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Fourth of July Greeting Cards: Handmade Ideas

Updated on March 6, 2016
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Rose is a full-time freelance writer who frequently writes about education, special education, DIY projects, food, Milwaukee, and more.

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The Fourth of July is not a classic occasion for sending greeting cards, but that doesn't mean that you can't send cards! Additionally, many of these card ideas are perfect for party invitations and gift tags as well as for cards for other events around the holiday, such as birthdays, weddings, and baby showers. Create greetings for a wide variety of occasions that feature flags, stars, fireworks, and of course the red, white, and blue color scheme. I have divided the cards here into different themes, but as always, you can mix and match themes and ideas any way that you like.

Please note that unless it is indicated otherwise, all of the tutorials in this article are for personal use only. If you are interested in selling your cards, please contact the artists directly. Thank you and happy creating!

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American Flags

Flags are one of the most popular themes for Fourth of July cards. Look for flag themed paper and stickers or create your own flags with layered cardstock, ribbons, rick rack, and more. Some people choose to depict the American flag while other people make their own versions of it.

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Other Star Designs

If you enjoy the star imagery associated with the Fourth of July but don't want to create a traditional flag design, there are numerous other options out there for stars. Stick with the popular patriotic color theme, throw a different color into the mix, or change it up all together. Click on the photo source links for more tutorials.

Cricut Stand And Salute 4th of July Card

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Prominent or Simple Title

Keep your Fourth of July greeting card simple with a prominent "Happy Fourth of July" or "Happy 4th" message paired with a few patriotic embellishments.

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Fireworks, Firecrackers, and Sparklers

Why not incorporate one of the most iconic parts of the Fourth of July for many Americans in your card? There are so many fun ways that you can create fireworks, firecrackers, and sparklers. If you want an image that really shines and don't want the mess of regular glitter, consider glitter glue or acrylic paint with glitter.

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Freedom / Independence

Keep it simple with a large "Freedom" or "Independence" wording on your card or find a great quote about freedom to include.

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Calendar Card

I cannot believe that I have not found more variations of this in all of the card research that I've done for articles. While it does take some time to design a calendar by hand, with stamps, or on the computer, you can use this concept for literally any occasion or holiday. As I only found a couple Fourth of July calendar cards, I have included a few non-Fourth of July examples for further inspiration with this idea.

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This tutorial is for place cards, but of course you can customize this concept for any type of card.
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This tutorial is for place cards, but of course you can customize this concept for any type of card.
This tutorial is for place cards, but of course you can customize this concept for any type of card. | Source
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Simple Red, White, and Blue Color Combination

Red, white, and blue cards without a lot of patriotic elements are still great for the Fourth of July but are also ideal for other events around Fourth of July such as birthdays and weddings. Are you writing thank you notes in July? Consider making them with this color combination.

4th of July Card Embossing, Folding and Stamping Technique

Sweet Treats 4th of July Card/Sweet Treats Series #3

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Other Popular Fourth of July Themes and Sayings

Additional popular themes and sayings for Fourth of July cards include:

  • bicycles, flip flops, and other frequently used summer themes
  • America/Sweet Land of Liberty
  • Celebrate
  • Enjoy the Day
  • Peace
  • Uncle Sam hat

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Rose! I'm glad that you enjoyed this article. It would not be difficult to modify the majority of the ideas here with a Canadian theme. Have a great day. :)

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      These are beautiful and very creative! I really love projects like this and your tutorials are amazing. Of course, I would modify it slightly to give it a Canadian theme in my case. Thank you for sharing and I hope you are enjoying your 4th of July. (Voted Up) -Rose

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Kathryn, yep, I saw that Tweet go through this morning. Very cool! Thanks for stopping by. I'm so glad that you enjoyed this article. Have a great 4th. :)

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Oh, this is so cool!

      HubPages tweeted this. That's how I found it :) I saw the familiar name, and had to check it out.

      I love all of your ideas, photos and links, as well as your list of themes. Some of these ideas would work well for those who do scrapbooking, as well.

      Voted up and sharing.

      Thanks for sharing this with us, and I hope you are having a spectacular 4th of July!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks Linda! You are definitely right about the possibilities for these cards. Place cards are an excellent option.

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      lindacee 5 years ago from Arizona

      You could do so many things with your great July 4th card ideas! I'm imagining using them as place cards for a 4th of July barbeque. Beautiful Hub and presentation!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks Simone! Writing about holidays gets me excited about them, too.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      These are such fun ideas! You're getting me rather excited for the Fourth of July, randomcreative!!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I love well made handmade cards, too. Thanks so much!

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      Emma 5 years ago from UK

      I love a well made hand made card. This hub is helpful in numerous ways including getting the creative muse going. Lovely tutorials also. Shared and voted up and useful.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks Green Art! That's awesome. :)

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      Green Art 5 years ago

      Great card making ideas here for July 4th! I have a room in my house that's primarily red, white and blue so this hub is right up my alley. Voted UP!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thank you much, Kelley! I can't believe that I haven't featured that idea before. I will be on the lookout for that design for future holidays now. :)

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Love the calendar card especially! Thanks for the tips Randomcreative! Fantastic as usual! Voted up!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks Julie!

      DS Duby, thanks! You're right that making cards can be a great family project.

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      DS Duby 5 years ago from United States, Illinois

      Very cool tips and ideas, with an awesome outcome. Making the cards ourselves would be a great family project for us, thanks for the great ideas voted up, interesting and useful.

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      I love your hubs! All of them! :)