A Friendly “Hello” With Homemade Cards

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Homemade Cards

CardsHomemade cards are a great way to express a personal touch and show your creativity. A personal homemade card will provide a “smile” and “friendly” gesture to friends, family, and neighbors. Birthdays, holidays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, thank-you’s, but what about “Hello”? With these uncertain times, a “hello” card will bring a bright, happy, smile to someone’s day.

A card can really come to the rescue. Taking the time to sign, seal, and send a card communicates that you’ve been thinking about your recipient and truly care. The fact that a card is a little out of the ordinary day-to-day flow is a nice bonus. It will grab your recipient’s attention in a friendly way.

During this time of COVID-19 and stay-at-home social distancing, homemade cards are an excellent way to connect with everyone. Residents of our assisted living facilities are impacted when family and friends are unable to visit and to check in on their loved one. A great way to provide “sunshine” and a friendly “hello” to the residents is by sending a homemade card. What a great Community Service Project!

Listed below are the addresses where homemade cards can be mailed.

Trinity Grove (nursing home)
631 Junction Creek Drive
Wilmington, NC 28412
Residents: 100

Morningside of Wilmington (assisted living facility)
2744 S. 17th Street
Wilmington, NC 28412
Residents: 100Multiple cards

Samples/Guides to Writing Your Homemade Card

Hi/Hello
It could be that you simply want to say hi and give your friend or loved one a nice little surprise in the mail. That’s great!

  • “Hi, hello, hey there, howdy!”
  • “Just a friendly little hello from me to you.”
  • “Hi there! Just felt like sharing a smile with you today.”

Sample Messages

  • With warm thoughts of you—may your day be filled with joy and anything that brings you joy. Hope you have a wonderful day! This little greeting is being sent your way with warmest wishes to brighten your day.
  • With warm thoughts of you—may your day be filled with joy. Hope you have a wonderful day! This little greeting is being sent your way with warmest wishes to brighten your day.

Warm Closings
A warm closing is a great way to finish even a very casual message. Choose one of ours, or create your own.

  • Sincerely,
  • Warmly,
  • Best,
  • Smiles,
  • Hugs,

Materials (depending on your design)

  • Paper (construction, card stock, decorative)
  • Scissors (regular or pinking shears)
  • Adhesive (glue dots, roller adhesive, glue (pins or squeeze)
  • Ribbons, embellishments, stickers
  • Paint (craft or watercolor)
  • Crayons or color pencils
  • Tape (scotch)
  • Rubber stamps and ink

Crayons
Check out the following for Tips & Tricks to making your homemade cards

Fiskars (Teresa Collins and Lisa Storm)

The Spruce Crafts by Rita Shehan

Free printable letters & Numbers for Cardmaking & Scrapbooking by Kate Pullen

For more information on Homemade Greeting Cards and where to send, contact J. Scott Enroughty, 4-H Agent at jsenroug@ncsu.edu.