Birthday Card Ideas for a Grandpa

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Birthday Card Ideas for a Grandpa
You can surprise Grandpa with a special birthday card (The grandfather and grandson image by Aliaksandr Zabudzko from

Grandpa has been around a long time and seen all kinds of birthday gifts and cards. While it may not be easy to find something different in a birthday card for Grandpa, with a bit of imagination and by considering those things that Grandpa likes, a grandchild can present their grandfather with a birthday card that will surprise and please.

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Dust Jacket Card

If Grandpa likes to read, you can buy him a book that you know he'll like. (Your parents might help with the selection.) Using the size of the book, create a special "card" cover. Take a piece of paper that is about the same height as the cover, but twice the width, including the depth of the spine, plus overlap on each side of about three inches. Once the cover is trimmed to the proper size, place the book in the centre and fold the dust jacket card cover around the book, tucking the ends inside front and back cover. Press at the edges to crease the cover so that the fit is snug.

Remove the cover and create a special card for Grampa with lots of colour. On the front, wish him Happy Birthday. On the back tell Grampa about your unique book protector card cover or just tell him how much you love and appreciate him. Wrap and give.


Take a regular piece of copy paper. Fold in half and half again. Cut out pictures from catalogues to add texture to the card. You might ask your parents if they have a picture of Grandpa that you can use. Think about the fun things you do with Grandpa. Create a memory card to help Grandpa remember those special times, too. A card this size fits into a regular card-sized envelope.

Accordion Card

You can also fold the paper in unique ways, such as in thirds. Mark the paper into thirds. Fold the first section one way, the next the opposite way and the third like the first. Now your card opens like an accordion. Create a birthday card with pictures, markers, crayons or however you wish to add colour and text. This card fits in a regular business-sized envelop.

Computer Cards

Even if you do not have greeting card or publisher software, you can make a birthday card on your computer. Using a blank page on your word processor, create an 8½-by-11 poster-sized birthday card certificate for Grandpa with his name and "Greatest Grandpa" in large text. With the computer, you can access any number of choices for graphics and text. Print out your certificate birthday card. This card fits into a manila envelope. Another option is to buy a frame and frame your special certificate birthday card.

Present the certificate to Grampa and tell him you are awarding him a "Greatest Grampa" birthday certificate because you love and appreciate him.

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