Eco-friendly Snail Mail

Celebrate every occasion and send well wishes to your loved ones with custom greeting cards. This fun and simple at-home activity utilizes creativity, saves money, and is a great way to reuse paper scraps and other leftover materials around your home.

Recommended Materials:

  • Scissors
  • Newspaper
  • Cardstock
  • Magazines
  • Stickers
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Markers
  • Stencils
  • Ruler
  • Pencils
  • Ink Stamps
  • Envelopes
  • Ribbon


  1. Find your base – Determine what color or print you’d like the base of your card to be. We recommend using a sturdier cardstock for the overall card structure.
  2. Find your shape – Once you’ve found the base of your card, you can start to get creative with the folds. Some recommended folds include a simple vertical or horizontal fold, an accordion fold, or even a heart cut out.
  3. Time to design!
    • Recycle newspaper or magazine clippings to add a unique look.
    • Draw a special design and write a customized greeting on the front of your card.
    • Cut out shapes and reuse old paper scraps or wrapping paper to add dimension.
    • Get as creative and artsy as you desire!
  4. Add a message – Often when buying a card at the store, one card just doesn’t quite do the trick. By making your own card, you can write a personal message specifically for the person who will be receiving it.
  5. Add the finishing touches – Sometimes rounding the edges of your card or adding a ribbon or sticker to close it can help your creation look polished before sending.

Quick Tips!

  • Stay organized with a card box. Use an old shipping box and decorate It with the leftovers from your card making.
  • Get creative with your paper sources – newspaper, magazines, wrapping paper, and old photos will give a unique look to your cards.
  • Add dimension with foam dots and tape squares.
  • Keep your ink stamps clean. Rinse or spray stamps with cold water and pat dry on a towel after each use.
  • Frayed Ribbons – Add clear nail polish, or carefully burn the edges to prevent further frays.
  • Refrain from using harsh pencil erasers, as they tend to smudge the cardstock. Using a white polymer eraser will be easier on your paper and keep your design clean.