17 Fun and Thoughtful Birthday Cards to DIY


Who here remembers the time when giving a birthday card to someone was all the birthday gift you needed? Right? We seem to have forgotten those times. Nowadays, we say Happy Birthday through SMS, a Facebook message, a post on our wall, and so many different ways.

Truth be told, social media has taken over our lives. And we have to accept the fact that times are changing. I have to be honest: I rarely give birthday cards. But when I do, I give them to people close to me. And I know they appreciate them (of course, I follow them with a gift).

But I can tell you this. The following birthday cards are more than enough for a gift. Just take your tools and time, and make them. And since a birthday comes only once a year, why not go the extra mile and make a special card?

1. Birthday Card with Real Candles 
17 Fun and Thoughtful Birthday Cards to DIY
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Let’s start with something simple and very much in the birthday spirit. We all blow out candles and make a wish for our birthday. So, make sure that the recipient has all the candles he/she needs to make a wish for their birthday. Your gift will be well appreciated.

2. Simple 3D Balloon Card
17 Fun and Thoughtful Birthday Cards to DIY
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Candles are a standard birthday accessory. Another accessory you must have on a birthday is balloons. In this birthday card, balloons add depth. Now you have more than one dimension, and that card looks awesome. And if you think it’s hard to make, think again.

3. Owl Birthday Card
17 Fun and Thoughtful Birthday Cards to DIY
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Join the owl craziness that’s been happening for the past five years. It was long ago that owls entered our world. Owl accessories are so popular, and you can take advantage of the craziness. And I have to say, owls make everyone happy.

4. Easy Hama Bead Cards
17 Fun and Thoughtful Birthday Cards to DIY
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When you look at the card, you might think it’s childish. But believe me when I say that adults love children’s toys and things as well. Colorful and cheerful, this card will bring a smile to your friend’s face.

5. Stamped, Glittered and Hand Lettered Birthday Cards 
17 Fun and Thoughtful Birthday Cards to DIY
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As I said before, even adults appreciate glittery and child-like things. It’s all about knowing your friends. If they are the very serious type, this card isn’t for them. But if they are loose and free, and enjoy the small things, this card will be a spot-on gift. And the good news is that you can adjust it to feature your friend’s favorite colors.

6. Pop-Up Birthday Cake Card
17 Fun and Thoughtful Birthday Cards to DIY
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Another 3D card, this one with cake instead of balloons. I have to say, I would be a bit disappointed if there was no gift or cake inside. But jokes aside, the card is very creative and pleasing.

7. Cute Candle B-Day Card
17 Fun and Thoughtful Birthday Cards to DIY
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We had a card with real candles. But if you want to play it safe, real candles might not be for you. Since you can never be too safe, go with the candles you can draw.

8. Puppy Ears Card
17 Fun and Thoughtful Birthday Cards to DIY
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This has to be one of my favorite birthday cards. After all, I love dogs. But just look at the card, and tell me it doesn’t bring a smile to your face. The card is full of joy, and I’m sure people will love it. Heck, you can say it competes with some of the store-bought cards.

9. Accordion Birthday Card
17 Fun and Thoughtful Birthday Cards to DIY
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A birthday card for someone who wants to celebrate his birthday for more than one day. And yes, sometimes that is the case (for example, when you turn 30, or 40, or 50 years old). Those are some of the birthdays that you want to cherish.

10. iPad Card
17 Fun and Thoughtful Birthday Cards to DIY
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The good news is that unlike the iPad, this birthday card is inexpensive. Even better, you can personalize the iPad with tons of messages and wishes for your friend. Definitely one of the more creative cards I’ve seen.

11. Balloon Whale Birthday Card
17 Fun and Thoughtful Birthday Cards to DIY
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If there is one thing that’s calming, it’s a whale. You just see a happy whale, and you know everything will be fine. Even for the chaotic days that follow your birthday. In addition, did we say BALLOONS?!!!!

12. Easy Washi Tape B-Day Cards
17 Fun and Thoughtful Birthday Cards to DIY
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I’ve written about washi tape in the past and how versatile it is. And this card is just additional proof that you can make absolutely anything with some washi tape. You don’t have to follow the same images and decorations—use your own ideas if you like.

13. Happy Birthday Banner Box Card
17 Fun and Thoughtful Birthday Cards to DIY
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The best part about this birthday card is that the birthday boy/girl can hang it up and remember their special day. And you will be happy to know that you’ve managed to help your friend have a lasting memory of their birthday.

14. Ice Cream Birthday Card
17 Fun and Thoughtful Birthday Cards to DIY
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Similar to the cupcake card, this one is a great tease. We know everyone loves ice cream, and you can be sure there will be some ice cream at the birthday. At least in one form or another.

15. Happy Birthday Bear Card
17 Fun and Thoughtful Birthday Cards to DIY
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Those snuggling, cute, adorable stuffed bears we all love to hug? Yes, those bears. They can make their way onto a birthday card. Just look at this bear—he’s ready to give you one giant hug. Make sure to hug your friends with the warmest hug for their birthday.

16. Loading Message Card
17 Fun and Thoughtful Birthday Cards to DIY
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This card brings back so many memories of the 90s. Back then, trying to watch a video or image on the Internet meant a long, long loading time. It took forever. But the anxiety, the waiting game—those were things that were worth waiting for. And it’s worth waiting for your birthday.

17. 3D Sticker Cards for Every Occasion
17 Fun and Thoughtful Birthday Cards to DIY
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We finish off the list with some versatile cards that you can use for any occasion, not just for birthdays. As I said, 3D cards provide some depth and make the cards more meaningful.

So, with that being said, I hope you found something that you can use for that special someone. And if you have any other ideas the rest of us can use, please share.

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