DIY Stationery Ideas

Quick and easy homemade stationery ideas! Perfect for holiday Thank You notes.

Happy Christmas Eve from Ciburbanity! Who’s in DISBELIEF that tomorrow is the big day?! *Raises hand with cookie dough stuck in her hair.* By now I can finally exhale with the presents wrapped, the meals planned, the packages shipped, the house cleaned (sort of), and it’s time just to enjoy the magic of Santa and giving and family. My kids are young, under 5 1/2, so being grateful doesn’t come as easily as I’d like. But one of the things I’m pretty insistent about is writing thank-you notes. And by “writing” I mean I’ll transcribe what they say and they’ll scribble their first initial. In anticipation of all the thank you notes that will be coming from our house over the next couple of weeks, I wanted to share these quick and easy homemade stationery ideas!

final stationaryStart by finding some blank cards… we have a Paper Source near us and they carry blank cards and matching envelopes. Most craft stores carry something similar or you could always use watercolor paper or card stock cut to size.

blank stationary

For the first style, I tried my hand at embossing. YOU GUYS. Embossing is the quintessential crafter’s DREAM! It’s cheap. It’s easy! And it looks so profesh! You’ll need 3 things: an embossing stamp pad (it’s like stamp glue), embossing powder, and a heat gun. They make heat guns* specifically for embossing that are under $20. Or you can go big; I have this one* from HomeRight that I used. Probably a little overkill for stationery, but worked like a charm! (*Both are affiliate links.)

embossing supplies

I used a pencil eraser to add confetti dots by stamping the embossing glue. Then I poured a fair amount of the embossing powder on top to make sure the stamp was covered. Do this on a piece of larger paper so you can easily collect the excess and then just fold the paper to pour it back into the powder container.

pencil eraser stamp

embossing powder

Take your heat gun (temperature set at roughly 600 degrees) and hold it a few inches over the powder and heat until you can see it ‘melt’… it’s pretty obvious.

heat gun embossing

confetti dot embossed final

For the next design, I made a stamp by using a piece of small scrap wood and wrapped it with thick baker’s twine (I wrapped it with jute at first but it was too textured to make a clean stamp).

scrap wood stamp

I squirted some craft paint onto a shallow dish and gently pressed the stamp into the paint making sure not to saturate the twine too much. How simple and pretty is that?

craft paint dish

stamp after

Washi tape is pretty much the solution to every craft dilemma, so I had to bring that in somehow.  I just used three strips of my favorite color and trimmed the edges. Total time spent? 3 minutes? I challenge you to come up with something simpler!

washi tape stored

washi tape stationary

washi tape final

Lastly, I experimented with a watercolor wash. For something as potentially easy as this, it took a few wasted cards to figure out what looked right. This paper isn’t particularly sturdy so there’s not as much time to play around with the paint as there would be with legit watercolor paper. Ultimately I liked the simplicity of a simple stripe up one edge. (If you don’t have watercolors kicking around, diluted acrylic paint should work just as well!)

watercolor wash stationary

There you have it! 4 DIY stationery ideas for all your Thank You note needs! Something about making my own cards makes it just a little bit easier to sit down and write! I am so grateful to be a part of this wonderful Classy Clutter family and wish I could write a thank you note to each of you for being such encouraging and thoughtful readers! I can’t wait for 2015 and all the fun and creativity it is sure to bring! Xs and Os from Ciburbanity!

final stationary

DIY stationary detail

Follow me on social media to get updates, sneak peeks and general rabble rousery: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter! Other simple crafts you might like?

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  • Reply
    Gracey Jane
    January 7, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Cute, but please, the first thing that hit me in the face is that it should be stationery with an e as in envelope. Stationary with an a like in car or train means not moving.

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    February 2, 2015 at 11:30 am

    It’s spelled ‘stationery’ – with an E.
    How can you be in the stationery business and not know how to spell?

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      Mallory & Savannah
      February 2, 2015 at 12:19 pm

      Hi Patricia! Thanks for your comment. Actually, we are not in the stationery business. This was just a craft that our friend did to learn how to make your own cards and stationery. A simple spelling mistake is all. Please keep all comments of a positive nature on our site. Thanks so much!

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    Charlotte @ Ciburbanity
    February 2, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Thanks, guys! Thank goodness I didn’t mention any sneak ‘peaks’… that’s another typo I’m good for. 😉 xo

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    Embossed Monogrammed Hand Towel
    February 5, 2015 at 6:55 am

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    March 10, 2015 at 6:55 am

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    Cindy Hoffman
    February 5, 2016 at 7:29 am

    hi there Mallory and Sav. I realize that this is somehow an old post but I really love the stationery ideas that you have shared here. These ideas are golden and I should try out one of this one of this super weekends. Thanks a lot for sharing this with us.


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