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Upcycled Coupon Birthday Card


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August 20, 2018

Upcycled Coupon to Birthday Card - front of finished cardVictoria's Secret mails out coupons printed on thick quality cardboard paper. I usually keep their coupons because they make great templates to trace or to use for other craft projects, like this birthday card!

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But of course, if you do not have this coupon you can trace a heart shape on any cardboard, or thicker cardstock to achieve the same concept!

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 1 card

Supplies:

  • cardboard
  • tissue paper
  • scissors
  • colored paper
  • gluestick
  • Sharpie
  • hot glue gun

Steps:

  1. For the front of my card, I used a coupon that already says Happy Birthday. All the information underneath is not needed so I covered that with some white stickers.
  2. Upcycled Coupon to Birthday Card - coupon card used
     
    Upcycled Coupon to Birthday Card - information below the greeting covered with white stickers
     
  3. Rip pieces of tissue paper and crumble into a ball. Repeat until you have a good amount.
  4. Upcycled Coupon to Birthday Card - rip strips of tissue paper
     
    Upcycled Coupon to Birthday Card - crumple the tissue strips into balls
     
    Upcycled Coupon to Birthday Card - ball lying on the heart shape
     
    Upcycled Coupon to Birthday Card - continue until you have quite a few
     
  5. Using hot glue, fill the heart up with the crumbled tissue paper balls leaving "Happy Birthday" visible.
  6. Upcycled Coupon to Birthday Card - hot glue the tissue balls on the heart
     
    Upcycled Coupon to Birthday Card - continue around the outside
     
    Upcycled Coupon to Birthday Card - with the space around "Happy Birthday" with the tissue balls
     
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  7. Trace the heart shape on cardboard two times, one to cover the back of the front (happy birthday) card and one for the back of the card. Cut out the traced hearts.
  8. Upcycled Coupon to Birthday Card - trace and cut out 2 more heart shapes
     
  9. Cut strip of paper (length wise) smaller than the heart.
  10. Upcycled Coupon to Birthday Card - cut a strip of colored paper slightly smaller than the card top to bottom
     
  11. Fold the paper accordion style.
  12. Upcycled Coupon to Birthday Card - fold the paper accordion style
     
  13. To make a banner style, I cut a V shape off.
  14. Upcycled Coupon to Birthday Card - to make it more of a banner style cut into a V shape
     
    Upcycled Coupon to Birthday Card - opened banner
     
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  15. Using the glue stick, apply glue on the back of the accordion to adhere to the back of the card.
  16. Upcycled Coupon to Birthday Card - glue one end to the back of the card heart piece
     
    Upcycled Coupon to Birthday Card - banner glued to the back
     
  17. Apply glue to the front of accordion and adhere to the back of the front card. You are gluing to the second cardboard heart shape cut in step 4. Now glue this piece to the back of your decorated card front.
  18. Upcycled Coupon to Birthday Card - front of the card
     
    Upcycled Coupon to Birthday Card - accordion paper being glue to card front backing prior to gluing it to the card front
     
  19. Open the accordion up and write a message, or name of the recipient inside.
  20. Upcycled Coupon to Birthday Card - open the accordion up
     
    Upcycled Coupon to Birthday Card - write your message
     
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