Simple Handmade Birthday Cards

Create simple handmade birthday cards with these quick and easy ideas. If you're pressed for time, making birthday cards that are simple but elegant can be a lifesaver.

simple handmade birthday cards

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 When making birthday cards, you don't need to bombard your card with tons of embellishments. 

A ribbon or silver leaf is all the embellishment you need. And you only need a small amount of ribbon.

These handmade birthday cards have the same layout but feature different trim.

Card making doesn't have to be stressful so be relieved knowing you can make a handmade card in a matter of minutes.


sentiment for simple birthday card
sentiment for simple birthday card

Black and white pattern paper are great staples to have in your supplies box. You can just about match them with any other color and with this card, I used red as an accent color.

You can personalize the sentiment as well if you are using your computer to print your message out.

Card Making Materials:

  • 3/8” wide grosgrain ribbon cut to 3 1/2” long

(Note: you can use a silver leaf or other embellishment)

  • 5 1/2” x 3” pattern paper – Section A
  • 5 1/2” x 1 1/2" black paper – Section B

Note: you can use a coordinating pattern paper)

  • 2” x 2” grey cardstock paper
  • 1/2” x 5 1/2” red paper
  • 1 3/4” x 1 3/4” personalized message

(can be stamped, printed from printer or hand written, preferably on cardstock paper) 

  • 4” x 5 1/2” white blank card
  • Double sided tape
  • White glue or hot glue gun

Instructions to make a simple handmade birthday card:

simple handmade birthday card instructions
easy birthday card instructions

Tape Section B paper flush along the bottom and side edges of white blank card.

Tape Section A paper above Section B paper and flush along the side edges of card.

Note: do not tape top portion of section A since it will need to be folded over towards the back before applying tape or glue.

instructions for birthday card

Cut bottom ribbon end as shown above. Center and tape ribbon onto grey paper, leaving approx ¾” hanging from bottom.

diy simple birthday card

Fold top end of ribbon towards back and tape.

do it your self birthday card

Center red paper over Section A and B paper and tape. Trim along edges if there is some paper overlap on the card.

how to make a simple birthday card

Place grey paper about 1/2“ from right edge and 3/4“ from bottom and tape.

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Center and tape personalized message over grey paper/ribbon and tape.

easy handmade birthday cards

Fold card at score and fold front flap towards back of card and glue securely.

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If you like my ideas, then check out my e-book 25 Best Card Making Ideas.

Here's a card idea where you get the sentiments and pages of the banner tags which can be used for so many occassions like birthdays, Mother's Day or Easter.

I've saved these ideas exclusively for card making enthusiasts and you won't find the ideas on my website, unless I was just too excited to share a couple of them.

Happy Card Making!

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