DIY Shaker Cards

These shaker cards are super easy to make and even more fun to gift. I’ve included 3 shaker card templates for free along with this tutorial.

You can buy shaker card kits or you can just assemble your own. The materials for this project are pretty straight forward.

I made these shaker cards with my Cricut cutting machines but they can also be done by hand (with some adjustments).

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Materials for DIY Shaker Cards and Tips

Cardstock – I like to at medium weight cardstock with colored cores for cards. Here are some of my favorite brands:

  • Assorted Starter Pack – Basic assorted colors, great starter pack, perfect weight for most papercraft projects
  • Cricut Joy Insert Card Packs – You don’t have to use these with the Cricut Joy, they are nice material kids for cardmaking.
  • Cardstock Warehouse Brand on Amazon – I love the quality of all the matte-colored cardstock with Cardstock Warehouse. It is my go-to brand for individual matte colors that I might need
  • Poptone Assorted Variety Pack – This is the perfect peppy assortment of colors of heavy cardstock. It’s a heavy cardstock assortment with colors I actually use frequently for cardmaking.
  • Seasonal Assorted Variety Pack – This is a slight variation on the Poptone assortment and has a quite few neutrals that complement almost any accent color.
  • Stardream Metallics Line – For paper crafts, the Stardream line is the go-to for a metallic shimmer finish. It is the perfect sheen to make any project pop. The core is also colored is which hard to find for metallic paper.

Glue – You will need to use some glue for the layers. If you are making this by hand and would prefer to use double-sided foam tape, you could also use that between the layers. I like this Scotch brand of mounting tape which has the perfect thickness.

Foam Sheets – I like using foam sheets instead of the tape because it creates better aligned layers. I like this assorted set which has with plenty of colors to choose from.

Plastic Sheet – I like to use thinner Mylar sheets or transparencies.

Cutting Machine – I use a Cricut. Check out my recommendations for Cricut machines and accessories for beginners for more info.

Templates – The floral, birthday and thank you shaker card templates are available in SVG and printable PDF formats for free in my resource library.

Shaker cards tutorial

Step 1: Cut all the piece layers of the shaker card from the template

I used a fresh light grip mat for all the cardstock and transparency film.

You will need a deep point blade for the foam sheet. If you don’t have the blade, you can always cut this by hand. It does not have to be super precise, it just needs to outline the opening on the top layer.

Step 2: Apply a ring of glue on the backside of the foam lining.

You can use different types of glue for this. I normally recommend a non-polymer glue that doesn’t warp the cardstock but if the glue is not touching a layer that will be visible, it won’t matter.

Step 3: Add the back layer to the foam cut out and flip it over.

At this point, you can fill the cutout with your confetti or sequence.

Step 4: Apply another ring of glue or adhesive to the top of the foam cutout.

It is important to seal in the sequence. If your foam paper is thin and your sequence or confetti is thick, you might want to do a double layer on the foam so the sequence has room to move around.

Step 5: Apply the top layers of the card.

First apply the transparent layer to the foam paper. Then apply the top layer.

Add any additional accessories to the top if you’d like. Sometimes adding a few extra sequence to the outside top layer makes it super cute.

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2 thoughts on “DIY Shaker Cards”

  1. Mary

    Thank you for the shaker cards

  2. Mez

    I got very confused with this one as I was trying to work out how to sequence the steps….and then I realised that you were talking about SEQUINS!!! 🙂

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