Homemade Birthday Cards

A homemade birthday card is not only fun to make, but it is a gift in itself, to receive. Children can make cards for friends and family. You don't need expensive tools to handcraft cards, just basic supplies and lots of imagination. This is a guide about homemade birthday cards.

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This is a guide about making a birthday cake birthday card. The perfect motif for a homemade birthday card is a cute birthday cake design.

Making a Birthday Cake Birthday Card

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This is a guide about making a hatching chick birthday card. You can get very creative when you make your own birthday cards.

Making a Hatching Chick Birthday Card

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Card embellished with a large cluster of the cut out gift bag flowers. The flowers in various colors adorn the lower right corner of the card. The cord handle is used to complete a partial rectangular shape on the left side and upper left corner. When I receive gifts in gift bags, I always keep the gift bags with the idea of recycling them, either as a bag for another gift, or as inspiration for a craft project. I recently received a gift bag with a beautiful floral pattern, and decided to recycle this bag by using the cut-out flowers to make a birthday card.

Approximate Time: 30 minutes

Supplies:

  • 8.2" x 6" light blue marbled cardboard
  • 3.6" x 5.6" metallic paper
  • one used gift bag with a floral pattern
  • skeleton leaves, approximately 3-4
  • 3D self-adhesive foam squares
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • a pair of standard scissors
  • quick-drying glue
  • one A4 sheet of white paper
  • one light blue marbled envelope

Instructions:

  1. Fold light blue marbled cardboard in half to create a card 4.1" x 6". Use the ruler to make the fold neat and smooth.

  2. Glue the 3.6" x 5.6" metallic paper to the front of the card, carefully ensuring that it is an equal distance from the edges.

  3. Carefully cut out the flowers from the used gift bag. I only used the flowers from the one side of the gift bag, saving the other flowers for another project.

  4. Arrange the leaves and flowers in place, and glue them to the front of the card.

  5. Create a 3D effect: for some flowers, glue the whole flower flat to the cardboard, and for others, use the self-adhesive foam squares to lift certain parts of the flowers from the background.

  6. Use the string that was attached to the original gift bag to "frame" the design.

  7. Print a message on the white paper, cut it to the correct size and paste it to the inside of the card.

By BessieBessie from Pretoria, Gauteng

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pink and white striped cardA delightful birthday card for a young child. pink and white striped card

Approximate Time: 30 minutes

Supplies:

  • pink and white cardstock
  • patterned paper: floral and stripe
  • 3/8 inch pink satin ribbon
  • 1 pink button
  • 1 1/2 inch circle punch
  • 2 inch circle scallop punch
  • large and small scallop-edge scissors
  • 1/16 inch hole punch
  • double-sided and foam dot adhesive
  • glue

Instructions:

Fold 8x6 inch pink cardstock in half to make a card.

Trim the top edge with large scallop-edge scissors, then use the hole punch to punch holes on each scalloped edges.

Cut a piece of pink stripe paper into 4 inch square. Adhere to bottom of card.

Cut 4 x 1 1/2 inch floral paper; use small scallop-edge scissors to trim the top edge. Adhere to card as shown.

Glue pink ribbon to the center. Attach pink bow with a dot of glue.

Glue on button at the center.

Punch out 1 1/2 inch circle from white cardstock. Apply 'wish' rub-on or sticker on white circle.

Mat it to the 2 inch floral circle scallop. Use foam dot adhesive to adhere the floral circle scallop to the card.

Use any leftover cardstock and patterned paper to create a coordinating bookmark. Birthday Wish Card

By Maricel from Fairfax, VA

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Dragonfly cut out on a card with flowers and a borderMake a hand-painted birthday card for a special family member.

Approximate Time: 1 hour

Supplies:

  • 9.8 inch x 6.9 inch light brown striped cardboard
  • 5.7 inch x 4.3 inch white cardboard
  • one foam dragonfly (available from scrapbook wholesalers)
  • 24 inch pink florist ribbon
  • student watercolors set with 12 colors, you will need blue, green, yellow, and orange from this set
  • acrylic paint in two colors: Blush Pink Pearl and magenta
  • thin paintbrush
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • pair of standard scissors
  • quick-drying glue

Instructions:

  1. Fold the light brown striped cardboard in half to create a card 6.9 inches x 4.9 inches; use the ruler to make the fold neat and smooth.
  2. Turn the 5.7 inch x 4.3 inch white cardboard so that the 5.7 inch sides will be at the top and bottom.
  3. Using the watercolors, start by painting a design on the white cardboard. Start with the water, and ensure that the paint is applied darker towards the sea-line, as to create depth.
  4. Using green watercolor, as well as a combination of yellow-green and yellow-orange-green, add reeds to the edge of the water.
  5. At the bottom of the reeds, add small flowers with the acrylic paint in two colors: Blush Pink Pearl and magenta.
  6. Paste the dragonfly above the water.

By BessieBessie from Pretoria, Gauteng

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Use a combination of red, white, and blue card stock to make this card for the patriotic significant other in your life.

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Who doesn't like the excitement of the circus?

circus tent card

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Make this keepsake card for your little baby girl to celebrate her first birthday.

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Make this simple, yet elegant, card to convey birthday wishes to a special family member.

Completed card.

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This folded apple note card with a matching gift tag is made from cardstock in natural red, ivory, brown, and green. Ideal to send as a birthday greeting for children or simply to say hello to a friend. You might also like to make a batch of these for gift-giving.

Apple card and envelope.

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Make a birthday card and a matching gift tag, using butterflies and paper flowers.

Butterfly Birthday Card

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birthday cardThis is a Perfumed Handmade Card.

Yes you read it right! This card smell like perfume!!

How did I get it? Well do you see the white paper?! Not long ago it was a perfume sample ;-)

By Orquidea from Porto, Portugal

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This is a guide about making a leaf print birthday card. Use leaves from your garden to stamp paint designs on cardstock, creating a lovely handmade birthday greeting.

Making a Leaf Print Birthday Card

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