Homemade Birthday Cards 4

We are a family that loves making and receiving homemade cards.   However, I am aware the boys are getting older and I want to keep their enthusiasm for the homemade and very amateur cards.  So I thought I would share with you the cards I made for Maxi this year and also some of the DIY birthday cards we have made for family members over the year.

Birthday candle birthday card.

8 candle card

Nothing beats an old-fashioned birthday card via snail mail or hand delivery. The best thing about a homemade birthday card is that it can be tailored to the recipient’s interests and for non-milestone birthdays, like 36 or 68. Even better, you don’t have to go out to shop for one at the last minute. These homemade birthday cards are the perfect way to show how much you know your loved one.

So take a look at our homemade birthday card ideas to get inspired. Many of them can be made with objects you already have around the home, like buttons or birthday candles. Whether you’re a crafty maven or DIY novice, these DIY birthday ideas will have you creating works of art in no time. You may never need to buy another card again!  

Homemade Birthday Cards


  • Paper Straws
  • Card stock
  • Bakers twine (from Papermash)
  • Yellow and orange pen
  • Washi tape
  • Glue

How to make Birthday candle Homemade Birthday Cards

  1. Firstly I cut the straws to the desired length
  2. Then cut a small amount of bakers twine and glued it in the straw to make it look like a wick
  3. Then glue the straws to the card.
  4. I then used the pens to make the flames
  5. Finally, I ripped off some washi tape and wrote happy birthday on it

You could make it look more professional by layering and matting a happy birthday stamp or even using your printer to print off happy birthday on paper and cut it out and stick it on.

Bunting Birthday Card

bunting eight


  • Washi tape
  • bakers twine
  • Card stock
  • Scissors


Card making doesn’t get much easier than this!

  1. Make bunting flags equally spaced on the twine using the washi tape by folding it over on each other.
  2. Then cut a triangle shape to the bunting using scissors.
  3. Stick on to the card with tape at the rear of each side.

This would also be a great way to use decorative paper scraps instead of washi tape (by using a glue stick to stick it together or even using pom poms as the bunting.

I do love a birthday card that is bright, fun and easy to make. Sometimes the simplest cards are the most effective and they are much less expensive that shop-bought cards.

This Happea Father’s Day Card can easily be transformed into a birthday card by just changing the messaging and can be personalised by making the person holding the card look like the recipient.

Simple Kid Made Thank You Card

This Wax resist thank you card again can easily be changed into a birthday card by changing the messaging.

Which child wouldn’t love a fingerprint card where they can add their own monsters as a birthday card? I know so many children who have loved this card.

4 thoughts on “Homemade Birthday Cards

  • Gillian

    Jen, these are brilliant! I love them. They look fairly easy to make but are so effective and full of impact. I like the way they can be tailored to a boy or girl. I have a letter set which I haven’t used much – it would be fun to get it out and make some personalised cards. Thanks for the inspiration. x

  • Ned

    these cards are really nice.. and even a little older children would appreciate these! I made a similar bunting card ?(with two birds on top) once and it was loved by the receiver!:)

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