How to Make a Birthday Card for a 70 Year Old

Updated March 29, 2017

A homemade birthday card often carries more sentiment than a commercial one. A 70th birthday is an opportunity to send a meaningful card to a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle. The theme of your card may vary depending upon your relationship with the recipient and personality. For those with a good sense of humour you can include growing older jokes. Alternatively, if the card is for a grandparent who has shown you lots of love and support over the years, this is your opportunity to do something thoughtful to thank them.

Fold a piece of construction paper in half. Use whatever colour construction paper you like to create a portrait (vertical) or landscape (horizontal) birthday card.

Write your message on the inside of the card. For a humorous card, create a funny poem. Alternatively, include seven things that you love about the recipient, one for every decade of their life. Another option is to write a brief statement in calligraphy pen such as "Look who is 70!" or "Happy Birthday." If you prefer, you could type the words on to a word processor, print them out and stick them on the card.

Draw an image on the front of the card, such as false teeth for a humorous card. For a simple design, write the number "70" in pencil, cover with glue and add glitter. If you are more artistic, draw a picture that relates to the recipient's hobby such as fishing or watching sports. If you want, you can glue a family photograph on the front of the card,or a photograph of the recipient when they were much younger. If you can not find any relevant photographs, cut out images from a book a magazine that represent the era they were born and use these for decoration instead.


Do not stress over any imperfections on your card, it actually adds the charm of a homemade birthday card. Experiment and have fun to create something personal.

Things You'll Need

  • Construction paper
  • Photograph
  • Pen
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Glitter
  • Pencil
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About the Author

Based in Manchester, U.K., Natalie Baker has been a freelance beauty and fashion writer since 2009. Her work appears in the beauty pages of "The Detour Magazine" and online at Just Makeup Artists. Baker is experienced in both television and print journalism, and holds a Bachelor of Arts broadcast journalism from Salford University.