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DIY: A Spring Themed Accordion Card

Hello everyone!  Shelly here with fun card project for you!

One of my goals this year was to do more letter writing so I came up with this Spring Themed Greeting Card that I’ll be sending out to some special friends, just in time to welcome Spring!

The fun part of this greeting card is that it is not your typical single card in an envelope.  Instead, I opted to create an accordion fold card with five sections.

Here’s what you’ll need to create a card like this for yourself:

  • Five Envelopes—any size and color square envelope will work, but you’ll need to use an odd number so card folds correctly
  • Four pieces of white shimmer cardstock sized to fit inside your envelopes.  I used shimmer paper to give my inserts some punch.
  • May Arts Ribbons:  DH10, XE97, EN22, KB17
  • Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro Adhesive
  • Embellishments of your choice

Step 1:  Using your adhesive tape, adhere the envelopes together by placing adhesive on the inside of the flap of one envelope and adhere it to the front of the next envelope.  Continue until all of your envelopes are connected.

Step 2:  Fold the pages accordion style, making the pointed flap of the first envelope the cover of your card.

Step 3:  Add a ribbon closure. Cut a piece of ribbon long enough to go around your card when the card is collapsed.  Cut a small opening the width of the ribbon on both sides of the last envelope and run the ribbon through. 

Step 4:  Create and embellish your card inserts any way you choose.  Since my card has a spring theme my inserts all reflect that…

Insert # 1—A handwritten personal note

Insert # 2—A packet of flower seeds

Insert # 3—A favorite Spring recipe

Insert # 4—A handmade gift tag as a little treat

Insert # 5—A second packet of flower seeds

Now, just put your inserts into the envelope, fold it all together and tie your card up!

So, what are you waiting for?  Spring is the perfect season to surprise someone you love with a handmade card!

Blog post by: Shelly Dozier-Mckee

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  1. Jeanne Nielsen

    Love this beautiful card and idea!  I wish I had looked last week before my garden club plant sale — it would have been a great time to make some of these cards!  Love them!

  2. Kristie Maynard

    Lovely project!  wouldn't it be fun to receive something like this?

  3. Kathy P

    The WOW factor here is so high!  What a fun and thoughtful little gift along with a message!  Gonna get me some cute colored envelopes, some seed packs,  and try this one out!  Thanks for a cool idea!

  4. Flo

    Very cute idea. A lovely card+ anyone would be delighted to get.

  5. Dorina D

    What a great idea. I need to make thank you cards for several visiting nurses who took care of a relative and this is the perfect one as they can't accept gifts but flower seeds from my garden would work. Love this idea. Thank you so much.

  6. Kimberlly Jones

    Such a pretty idea! Love those pink envelopes!


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