Making your own Lenormand deck is a fun way to get to know the cards.
A personalized DIY deck helps you to memorize the different cards, create a deck that you truly connect with, and save money!
Because imagery doesn’t matter in Lenormand, it’s really easy to make your own deck. There are many options available.
Of course, some people will still decide to simply buy a Piatnik (my fave!) or other deck. Yet many others will decide to take both options – creating a DIY Lenormand deck and buying one (or more) of the great decks already done for you.
That’s why I’m giving you three options for how you can make your own Lenormand deck easily, FREE, and customized just to you!
1. The Quick and Dirty Way to Make Your Own Deck
This is the easiest and cheapest way to make your own deck. You don’t have to buy anything!
It’s a great example of how the images on a Lenormand deck don’t matter. If you’re coming from a Tarot background, this might be the perfect deck to help you learn to read Lenormand without interpreting the different nuances in the images, such as the colors or the feelings an image evokes.
What you need:
You’ll need 36 pieces of heavy paper, such as index cards. You could also use cardboard or the inside of your kids’ empty cereal boxes. It just needs to be something that won’t tear easily, and each piece needs to be the same size (or as close as you can get).
Grab a pen while you’re at it too!
How to Make Your Deck:
This is super easy! Write the name of the individual cards on the pieces of paper, one card per piece of paper. You can find a list of the names of the Lenormand cards in the chart below.
And that’s it! Your deck is done and ready for you to use!
2. How to Make a Lenormand Deck Using Playing Cards
This is certainly a cheap and easy DIY option for Lenormand cards. It adds an element of authenticity by incorporating playing card images, but it doesn’t have to cost you a penny or take a lot of time.
- An old (or new) deck of playing cards that you don’t mind writing on.
- A permanent marker
- Pictures* and/or stickers (optional)
Instructions to Make Your Deck
- Simply grab your deck of playing cards.
- Remove the Jokers, 2s, 3s, 4s, and 5s.
- Write the Lenormand card names on the corresponding playing cards using the chart below.
- Optional: If you want, you can glue pictures* or use stickers to represent the picture of the card, such as using a picture or sticker of a horse and rider to represent the image of the Rider card. If you use glue, make sure you let the cards dry completely before using them.
3. Guide to Making the Ultimate DIY Lenormand Deck
This DIY Lenormand option allows you to create your personalized vision of the Lenormand cards.
Just as each Lenormand card has one symbol (such as a bouquet or a sun), you can create a deck using images that speak to you.
You could create a deck using photographs you take. Why not use a picture of you in place of the Man or Woman card? If you’re in a relationship, why not use a picture of your partner in your deck? Do you have a pet dog that you could use for the Dog card? Do you have a bouquet of flowers on your table? How can you incorporate pictures of your life in your deck?
If you’re an artist, you could draw or paint images for each card. Wouldn’t that be lovely?
If you’re not much of a photographer or artist, or just need some help coming up with images, you can use clip art or pictures* you find online. That’s what I did with for my list of Lenormand meanings.
But how do you turn photographs and other images into a Lenormand deck?
- Pictures for each card (of course)
- Printer Friendly Card-stock Paper (Avery Business Cards, Letter or A4 sized paper will all work)
- Equipment for cutting the paper, such as scissors, rulers and cutting boards
Instructions for Making Your Deck
- Print your pictures onto the card-stock paper.
- Decide what size you want your pictures, and whether you want your corners square or round.
- Cut your pictures to match.
You can make this as simply or as fancy as you want. If you printed the images in black and white, you could use markers or colored pencils to add a splash of color. You could write the names of the cards or add keywords to each image.
It’s your deck. Have fun with it!