Ideas to Make Birthday Cards Out of Construction Paper

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Ideas to Make Birthday Cards Out of Construction Paper
Add a homemade birthday card to top your present. (Ryan McVay/Valueline/Getty Images)

Handmade birthday cards have a charming look and feel that store-bought cards cannot replicate. You don't need a lot of fancy accessories or decorations either, just construction paper. Use the coloured paper to make additional decorations or features for the card and even an envelope. Make your own birthday cards from construction paper, scissors and glue.

Folding the Paper

The first step in making a handmade card is folding the construction paper, but this isn't as easy as it might seem. Traditionally you fold the paper in half, pulling the left side over to the right and creating a stubby rectangle. For a different look, fold the top edge of the paper down to the bottom edge, making a long and skinny card. Or, fold the left side over to the middle and fold the right side on top, making a tri-fold card. After folding, decide if you want the person to open the card from the side or the bottom and flip the card in that direction.

Unusual Shapes

Give the card a new shape for a funky look. After folding the paper, use scissors to change the shape from a rectangle to a triangle, a semicircle or even a heart. If you decide to make a heart, then cut a small triangle at the top, in the middle of the folded part. Cut the bottom of the paper to look like the bottom of a heart. No matter what type of shape you choose, make sure that you don't remove too much of the folded area, as the card make fall apart.

Adding Accessories

Make decorations and accessories for the card from different colours of construction paper. For a pop-up card, fold a rectangle of paper into an accordion shape and glue it to the inside of the card. Glue a decoration to the top of the accordion and close the card. When the person opens it, the decoration appears to pop out. Cut flower shapes from different colours, making each colour slightly smaller than the next and glue the pieces together. Add to the card for more decoration.


Create your own envelope for the homemade card by gluing together two pieces of construction paper. Slip the card inside and trim the paper to fit the size of the card. Make a flap by cutting a piece of construction paper into a triangle and gluing to the back of the envelope. Add a "to" and "from" area to the envelope, even if you present the card in person.

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