Handmade Birthday Cards

Dress up a simple birthday card with these adorable and easy handmade tips.


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Birthday card with numbered pattern and spinning pointer
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Clever Birthday Card

    Eyelets can secure movable elements on a card. A starry eyelet acts as a spinner on this clever birthday card. Top card stock with patterned paper. Layer circles cut just slightly smaller than the last one and end with a chipboard arrow attached with an eyelet. Letter stickers can spell your message.

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Flowers and Lattice Card

    Create an interesting card from plain brown card stock. Cut into desired shape and fold. With a crafts knife and ruler, cut 1/2-inch vertical slits, horizontally across the card. Trim complementing paper into strips the length of card and 1/2-inch wide. Feed the strips through card stock alternating slits. Add a message and three-dimensional felt embellishments.

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Metal Accents for Cards

    Purchase theme sets of lightweight metal accents made to work with brads. The brads allow for easy attaching to any card. Form a pocket on textured card stock by attaching a piece of striped paper. Add a scalloped edge piece to the top and a narrow yellow strip to the bottom using small brads. Print your message oncard stock and insert into the pocket.

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Photo and Quote Card

    Trim decorative paper scraps into squares and round the corners. Place them in a grid. Include a photo and quote for a personal touch. Adhere to folded card stock.

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Birthday Cake Card

    Large letters decorate this card. Layer squares of card stock on top of each other. Write a message along the perimeter of the small square. Create a cake by layering three pieces of yellow card stock and tearing and curling the top edges. Cut candles out of textured card stock and embellish with ink. Add buttons to the corners.

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Purse Shape Card

    A purse-shape card works perfectly to carry a special birthday note. Cut two identical pieces of paper into a trapezoid. With decorative sides out, adhere the two pieces together at the sides and bottom. Punch holes at the top to string through a ribbon handle. Decorate with text, a monogram, and a flower. Slip a handwritten note inside.

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Computer Generated Card

    Take advantage of computer capabilities for a super quick card. Create a colored box in a word-processing program, and then place a white image outline on top. Add a text box and type your title. Personalize metal-rim tags by printing directly on them. Print your icon on plain paper first, then use temporary adhesive to attach the tag over the printed image and run the sheet through your printer again. Attach the tag with a decorative paper clip and ribbon.

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Hand-Stitched Flower Card

    The patterns in some decorative papers make excellent stitching guides. Pierce holes along the outlines of the pattern. Hand-stitch with embroidery floss.

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Rawr!

    With its fuzzy orange mane, this lion has what it takes to wish someone a wild birthday. Cut the lion's head, nose, ears, and mouth from scraps. Glue a faux-fur mane to the back of the card. Adhere the face on top; complete the lion with two brown brads for the eyes.

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Cute Owl Card

    A pink branch and glittered letters give this birthday card a girlish touch. Chalking the branches, leaves, and bubble helps define the edges. To amp up the chipboard glitter letters, place cardstock in the open spaces.

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Birdie Birthday

    Pink paper supplies a splash of color to this simple birthday greeting, on which a tiny bird perches below a stamped branch. For a hint of playfulness, the bird's eye was made from a flower-shape brad.

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Pile of Presents

    Five metal-rim tags dressed like gifts spice up this card. Make your own tags with a variety of patterned paper and then "wrap" each tag with ribbon. The main message gets extra attention with a scalloped border, ribbon, and rhinestones.

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Sweet Daisies

    A sparkly chipboard flower is the perfect addition to this birthday card. The shimmer adds just a touch of shine and doesn't come off on the rest of the card. The red paper border adds a pop of color and picks up the accent color in the patterned paper.

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Butterfly Style

    This card gets a dose of springtime with stamped, embellished butterflies. Stamp the image with paint and then sprinkle on glitter before it dries. To add movement to the card, create a fluttering path with a paper piecer.

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Party Hat

    Tissue-paper scraps burst with color and texture at the top and bottom of this hat. Attach the party hat on a circle background and stitch around the edge for added interest. Finish the card with a message handwritten on strips of white paper.

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Friendly, Fuzzy Fish

    For a playful birthday card, cut out a cute fish from velvet art paper for the main accent on this fantastic little card. Add extra oomph with gems and sequins for embellishment.

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Make Your Own Pattern

    Repeatedly stamp an image on cardstock to create your own patterned paper. Stamp in multiple colors to add layered interest. To add more oomph, punch shapes from some of the stamped papers.

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Luck Be a Lady

    Flowers for eyes and patterned-paper circles for spots create a fun effect on this pieced ladybug. Instead of folding, cut the card in half and sew the pieces together at one edge. Make a second row of stitches for extra durability. To finish the card, stamp the greeting on a white paper strip.

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Cute Accents

    Wish someone an out-of-this-world birthday with this awesome alien card. Combine grid paper, stars, and piecings to give the greeting a space-age feel, and stitch around the edges to complete the look. A hardware-store spring and mismatched googly eyes are the secrets behind the alien's bobble head.

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CD Sleeve

    For a personalized twist on this birthday card, use a computer to record your own rendition of "Happy Birthday." Then burn it onto a cute mini CD. Make a pocket card using brown cardstock, patterned vellum, and white paper; tuck the unique gift inside.

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