DIY Birthday Card

DIY Flower Birthday Card
Nothing is more special than receiving a hand-made birthday card for your birthday or special occasion.  It’s a great way to show someone you care without having to spend much money.  All you need is a little bit of time and some resources.  Here is how you can create a custom card with your own personal touches using paper streamers, ribbons, lace and card stock.  Let’s get started!


 

DIY Birthday Card

 
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DIY Birthday Card: Supplies

 

To make 1 card you will need:

Tools:

  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • White glue
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DIY Birthday Card: Directions

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Birthday Card (DIY) - Fold paper streamers into folds

Step 1. - Fold long pieces of paper streamers (about 24″ – 36″ in length) into 2″ folds.

 

Birthday Card (DIY) - Cut streamers into scallops

Step 2. – Cut two scallop curves into one side of the fold.  Make sure you are cutting through all layers.  Now cut the streamer at the fold line so that the pieces will become separated.

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Birthday Card (DIY) - add glue and glitter to the edge

Step 3.  For this step, use some white paper glue and place a line of glue along the scalloped edge.  Sprinkle with gold glitter and let dry for about 10 minutes.  Continue to add the glue and gold sprinkles to the rest of the scalloped pieces.  Let dry.

Cut out a small circle out of leftover card stock (doesn’t matter what color).  Pinch the straight side of the paper streamer and glue to the circle with white paper glue.

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Birthday Card (DIY) - pinch and fold in a circle

Step 4. Continue gluing the streamer pieces in a circle all around the paper cutout.

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Birthday Card (DIY) - Layer the petals in circle like a flower

Step 5. Add another layer on top of the first layer, about 1/8″ above the previous layer towards the center.  Continue doing so until the entire circle is covered.  Let dry.  Fluff up the layers a bit so the petals stand up.

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Birthday Card (DIY) - Add bead in center as centerpiece

Step 6. Next, place more white glue in the center and add a large bead to the center of the flower.  Set aside and let dry completely.

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Supplies needed for the card

Step 7.  Next we will be making the card.

Supplies needed.  You will need some basic card stock for the card itself.  I used one piece of creme colored 8.5″ x 11″ card stock.  Since the flower would be the focal point of the card, I wanted paper with a soft, subtle pattern that would not detract or conflict with the rest of the card. I found this pretty faux burlap paper with a creme floral imposed pattern at Michael’s craft store that I thought would go well for my birthday card.  (This was a card I made for my niece’s 13th birthday and thought it fit her personality and style well).  I also had some lace and ribbon left over from a Victorian party that I used to make this card.

So the supplies list is: plain paper, Luxury decorative paper, lace, satin ribbon, and gold Soutache trim.

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Birthday Card (DIY) - Add lace to card

Step 8. First, I folded an 8.5″ x 11″ basic creme card stock paper in half.  Then I cut out the floral card stock about 1/2″ smaller than the folded card.  I then attached the faux burlap cutout to the creme card using white glue.  After that, measure the lace and cut it the same size as the length of the card.  Layer that on top off center towards the right with some glue.

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Add embellishments and ribbons to the card

Step 9. Next, layer strips of satin ribbon and a gold Soutache trim to the left of the lace.  Glue down with more paper glue.

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Birthday Card (DIY) - Finished card

Step 10. Finally, with a hot glue gun, attach the paper flower to the bottom half of the card.

Your birthday card is now done!  This can also be great for wedding card, anniversary card, etc.  You could also use a gold pen to add in your well wishes on the inside of the card.  Trace with a fine thin line of glue and sprinkle more gold glitter on top.

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