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How to Design Thank You Cards for Thanksgiving

By Vanessa Poulson | Designer Tutorials

‘Tis the season for spreading cheer and kindness to your family and friends. Thanksgiving is a time for reminding your loved ones how thankful you are for their role in your life. This sense of togetherness that leads to expressing everything there is to be thankful for is what makes the holiday season special. What better way to share your gratitude for your loved ones by creating a customized card that they can keep forever?

Using one of BeFunky’s Thanksgiving thank you card templates in the Graphic Designer makes showing your friends and family how thankful you are easy, fun, and creative. You can personalize the card to make it even more memorable. We have plenty of templates to make the design process a breeze, so you can focus on making your card as heartfelt as possible. Check out how to make your individualized Thanksgiving thank you card below!

How to Design a Thanksgiving Thank You Card

Are you ready to get started on your own customized Thanksgiving thank you card? By following this step-by-step tutorial and adding your own creative style to your project, you’ll have an impressive thank you card in no time. Keep reading after the tutorial for some inspiring design ideas for your Thanksgiving thank you card. 

Step 1: Choose Your Template

The first step is to visit BeFunky’s Graphic Designer by clicking this link. To find templates specific to your Thanksgiving celebrations, click Search Templates at the top left of the screen. Type in “Thanksgiving cards” to find the best results. The search brings up a wide variety of Thanksgiving-themed thank you cards for you to choose from. 

choose a thanksgiving card template

When you’ve found the template you want to edit, click it. This will open a new window with a blue button reading Use This Template. Select the button to open the template in BeFunky’s Graphic Designer. Now you’re ready to start customizing!

use this template

Step 2: Update Your Photos & Background

Every element of your Thank You Card template is fully customizable. If the template you chose has an image on it, it’s easy to replace it with a photo of you and your loved one. To do so, open the Image Manager tab in the main menu on the left and use the Computer button to upload your favorite photos. If you would rather use a unique stock photo to bring out the character of your thank you card, click Search Stock Images to choose an image from BeFunky’s extensive stock photo library.

go to image manager

When you’ve uploaded a photo, it will appear on the left of the Image Manager. Double click or click and drag the image for it to appear in the template. 

If you wish to change the background color of your card, you can choose any hue you want by opening the Customize tab from the left bar icon menu, directly below the Image Manager. Click the color tile next to Background Color to choose a new one, or use the Eye Dropper Tool to select any color that already exists on your template.

change the background color of your template

Step 3: Add Grateful Text

Now it’s time to customize your Thank You message! The text of your card expresses how thankful you are for your loved ones. Just click on the textbox to bring up a Text Properties menu for you to change the font, colors, and more. 

change the text propreties

Type your custom message in the box. Make sure when choosing the font and color of your text that they are both legible and fit the design of the template. Double click the text so it’s highlighted and then click the colored box in Text Properties to choose a new color. 

change the text colors

For this example, we decided to stick with a simple and elegant font in black text. Next, let’s take a look at adding graphics to your Thanksgiving thank you card. 

Step 4: Incorporate Graphics

BeFunky offers a huge selection of customizable design elements that you can add to your card. Click Graphics from the left icon menu, the second icon from the bottom. From here, you can choose to upload graphics from your computer by clicking the blue Computer button or choose a graphic from BeFunky’s many options by clicking Search Graphics

locate graphics library

Once you’ve selected graphics to add to your template, they will appear under Your Graphics on the left of the screen. Similar to how you added your image to the template during step 1, you can double click or click and drag the graphic for it to appear in the template. 

When a graphic is selected, a Graphic Properties menu will appear on the left of the screen. Here, you can play around with the tint, shadow, and color of your graphics. Use the white circles that appear at the corners of the selected graphic to adjust its size. 

add graphics to thank you card

Try getting creative with having some graphics cut off by the edge of the template. This can create a more fluid and unique look to the thank you card. 

Step 5: Save Your Card

Once you’re satisfied with your design, it’s time to save your Thanksgiving Thank You Card! Click the Save button at the top of the Graphic Designer to save your Thank You Card to your computer.

save your card

Save your card as a PDF if you want to have it ready to print and as a web file if you’re sending a digital card this year!

Final Results

Make your loved ones something memorable in this time of giving thanks in just a few clicks with these beautiful card templates. Are you ready to start designing your own customized cards? Head on over to the Graphic Designer, or stick around and read on for a bit more inspiration.

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Thanksgiving Card Inspiration

Whether you want to showcase your favorite photos of you and your loved ones or you want your design to be more graphics-focused, BeFunky’s Designer has all the Thanksgiving Thank You Card templates you need. The best part is, each template is pre-designed for you to use as a guide, yet fully customizable. That means you can add personality and thoughtfulness into your Thank You Card in just a few clicks! Here are some of our favorite templates:

Share a Photo

Do you have a special photo of you and your loved one that you’d like to share that captures a moment or memory you hold dear? We’ve got plenty of photo-focused Thank You Card templates to help highlight those special moments!

thanksgiving card photo

Make It Classic 

There’s nothing better than a classic Thank You Card! Let our graphic and text-forward templates do the talking in these elegant card styles. Utilizing a template like this one also means you don’t have to worry about taking holiday photos while still allowing you to share your gratitude. 

thanksgiving card classic

Keep It Minimal

Sometimes, less is more! If you’re looking for a muted and minimal Thanksgiving thank you card, use any of our simplistic templates to get your message across. 

thanksgiving card minimal

Use a Fun Graphic

Try positioning a photo of you or your family inside a pumpkin-shaped graphic or a leaf. BeFunky’s graphics library offers a huge array of graphics that can make your Thanksgiving thank you card look iconic and unique. 

thanksgiving card fun

Serving Thanks for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time for sharing your gratitude with friends and family. Your loved ones will certainly appreciate a thoughtful and thankful card from you this holiday. A personalized card is far more meaningful and allows you to send a customized message. BeFunky’s Graphic Designer makes creating your own Thanksgiving thank you cards easy and fun!

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