Call us old fashioned, but there’s something about letter writing and sending notes, thank you cards, and invites by “snail mail” that we’ve just never gotten over!
We love choosing the paper and writing our messages nice and neatly, we love receiving things from friends and family through the slot in our front door, and we even love walking to the mailbox on the corner and dropping things we’ve put some care into it knowing it’ll reach our loved ones soon.
Because we’re always trying to keep our favourite things interesting and exciting, however, we’ve been thinking about putting a fun new twist on our card and letter writing lately. That’s why we’ve started making our own stationery! We’ve had so much fun with the first few things we tried that now we’re always keeping our eyes open for new kinds of homemade cards, writing paper, and envelopes that we’ve never tried making our own version of before.
Coolest DIY Stationery Ideas
Are you feeling just as enamoured as we have been, if not more, but the idea of making your very own DIY stationery? Check out these 15 lovely, ideas, designs, and tutorials that we’ve come across so far in our search for inspiration and guidance!
1. DIY paint splatter notecards
You’re obviously a detailed person who invests a lot of time and care in things if you’re the kind of friend who still writes and mails cards and letters, but do you also still like things that are, at least visually, a little more scattered and abstract? Then we tink you’ll really enjoy trying your hand at these wonderfully colourful paint splatter notecards outlined nice and clearly on Elizabeth Anne Designs!
2. Pretty washi tape letters notecards
Washi tape crafts have been incredibly trendy lately and honestly, after trying a few involving all different kinds of techniques and finished products, we can totally see why! That’s probably why we loved this adorable washi tape lettering greeting card concept so much. Take a better look at this awesome tutorial from omiyage to see how it’s done in just a few simple steps.
3. DIY personalized monogram stationery
Are you in the mood for making something a little more classic and perhaps old fashioned looking? Maybe you’ve just always been a really big fan of personalization in just about any craft you do. In either case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Jenny Steffens customized their stationery with a simple, lovely looking monogram so their loved one know who the envelope is from right away!
4. Hammered leaf imprint cards
In addition to being a crafting enthusiast are you also a total plant lover with a green thumb who likes to involve the greenery you feel so inspired by in just about every aspect of your life that you can? Then we’re absolutely convinced that you just might be the perfect person to give this wonderfully delicate looking and springlike hammered leaf imprint stationery from Tri Devicia try!
5. Fabric scrap notecards
Besides being someone’s awesome penpal, are you also a total sewing enthusiast with a big stash of scrap fabric that you’re always trying to find creative ways to make use of? Then we’re pretty sure this next concept from A Beautiful Mess is about top be just the kind of thing you’re looking for! Visit their page to see how these fun little fabric scrap notecards were made.
6. Handmade vintage paper stationery set
Did we actually catch your attention quite well when we started talking about the idea of making a type of notecard or stationery that’s a little more classic but you’re just not sure that the monogram cards had quite enough vintage flare for you? Then maybe you’d prefer to create something themed and upcycled, like this DIY stationery set from Love Paper Crafts that’s actually made from the pages of damaged vintage books that might otherwise have been thrown out.
7. DIY hand watercoloured stationery
We’ve already talked about how we’re all avid crafters here, but is your medium of choice actually usually painting? Then why not pull your best skill to good use here as well? We love the way Oh So Beautiful Paper outlines different suggestions, tips, and tricks for turning your stationary into a personalized work of art for the person you’re writing to, rather than just a greeting!
8. Simple custom stationery made in Microsoft Word
When you said that you’d like to make your very own stationery, did you actually mean that you think you’d enjoy designing some cut graphics and sayings or personalizations you hadn’t seen before, rather than making the individual cards by hand or painting the art yourself? Then we have a feeling this guide from Average But Inspired for designing your own stationary in Microsoft Word, which is very user-friendly even for beginners, might be right up your alley.
9. Pretty Valentine’s Stationery
Okay, we know that it’s not really the season for Valentines right now, but these heart themed examples of DIY stationery were just too sweet for us to scroll by without including them! Besides, Valentine’s Day isn’t really the only time of year that you can send cute heart themed things to your loved ones! We were particularly fond of the hand stitched heart on the left, but you can find all of these other ideas alongside that one on Brit + Co..
10. DIY foil cards
If you’ve never worked with stencil foiling before then we’re very sorry to tell you that you’ve been missing out on something extremely fun indeed! We actually only tried it for the first time recently ourselves and now we’re hooked on the idea, so our friends can expect lots of this kind of thing from us in the mail in the near future. Get the full details for trying foiled cards out for yourself on How About Orange.
11. Pretty hand embroidered notecards
Did we really catch your attention when we started talking about hand stitched DIY greeting cards but hearts weren’t really the direction you were planning on going in because you’re too excited for spring’s arrival to celebrate anything else? Then we think you might have a little more fun creating something like this cheerful floral hand embroidered stationery outlined with simple patterns and tips on Flax and Twine!
12. DIY map stationery
Have your favourite kinds of projects actually always been paper based folding, cutting, and pasting crafts, even now that you’re an adult? Well, if you also have a friend who loves to travel and certainly has wanderlust, then we’re pretty sure this DIY guide for making stationery from old printed maps might be the best kind of mail you could possibly make for them and send! Get the full instructions for trying it out yourself on Design Sponge.
13. DIY duct tape envelopes
Has your favourite idea so far been the one involving washi tape but now you can’t help wondering whether there aren’t other kinds of tape base projects you can make within the stationary world as well? Then we’re pretty sure you’re going to love this next suggestion from Brit + Co. too! They show you step by step how to make cute and colourful duct tape envelopes that will definitely keep your letters safe until they get where they’re going.
14. Pretty tropical DIY stationery folders
Whether you decide to use this next technique on paper folders like Maritza Lisa decided to do here or whether you actually want to use it on your envelopes and letter writing supplies, we’re convinced that it’ll still come out as some of the best customized paper products you’ve ever made! This one’s for those who love greenery and painting and are having trouble deciding between some of the other projects we’ve already shown you.
15. Cute cherry and apple stationery set
Are you still thinking about the cute and cheerful idea of making your own stationery in a way that’s clearly spring inspired but you’re not one for embroidery and just aren’t sure that’s a technique you want to tackle trying out right now? Then perhaps you’d have better luck with these adorable sketch style cherry and apple themed DIY stationery sets instead! Get the full details for making your own versions courtesy of Misscaly.
Have you made other kinds of lovely DIY stationery before that were a huge hit with friends and family but that you don’t see here on our list?
Tell us all about what you created and how you did it or link us to photos of your finished work in the comments section!