Making Birthday Cards for Kids

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Making Birthday Cards for Kids
Homemade cards make a birthday special. (birthday girl image by Maria Bell from Fotolia.com)

Birthday cards add a memorable keepsake to any birthday celebration, whether it is given in person or sent from far away. Hand-crafted cards add a personal touch to any card. Making your own cards also allows the sender to design a card that fits the personality or age of the one receiving the card. Cards can be designed to hold a personal photo or a keepsake such as a trading card the receiver likes to collect. Even a cutout of a celebrity or a cartoon character from a licensed product tag can turn a card into a personal treasure.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Plain or printed paper, one sheet
  • Envelope
  • Scissors, plain or decorative cut
  • Fine-line markers
  • Photo, magazine cutout or clip art picture
  • Chalk
  • Glue
  • Optional card embellishments

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Fold a piece of paper in half or quarters depending on whether you want a half-fold or quarter-fold card. Place the intended envelope on top of the folded paper. Mark lightly with chalk to show where the card should be cut to fit the envelope.

  2. 2

    Cut the folded paper on the chalk line, using regular or decorative cut scissors.

    Test to make sure the card will fit easily into the envelope. Cut card a little smaller, if needed. Brush away any leftover chalk marks from the card.

  3. 3

    Position a photo, clip art or other picture item where desired on the front of the card. Glue the picture item in place.

  4. 4

    Print or write, with fine-lined markers, a birthday heading on the front of the card. The receiver's name or age can be written on the front of the card, with or without other wording.

  5. 5

    Print or write a birthday poem or personal message on the inside of the card. The message on a card is usually placed on the right-hand side on the inside of card.

    Personal messages or newsy type notes are usually written on the left-hand inside of a card.

  6. 6

    Glue any desired embellishments onto the front or inside the card. Embellishment ideas vary, depending on age and gender of child. Some ideas--barrettes, shaped buttons, bows, deflated balloons, stick of wrapped gum, flat beads and other items according to the receiver's interests.

  1. 1

    Follow Steps 1 and 2 above to fold and cut a card to fit an envelope.

  2. 2

    Glue a picture to the front of the card. Use a personal photo or a picture from a magazine, a computer printed picture or an item (trading card, pin-on button, small American or sports team flag, candy hearts or other flat items) in place of a picture.

    You may also choose to use markers or crayons to draw your own pictures on the card.

  3. 3

    Write a message on the front and on the right inside of the card. Or, cut some words or letters from magazines to form your own style of wording on the card.

Tips and warnings

  • Be sure that the glue has dried before putting a handcrafted card into an envelope.

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