Call me old-fashioned but I'm not much of a fan of e-cards. To me its just not personal enough for family. Not to mention, why pass up an opportunity to craft something? A couple years ago, while the HUBS and I were still dating, I had just moved away from my hometown and was really missing family so I handmade some Diwali cards. They turned out so well that these are essentially round two!
HANDMADE DIY DIWALI CARD TUTORIAL
- different colored tissue paper
- scissors/xacto knife
- mod podge or glue
- Once you have determined the desired size of your card (when unfolded), cut your card stock. My cards are 2.5" x 4" folded (so 5" x 8" unfolded).
- Designate an inside and outside of the card. On the inside, draw the fold line (at the half way point).
- On the lower inside half, draw your Diwali design (Ganesha, Lotus, Candle, Diya, etc.)
- Cut out that design with your scissors or xacto knife.
- Now for the fun part, using whatever colors inspire you, tear/cut some tissue paper and start paper mache'ing it to the inside of the card. You can use glue or mod podge to do this.
- Finally, glue the top of the card to the inside. Let dry.
- Once dry you can write Happy Diwali on the outside or back along with a note if you like!
These are the initial cards I made:
- cardstock (color of choice)
- xacto knife
- fabric swatches, scraps, or fabric fat quarters
- hole puncher
- Find some simple icons like elephants, divas, and/or candles online that would be easy to cut out.
- In powerpoint, create two rows of 5 boxes each. All the boxes should be the same size and aligned with the box below it (see example below).
- Within the bottom row of boxes, place the icon or icons of choice. Leave the top row empty: this will become the back of your tent cards.
- Write your greeting underneath.
- Print these cards on cardstock.
- Using the xacto knife, cut out your icon shapes.
- Cut a swatch of fabric to the same size as your card and put it in-between your tent card.
- Punch a hole in the top center and tie some ribbon through.
Since Diwali is such a colorful vibrant celebration, I liked using festive bright color combos like teal + orange I also think this tutorial would be great for kids. You could have kids color/finger paint on the inside of the card!