Daily Reminders: DIY Your Own Affirmation Cards
Positive affirmations are an excellent way to boost your self-esteem, build positivity, and help you maintain emotional balance.
Using affirmations daily is recommended to receive the maximum uplifting effect, but in your busy life, it can be easy to forget this practice. And you definitely don’t want affirmation work to be stressful, as it is designed to have the opposite effect—to lift your mood and remind you how capable and loveable you are.
Why Affirmation Cards?
Daily affirmation cards are an easy, simple way to work affirmations into your life each and every day with no special effort or attention needed. And the best part is that when you make them yourself, they are completely customizable.
Creating daily positive affirmation cards can take as little as an hour. It’s a creative exercise that will help you express yourself, and the resulting bonus is that you have a decorative, handmade set of affirmation cards that you can use every day to lift your mood and balance your emotions.
Creating Your Own Daily Affirmation Cards
While there are many printable affirmation cards across the internet, and even more premade decks of these cards, there’s something special about infusing your own energy and creativity into a handmade deck.
It doesn’t matter how many cards you decide to make or what tools you wish to use. The only thing that matters is that these cards carry positive intent and messages of love.
To get started, you’ll need at least some paper and scissors. From there, you can decide how many cards you’d like to create and which materials you want to use. 31 cards are a good number to start with if you’d like to pull one card every day of the month. You may wish to try to cut them down to the same size, but don’t get too hung up on perfection here. The point of these cards is to love yourself and learn to accept your shortcomings, so flaws are perfectly fine.
Now, let’s look at some of the materials and methods that you might like to try when creating your DIY deck.
One easy way to add a splash of color is to experiment with watercolors. With a simple watercolor background, any card will pop out. You can use certain colors for specific themes or mix and match. You might paint a morning sky or the midnight stars—any pattern or colors that bring joy to your heart are a great idea.
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Magazines use many different fonts and beautiful photos that will make a great addition to your daily affirmation cards. If you don’t love your handwriting or you don’t feel like writing things out, you can cut out words or letters to collage together. You can also include photos of scenes or objects that make you feel serene and uplifted.
Paints, Markers, Crayons
Any art supplies that you have on hand will work well for your affirmation cards. If you have a certain marker set that you prefer or your favorite pack of crayons on hand, you’ll be able to use them when inspiration strikes.
If you enjoy glitter, sprinkle your favorite colors on there. If you have washi tapes that brighten your day, layer them along the edges of your cards. You may choose to use patterned, colorful paper to create your deck with. The important thing is to tap into your creativity and let your imagination run wild with artistic intention.
You may choose to color-code your deck by chakras, including affirmations that connect to each chakra. For instance, a violet-themed card might include a picture of amethyst and an affirmation like, “I am wise and spiritual”—connecting to your Crown chakra.
Examples of Affirmations
You can use any affirmations that you like on your daily affirmation cards, as long as they are positive and loving towards yourself. You can create a themed deck, focusing on self-love or body-acceptance. There is no formula that you have to follow. Here are a few examples of how varied positive affirmations can be:
You can use any of these affirmations and create your own. These are a few ideas to get you started and show you that affirmations can look very different—the one thing they have in common is that they are designed to invite positive thoughts into your aura.
- I overflow with positivity and joy.
- I am capable and strong.
- I am beautiful.
- I love myself and all of my imperfections.
- I am doing my best.
- I am worthy of love.
- I am full of love, I am loved, I am loving.
- Bravery and courage flow through me.
- My thoughts become my reality.
- I am kind to myself and others.
- I approve of myself.
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Protecting Your Cards
Once you’ve finished making your cards, you might want to protect them from external elements, like spilled coffee or tea. Try using self-laminating sheets like these ones to easily and quickly wrap your new cards in a protective barrier.
Getting the Most Out of Your DIY Deck
Now that your deck is created and protected, it’s time to start using your handmade daily affirmation cards. You can simply pull one card each day for more inspiration, whether in the morning or at night. You can also pull a card any time you need a quick boost of love and light. Feel free to carry your cards with you throughout the day for a constant companion, and pull a card anytime you feel a negative thought coming on.
The more you use your cards, the more comfortable you’ll become with the messages contained within.