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How to Make Your Own Word Search Greeting Card

Updated on July 25, 2013
This is the typical word search we are accustomed to.
This is the typical word search we are accustomed to. | Source

With greeting cards costing upwards of three dollars, it is not only wise to make your own but also having the opportunity to personalize them.

Getting Started With Your Word Search Greeting Card.

  • There are programs that you can use to make your word search for you or you can be industrious and make your own.
  • Make a list of the words you want to include.
  • Decide if you want your words to spell out a message.
  • If you choose to make it a message, decide if you want the searched words or the remaining letters to spell out your message.
  • Use graph paper to plan where the words will be situated.
  • Some people like to make all the words interlocking. Others like to keep each word on its own line and in its own direction.
  • After placing the key words, decide how many letters across and down your puzzle will be.
  • If you don't want to have your recipient do any work, you may just want to make a greeting card that spells out the message in word search style.

How to Choose Words For Your Word Search

Sometimes we have the great idea to make a word search and when we get down to it, we don't know what to say. I recommend sitting down with pen and paper and writing whatever comes to mind about the recipient.

Things to think about:

  • What is the occasion for the card?
  • Is it a card that you will be duplicating for multiple recipients?
  • Will there be a message or simply words?
  • What will be the level of difficulty? Is the recipient a child?

A Handmade Greeting Word Search.

I made the greeting card below just to illustrate making a card in the word search style. I could have put all the letters in the same color and let the recipient find the greeting themselves. This is especially fun for kid's birthdays where you can include their name and favorite activities. Some people include hints to the surprises they will be receiving. You can also ask a question or inform someone of something special. I know someone who made a word search for her husband. After he circled all the words, the remaining letters spelled "We're pregnant!" Use your creativity! Have fun!

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My finished project!I penciled in my message on graph paper.I went over the letters in red marker.I added the surrounding letters in green. There will be no searching for this message!
My finished project!
My finished project! | Source
I penciled in my message on graph paper.
I penciled in my message on graph paper. | Source
I went over the letters in red marker.
I went over the letters in red marker. | Source
I added the surrounding letters in green. There will be no searching for this message!
I added the surrounding letters in green. There will be no searching for this message! | Source

Computer Generated Word Search Programs

There are many free programs on the internet that you can use to make your word search. All you need to do is choose what you want your puzzle to be about! The following is my step-by-step experience with one of those programs. I used Word Search Maker from A to Z Teacher Stuff. After completing the puzzle, I used a program to photo shop it. There are two programs that I have been using. I like picmonkey. They have a decent free program for cropping, watermarking and basic enhancements. If you want to upgrade for more special effects, it is only $33 a year. on my phone, I use Paper Artist, a Samsung Galaxy program that does pretty much everything, including the enhancement you see below!

Making a Word Search Invitation Using a Computer Generated Program

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The finished Word Search!This is the worksheet for planning your puzzle.In the first section you list the words you would like included.You can choose an already created word list. You can also decide if you want to provide an accompanying word list and where to place it.Choose your parameters. How big do you want your puzzle to be?This is where you decide what directions you want your words to be in. You have the option of  placing them across, up, down diagonally or backwards.The finished puzzle before editting.
The finished Word Search!
The finished Word Search! | Source
This is the worksheet for planning your puzzle.
This is the worksheet for planning your puzzle. | Source
In the first section you list the words you would like included.
In the first section you list the words you would like included. | Source
You can choose an already created word list. You can also decide if you want to provide an accompanying word list and where to place it.
You can choose an already created word list. You can also decide if you want to provide an accompanying word list and where to place it. | Source
Choose your parameters. How big do you want your puzzle to be?
Choose your parameters. How big do you want your puzzle to be? | Source
This is where you decide what directions you want your words to be in. You have the option of  placing them across, up, down diagonally or backwards.
This is where you decide what directions you want your words to be in. You have the option of placing them across, up, down diagonally or backwards. | Source
The finished puzzle before editting.
The finished puzzle before editting. | Source

Say What You Need to Say

How to Put this into a Beautiful Handmade Greeting Card

To really spruce it up, you can visit, fellow Hub author, pstraubie48's hub How to make Simple Birthday and Greeting cards! She has a beautiful selection of cards there. While you are visiting, be sure to check out her other amazing hubs!

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Oh my " word"... This is right up my alley, dearheart.

      I love making greeting cards and this is a creative, fun and individualized idea.

      Now the devil got in me when I read about the " pregnancy news"...how about "I'm filing for divorce"...LOL! We could sell the line to Hallmark??

      The possibilities are endless...

      Truly love this, as I do you! Voted UP and UABI. hugs, Maria

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well how very clever, Randi! That's something I would never have thought of. Very well done!

      Have a great weekend!

      bill

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Well, Maria, what say we start a business..."how to deliver just about any news"? Truly love the way you think, my sistah in spirit! Maybe one left on the kitchen table with a very simple "Buh bye!" Thank you, my friend for brightening my day and all the votes! xoxo Randi

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Bill, you are way to kind! For a hint on these crazy ideas I find, just go into the title search! Thank you! Have a great weekend yourself...mine will be spent, when I'm not working, cuddling 6 pounds of precious baby boy!

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      Abdus Salam 3 years ago from Bangladesh

      Well writing about greeting card. Thanks for sharing...

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      You are getting more clever each day. Must be that you are now a grandmother? You think? Very cute. Voting up etc.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Great idea! I find that it's always nice when you can give a personnal touch for a greeting card and/or for a gift! Thank you for sharing your ideas!

      Enjoy your weekend!

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      I love homemade greeting cards. Store-bought cards are so expensive these days! It's much nicer to get an original message from the heart. When I was a teacher, I used to make word searches for the weekly spelling words. The kids loved them! Thanks for sharing!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      What a clever and unique idea, very personal! Thanks for sharing this great idea here.

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, virtualit!

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Thank you I will come back and jot down the details. Great idea and I love it.

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      Princess Clark 3 years ago from The DMV

      I love this! Not creative, but I love words, games and mysterious. This solves my angst. Always looking for fun things to do with my daughters. Thanks for the share. vote up!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Ah Carol, I don't know that being a grandma is making me more clever. Sadly, more like the opposite! lol! Thank you so much for the votes, etc!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      What a great idea for a fun card. My 10 year old will also love this. We like to make our own cards for people. Not only are they unique, the ones from the store are pricey. Thanks and sharing.

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      Sheri Dusseault 3 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Now that is a very cool idea!

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      joaniebaby 3 years ago

      Thanks for a great idea. This will come in handy many times. I make all of my own greeting cards, and this will just add to my fun. Voted up and useful!

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      Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

      What a cool idea! Will be sharing with my event industry pals on Twitter. Would be a great idea for events!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, kidscraft! For many years my writing was limited to the occasional greeting card and/or ode. It is fun and, like you say, much more personal!

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      wabash annie 3 years ago from Colorado Front Range

      I love this idea! Thanks much for sharing your creativity.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you Radcliff! Store bought cats are crazy expensive and way too many to choose from!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Never thought of using this for a greeting card, but back when I taught college classes in psychology I used to make these as a fun type of review for my students. Nice idea.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Faith! It's fun to do! Your votes are so appreciated! I hope all is well with you and your family!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Princess! You can leave creativity at the door and just use resourcefulness which you have in abundance! I definitely recommend a computewr generated program! Thank you for the vote! have fun!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Jackie! Enjoy!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Glimmer Twin! It is fun and a great project to do with your kids!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Sheri! welcome to my page!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, Joaniebaby for the votes and the visit to my page! Much appreciated!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Heidi! Welcome to my hub! I appreciate the share!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank nyou, Wabash Annie and welcome to my hub!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, FlourishAnyway! I also used them as part of a lesson when I taught and sometimes as extra credit. Thank you for visiting my hub!

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      Princess Clark 3 years ago from The DMV

      How do you use them for extra credit? I would like to use a method like that for my personal finance class.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      I gave it to them to do on their own time. Anyone who completed it, brought it back to me for extra points.

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      Thank you for this very clever idea, Randi. Handmade creative greeting cards are the BEST!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, drbj...yes, so much more personal! And I bet yours are way more clever than store bought!

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Love this....We used to make these in class when I was teaching but I have not made these for 'sending' to anyone. It is clever!!! I know I will be trying this soon. Angels are on the way ps:)

      Pinned and shared.

      May I add this to my hub on greeting cards?

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Pamela! It's fun to do! I sure wish the had all these programs when I was teaching!

      Thank you for the pin and share! I would be honored to have this on your hub and will do the same with yours! Thank you...I am always appreciative of your angels! :) xo

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      Abby Campbell 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Interesting, Randi! I don't know if I have the patience to make one, but it is certainly a clever idea for those who do. :-)

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Abby! :)

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