25 of the Best DIY Birthday Cards

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    Happy Birthday! The Cutest DIY Birthday Card Projects

    For a special handmade touch, opt to make your next birthday card rather than picking up a generic store-bought card. Your friends and family will surely appreciate the effort and become awestruck by your talent (no need to tell them just how easy it was to make). Check out these 25 ideas that range from simple and beautiful to quirky and clever.

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    Easy Handmade Birthday Cards Using Minimal Supplies

    Many crafters want to make their birthday cards to give to their friends but just don't have the time or money for expensive supplies. Kristina Werner to the rescue! Watch her video tutorial which demonstrates just how easy it is to make these fabulous watercolor birthday cards for pennies.

    Easy DIY Birthday Cards Using Minimal Supplies from Kristina Werner Designs

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    Dino Boy Birthday Card

    Almost every little boy or girl goes through a "dinosaur" phase. Make this cute dino card to celebrate their interest and special day.

    Dino Boy Birthday Card from Houses Built of Cards

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    Paper Balloon Happy Birthday Card

    Craft a birthday card that is beautiful and looks much more complicated to make than it is. Paper dyes help give the lettering and paper balloons a professional edge. This craft project is a card that everyone would appreciate and love to receive.

    Happy Birthday Card from Lime Doodle Design

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    Easy Sprinkles Lollipop Card Tutorial

    I don't know anyone who doesn't adore sprinkles! Why not add some fun to a birthday card? Paper lollipops are covered with sprinkles and glued onto a matching card. How cute! The inner child in all of us will just love a birthday greeting like this!

    Sprinkles Lollipop Card from Tikkido

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    DIY Letterboard Birthday Cards

    The letterboard design trend is going strong. Make a card using a sentiment that is personalized for the recipient in this cute style. How trendy!

    DIY Letterboard Birthday Cards from Design Eat Repeat

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    Mini Washi Tape Cards and Envelopes

    Washi tape has got to be one of the best inventions ever! Add some cute tape to your greeting card craft, and you will have a beautiful card in an instant! So easy and so much fun! Anyone can get great looking cards and envelopes instantly with washi tape.

    Mini Washi Tape Cards and Envelopes from White House Crafts

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    Free Printable Pom Birthday Card

    Celebrate a birthday with this adorable pom ice cream cone card. White House Crafts offers a free printable and tutorial for this card project. Very cute!

    Free Printable Pom Birthday Card from White House Crafts

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    DIY Embroidered Cards

    Add some craftiness to your birthday card projects with embroidery. When you finish the embroidery, attach some fabric tags to keep up the handmade theme. Lovely!

    DIY Embroidered Cards from Bugaboo City

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    Black Background DIy Birthday Card

    Try something different for your next DIY card project. Most cards are made with white paper. This time use black paper for a dramatic twist. Your friends will appreciate the effort you put in to give them a card that is unique!

    Drawing on Black Paper from The Postman's Knock

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    DIY Cute Card from Recycled Paper Scraps

    Most crafters have bits and pieces of leftover paper that are simply too beautiful to throw away. Put those scraps to good use with this cute birthday candle card.

    DIY Cute Card from Recycled Paper Scraps! from Makers Society

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    Tulle Birthday Balloon Card

    A shaker card has a transparent panel on the front and is filled with materials that move around when shaken. This adorable birthday card features a balloon on the front that is covered with tulle and filled with confetti. The birthday recipient will treasure this keepsake card!

    Tulle Birthday Balloon from Contagiously Crafty

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    Butterfly Gift With Free Printable

    Glue some chapstick or lipstick to the front of the free printable butterfly card, and you will have a lovely present as well as birthday greetings! Perfect for the teenage girl in your life.

    Butterfly Gift With Free Printable from A Girl and a Glue Gun

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    Butterfly Card Colored with Prismacolor Pencils

    Some people love cards that have a vintage look. This project is made with stamps, dies and colored with pencils. Butterflies are stamped, then colored with Prismacolor pencils and attached to the base of the card. The result is a beautiful, feminine card that is perfect for the woman in your life.

    Butterfly Card Colored with Prismacolor Pencils from Awash With Color

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    Black and Gold Modern Happy Birthday Card

    Are you short on time but still want to give someone special a DIY birthday card? Let Lia Griffith do the work for you. She offers this lovely black and gold card for download on her site. All you have to do is print the card. Lia has done all the artwork for you. A win-win for all concerned.

    Modern Happy Birthday Card from Lia Griffith

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    80th Birthday Card

    Landmark birthdays deserve special recognition! Although the example on the card is for an 80th birthday celebration, you can alter the card for any birthday. Just print out the numbers and sentiment using your favorite word processing software. Then cut and glue to your card backing. So easy and so cute!

    Dad's 80th Birthday Card from Merry Made Arts and Crafts

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    Happy Birthday Flower Card

    Fabric flowers attached to a white card are simply lovely. Some added stitching completes the look.

    Happy Birthday Flowers from I'm in Haven

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    Sunflower Birthday Card

    The is always elegance in simple design. Make a lovely sunflower card for that special friend that celebrates an autumn birthday.

    A Simple Sunflower Birthday from I'm in Haven

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    ATM Machine DIY Birthday Card

    Do you sometimes feel like an ATM machine when it comes to your children? Add some humor to their birthday with this funny ATM-style birthday card.

    DIY Birthday Card ATM Machine from Robby Gurls Creations

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    Easy Pop-UP Birthday Cake Card

    Pop-up cards are always fun to make. This pop-up birthday card is more straightforward to make than it looks. The tutorial also has an easy to follow video, that all but guarantees success with this craft project.

    Easy Pop-Up Birthday Card from Red Ted Art

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    Printable Lotto Birthday Card

    A lotto card is the perfect small birthday gift when you don't want to spend a ton of cash but still wish to give a little something to someone on their birthday. Download this free printable card from C.R.A.F.T. and insert a lotto ticket. So fast and so easy!

    Printable Lotto Birthday Card from C.R.A.F.T.

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    Shopping Bag Money Holder Birthday Card

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    Sometimes the best birthday gift is cold hard cash! Make a cute card with a shopping bag on the front, and insert some money. Your birthday person will love it!

    Shopping Bag Card from Flickr

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    Mini Birthday Album

    Make a birthday card that also doubles as a mini album. This card will be treasured for years to come.

    Mini Birthday Album…in a Box! from Crafts Unleashed

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    Sign Language Birthday Card

    Do you have someone in your life that loves sign language? Make them this card with the I Love You sign on the front.

    I Love You Sign Language Card from Busy Kids Happy Mom

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    Surprise Smiling Face DIY Cards

    Hand drawn cards are always a welcome gift because you took the time and effort to make something special for your friend. Metallic gold ink on purple cardstock is a winning combination for this DIY birthday card.

    Surprise Smiling Face DIY Cards from DIY Candy

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    Pretty Printable Floral Greeting Card

    Painted flowers printed on card stock always look lovely and feminine. If you are looking for a beautiful printable that you can download, this card will most certainly meet your requirements.

    Pretty Printable Floral Greetings Cards from Lia Griffith