Hip hip hooray! 13 fabulous handmade birthday card ideas for all

Published on March 12, 2021 By Sophie Brown 5 min read

Nothing says ‘happy birthday’ quite like a homemade card with a special message written inside - a birthday gift isn’t complete without one!  Whether you’re a papercraft beginner or a cardmaking connoisseur, we’ve got heaps of DIY birthday card ideas for you, so you can make beautiful and thoughtful cards that friends and family are sure to adore! 

Not sure where to start? We've got loads of fabulous birthday inspiration to help you celebrate a loved one's birthday. First up, DIY birthday invitations. Next, DIY birthday party decorations. Finally, of course you're going to need to make a birthday card!

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Take inspiration from our round-up of the most creative handmade birthday card ideas from around the web. 

Print up a storm

If you think you have to be a papercraft expert to make impressive birthday cards – think again! A printer, some paper and a touch of imagination is all you need. Search online and you’ll find free printables for beautiful birthday card designs, as well as little embellishments that can be added to your cards. As long as you’ve got the internet, you’ve got endless opportunities for gorgeous makes! 

One of our favorite printable projects is the super fun pom pom happy birthday card from White House Crafts. The perfect make for beginner card makers; this card doesn't require any specialist equipment to – just a printer, some card and a bit of yarn. All you need to do is download one of the two free printable card blanks and print out on good quality cardstock. You can use the printable card to create a base for the fab ice cream cone made from paper and pom poms! 

Say it with stickers

Stuck for time? No problem! Making a super impressive birthday card doesn’t have to take ages. Grab a few packs of stickers from your favorite papercraft brand to adorn your card blanks and you’ll be well prepared for any forgotten birthdays or last-minute parties! 

We couldn’t help but be inspired by Katrina’s Instagram, @creativecraftycards. Katrina has let the stickers do the talking with these beautiful birthday cards made using fab chunky card stickers. 

You can give your cards a really impressive 3D effect by using thicker card stickers, or by adding a sticky foam pad to the back of flatter stickers and die-cuts. Stickers are also a great addition to your paper stash if you’re not a very confident papercrafter! 

Shop stickers for cardmaking

Picture perfect personalization

The best thing about crafting your own birthday cards for friends and family is that you can make them totally personal to the recipient. Whether you add photos of special memories, write their name,age or add a die-cut of their favorite flower – there are so many ways you can make your personalized birthday card extra special! 

We can't get enough of this super cool Polaroid-style camera card that we stumbled upon on Pinterest! Complete with a retro pop-up camera and a photo, this clever card would work really well for the whole family – from grandparents to children and everyone in between!

Linda White made this masterpiece, and lots of card makers have had a go at it – check out the results on Pinterest!

The wonders of washi tape

From candles and cakes, to bunting and beautiful blooms – there are so many possibilities when it comes to making with washi tape! Available in a huge range of colors and patterns, you can find washi tape to suit almost every crafting project you embark on. 

You could, for example, make a row of birthday candles for your loved one to blow out like Pink Bows and Twinkle Toes have done in this gorgeous (and super simple!) design. 

Shop cool washi tapes for birthday cards

Let the paper do the talking

With a gorgeous paper pack by your side, the cardmaking world is your oyster! You don’t need lots of fancy embellishments in your stash – just make pretty patterned paperstock the star of the show! Whether you layer it up to create a collage effect or die cut shapes out of it – there’s so much you can do once you’ve got your hands on a trusty paper pack in to-die-for patterns!

Totally delectable ice cream cones

“I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream” – even in paper form! In this fab step by step YouTube tutorial from Crafting with Rachna, you can learn how to make a papercraft ice cream cone that looks good enough to eat! Mix up the color of the paper stock to match your recipient’s favorite ice cream flavours or colors and mount your finished ice cream cone on a card blank with sticky foam pads for a super fun birthday card that’s guaranteed to impress!

A deliciously fun make

This tutorial from the wonderful Sizzix is sure to go down a treat! This fun cake box is a unique card to make for someone special. It makes a great alternative to a usual card and you can even hide a little something inside for them - maybe a small trinket or a gift card!

For a birthday star

This card design you can find right here at LoveCrafts - a design that is out of this world! Switch up the design to personalize with your friend’s star sign and we predict this card will be a real hit. Follow our tutorial to create this simple card.

Play with personalization! 

This easy DIY is ideal for those big birthdays that card shops seem to ignore! Magic up this make in no time while still adding that personal touch to your design. With simple card stock, a pack of playing cards, washi tape and calligraphy pen, Kelly shows you exactly how you can make this card in no time. 

The perfect party-hat

This is a super cute card from JD - a great design that the kids will love to make and receive! Grab a pom-pom maker, your favourite yarn, card stock and stickers and have some fun with this top-notch card. 

DIY Birthday pop-up card

Another great make straight from our YouTube - this 50-second video will show you all you need to know to create a fabulous birthday pop-up card. Bursting with fun, this is a great last minute make. 

A perfect die-cutting project

Lisa found a great way to use up her cardstock scraps while creating some beautifully colorful cards in the process. She used her die cut machine to create wonderful signs to celebrate the big day with a sleek, colorful design! 

A birthday card that pops! 

April’s card design is a lovely little make with balloons that pop-up off the card. Switch up the card for bold colors, simple pastels or floral designs to create a card suitable for all. 

Feeling inspired to get started on your cardmaking journey? Grab your scissors, papers and a few sticky foam pads and get designing beautiful handmade happy birthday cards for your friends and family today. What are you waiting for? 

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About the author

Sophie Brown

Sophie Brown is a Copywriter at LoveCrafts. Sophie works with the content team to create inspiring round-ups, exciting tutorials and must-read articles. Sophie has worked in crafty content for over 10 years, and is a keen cross stitcher and crocheter in her downtime.

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