How to Make Creative Birthday Cards

    by Natasha Lawrence

    About the Author

    For over 25 years, Natasha Lawrence has written for publications from "Alaska Business Monthly" to "Savannah Magazine" and provided destination content as Florida city editor for Wcities. Her expertise in arts and crafts includes calligraphy, painting, mosaics, jewelry making, paper crafts and home decor, often offering workshops in museums and art centers.


    Skip the card aisle at the store and show off your creative and crafty side instead. Simple or fancy, handcrafted birthday cards are appreciated by recipients more than store-bought cards. With a variety of papers, ribbons and embellishments, you can make three-dimensional cards that are one-of-a-kind works of art. Friends and family members who receive one are sure to smile when they open the envelope.

    Things You'll Need

    • Card stock
    • Paper cutter
    • Decorative papers
    • Double-sided tape
    • Mat board pieces (3 1/2-inch square)
    • One-sided tape
    • Curling ribbon
    • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
    • Images with birthday themes
    • Embellishments (bows, buttons)
    • A-7 envelopes (to fit 5-by-7-inch cards)

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    Cut a sheet of card stock with the paper cutter lengthwise to make it 10 by 7 inches in size. You can use scissors if you don't have a paper cutter. Cut a second identical sheet to make a second birthday card. Fold each card lengthwise and make a crease, creating two cards that each measure 5- by 7-inches in size.

    Cut two sheets of decorative paper, each to measure 5 1/2 by 6 1/2 inches in size; one for each card. Apply strips of double-sided tape on the back of each and press one onto the front of the blank cards, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the outer edge.

    Wrap a 3 1/2-inch square piece of mat board with decorative paper (contrasting the paper attached to the card.) Secure the paper with one-sided tape. Tie a ribbon around the decorative mat board like you would tie a ribbon around a gift box. Secure the mat board gift box to the front of one card with hot glue.

    On the second card, hot glue embellishments, such as ribbon coils, bows, birthday images and buttons. Apply dimensional paint in a random fashion like confetti or streamers. Let dry before handling.

    Write "Happy Birthday" or "On Your Special Day" or another birthday sentiment. Inside the card, write a personal note. Insert the cards in envelopes.

    • Embellishments can also include colorful yarn, sequins and glitter.
    • Make several birthday cards to have available when needed.
    • If children are participating in this project, an adult should handle the hot glue gun and paper cutter or scissors.


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