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How to Make Greeting Cards to Sell at Craft Shows and Fairs

L.M. Reid is an Irish writer who has published many articles. She has a keen interest in creating crafts.

How to make greeting cards to sell to make money as a small business

How to make greeting cards to sell to make money as a small business

How to Run a Successful Cards Business

I show you how to create some interesting greeting cards that you can sell at Craft Shows and online. This could turn into a profitable home business. So if you want to know how to make your own greeting cards that sell well have a look how I do it. They make great displays on your stall at any show or fair so will encourage customers to look at your other crafts too.

Your main outlay will be the blank cards and envelopes. I use these ones because they are very cheap but of great quality. To have a successful home business it is important to make your crafts as cheaply as possible without compromising on quality.

There are step by step instructions with videos and photos so you can follow the process and make many different card designs cheaply and quickly.

Necessary Materials

  • Blank cards and envelopes
  • Glue
  • Paper
  • Scissors

Optional Materials

  • Ribbons
  • Buttons and beads
  • Dried flowers and fabric flowers
  • Wool
  • Anything else that works
Lots of beads for Craft Projects

Lots of beads for Craft Projects


  1. Make a large clear space on a table and add a covering of newspaper or similar.
  2. Take out one blank card
  3. Decide which colour theme you want to create
  4. Pick your paper for size, texture and colour
  5. Cut the paper to fit and glue to the card
  6. Experiment with the ribbons by placing them in different areas on the card
  7. Do not cut them at this stage.
  8. Once you can see a nice pattern cut the first piece of ribbon.
  9. Always cut slightly larger than needed.
  10. Some ribbons have a tendency to fray at the edges when you glue them.
  11. So you will need this extra length.
  12. Do not glue the ribbon at this stage.
  13. Add whatever other pieces you think will complete the design of the card.
  14. Experiment with dried leaves or flowers, buttons, bits of material or paper.
  15. Rearrange all the pieces on the card until you are happy with the look.
  16. Now you can take the plunge and glue on the ribbons and material
  17. Clean the edges of any surplus glue and press down hard for a few seconds to secure firmly.
  18. Give the pieces time to dry. It depends on which type and quality of glue you are using.
  19. Attach your buttons, flowers or other parts to finish off the look of the card.
  20. At this stage you can also attach the greeting if required.
  21. It depends on your design if these are necessary.
  22. Once the card is completely dry add a heavy weight on top of it. With the extra stuff glued onto the cards they get out of shape.
  23. I use heavy hard back books which do the job perfectly.
  24. Leave for at least twenty four hours and your newly created greeting cards will be perfect.
How to make handmade cards at home to sell online

How to make handmade cards at home to sell online

Greeting Inside the Card

At this stage you can leave the inside blank. Or you can use the internet to find birthday greetings that you can print out and stick inside. There are many copyright free birthday greetings you can use. I arrange them on a word document and print them out on stickers twelve to a page.

That way it is so much easier to add to the card. I like to write a nice positive affirmation in the cards. I find that people who are looking to buy a hand made birthday card also prefer to have an inspiring message inside. You can look these up on the internet and use them copyright free. Just type in ‘free inspiring birthday greetings’ to your search engine.

How to make your own cards for a home business

How to make your own cards for a home business

Sample Birthday Greetings

  • Count your life by smiles, not tears.
  • Count your age by friends, not years
  • May all the wishes and dreams you dream today turn to reality
  • Birthdays are filled with yesterday's memories, today's joys, and tomorrow's dreams
  • Have a wonderful birthday, you'll always be forever young
  • Hope your birthday blossoms into lots of dreams come true
  • May your birthday be filled with sunshine and smiles, laughter, love, and cheer
  • Wishing you everything that brings you happiness today and always.
How to make homemade greeting cards

How to make homemade greeting cards

Sell at Craft Shows

Creating Birthday, Christmas and other greeting cards is an interesting craft. It is also a very good addition to your crafts small business. With an old shoe box suitably decorated you can create awesome Craft Show Displays.

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A small pin board with some of the greeting cards stuck on it will show off your cards at their best. You can hang the board on a wall if you have one behind you or prop it up on the table or stall.

Good Craft Show Displays

Take care to put some thought and organisation into it. Customers will walk away if your table is too cluttered or worse too sparse. if you do not have enough items to sell think about sharing the table with someone else who makes other crafts. That way your table will have a great craft display and you can share the rent too. Then you can draw the customer in and sell other craft items as well as the Greeting Cards.

The step by step instructions with photos above show you in detail how to start making your greeting cards. Once you get the hang of making cards and see how easy it is you can build up an impressive collection to sell at craft shows. You will be able to earn a part time income from making these and other crafts at home.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


L M Reid (author) from Ireland on January 10, 2015:

If you have most of the materials vocalcoach it would be worth while for you to give it a got - Make your own Greeting Cards and see if they sell. I am sure they will because my ones do very well at the craft shows. Thank you so much for taking an interest in this article and all the pins, and other shares.

Thank you rls8994 for taking the time to leave such a kind comment - I am glad you enjoyed the article

rls8994 from Mississippi on December 08, 2014:

This is such a great idea. Your cards are beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing this valuable information! :)

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on December 06, 2014:

I would love to try my hand at making my own greeting cards. I have a collection of buttons, ribbon, flowers and a few other things that will do well for this project.

Thanks for sharing and voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and pinning to my crafts board and more.

L M Reid (author) from Ireland on October 31, 2014:

I enjoy making the cards and make money too, what could be better.

Thank you ItayaLightbourne for taking the time to leave a comment

Itaya Lightbourne from Topeka, KS on August 27, 2014:

Very inspirational article! The possibilities are truly endless for creating one's own greeting cards.

L M Reid (author) from Ireland on March 27, 2014:

Thank you Monis Mas, I do enjoy making the cards too and with selling them and making money it is a win win situation

Agnes on May 25, 2013:

You really inspired me here! These cards are so beautiful, I am going to start making my own!

L M Reid (author) from Ireland on December 23, 2012:

Thank you Peggy for your comments votes and shares they are much appreciated. The cards sell very well at the fairs and I do really enjoy making them too

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 18, 2012:

Your cards are beautiful and whether making them for craft shows or just for personal use, this is a very useful and informative hub. Voted up, useful, interesting and will share.

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