Scenting your cards may seem old fashioned, but imagine sending out holiday cards that smell like evergreen or peppermint. What about a postcard from your island vacation that smells like the tropics? Maybe even a picture of your freshly blooming garden paired with the lingering smell of gardenia or jasmine. Continue reading to find out how to make scented cards + free printable cards.

Take sending cards to a whole new level by scenting them which can actually make them more memorable. In fact, scents have a greater ability to bring up an emotional memory in a person than only seeing a picture or hearing a voice. Scented cards are an act of kindness that’s hard to forget.

If you want to know how to make your own scented cards, check out these tips below!

How To Scent Your Cards

What You’ll Need:

  • Card or stationary 
  • Cotton balls
  • Airtight container (like a plastic bag or tupperware) 
  • Your choice of essential oils or perfume

Step 1: Place Card in Airtight Container

Place your card or stationary in an airtight container like a plastic bag. Make sure the container is big enough to hold your card and seal it tight. For an added touch, you can add your envelope into the container as well!

Step 2: Add Your Scent To a Cotton Ball

Place 5–10 drops of essential oil or a few spritzes of your favorite perfume on a cotton ball. You can also create your own essential oil blend to use for your signature scent.

Step 3: Place Scented Cotton Ball in Container

Place the scented cotton ball in the container with the card or stationary. Make sure the damp cotton isn’t directly touching the card or paper to avoid any oil staining. If need be, you could add a piece of cardstock to create a barrier between the cotton and the card.

Step 4: Leave Overnight

Seal the container and leave the card with the scented cotton ball for at least 12 hours. For a stronger scent, you can leave it for a few days. The scent should last up to 2 weeks.

Scented Greeting Cards

Since many of us are celebrating the holidays differently this year, these seasonal cards are the perfect gesture to let your loved ones or friends know you are thinking of them. 

Fall Greeting Cards

Halloween Greeting Card
Hey Boo (click image to download)

“I’m fall-ing for you” download here

Winter Greeting Cards

Winter greeting cards
Let’s get LIT (click image to download)

“There’s ‘snow’ one like you” download here

Spring Greeting Card

Spring Greeting Card
Hey bae-bee (click image to download)

Summer Greeting Card

“Sending you some sunshine” download here

Greeting cards are a great way to remind someone you are thinking about them, but pairing it with a signature scent makes the gesture that much more special. Whether you decide to send one off during the holiday season or for no reason in particular, your loved ones will never forget it!


How to make scented cards + free printable cards