Aina Crew! This week we’re taking on mental illness – did you know that suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people?? Me neither. I’ll be blogging all about why this is such an important issue on Friday (stay tuned!), but in the meantime – let’s make some cards for people who are battling mental illness! This week we’re working with the Mental Health Association of San Francisco, and we’re making some incredibly rad, cherry-blossom inspired cards.
This has been one of my personal favorite projects thus far – I have loved ones that have gone through the battle with mental illness, so I know how incredible important those reminders of love and support are. So. Let’s get to it!
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- 12″x12″ Cardstock (in black and light green)
- Pink Origami Paper
- White Tissue Paper
- Light Pink Beads x 3 – get the 6mm (if you have leftovers from your Donne Diamonte project, use those!)
- Optional: Printer Paper, Tempera Paint, Dish Soap, and Straw (See Step 9 to decide if you need these)
- At-Home Materials Needed: Sewing Needle, Thread, Scissors, Glue, Printer
Step 1: Cut your piece of origami paper into 4 equal squares (I just folded it twice and then cut along the folds).
Step 3: Cut a piece of white tissue paper the size of your small origami paper squares.
Step 4: Fold this paper into half and then half again, and then cut off all 4 sides – yep, even the folded sides – so that you now have 4 separate, even pieces of tissue paper.
Step 5: Now, one more time – fold your 4 pieces of tissue paper in half, and then half again. Fold that along the diagonal until you have a triangle, and then round the corners of the end – you’ll want to cut these pretty deeply so it really looks like a flower (this step was inspired by this blog!).
Step 6: Unfold and separate so that you have two flowers (each of two pieces of tissue paper)
Step 7: Pinch the middle of the flower, twist a bit, and reopen the petals so it looks like a blossom.
Step 8: Cut out the branches from gray cardstock. This is freeform – yes, you can do it! If you’re having big problems, drop me a line and I’ll make a template for you!
Step 9: Fold your green piece of cardstock in half. Cut along the fold. Print off the Greeting Card Template onto your cardstock. You will need to adjust the paper size to be 6″X12″, the size of the cardstock. If this is too hard (and yes, I know that sometimes printing can be ridiculously hard!), print it off onto a regular sheet of paper and cut out to glue onto the card. Even better? Make that paper into a watercolor with this tutorial before printing it off.
Step 11: Fold your card in half to look like a card and glue on your different parts (Tip: Do the branches first, then the big flowers, then the little flowers). I used Mod Podge, but that’s only because my ridiculous children clog up our normal glue EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. Any type of glue will work ;).
Step 12: Sew in the jewel to the cherry blossoms. Start by sticking it through the front center of one of your big blossoms, then pull it out the back. stick it back through, thread the bead on, and sew it in. Do this a couple of times, then tie off.
Voila! You’re done!! Isn’t this an awesome project??
Seriously, I love it so much!! It’s definitely one of my favorites.
The sparkle in those beads is just so fantastic – and I love the message. IF you’d like, you can also include messages of hope and encouragement within the card – or include a Giving Card so the individual you’re helping knows there’s an actual PERSON on the other end, supporting them and caring for them!
Now you just have one more step to do….
It’s time to send these to people that need them the most! Send your cards to:
Attn: Terri Byrne
870 Market Street, Suite 928
San Francisco, CA 94102
These are SO FUN to make once you get the hang of it! So many colors, so many options. Share your creations with us on Instagram by tagging us @ainagiving and using #ChangeCrafters!
Carmen Westbrook is the CEO and co-founder of Aina Giving, a socially responsible company that develops craft projects and tutorials for highly screened, trusted nonprofit charities. If you’d like to be a part of the Year of Giving Resolution, join the Aina Crew and get 52 free projects – one per week – to help others with your crafty gifts.