One good idea for making a handmade birthday card is to make the card using the birth flower of the month of the person’s birthday. You could stamp the flower on the front of the card, take a picture of the flower
to add to the card, draw the flower, or cut out a picture of the flower. That way you could actually make 4 different cards for each month of the year.
This month is October so I will begin with that flower which is the marigold. The meaning of the marigold is grace or joy or love of nature. Marigolds are also called calendulas. They are found throughout Europe, Asia,
and North America. Both in India and in early Christian countries the marigold held a special sacred significance for people. The Christians called the flowers “Mary’s gold” and placed the flowers around statues of Mary. In India the flowers were placed around the necks of holy statues.
The color of the marigold is perfect for making a handmade birthday card at this time of year. It fits right in with the all the autumn colors of reds, greens, yellows, and golds. Because one of the meanings is love
of nature, it can combine that idea with the seasonal colors to make a really meaningful card for a person who loves the outdoors. Walking, hiking, hunting and fishing are thoughts that come to mind. Another advantage to these autumn colors is that they can make great cards for men, who are typically a more difficult group to find ideas for.
With the birth flower for this month on the front of the card, it would then be a great idea to make reference to the meaning of marigolds in the thoughts expressed inside the card – For the nature lover in the family, or For the person who has brought so much joy to my life, or May your day be filled with grace might be included as a part of your message.
Birthstones are often thought of as gifts for a person’s birthday. However, it seems to be rarely that birth flowers are given. Using the marigold as the main focus for a handmade birthday card in October may be a more unique idea and at the same time can be as simple or as embellished as you would like.