How to Make Birthday Cards

Updated March 23, 2017

Anyone, of any age, can make his own birthday card for a wonderful way to wish a friend or loved one congratulations on her happy day. With the most simple of art supplies, or beautiful speciality supplies, you can make a one-of-a-kind card.

Make the basic backdrop for your card. Buy handmade paper for a fancy texture, or use simple construction paper. Fold a square or rectangle in half to create the basic template.

Add words and layers. Cut out construction paper shapes or designs. Use layers of different coloured paper to thicken the card and add density; glue them in place and let them dry completely before proceeding. Glue white paper squares, or pre-drawn images, on dark backgrounds to make images stand out.

Add words and personalisation. Use photos to add memories to the card. Cut letters of different fonts from magazines and newspapers to create your own lettering. Use glue and glitter, as well as markers or coloured pencils, to inscribe your card with your greeting and message.

Decorate by drawing pictures with your markers or on white paper. Cut out the images from the white paper and glue on the card for a more pieced look. Glue on pressed flowers, ribbons tied in bows, buttons and beads or any other items you feel add style to the card.

Make your own card online or with your computer. Use your computer and printer to print clip art to add to a homemade card, or design your own lettering in your word processor. Know that templates for birthday cards are available on most publishing software as well. Use online websites to customise and send birthday cards as well; check out the references section for online card options.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Markers, coloured pencils or pens
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Art supplies
  • Old magazines
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About the Author

W. Nicole Barclay has been writing and editing professionally since 2004, focusing on the fashion and retail industry. She graduated from Parsons the New School for Design and holds a Bachelor of Science in history, international affairs and archeology from Northeastern University. She has completed master's degree work in public policy and nonprofit administration at Northeastern University and The American University in Cairo.