DIY-vination: My Lenormand Deck

Clearly, I pulled out all the stops when it came to Washi tape!

Clearly, I pulled out all the stops when it came to Washi tape!

If you've seen my previous post on Lenormand, you'll find that it was the card system that really got me back into reading the cards. A while back, I saw a video by Jess of Tarot Seed where she showcased a work-in-progress DIY collage Lenormand deck. Crafting your own Lenormand deck is a lot less intimidating than drawing the entire tarot. One, you only have 36 cards to work with. Two, there aren't any deep symbolisms to consider—a dog is a dog is a dog, as far as Lenormand decks are concerned. That thought totally took the pressure off.

Here's what I worked with (it took me about three days to get everything together):

  • Index cards — if you want an easy-to-handle deck, the smaller you go, the better. cutting down a standard index card in half will work well. I was used to the Fairy Tale Lenormand being a giant deck, so I just kept the cards standard.
  • Washi tape — oh, joy!
  • Scissors
  • Old magazines
  • Glue sticks
  • Laminating machine — I went to the neighborhood copy shop to get these done. Yes, I can't riffle shuffle the cards because they're set in really thick grade laminate, but it also means I can bring my deck to parties and not have to worry about them getting wet or dirty.
Crafting my own deck gave me a chance to go back to my life of art journaling, and also put some use to all the Teen Vogues I had stashed in my closet.

Crafting my own deck gave me a chance to go back to my life of art journaling, and also put some use to all the Teen Vogues I had stashed in my closet.

The thing about having being really finicky about art styles is that it's really hard for me to find decks with designs I can get behind. I'm happy about the resurgence of independent decks these days because the options are a lot more varied, but when you have a particular aesthetic in mind (that isn't as popular as pagan-inspired artwork, classical paintings, or even fantasy-themed illustrations), it can really be slim pickings. Creating your deck allows you to get things done exactly the way you want it.

Now I think if anyone used my deck, they'd be very confused (it's not exactly easy to find a photo of an anchor in an issue of Teen Vogue, so I settled for the nautical lifesaver instead) because Lenormand is usually so straightforward and simple with its drawings. But I think this just adds to the fun. These are symbols I understand and I can spot in a split-second, and that's all that really matters!

Crafting your own deck was extremely therapeutic for me and these cards make for great conversation-starters with friends and clients. What would your Lenormand deck look like if you made your own?

PS: If you've never had a Lenormand reading and want to see what it's like, make sure to check out my Lenormand offerings over at the shop.