Subject: Botanical Greetings
Supplies: See Below
Recommended Time: 30 – 45 Minutes

Materials You Will Need:

  • Pencil
  • Pen or marker
  • Plain cardstock or plain paper
  • Cardboard
  • X-Acto knife, scissors or tape
  • A nature specimen such as a flower, twig, leaf, etc.

Set Up:

Calligraphy ​is the art of beautiful handwriting. ​The word is derived from the ancient Greek word, ​kalligraphia = kallos (​beauty) + ​graphein​ (to write). Before the printing press was invented, books and documents were written by hand using various forms of calligraphy.

Calligraphy scripts are diverse and can be practiced using a range of writing instruments. This lesson will demonstrate a few decorative handwriting strokes using a basic pen and a broad tip marker.

Other words to know​:

  • Botanical—R​elating​ ​to plants; a plant specimen
  • Flourish​ – An ornamental, flowing curve in handwriting
  • Nib—​ ​The ​pointed end of a pen, which distributes ink on the writing surface

Make your own botanical greeting cards using the techniques demonstrated in the following videos.

Assemble a Botanical Greeting Card:

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Watch Demonstrations of Decorative Handwriting:

Broad Tip Pen/Marker

Decorative Flourish

For more examples of beautiful handwriting and decorative flourishing:

The greeting card instructions in this lesson are a variation on a project from Calligraphy Styling ​by Veronica Halim.


  • Think about the four handwriting habits—why are these important?
  • What do you find beautiful about calligraphy?
  • Who in your life would be blessed by a gift of this handwork?