Year End Review: DIY Thank You Cards

Since the holidays just ended, it is time to thank those who generously gave to us. Another year end review is this popular post, Thank you Cards.

Thank you! These two little words mean so much. I was taught early on when you receive a gift, you send a hand written thank you card. As a kid, I thought this was a major pain in the rear, especially when you rather play with your toys instead of writing hand written thank you notes. But, we did it because it was required.

As an adult, I have tried to maintain this practice and instill the importance behind writing thank you cards in my kids. Yes, sometimes life gets in the way and I do not always get hand written thank you cards out, but I try.

Even though my kids are 3 years old and  now 15 mos. old (originally 12 months old when the post was written), they have been required to participate in creating their own thank you cards. My son has colored on each card that goes out since he has been 15 months old – putting his own touches on it.  For my daughter, she painted her own thank you cards for her first birthday.  Here is how we did it and how you can recreate them for your own family.

Supplies Needed

  • 1 Roll of Painter’s tape
  • 1 Box of plain cards and/or paper (card stock)
  • 1 paint brush or the kids can use their fingers
  • 1 washable paint (colors of your choice)
  • 1 paper plate for the paints


  1. Get out your blank cards out. If you are using card stock paper, cut the paper down the middle; leaving two pieces of paper. Then fold each paper in half making two cards.
  2. Make your child’s first initial of their name with Painter’s tape on the front of the card.
  3. Have your child paint the front of the card over the tape. Depending on the age of your child, you might need
  4. Let the card dry.
  5. When the card is dry, pull of the Painter’s tape carefully, and your card will proudly display their art work with their initial on it.

Voila! You have hand made thank you cards.

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