Card Class 2:
Tutorial #4 - Card Making Idea
Dangler Greeting Card
What we will be making:
Go beyond the ordinary with this novelty card featuring a dangler that
twists and turns. See how easy it is to make this freestanding greeting
card with a 3-dimensional opening for hanging your special dangler. In
this tutorial you will learn how to make a rectangular opening for a
rectangle-shaped dangler. Once you have master this technique you will be
able to design dangler cards with different shape danglers and openings.
The card in this tutorial uses red, white and blue and is
suitable for any U.S. patriotic holiday—Memorial Day, Flag Day
or the Fourth of July.
Related craft: Make a freestanding Halloween card
that also doubles as a decoration—see how in
Halloween Dangler Cards.
This greeting card tutorial builds on previous tutorials in the
Greeting Card Class set of tutorials. If you are new to
card making, review these tutorials for ideas and basic techniques.
Refer to Card Class
Tutorial #1: Four Patch Cards for how to make
card blanks and envelopes.
Here's what you need:
- Colored card blank: 4¼″ by 5½″
- Scrap of cardstock
- Decorative papers or stickers
- String or thread
- Bead: 6 to 8 mm
- Optional: Craft
knife and cutting mat
- Pencil and eraser
- Glue stick
- ¼" or smaller hole punch
How to Make a Dangler Greeting Card
Read through the tutorial before starting.
- Step 1: Prep Work
Choose a theme and colors for your card. The card in this
tutorial uses red, white and blue and features a patriotic theme.
You will need decorative papers or stickers to go with your theme.
The sample card uses Aunt Annie's
Red and Blue Stars ePaper and free clip
art images from the Web.
Cut your card blank in half to create two 4¼″ by 5½″
Step 2: Cut Opening
Fold both card pieces in half, lengthwise. Cut a card opening
template that is 1¼" by 3½" from the scrap of cardstock.
Place the template along the center fold of one card piece and
trace around it. Cut out the opening.
Lay the cut card piece on top of the second card
piece and use its cut opening as a template for the second card piece—trace
and cut. This ensures that the openings on the two card pieces
are aligned with each other.
Erase any visible pencil lines.
Step 3: Cut Slits
One one card piece, cut a slit on the center fold from the
bottom that extends halfway to the opening. Cut another slit
from the top that goes halfway to the opening.
On the second card piece, repeat but make the cuts from the
inside of the opening—one towards the top and the other
towards the bottom of the card.
- Step 4: Assemble Card
Join the two card pieces by sliding the top and bottom slits
together. Slightly bend the card piece with the cuts from the outside
through the opening of the second card piece, slipping the
bottom two slits together. Flex the card piece and slip the top
two slits together. The card should stand on it's own when the
card pieces are spread.
Step 5: Cover Card Pieces (optional)
To make the front of the card stand out, cover either the
back two pieces or the front two pieces with decorative paper.
Lay the card flat and apply glue to the left-side piece. Cover
with a piece of decorative paper. Trim excess paper away from
the sides, top, bottom and opening. Repeat for the other side.
Tip: The decorative paper used in the sample
is Aunt Annie's
Red and Blue Stars ePaper.
Step 6: Make Dangler
Cut a 2" by 3" rectangle from cardstock as the base for your
dangler. The cardstock cut away to make the
card opening can be trimmed down to make the dangler. Decorate both sides of the dangler with pictures
and/or a message.
Tip: In Microsoft Word or a graphics
program, fill a rectangle a little smaller than the 2" by 3"
dangler with images and/or words. Print it, cut to size and glue
to the dangler. These danglers use Word Art in Microsoft Word and
clip art images downloaded from
Step 7: Hang Dangler
Cut a 10" length of string or thread for hanging the dangler.
Punch a hole in the top center of the dangler and push the string
through the punched hole. Bring the two ends of the string
together and thread through the hole in the bead. Tie a double
knot close to the top of the bead.
Slip the two ends of the string between the front and back
pieces of the card on either side of the join. Tie the ends together in a secure knot at
the top of the card. Hide the tails between the card's front and
back. Trim the loose ends, if needed.
the card pieces and stand the card up.
That's it! What other dangler
ideas do you have?
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