How to Make My Own Birthday Card on Art Attack

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How to Make My Own Birthday Card on Art Attack
Handmade birthday cards are fun and beautiful way to send a birthday wish. (birthday cake image by Pali A from

Birthdays are much more fun with handmade birthday greetings. Get creative with colours of paper, art supplies and your imagination. Create beautiful or scary characters and creatures to help send a memorable birthday greeting. The following card has a creature that can be animated so that its mouth can open and close on a hinge. The more teeth you use, the more effective the final greeting will be. Consider painting the teeth white to make the creature even scarier or sillier looking. Make sure to add in elements of the creatures habitat to make him more believable.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Coloured construction paper
  • Paper fastener or brad
  • Black felt pen
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Poster paint
  • Brushes
  • Coloured Pencils

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  1. 1

    Go to the Art Attack website. A link is listed as a resource below.

  2. 2

    Click on the area on the home page labelled, "Art Attack". An alphabetical list will appear. Click on "N-T".

  3. 3

    Scroll down the list of art projects and click on "Snappy Birthday Card".

  4. 4

    Draw a cartoon character with lots of teeth onto a coloured piece of construction paper using a black felt tip marker.

  5. 5

    Cut out your cartoon character. Be extra careful to not cut off his teeth.

  6. 6

    Cut the top part of your characters mouth off at the jawline.

  7. 7

    Choose where you want the hinge to be so his mouth will open and shut. Overlap the part of the mouth cut off over the paper to get an idea of where you want to put your paper fastener.

  8. 8

    Stab a sharp pencil through the two pieces of paper where you will place the hinge.

  9. 9

    Push the paper fastener through the hole and open it on the other side. The mouth on your creature should now open and close.

  10. 10

    Choose a colour paper for the background of the card. Fold the paper in half to look like a birthday card.

  11. 11

    Glue the body and lower jaw of your creature and place him on top of the card. Make sure you do not glue the upper jaw or the mouth will no longer move.

  12. 12

    Draw other designs on your card, such as your creature's habitat. Use colour pencils, paint or cut out pieces of paper to help decorate your card.

  13. 13

    Open your creature's jaw and write "Snappy Birthday" inside it's mouth for a birthday greeting.

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