ABC card

by Grace Bonney

Thank you Grace for letting me spend the week here! For my last post I
decided to make an ABC birthday card with a PDF you can download and
make yourself.

We have a birthday tradition in our family we’ve been doing since we
were kids. We go around the dinner table and each person takes a letter
of the alphabet, and we say something nice about the birthday girl/boy.
A is for Artistic! B is for the Beautiful! We go around and around the
table until we get to Z (which can be a difficult letter, you have to
get creative). You can mention a favorite memory, or something that
reminds you of that person, but it has to involve your letter.

My family is now scattered across the country. So I thought this ABC
card might be a nice way to keep our tradition going, even when we’re
apart for birthdays. Coming up with 26 things on your own can be tough,
so I only recommend making this card for people you know quite well!


To get started: Download the PDF which includes
all 26 letters. For each card you’ll need seven sheets of cardstock.
Print your cards on a color printer. Cut each page into 4 cards by
following the trim marks. Write one special trait or memory for each
letter. Wrap with ribbon and mail to the birthday boy/girl in a sturdy
envelope. It’s almost as good as being there in person.


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  • thank you! thank you! thank you! My mother is an invalid so shopping for her is limited (how boring to buy pj’s and robes over and over – she doesn’t wear jewelry any more and knick-knacks are useless in a home filled with a lifetime’s collection). So I am always looking for interesting ideas for sentimental gifts, because at this point in her life those are the BEST!

  • this IS awesome! thank you for the inspiration and the great pdf. I am going to make it into a mini book for my neice :)

  • I love this! what a heartfelt, thoughtful gift idea. thanks for sharing the pdf file of your cards, I will definitely be using it! I’ve loved your posts and all your great links this week! thanks!

  • Wow. I love the family tradition, and love the way you’ve captured it in these cards. Thanks so much for creating this for all of us!

  • Oh thank you – these will be useful in so many many ways! Sounds like a great tradition to start I can see my kids having fun!

  • Wow this is a really great idea! Since I live abroad, away from all family and friends, I guess I will be using it quite a lot :-D

  • This is something that (I think) can easily be adapted for teaching alphabet to kids. Who cares that D is for Dog? In our house D is for Daddy, doll, and David (our neighbour). It looks like there is enough space to write whichever words we want for each letter. Thanks!

  • I love them. Such a perfect idea. I am definitely going to use those a lot. In my language (Norwegian) we have three more letters, so I’ll just have to make some extra cards myself to include those :) Thanks for sharing :)

  • I LOVE this idea! It’s so sweet and charming, and for a lot of people it would be much more meaningful than a store-bought gift. This is totally going on my list of gift ideas :)

  • Such a beautiful idea. I know I am just repeating all the above but I am so moved and inspired I just wanted to thank the designer for sharing and Grace for posting. I look forward to reading through different sets for different years – what a unique and special time capsule. Thank you!

  • Love the cards!! I downloaded them and am thinking about filling them out for my closest friends and family as (inexpensive but hopefully lovely) Christmas presents. Thank you!

  • Thank you so much for sharing this…i will be doing this as a “reason’s i miss you” for my husband who is deployed to iraq…

    • cy

      our ftp site kicked the bucket so i’m slowly trying to re-upload every file that used to live there. i’ll email the guest blog author of this post and see if they still have the file..


  • Just bounced to this post from Joy Ever After, and also wasn’t able to download the pdf. I’ll check back to see if it gets up and running again. Thanks!

  • can’t get pdf for alphabet book Could you send it my way. I’d love to use it

  • Can’t seem to find the abc birthday card pdf. Hopefully it is still available. Thanks, Laurie

  • If you find the file, I would love to have these for all of the birthdays that will be rolling around soon. What a wonderful idea!

  • Love these! My family live away too so a great idea – might take me a while to think of every letter.

    Like everyone else please can i beg for a copy to be emailed to me? thanks x.

  • Hi, Grace. I’m having trouble with the letter “G,” of course the first letter in my name! Only half prints, and I was wondering if you have a solution for me.
    Blessings, Gina