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Easy Handmade Birthday Cards for Boys

Little or big, your birthday boy will appreciate the time and creativity you put into a handmade birthday card made just for him. Our instructions and patterns make it easy to make these cards from a handful of scrapbooking papers and embellishments.

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    • Sports Fan Birthday Card

      Cheer on your little athlete to have a great birthday with this card customized to his favorite sport. Swap out the baseball cap for a football or a soccer ball; coordinate the card's colors to his Little League squad or favorite pro team.

       

      1. Cut a sheet of colored cardstock, and fold it in half to make a card of desired size.
      2. Punch two circles of cardstock in slightly different sizes and layer them in the center of the card. Adhere a strip of white cardstock across the bottom of the card.
      3. Add wording using letter stickers, chipboard letters, stamps, or rub-on letters.
      4. Get our free patterns to cut pieces for the ball cap from colored cardstock. Embellish the cap with machine stitching. Assemble the cap and adhere it to the circles using adhesive foam.
      5. Tie embroidery floss around the card at the fold and secure a gold cardstock star in place. Add buttons or other embellishments as desired.

      Editor's Tip: Save time and work with stickers, die cuts, or chipboard shapes in sports motifs. Beef up a sticker by mounting it on chipboard and cutting it out; embellish die cuts by drawing in fine details.

    • 3-2-1 Blast Off Birthday Card

      A little imagination with creative paper piecing is all it takes to send your aspiring astronaut to another universe. Our patterns make it easy to bring this outer space adventure to life.

      1. Cut a sheet of blue cardstock, and fold it in half to make a card of the size you'd like. Sand the edges and surface to add effect.
      2. Use our patterns, available below, to cut the pieces of the rocket ship from colored cardstock. To add glitter to the top and wing pieces, apply an adhesive sheet to the entire cardstock surface and sprinkle with glitter. We started with gray cardstock for cohesive color. Add machine stitching to outline the body of the rocket. Sand the flame piece for effect.
      3. Assemble and layer the rocket ship pieces as shown and adhere to the card front. Add a robot in the window using a brad or sticker.
      4. Cut a partial planet shape from cardstock, color it, and add it to the card along with cardstock stars.
      5. Print a birthday sentiment and cut it in strips; adhere to the card.

      Editor's Tip: Customize the card even more. Draw the birthday boy or use a favorite snapshot to make him the rocket commander.

    • Banner Birthday Cards

      Make a stash of these birthday-theme cards, and you'll always be able to give a handmade card even at the last minute. Choose different colors and patterns to give each a one-of-a-kind look. Customize each card to suit the birthday boy with a special sentiment or added embellishment.

       

      1. Cut a sheet of colored cardstock, and fold it in half to make a card of the size you'd like. Use a corner punch to round all four corners.
      2. Cut a sheet of white cardstock 1/4-inch smaller than the front of the card. Use an embossing machine or a texture plate and embossing tool to give the paper a fun texture, and use a corner punch to round the corners.
      3. For the banner card, fold scalloped circles punched from cardstock or patterned paper over baker's twine, and adhere to close the half circles. Tape the ends of the twine to the back of the white embossed cardstock, and adhere the piece to the card base. Add a "Happy Birthday" sentiment sticker.
      4. For the star card, adhere a 1x4-inch strip of patterned paper to the embossed cardstock piece, and then attach it to the card base. Punch or cut three sizes of stars from cardstock of different colors and layer them; attach them to the card with dimensional adhesive. Add a "Happy Birthday" sentiment sticker.
    • Celebrate 8! Birthday Card

      Kids love to announce their age! Celebrate how big he's getting with this nifty age-specific card design.

      1. Cut a sheet of cardstock, and fold it in half to make a card of the size you'd like.
      2. Cut a piece of patterned paper slightly smaller than the front of the card. Use a template or stencil to cut the birthday number out of the patterned paper and adhere it to the center of the card.
      3. Write the ending of an age-matching phrase (such as 8 "is great" or 4 "is fabulous") on a metal tag, tie on a ribbon, and adhere to the card.

      Editor's Tip: This card works well for any age. Simply choose the number you need for the birthday boy's age, and customize the phrase to suit that number.

    • Under the Sea Birthday Card

      This bubbly birthday card takes a page from one of our kids' favorite craft kits. (You can find just about every theme in popular velvet art paper kits.) Just cut out a design and add your own coloring to make a homemade card that doesn't require elaborate artistic talent.

      1. Cut two circles from white cardstock to make a card of the size you'd like. Brush swipes of blue paint to cover one circle for a watery look.
      2. Cut a fish design from a piece of purchased velvet art paper (find these in the kids' crafts section of a crafts store). Color or paint as desired. Adhere the fish to the blue painted circle. Embellish the fish body with a googly eye and gems for scales. Add silver gems for bubbles.
      3. Cut thin blades of grass from green patterned cardstock, and adhere to the card. Print a birthday sentiment, cut out, and adhere to the card.
      4. Tie the two card circle pieces together with a piece of ribbon.
    • Techno-Greeting Birthday Card

      A fun and funky pattern gives this birthday greeting a techno edge that guarantees smiles.

      1. Cut a sheet of colored cardstock, and fold it in half to make a card of the size you'd like.
      2. Layer a wide strip of contrasting colored cardstock across the front of the card.
      3. Cut a random jagged pattern from white cardstock and adhere it across the colored strip.
      4. Machine-stitch the edges of the cardstock pieces to enhance the funky look. We used a zigzag stitch across the straight cardstock strip and a small straight stitch to outline the jagged pattern.
      5. Add a birthday greeting with large chipboard letters.
    • It's a Wrap Birthday Card

      Birthday presents always bring a smile and so will this fun card shaped just like a present, complete with a bow to untie upon opening. Use papers of different colors to give it the look your birthday boy desires.

      1. Cut a sheet of patterned cardstock, and fold it in half to make a card of the size you'd like.
      2. Cut a rectangular piece from contrasting patterned cardstock about 1-1/2 inches tall and 1/2 inch wider than your card. Attach it to the top of the card (to look like a box lid) using adhesive foam to add dimension.
      3. Cut a length of patterned ribbon, wrap it around the card from top to bottom, and tie it into a bow.
      4. Cut a small rectangular piece of a different patterned cardstock to make a gift tag. Use a sentiment sticker or write a birthday greeting by hand on the gift tag and adhere one end beneath the bow.

      Editor's Tip: Write your birthday message inside the card before you tie the bow. The bow can slip on and off the card, but the bow may get mussed in the process.

    • Birthday Rainbow Card

      Pull out the kids' crafting supplies to whip up this delightful greeting card that's beaming with color. Made with simple chenille stems, this whimsical card is easy for a kid to make for a friend or family member, too.

      1. Cut a sheet of patterned cardstock, and fold it in half to make a card of the size you'd like.
      2. Bend a red chenille stem into the shape of a rainbow and trim, if necessary, to fit on the card. Shape and trim a chenille stem for each consecutive color of the rainbow (It's Roy G. Biv, remember?). Check the image for the correct order.
      3. Adhere the chenille stems to the front of the card.

      Editor's Tip: To make chenille stem placement easy, poke a hole in the card base for each end of each stem, then thread the pieces through, and adhere or bend the ends to the back of the card.

    • Blow Out the Candles Birthday Card

      He'll want to make a wish before opening this playful birthday card. Chenille stems and felt give whimsical dimension to the candles on this creative birthday cake.

      1. Cut a sheet of cardstock with a patterned birthday theme, and fold it in half to make a card of the size you'd like.
      2. Cut a trapezoid from a piece of contrasting patterned paper to make the cake base. Use decorative-edge scissors to cut a thin strip of colored paper; trim to fit across the top of the cake. Adhere the strip to the cake shape and attach to the card.
      3. Cut four (or a number matching the boy's age) short pieces of chenille stems in different colors for candles. Cut a flame shape from yellow felt for each candle. Adhere the candles and flames to the card above the cake.
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      Layers of Fun Birthday Card

      Part of the fun of this accordion-fold birthday card is the cleverly hidden greeting. Making the elaborate-looking card is much easier than it looks -- just follow our instructions and the folding diagram; then add your creative touches.

      1. Referring to our Accordion-Fold Card Diagram, available below, use a bone folder to score a 5-1/2x12-inch piece of cardstock at 1, 2, 4, 6, and 9 inches. Use a scoring grid to help you measure, or mark the lines lightly with a pencil. Fold.
      2. Fold the top and bottom edges of a 2-3/4x5-3/4-inch piece of cardstock to create a pocket. Adhere the pocket to the front of the tallest fold (the shaded area of the diagram). Add a color-coordinated tab to a 2-1/4x-1/2-inch piece of cardstock and insert the strip into the pocket. Use a stamp, stickers, or handwriting to add a birthday greeting on the pullout.
      3. To decorate the card, add papers and embellishments as desired. We covered each folded section with a different piece of patterned paper, then layered on strips of colored cardstock trimmed with decorative-edge scissors. Assemble a cupcake die cut from different paper patterns and adhere. To add dimension, use foam adhesive to attach the candle and blue frosting edge.
      4. Cut out or make your own gift tag shapes, such as the "Party Time" and "Wish Big" embellishments. Add shimmery gems, printed ribbons, and other embellishments for finishing touches.
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      Blue is for Boys Birthday Card

      Make this charming handmade birthday card in a snap, and put quality scraps to good use at the same time.

      1. Cut a sheet of colored cardstock, and fold it in half to make a card of the size you'd like.
      2. Layer a piece of patterned paper on the bottom portion of the card front. Add a thin strip of colored cardstock where the two base papers overlap, and stamp with a birthday sentiment. (Or use a stcker or a piece of ribbon printed with a birthday greeting.)
      3. Punch three colors of cardstock into squares and layer as shown. Add an acrylic birthday embellishment with a brad, or decorate with a birthday sticker. Finish with a cute bow.
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      Open Windows Birthday Greeting

      This homemade masterpiece looks like it should have a greeting card brand stamped on the back. But you can make this delightful birthday card using clever yet simple scrapbooking techniques.

      1. Cut a sheet of textured cardstock, and fold it in half to make a card of the size you'd like. Cut three square windows out of the front of the card.
      2. Cut six squares the same size as the windows out of three colors of cardstock. Punch a birthday design (such as a cake) in one of each of the colors, then layer the punched square over a contrasting colored square and adhere together. Position the colored squares on the inside right panel of the card to line up with the card windows and adhere.
      3. Rub colored ink pads along the outside edges of the card and around the window cutouts to add more decoration and color.
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      Coins in a Birthday Card

      This adorable card has six little surprises for a special someone's birthday. Adapt this design to match the age of your birthday boy.

      1. Cut a sheet of colored cardstock, and fold it in half to make a card of desired size.
      2. Layer a piece of patterned paper on the front of the card. Rub the edges and surfaces with an ink pad for embellishment.
      3. Cut a large number from a piece of cardstock. Punch two colors of paper into squares. Arrange the number and squares on the card and adhere. Use letter stickers to finish the greeting.
      4. Attach tiny envelopes with eyelets to hold silver dollars or folded bills. Decorate each envelope with a birthday candle punch.
      5. Tie a sheer ribbon around the entire card to package your handmade gift.
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      Cute & Quick Birthday Card

      It's easy to whip up this cute birthday card at a moment's notice. Plus, it's a terrific way to use up leftover paper scraps.

      1. Cut a sheet of cardstock, and fold it in half to make a card of the size you'd like.
      2. Cut three rectangular strips from patterned paper, making one strip longer than the other two. Round all the visible corners and layer the strips on the front of the card.
      3. Decorate a tag frame or a die-cut shape with a birthday sentiment using word stickers, and attach it with foam adhesive for a raised effect.
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      Easy Ribbon Card

      When all you have are generic note cards, try this quick and easy embellishment idea to turn one into a charming birthday card.

      1. Start with a premade note card, such as the striped one shown here.
      2. Cut two strips of patterned paper in different widths and adhere across the bottom of the card front.
      3. Attach pieces of ribbon in a scattered pattern and layer on a woven label with a birthday greeting.

      Editor's Tip: Don't have a premade note card handy? Simply fold a piece of patterned cardstock in half for your card base.

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      Polka-Dot Birthday Card

      Circle, square, triangle, octagon -- whichever shape you fancy, a series of them cut from patterned papers form a graphic birthday card when you put them cleverly together.

      1. Use a computer illustration program to design a dotted circle with a birthday sentiment inside. Print it on a sheet of cardstock; then cut and fold the cardstock to make a card of the size you'd like.
      2. Punch five circles of the same size from different patterned papers.
      3. Rub the edges of the circles and the folded card with an ink pad. Arrange and attach the circles to the card.
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      Celebrate His Age Birthday Card

      Commemorate the milestone with a birthday card that shouts his age loud and proud.

      1. Cut a sheet of colored cardstock, and fold it in half to make a card of the size you'd like.
      2. Reverse-print the birthday number on colored cardstock, and cut it out with a crafts knife. Mat the number on a complementary or contrasting piece of colored cardstock. Tie a ribbon around the number, and use adhesive foam to mount it on a piece of white cardstock smaller than the card front.
      3. Embellish the white piece with corners cut from cardstock and attach with brads. Adhere the piece to the card front.

      Editor's Tip: For a birthday in double-digits, use smaller numbers and experiment with fun layouts, such as laying the numbers diagonally or designing a horizontal card.

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      King for a Day Birthday Card

      Give your birthday boy the royal treatment with this whimsical birthday card. He'll love to see his own likeness, crowned as king for the day, on this handmade card.

      1. Cut a sheet of double-sided cardstock, and fold it in half to make a card of the size you'd like. If desired, trim the edges at different angles for a funky card shape. Cut a curve into the top right corner to allow the inside pattern of the card to peek through. Rub the edges with an ink pad.
      2. Add a strip of colored paper across the bottom portion of the card front. Print and cut out a photo of the birthday boy. Adhere it to the card and embellish with a crown sticker, as shown.
      3. Use stamps or letter stickers to add birthday sentiments to the card front.
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