A Girl Scout Holiday Service Project

Guidelines for Greeting Cards


Think Winter versus Holiday or Religious
Suggestions: snowflakes, sleighs, candles, holly, wreaths, snow, skaters.
We don't know what religion the children are when we are filling the case workers' lists.
Keeping cards generic allows us to provide any card to any child on Distribution Day.


Personally designed cards can vary depending on girls' ages

Paper Media:

  • Color construction paper
  • Card stock
  • Salvaged/recycled holiday cards
  • Printed computer generated color pages
  • Index cards

Personally Designed by Hand, using:

  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Paints Rubber stamps
  • Stickers
  • Confetti
  • Glitter
  • Fancy edged scissors for finishing

Computer Generated Messages

  • Leaders (of younger troops) have pre-printed messages on paper or card stock for girls in their troop to add their name and design their cards. Other girls have drawn pictures or simply added random designs, added written message and signed first name.


  • Fancy edges on any paper noted above adds a special touch to their greeting.

Special Notes

Recycling holiday cards:

  • Use cards that only meet our "winter theme"
  • Girls can use the entire front cover picture by removing the part with all the printed words and past personal written messages
  • Girls can cutout specific designs from the cards and mount them on plain card paper
  • Either way girls write their greeting and first name on the back


  • We have received a number of batches of greetings in the mail. They are beautiful, glittery cards! BUT, they were not completely dry prior to being mailed or delivered and they were all glued together. Sadly, we could not separate them, so they had to be thrown away.
  • Please dry completely before stacking your greeting cards.


  • We've been asked NOT to punch holes and thread a ribbon or yarn to the cards. Please discard this step.
Last update October 21, 2010