Broke-Ass Tag: Thank-You Cards


Weddings are one of the last grazing grounds where the nearly extinct thank you card can be seen. These rare beasts are comprised of mostly paper, ink and the occasional adhesive to hold it all together. Many find the art of creating these near mythical beasts difficult, but I’m here to lead you through this wilderness.

Thank you cards generally have six parts.

A greeting, the actual thank you, details, a personal touch, another thank you and closing.

Assorted Thank You Card from Amazon for $12


Dear Great Aunt Ethel.  

Start your card with the person(s)’ name and a salutation. Make sure you have their name spelled correctly.

Thank You For

Thank you for the lovely blue KitchenAid Mixer.

Thank you for the (insert descriptive adjective) gift of (insert gifts). Try to be as descriptive as possible to show that you actually appreciate the gift, even if you have every intention of returning the gift. If the gift was cash, avoid saying “thanks for the cash” but instead try something like, “thank you for your generous gift.”


We are looking forward to mixing batches of cookies much quicker and easier.

Explain what you plan to use the gift for. If it’s an appliance, describe using it in your home. If it is a decoration, explain where you will hang/use the item. When you’ve received cash, explain what you plan on spending it on. Added details makes it sound like you are genuinely appreciative for the item.

Personal Touch

We love you and are so glad you were able to share our special day.

Let your gift giver(s) know that you care for them as more than a giver of swag. If you will see them somewhere in the near future, mention you are looking forward to it. If you haven’t seen them in a long time, mention how great it was seeing them and how happy you are they traveled miles/hours/days to see you.

Restate Thank You

Thank you again for helping make our little apartment into a home.

Take the thank you given in step 2 and rephrase it.


With love, Michael and Danielle.

You can also use sincerely if it’s a vague second cousin twice removed. Yours truly, regards, warm regards, or lots of love are also solid choices.

Printable Thank you Card from Etsy Seller FawnAndFloral for $9

Like with any rare animal, there are always special laws and rules that surround them.

Do Not

Write your cards in glitter, wild colors or a pencil. Pick a nice simple blue or black ink to write in. If you must be fancy, try a fountain pen or a calligraphy pen. Also try to get a quick drying ink to avoid smudging.

Ramble. People don’t read anymore and standard card size is usually 4×6″. Keep your card short and sweet.

Type your cards. You are trying to show appreciation, take the time to hand write this out.


Use nice stationery. They don’t have to match your wedding invitations/decor, but a box of blank cards are very inexpensive. No need to break the bank.

Send a thank you card. Late is better than never. Wedding thank you card expectation is between one and three months after the wedding. If you are sending yours super late, also include an apology for the lateness.

Hand write your cards. Your spouse and you can divide and conquer the stack of cards needed. Only one person needs to sign, but if you are both able to sign it is a nice touch.

And there you have it, the simple breakdown of the thank you card. Now go forth and let some of these magnificent beasts out into the wild.

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    Thank you cards are an essential part of the wedding process — people give you stuff, you say thanks. But man, it’s a daunting process, too. This DIY or DIE tackles the thank-yous in a whole new way — make ’em yourself! We love this idea for a MOH or bridal party who want to give their to-be-wed friend a gift that truly means something. Assemble these beauties ahead of the bridal shower and have the guests each write their addresses on the envelopes, then gift the stack of cards to your nearlywed friend. You’ve just decreased her stress and leveled up your awesomeness.

    Shopping list:

    the tools

    Kraft paper cards and envelopes

    Ink Pad in your color choice — remember the darker, the better so the stamp shows up

    Rubber Thank You stamp

    Hole Punch

    Ribbon — I used a variety pack for this including twine, ric rac and braided yarn, but any thin ribbon will do.

    Step 1:

    View of Full Card

    Cut Card in Half

    Lay out your cards and envelopes. If  you want to get more bang for your buck, cut the cards in two — keep in mind, you’ll need more envelopes if you go this route.

    Step 2:

    Stamp in InkInk up your stamp. It’s a good idea to practice on scrap paper a couple of times before diving into your thank you cards — this will give you a better idea of how much ink and pressure you’ll need for the desired effect.

    Placement of StampI chose the far right bottom corner as placement for my stamp.  Of course this is your design, so you have free range.

    View of StampSlightly faded look, which gives it a more rustic feel

    Step 3:

    hole punch thank u

    After the stamp dries (it takes like a second or two, nothing crazy long), get out the hole punch. I punched two holes on the side and just chose the middle area of the card. No specific measurements, just wing it.

    After Hole punch

    Step 4:6 inch ribbon measurementMeasure your ribbon. No more than 6 inches is needed per card. Pro tip: Choose ribbon that matches the color scheme of your wedding — twine and ric rac are great for a rustic wedding while satin and grosgrain might be more suitable for a fancier bash.

    Step 5:

    ribbon through holePlace all 3 ribbons through the first hole on the front of the card, then thread the ribbon through the second hole so the excess ribbon is poking through the back of the card.

    Even RibbonEnsure the excess is even in the back, then criss-cross the ribbon and thread it through the opposite hole to the front of the card.

    Cross Cross Ribbon

    Ribbon In Hole

    Backside View Thnk UWhen complete, the back of your card will look like this.
    Front View Pre Cut Ribbon Thnk UThe front of the card will look like this and yes, your ribbon will look frayed.

    Step 6:

    Cut FraysScissors out– time to cut the frays away! We made the ribbon long enough to cut the ribbon back to make it no longer than the card itself. Frayed ribbon is OK — but if you’re hating on it, then dab some clear polish on the ends to keep it from unravelling.

    And … Voila! You have a cute, budget friendly, rustic thank you card that most people will remember!  This is not your regular, store-bought thank you card — you actually put some time and energy into this bad boy.

    Completed Thank you

    Envelope and Card

    I played around with a few different ribbons so you can get a good feel for how different types will look.

    Katie's Thank you Cards

    Change Ribbon Placement

    I hope you have fun designing your own thank you cards. This was a very simple craft and you can make many cards in a very short amount of time. Pro tip: Set up an assembly line — cut all 3 ribbons in advance for the number of cards you will be making and stamp all cards first to make assembly a breeze.

    “Limit your wallet, but never you space”

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