This Thankful for You card with accordion fold project was originally created by Adrianne Surian for the Core’dinations Core Blog.
As Thanksgiving approaches, we have a fun and creative way for you to show your loved ones how thankful you are for them with this accordion fold Thankful for You card! Of course a simple “thank you” would suffice, but this multi-layered accordion fold card lets you show off photos and memories with your loved ones who can keep and cherish the card for years and years. Customize this card using your loved ones favorite colors to make it more personal!
- Core’dinationss Chocolate Box Cardstock (Blueberry & Cool Mint Truffle were used for this project.)
- Core’dinations Sand-It Gadget
- Darice Paper Trimmer
- Scoring Board and Bone Folder
- Darice Baker’s Twine
- Liquid Glue
- Meaningful Photos & Embellishments (Die Cuts, Heart Punches, Embossing Folders)
Step 1. Choose three coordinated sheets of cardstock and trim them to 8 inch squares. Keep the scraps close so you can reuse these for your embellishments. Score the 8 inch squares vertically and horizontally at 4″, and along one of the diagonals (see image below).
Step 2. You will be gluing all 3 papers together, with the un-scored squares overlapping. Glue one side of the card to the center panel, and then cut a 3-foot strand of baker’s twine. Lay the baker’s twine strand across the glue and sandwich it inside when you glue the final panel onto the center panel.
Your card should now look like it does in the image below. The side (green) panels will fold upward, and the center (blue) panels will fold downward.
Step 3. Now that your creative juices are flowing, begin to embellish your card! Fill it up with photos and quotes/sayings that reflect your favorite memories together. I trimmed my photos to 4 x 4 and glued them down the center. Then I embossed and sanded some heart-shaped accents that I cut out using my Sizzix machine.
I also decided to list 12 things about my husband that I’m thankful for. I made each line of text just big enough to fit inside the card on the folding panels. I also added some small heart accents using a heart punch.
Step 4. Create a front for your card to make it complete. I wanted something more personal, so I created a text file in the Silhouette Studio that reads “12 Ways I’m thankful for you.” You can customize this part using whatever text you would like and that will resonate most with the person you’re giving this card to.
Once you’ve finished, allow your card to dry completely and then you can fold it up and give it to whoever you’re most grateful for!
If you liked this project, you also might enjoy this DIY Thanksgiving banner that you can make using your leftover cardstock!