Encouragement Cards (Includes a Free Printable!) - a simple handmade gift for Valentine's or just because! I love tucking these into my husband's bag when he travels, and they also make great lunchbox notes.

Encouragement Cards (Plus a Free Printable!)

Want to make someone’s day? Send them an encouragement card. The simple practice of saying “thank you” and letting someone know that you’re thinking of them goes a LONG way. Here’s a free printable to get you started today.

Many years ago, I spent a large part of summer break in a tiny town in Russia teaching English to high schoolers. That experience in itself conjures up so many memories: the friendliness of the students, walking through the beautiful parks at 10 at night (it was still bright and sunny out), and drinking hot tea in a crowded and incredibly humid room every afternoon.

But when I think of that summer, I also always think of a friend of mine and her encouragement cards.

She was one of the few in our group of college volunteers who had a boyfriend back home and six weeks (or was it eight?) away from the one you love is a long time. I can’t remember if they both decided to do this or if her boyfriend was just especially romantic, but she had in her keeping one envelope with an encouragement card tucked inside for every day we were away.

The romance and thoughtfulness of that idea stuck with me and honestly, I’ve been shamelessly copying their idea ever since.

Encouragement cards are not limited to one’s boyfriend or girlfriend, of course. Sisters, friends, coworkers, and moms all benefit from these. I like to make them as an add-on for birthday gifts and try to keep the tradition alive by hiding them in my husband’s luggage when he goes on business trips.

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How to Make Encouragement Cards

Making an encouragement card (or set of cards) is easy. I take one blank 3×5 index card and either write a Bible verse or a short note on the card. I decorate the edges with doodles or paint and place it in an envelope. Then I make more—three for a three-day trip, seven for a week of celebrating a birthday, you get the idea.

Ten days before I married my husband, I started giving him countdown encouragement cards each day which was fun. You can also specify when the receiver should open their cards. For example: “Open this card when you’re lonely.” If you don’t have 3×5 cards, you can use a plain piece of paper and cut it into squares (or print the cards I’m offering at the end of this post.)

A little creativity and thought can go a long way in making someone’s day. Since it is Valentine’s week as I write this, I thought this would be the perfect gift idea for someone you love in your life. Wives could make a pack of these for husbands, singles can make them for their single friends for encouragement, and parents can make them for their children.

Let’s spread some encouragement and love this week! Another fun take on encouragement cards are my write me back cards. You send one to your friend, then they write on the other side and send it back.

To get you started, below is a printable I made that you can print out and use to make your own encouragement cards. (It’s the one that is pictured above in the main image for this article.) They are smaller than an index card so can easily be tucked into a number of things—a lunch box, an envelope, or a wallet. Just click the download button to save it to your computer, and enjoy!

What’s your favorite way to encourage others?

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P.S. If you like this idea, you’re going to love my resource, The {10 Minute} Letter-writing Retreat Bundle. It’s packed with prompts, ideas, tutorials, and printable stationery. Learn more by clicking here.

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14 responses to “Encouragement Cards (Plus a Free Printable!)”

  1. Jenny Avatar

    You know I’m a new fan anyway…these are so sweet and perfectly perfect for teens and husbands, friends and younger children.

    1. Jennie Avatar

      Thanks for your kind words, Jenny! 🙂 Yes, encouragement cards are for everyone! 🙂 🙂

  2. Jamie Avatar

    Those are beautiful!! It’s always nice to go “old-school” and send a paper note or letter! 🙂 Pinned it!

    1. Jennie Avatar

      Thanks so much, Jamie! 🙂

  3. Laura at Mommy Maleta Avatar

    Great idea Jennie! A little encouragement goes a long way! Thx for linking this post up at the Thoughtful Spot!

    1. Jennie Avatar

      You’re so welcome! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  4. Nikki @ Growing Up Mom Avatar

    I saw your link on Friday Favorites and had to stop by. I did a post myself recently for a fellow blogger (the sticky apron – I love them) and it was about “true love” cards. Instead of having free backrubs, etc., it had “I will do the dishes” because to me if my husband does the dishes, that’s love! I thought that was great, but your encouragement cards are just completely awesome. I love them even more! They would be great to put in my kids lunch at school (my oldest is starting in the fall and already learning to read). I will also work these into my husbands lunch too, I try to put both of ours together the night before we go to work, so this would be perfect for that! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Jennie Avatar

      I always loved receiving notes in my lunch box. I’m so glad you’ll be using these to encourage your family! 🙂 🙂 Have a great day!

  5. Kim Cunningham Avatar

    Everyone loves intentional encouragement! Great ideas!

    1. Jennie Avatar

      Thanks! 🙂

  6. Karla Avatar

    This is such a great idea. I lead a team of 14 and I love to leave them little thank you cards – thanks!

    1. Jennie Avatar

      You’re so welcome!

  7. Elaine Avatar

    We all need little notes of encouragement!! And the free printable’s are great!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope you come back tomorrow and share some more great stuff!! Pinned!

    1. Jennie Avatar

      I’ll be there! Thanks for pinning, Elaine! 🙂

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