DIY Pinhole Cards

When I think back, most of my favorite crafts were learned in grade school. Using crayons over watercolor, making art from paper towels, and nap time. Those are some of my fave elementary memories. One of the best skills I learned (and I still use it to this day!), is pricking paper with a pin and creating stationery. So fun. And so easy!

Pinhole stationary has to be one of the best ways to dress up some regular old paper. The font choices are endless, and you can make it as big or as small as you want! Read below for the refresher!

To make your own you’ll need:

  1. cardstock in assorted colors
  2. scissors
  3. tape
  4. safety pin
  5. mirrored image or text

To mirror your text, copy from Word and paste into Paint. Right-click “Image” and select “Rotate or Flip” and flip yo’ message horizontally. Easy as pie, I tell you. Tape the words to the inside of your card and start pricking with a pin. Outline the text with the pin. Don’t poke holes all over the place. It’s not as pretty looking. Trust me.

Watch some TV while you poke all of the little holes. I did this while watching The Graduate. I don’t know why I thought I would like that movie. I clearly didn’t remember how strange it was. Finish pricking/poking, remove the tape and paper, and…


Play around with a few fonts and see what you like! They look pretty cool when held up to the light.

Write a message on the inside. Send to a friend. And then go finish watching the olympics. The gymnastics just kills me.

Who are you rooting for in 2012? What’s your favorite event?

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    • Brittany says

      They were called light brights. If your state has a goodwill/savers or other thrif store you can find them there still! :)

      • Lexy says

        Thank you, Brittany! I was racking my brain trying to think of what they were called. My grandparents used to have one and I LOVED it! :)

  1. says

    OMG, This is such a great idea!!! Wish I had thought of this last month!! It’s such a simple and inexpensive project, yet very ellegent at the same time!! …And yes, it deffinitely takes me way back!! CUTE CUTE!! Think I may try this soon!! Thanks for the idea!!

    • Lexy says

      Thanks, Lori! You should make a bunch this weekend and just file them away so you have them on hand for next time! :)

  2. Sandra says

    Sometimes I don’t add string to the sewing machine so I can make the pinholes faster as I run the card under the needle:)

    • Lexy says

      A sewing machine would make things SO much easier! I would have tried that, but there were so many little curves it wasn’t working for me!

    • Lexy says

      Hi Louise! Thanks for visiting! I’m with you – I prefer the easy craft projects! Hope you’ll stick around! :)

  3. says

    I absolutely LOVE this! I try to make handmade cards whenever an occasion arises — it’s just so much more personal and there’s something so quaint about handmade cards. I’ll have to try this next time! Very simple yet very impactful

    • Lexy says

      I’m the same way! I prefer anything handmade. :) These cards are so easy to make it’s ridiculous! And you can do it with any design!


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