How to make inexpensive, customized thank you cards (plus a free printable)

This summer, we took Emma to visit Kevin's aunt and uncle who live in Northern California. When we took her to the beach, the water was a little bit too cold for her. . . but she LOVED playing in the sand! I mean, loved it. I've never seen her so intrigued by anything before.

When we got back, Kevin's aunt and grandmother decided that Emma needed a sandbox in her own backyard as an early birthday present, and a few days later, we received an adorable turtle sandbox in the mail.

(In other news, they still make turtle sandboxes! I had one of these when I was little, and am quite pleased that now my own little girl gets to play in one.)

Well, the novelty of the sand has not worn off, and we've spent a lot of time this summer out in that sand turtle. But why am I sharing this story with you? Well, when someone gives you a special gift, you want to send them a special thank you card. Something that will really let them know that you appreciate them. So I decided to make my own thank you cards out of (what else?) a photo of Emma playing in her sandbox. And now I'm going to share how I did it with you, just in case you're looking for an adorable (and inexpensive!) way to tell someone, "Thanks!"

Here's what you do:

Step 1: Print out this cute thank you sign (or make your own, have your kids make their own, etc.) 
Step 2: Take a cute picture of yourself (or, in this case, my daughter) with the gift and the thank you sign. Here's the picture I used for the sand box thank you. I love the look of intense concentration on Emma's face. She takes her play very seriously! 
Step 3: Get the pictures from your camera onto your computer. For me, this means importing them into iPhoto.

Step 4: Copy the picture into a word document and hit enter a bunch of times so that the picture is at the bottom of the page. Think about where you want the fold in the card to be. Leave a bunch of space on the other side of that imaginary fold. ;) Here's what my word document looked like: 
Step 5: If you want the card to fit into a certain sized envelope, right click on the picture to change the size.
Step 6: Print, fold your paper in half, and use a paper cutter to trim the sides. I decided to leave a strip of white on each side of the picture in order to make a little border. 
And that's it! You're DONE!



  1. Great idea!! I'm always looking for cute ways to say thank you from the kids!

    1. Thanks! I though it was a great way to involve really little ones instead of just always writing thank you cards "for" them.

  2. Such a cute simple way to say thank you! No muss or fuss! I can remember making cards this way back in middle school... sometimes the simplest way is the best! Thanks for linking up at the Welcome Home Wednesday Link Party! Can't wait to see what you link up next week!

  3. What a cute idea! And, pretty simple too! I think it is important to encourage the "thank you" card from an early point in a child's life. Thanks for the idea!

    1. I'm glad you like it, and I agree: it's wonderful to be able to start teaching things like thankfulness at an early age. :)


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