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20 Fantastic Printable DIY Thanksgiving Card Ideas 2024

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The famous Thanksgiving Day was coined in the 16th Century when the Wampanoag and the Plymouth colonists went out to hunt and returned to share an autumn feast. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln took it upon himself to declare it a national holiday to be celebrated on 24th November every year.

In modern-day America and Canada, families celebrate Thanksgiving by gathering to eat and enjoying each other's company. Some of the typical foods on the menu include pumpkin pie, bread stuffing, turkeys, potatoes, and cranberries. Thanksgiving is also a perfect time to present gifts to your loved ones and friends, such as unique cards and crafts. Here we will tell you more about fantastic printable DIY Thanksgiving card ideas.

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Part 1: 10 Free Printable Thanksgiving Card Templates

Frankly, you might not have the artistic prowess or the time to design customized cards from scratch. Fortunately, you don't need to be that good of an artist to design a wonderful Thanksgiving card for your loved one.

You can easily download a bespoke template from the Internet, create DIY Thanksgiving cards and use a good PDF editing tool like Wondershare PDFelement to edit and customize the template. Once you are happy with the result, you can download the digital card and send it to your friends and loved ones via mail or other digital channels.

Templates are convenient because they do most of the work for you, and you don't have to worry about the core design. All you need to do is to pretty much choose from the numerous PDF Thanksgiving card template options provided on the platform.

Tip: Ensure you take your time to peruse all the wonderful templates. It will make the DIY editing easy!

Here is one sample Thanksgiving template card from the Wondershare PDFelement:

The predominant theme revolves around pumpkins, and the fall colors give the card a warm and fuzzy feeling. The falling leaves complement the pumpkins and tie the entire card together. This is a suitable Thanksgiving card for parents, guardians, or grandparents who have been instrumental in your life.

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The second Thanksgiving card has a more romantic feel. The pink background and red roses exude a lovey-dovey vibe. The green color matches the leaves on the roses and breaks the pink color ever so slightly. We would advise you to gift this card to a romantic partner.

Similar to the card above, this card also has a lovey-dovey feel. However, the pinks in this card are softer. The tiny love hearts sprawled all over the card add a cute touch. This card would be a suitable gift to your guardian or parent, especially your mother or grandmother. You could also gift this card to your favorite teacher.

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Celebrate Thanksgiving with our inviting card, showcasing a warm color scheme of brown and orange, adorned with pumpkins and yellow leaves. This autumn-inspired design captures the essence of the season, radiating coziness and gratitude. Share your thanks and joy by sending this delightful card, a perfect expression of appreciation for your loved ones.

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Embrace the spirit of gratitude with our vibrant Thanksgiving card, adorned in hues of yellow and orange. Featuring a delightful scene of a Thanksgiving pie surrounded by intricately detailed maple leaves, this card exudes warmth and festivity. Send your heartfelt wishes with this charming card, a visual celebration of the season's bounty.

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Embrace the spirit of Thanksgiving with our charming card, designed with a delightful touch of artistry. Painted with lively strokes, the card showcases a delicious roasted chicken, along with pumpkins and corn. The warm, inviting colors and hand-drawn elements give it a cozy, rustic feel, making it an ideal way to express gratitude. Share the joy of Thanksgiving with this uniquely crafted card that radiates warmth and artistic flair.

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Experience the warmth of Thanksgiving with our lovely card, painted in inviting shades of brown and adorned with delightful pumpkins. This card perfectly captures the cozy essence of the season, making it a heartfelt way to express gratitude and share the joy of Thanksgiving.

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Celebrate Thanksgiving with our vibrant card, adorned in warm reds, yellows, and browns. A charming red car, laden with flowers, leaves, and a petite pumpkin, takes center stage. This whimsical scene encapsulates the spirit of the season, making it a delightful way to convey your heartfelt wishes for a joyous Thanksgiving.

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Step into the Thanksgiving spirit with our delightful card, adorned in vibrant hues of yellow and brown. At the center, a proud turkey takes the spotlight, surrounded by a festive array of pumpkins and leaves. This card radiates the warmth of the season, making it a heartfelt gesture for expressing Thanksgiving wishes.

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The following Thanksgiving card template has lots of green shades, quite a contrast to the pink cards we saw above. Since the card is signed "My Lovely," you could gift it to a romantic partner who is not particularly into overly pink shades. You could also give this card to your best friend.

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Yet another fall-themed card appears on our list, which aligns perfectly with the predominant theme of Thanksgiving. The leaves and flowers on the border add a beautiful contrast and draw attention to the rest of the card instead of the writings at the center.

This card is pretty universal, meaning you can gift it to anyone you want, be it your teacher, parents, romantic partner, colleague, or best friend.

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Explore beyond the 10 wonderful Thanksgiving cards mentioned earlier. Uncover a plethora of Thanksgiving card options within the Wondershare PDFelement Template Mall. Discover dozens of designs to personalize your own card, allowing you to express profound gratitude to your family and friends.

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Part 2: DIY Thanksgiving Card Ideas

If you are unsure what you gift your loved ones for Thanksgiving, you could create a card and send it to them. Based on the cards we have discussed above, you have a rough idea of what kind of cards you can send and to whom.

Well, homemade cards are excellent Thanksgiving gifts because they are inexpensive and they are also easy to make! You can follow tutorials and step-by-step guides online, and you are good to go.

The beauty is that you don't need complicated tools and materials to make a homemade Thanksgiving card. You will just need some tools: glue, scissors, colored paper, printing paper for the templates, and probably some yarn.

1. Leave Thanksgiving Card

Leaves are a predominant feature in most Thanksgiving cards. If you are not inspired or creative, you could trace a simple leaf out of paper or burlap to make a Thanksgiving.

You could also walk outside and collect some berries and branches to use on your card. Since Thanksgiving incorporates lots of nature, using natural elements to decorate or make your Thanksgiving cards would only be fitting.

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2. 3D Thanksgiving Card

So far, we have seen 2D cards you can gift your loved ones over Thanksgiving. What if we told you there are 3D cards that you can interact with?

For instance, this turkey in a hat is nested in a cage. Looking at the card from an angle, you can see the doors spring out at you, effectively bringing this card to life. The pumpkins at the side also have a 3D effect as they are not flush against the card and are a little bit raised. Frankly, this card is beautiful from whatever angle you see!

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3. Embroidered Homemade Thanksgiving Card

Embroidery has always been a timeless art and can bring any item together, whether it is a napkin or a Thanksgiving card. The card has beautiful pumpkins, leaves, and turkeys in warm fall colors that correspond with the overall Thanksgiving theme. This type of card is excellent for inviting guests for a Thanksgiving dinner.

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4. Hand-drawn Cute Thanksgiving Card

If you consider yourself artistic, this cute, handmade Thanksgiving card is for you. From the picture, you can see animals from different species sitting together to enjoy a meal. Frankly, humans can learn a thing or two from this photo and how to coexist harmoniously.

This card could also emphasize the importance of unity. The abstract nature of the painting makes it look less complicated, and you could try your hand at recreating this excellent piece. If you feel extra creative, you could add a personal touch that was not in the original design.

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5. Napkin Fold Happy Thanksgiving Card

At first glance, Napkin fold happy Thanksgiving card might seem very complicated. Fortunately, once you follow the instructions, you will find it easy to replicate this design and wow your friends and loved ones.

If you prefer to watch the video rather than read through the steps, you click on the play icon on the YouTube video and pause whenever you need to check your progress against the video.

All you need for this craft is scissors, a ruler, a pen, ink pads, colored pencils, and a bone folder to make crisp lines. The tribal print on the turkey is an excellent and classy touch that immediately catches your eye.

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6. Tuckey Pop Thanksgiving Card

The other nice DIY Thanksgiving card is a turkey pop card. Imagine the surprise when your loved one or friend opens it, and voila, aturkey pops up from within the card.

This is yet another card that seems complicated but relatively easy to make, provided you measure and cut the paper accurately per the instructions.

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Part 3: Elevate Your Thanksgiving Card Messages with PDFelement AI

As you explore charming Thanksgiving card designs above, discover the power of personalized messages with PDFelement AI. Tailor your expressions of gratitude to make your Thanksgiving quotes truly special for those you wish to thank.

Thanksgiving Cards for Teachers

In the realm of educators who leave an indelible mark, express gratitude with a personalized touch using PDFelement AI. Craft a message acknowledging their dedication in shaping you into the best version of yourself. Thank them for imparting wisdom and discipline that forms the bedrock of a fruitful life.

Let your Thanksgiving card resonate with sincerity, saying, "If I could give you a penny for every way you've made me a better person, you'd be a billionaire. Thank you for always believing in me and providing strength during challenging times."

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Thanksgiving Cards for Parents

For the pillars of support, your parents, go beyond the ordinary with a Thanksgiving card made extraordinary by PDFelement AI. Express your profound gratitude in a tangible keepsake. Let your card be a heartfelt reminder of the happiness they bring to your life. Share a message that echoes, "I am fortunate to spend another Thanksgiving day with you. I love you, Mum and Dad. You illuminate my days with brightness."

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How To Use PDFelement AI for Personalized Thanksgiving Card Messages

Step 1 Launch PDFelement on your computer and access the "Template Mall" section.

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Step 2 Navigate to the "Thanksgiving" category and choose a card template that resonates with you. Click "Edit Now" to customize.

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Step 3 Invoke the power of PDFelement AI by clicking the AI icon. Enter a prompt for a tailor-made Thanksgiving message. For instance, "Craft a heartfelt message for a cherished teacher."

Step 4 Let PDFelement AI generate unique Thanksgiving words. If unsatisfied, use the generated content as inspiration and click "Regenerate" for a fresh perspective.

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Step 5 Copy the personalized message and paste it into your chosen card template. Adjust fonts, colors, and more using PDFelement's versatile editing features.

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Step 6 After customization, click "Share" to send a digital version or "Print" for a tangible card.


Humans are social beings who rely on each other for help and support. Thanksgiving is an excellent time to show how much you appreciate the people around you for their love and presence in your life. A simple card can go a long way to show someone you care. They might even appreciate it more if you customize it! We hope you are eager to try out a few of these Thanksgiving crafts this year!