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DIY Thank You Notes

Jan 08, 2013

January is National Thank You Month! Yep, probably because we spent December getting treats and presents and attending parties and dinners, we need an entire month to thank everyone for their generosity and hospitality.

And now that you have all the wonderful toys and gadgets and holiday wishes that you asked for it’s time to send out your thanks to the people who gave them to you. OK, maybe you didn’t get everything you wanted, but people still put in an effort and got you something. If you put in a little effort and thank them, your manners are bound to impress and might insure a good gift next year!

Here are three easy, quick DIY ideas to show your thanks!

Your Art Thank You Notes:

There’s something about the effort put into a little note that makes it heartfelt. If it’s a homemade note, the better. Even if you don’t consider yourself a great artist think about putting a note together.


  • Your original artwork: whether it’s a masterpiece or a squiggle of a line.
  • Cardboard or Cardstock
  • Envelope
  • Glue stick
  • Marker


  1. Take your artwork, whether a pencil drawing or watercolor or collage. If the art is a large piece, trim down to notecard sized pieces.
  2. Mount the artwork on 3 inches by 5 inches folded cards with the glue stick. You can also do postcard style where you write on the back of the note.
  3. On a smaller strip of paper, write out, “Thanks!” or “Thank You!”
  4. Glue your little note to the front of the card over your artwork.
  5. Let dry completely.
  6. Write your thank you note on the inside or back of the note. Sign it, seal it and deliver!

Your Art Says Thank You for YouYour Art Says Thank You for YouCourtesy of doityourselfdivas.blogspot.com

Lego Print Artwork:

Whether inspiration for the thank you note above or simply a card on it’s own, Lego Printing created some unique artwork that is insanely easy to do.


  • Legos: large or small
  • Paint
  • Newspaper
  • Glue stick
  • Cardboard or Cardstock
  • Envelopes


  1. Take your Legos and dip the circular ends into paint.
  2. Stamp the circular shapes onto your card or a separate piece of paper. 
  3. If you used a separate piece of paper, let the paint dry and cut out shapes of your printing. Then glue them to your card.
  4. If you printed directly to your card, let the paint dry completely.
  5. Write your thank you note on the card.
  6. Deliver your thanks!

Lego Print is an Easy Unique Way to Decorate Thank You Notes!Lego Print is an Easy Unique Way to Decorate Thank You Notes!Courtesy of theimaginationtree.com

Thank You Bookmarks:

A little place marker for someone’s book is a helpful gift and with your thank you note and artwork, can be a lovely reminder of your gratitude.


  • Cardstock
  • Ribbon
  • Hole Punch
  • Markers, Crayons or Paint
  • Stickers


  1. Cut a stripe of cardstock or construction paper to a length no longer than 6 inches.
  2. Punch a hole in one end of the bookmark.
  3. Decorate the bookmark with colors, paints, stickers, glitter for the person you’re sending it to. Think about what they like. See above for Lego printing!
  4. Write a little thank you note on the back of the bookmark.
  5. Tie a ribbon through the hole at the top of the bookmark.
  6. Send it along to the lucky recipient!

Thank You Bookmarks Will Remind Them of Your GratitudeThank You Bookmarks Will Remind Them of Your GratitudeCourtesy of intimateweddings.com

Your Thank You Note should always mention the gift you received and what you’ve done with it. If you didn’t enjoy the gift then maybe shy away from that and just thank them for their effort and generosity. Thank you notes don’t have to be long; a little thank you goes a long way.

Have Your Say!

Do like to recieve a thank you note, or does it seem overkill? Share your opinions in the comment’s section below!



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Do You Send Out Thank You Notes?

  • My Mom makes me do it, but I hate it!
  • I send out a few, for the big gifts I get.
  • I send Thank You Notes for everything! I love sending notes!
  • I'll email people thank you.

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"Mermaid_Author14" wrote: @AnnaOfExquizurd  Your post really was helpful!   I didn't do exactly what you suggested, but I did end up bursting with brain popcorn! (Which, sadly, I can't eat...) I somehow thought of horses/unicorns/pegasi, Max and Harvey, a mermaid, and something else I don't remember...   But thank you for the advice! Alrighty XD You're welcome :P (Yeah, it  is  too bad you can't eat it.)
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@AnnaOfExquizurd  Your post really was helpful! I didn't do exactly what you suggested, but I did end up bursting with brain popcorn! (Which, sadly, I can't eat...) I somehow thought of horses/unicorns/pegasi, Max and Harvey, a mermaid, and something else I don't remember... But thank you for the advice!
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since i was young since i was small, stupid, clueless. in a daze in a faze that the world was a beautiful kind place. convinced life was a big and precious thing. i was sought after by pigs. no not the animals. although the male species can act like animals. they can be ferocious, sex###########d cold-hearted. They can go after you as if you were prey. hunt you down. and kill you. but instead of taking your life. it's your innocence. your right to feel important in life. they make the word "beautiful", sound so fake the way it slides off their lips and into my mouth convincing me it must be ok if i let my guard down i don't enjoy being talked to because you like the way i look i like the way that butterfly looks but i'm not going to catch it and rip it's wings off. you like my face you like my body but you don't like ME enough to stay and treat me like i'm worth something. exscuse me. while i walk away from your filthy hands. but don't touch me. one more crack in my porceline skin. and i'm done. go break someone elses body.  
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"AnnaOfExquizurd" wrote:   Now a question for the Flower Crown Crew: What's your opinion on the human population? Humans are nice! Except probably Donald Trump. He gives me the willies. (shudder) What are humans? Closest I've heard of are Hylians. And they can be pretty cool.
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When I try to come up with ideas, I tend to take a cliche and change elements about it so that it takes on a sort of originality. So, for example, let's say we're taking the cliche of a band of friends (or strangers) hunting a dragon. Instead of their motive being that the dragon is, say, eating innocent villagers or holding a princess captive, that it's a more personal issue. Maybe the dragon is a smaller type with a more mischievous demeanor, and is stealing the characters' valuables as a prank, and the characters want their things back. They might be innocent villagers themselves, unskilled with any sort of tracking or fighting techniques, and hire a sort of mercenary to help them out. But if you wanted a plotless sort of thing with a lot of flexibility, you could have the characters be a band of mercenaries who get hired by people to do various jobs. And if you can find more things to swap out in any idea you come up with, you'll eventually find yourself being in a sort of popcorn machine of ideas. Hopefully, this post has been helpful.
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