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For my 21st birthday, hubby (who was my boyfriend back then) made me a birthday card out of metal. He cut two sheets of metal into card-sized rectangles, added hinges, and then used his welder to write a note to me on the card. He then spray painted it with glossy black paint. 19 years later, I still have that card and cherish it. It was such a cool card that will last a lifetime. We were starving college students at that time and instead of spending money on a card, he made me one and I can honestly say it is the best card I have ever received.
That card gave me the idea to do the same thing, but out of wood instead of metal. So, for Father’s Day, I decided to make hubby, and his and my dads, DIY wood greeting cards that they hopefully will cherish for the rest of their lives. 🙂 So off to Home Depot I went! Here are the supplies needed to make the card:
DIY Wood Greeting Card Materials:
|1 sheet||2′ x 2′ 1/4″ plywood or craft wood|
Tools and Supplies:
|Circular Saw||Small hinges (2 hinges needed per card)||Woodburning tool||Woodburning Letter Stamps|
|Liquitex Gel Medium||Foam Brush||Wood Stain (recommend using a light-colored stain)||Glossy acrylic spray can|
DIY Wood Greeting Card Instructions:
First, using a circular saw or table saw, for each card you plan on creating, cut out two rectangle pieces of wood measuring 6″ x 8″ from the 2′ x 2′ piece of 1/4″ plywood.
Next, print the pictures and the wording you would like on the card in mirror image (you can reverse the image in Microsoft Word if you don’t have image editing software) on a color laser printer (don’t use an inkjet).
Plan the locations for the wording and pictures you printed.
Using a foam brush, brush an even layer of Liquitex Medium on the section of the board under the location of the picture or wording, then place the picture or text face down on the Liquitex medium.
Use a plastic card to smooth the printed paper on the Liquitex medium and to make sure all bubbles are removed.
After all the photos and wording have been applied and are drying, add the woodburned lettering to spell “Happy Fathers Day” on the front of the card. I used a set of alphabet tips for my woodburning tool to create the wording.
Then burn each letter into the board.
Let the boards dry overnight. Once completely dry, use a fairly wet hand towel and place it over the board for several minutes. Once you can see the photo or words through the paper, the you can remove the wet hand towel.
Using your pointer finger, begin gently rubbing at the paper to remove it. The picture or wording should be adhered to the wood, but only rub gently as the print will start to come off the wood.
Repeat this process for all wording and photos on the card. Once complete, boards should look similar to this:
Once I had all images and wording on both boards, I stained the wood, staining around the pictures so they didn’t get discolored. I made three different cards and used three different stains on each one. The lighter stains worked much better, so I would recommend using a lighter stain color. I used gray stain on one card, oak stain on the second card, and ash stain on the third (the darkest stain).
Using a black Sharpie, I had my daughter sign the card for her dad, and then she and I signed all our names on the cards for my dad and my father-in-law.
Once the cards were signed, I sprayed the front and back of each card with three coats of Krylon Gloss Acrylic spray, letting the boards dry between each coat.
Once the boards had completely dried, I attached two small metal hinges that I purchased at Ace Hardware with hot glue to connect the front and back board of each card. (**Note: Hot glue didn’t hold very well, would recommend super glue instead).
You can purchase a package of 10 hinges on Amazon for a little over $5 and free shipping (if you are a Prime member), which is a great deal if you plan on making multiple cards!
And here are some pics of all three completed cards:
These not only would make a great Father’s Day gift, they an also be created for any occasion as a personalized and memorable card that your loved one will cherish (and they look great displayed on a shelf!) 🙂