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DIY Balsa Wood Greeting Card

Mom’s. They are the best aren’t they?  This year, in addition to a fun gift (which I hope she likes!), I crafted up a unique Mothers Day card.


I started the project with a piece of thin balsa wood that I found at my local craft store.  The thinness, 1/16″, is key here, because I planned to put it into a business side envelope.


Using a rotary cutter, I sliced my balsa wood to be just slightly shorter than my envelope. If you don’t have a rotary cutter you could use a utility knife with a ruler, or scissors if you cut carefully.



To create something fun, I wanted to block out a “badge” area in the middle of the balsa wood. This led me to a great discovery – FrogTape® does not stick permanently to baking parchment paper. This allowed me to custom cut the FrogTape® without ruining the sticky part. I started out by drawing my shape on the matte side of the parchment paper (not the shinier side – it’s a subtle difference but it exists).


I flipped the parchment paper over to the shinier side and applied my FrogTape®. The FrogTape® won’t stick very well, but that’s the whole point.

I cut out the FrogTape® based on my drawn shape, resulting in a custom shape tape block.


Then I got to color. I painted on a coat of white paint, let it dry, then applied FrogTape® in stripes and painted them yellow (my mom’s favorite color!). While the yellow paint was still wet I sprinkled on some glitter.



Note: the balsa wood is so thin that it will warp when the paint is wet. Don’t freak out. Once all the moisture leaves the wood, it will flatten back out.


My badge was destined to hold what the holiday is all about, “Mom.” I drew my letters on parchment paper then overlaid them in the badge area. Using a dull pencil, I pressed down over my letters again on the balsa wood. Balsa wood is so soft that you don’t need to press down hard.


Using a small paintbrush, I filled in the letters with a beautiful blue.




Lastly, I pulled the blue into a fat stripe on the back of the card.


Once it was dry, I wrote right onto the back of my card. Use a nice ink or felt pen for the best results.


Write out the address on the front of your envelope before slipping in your wooden card. Be sure to write “do not bend” on the front. Because the card is rigid, it requires extra postage for being non-machinable. Mine was 66 cents to mail.



Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers – human mamas, dog mamas, cat mamas – out there. I hope you get spoiled rotten!

Disclaimer: As a member of the FrogTape Blog Squad, I want to thank FrogTape® for sponsoring this post. All opinions, projects and ideas expressed herein are my own

I received compensation to complete this project for using FrogTape® products. All opinions, projects and ideas are based on my own experience.

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