suggestions on modern anniversary gifts, such as poetry for the 46th anniversary, which you can then use to decorate the front of your anniversary card.

Life Line

With a few supplies, you can show your spouse or significant other just how much he or she means to your life with a hand life line portrait. Using markers, paint or coloured pencils, trace the outline of your hand on the front of the card. Fill in the outline as desired, using glitter, gemstones or stickers to dress up the design. With a bold, thick marker that will stand out on the hand print, trace the path of your life line, which crosses from the “web” of your thumb and first finger down to where your palm meets your wrist. For optional personalisation, add your and your spouse’s names to the line or write the word “YOU” along the edge of the line. Inside the card, explain the life line’s significance and how you are grateful to have your significant other in your life.


Create a customised anniversary card that will bring a smile to its recipient’s face by using the Victorian style of photomontage. Photomontage was an activity popular in the middle of the 19th century, where people cut photos and pasted them into humorous displays, such as an adult’s head on a baby’s body. You can update the style of photomontage by using it to create a memorable card; select photos of you and your spouse on a vacation or just your favourite photo of the two of you, then cut around your bodies and place the design on an unlikely background, such as in front of the Egyptian sphinx or among the stones at Stonehenge. Another option is to transfer your heads onto the bodies of cats, trees, sports players or celebrities, then glue them onto the front of the card.

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