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How to Make a Birthday Card at Home

Birthday cards come in many shapes, sizes, themes, and colors – so there definitely is a card out there for everyone. Birthday cards are also an essential part of the gift-giving process when celebrating one’s birthday, and they are often accompanied by presents.

Many retailers stock wonderful birthday cards year-round, such as the ones here from Boomf. They can even oftentimes be customized so that you can include a custom message, image, or design on the front of the card, alongside having a custom message inside that you can write. But that is usually all that can be customized when purchasing from a retailer.

What if you want a bit more customization, or perhaps can’t buy a card and instead want to make one yourself? Making a birthday card at home can be a daunting task to undertake, however, we have prepared some helpful tips and pointers that you can use to make your very own birthday cards at home for your loved ones. This guide will be broken into stages, starting with preparing the materials that you will use to make your birthday cards.

Selecting the Materials

A birthday card is something that is special, so you should put equally special materials into it! The following list is some of the materials that you will need to make a basic birthday card at home:

  • Some sort of card material – this could be thick paper or craft cards. Regular paper will do if you do not have anything else, however, the result will be a weaker card that might not be able to hold itself upright.
  • Colored cards that can be useful to make contrasting elements and backdrops for your designs.
  • Basic home stationary such as pencils, pens, paint, glue, tape, and scissors.

Creating a Design

Once you have gathered all of the necessary materials, it is important to think through the design for the front of your birthday cards. The design is the most important part of a card, so you want to make sure it is amazing!

To gather inspiration on what to include in your birthday card design, or to simply find templates, you can look in the following places:

  • Pinterest
  • Etsy
  • Google Images
  • Card retailers and shops like Boomf

Make sure to select a design that is relevant for the recipient, and that you know they will like. Also, make sure it is relevant to the occasion!

Creating the Card

Now that you have gathered the materials and come up with the design outline, it is time to do the fun part and assemble the birthday card!

  • The first step is to fold your card and trim it to the appropriate size. Most cards are roughly A5, so if you are using an A4-sized piece of card, simply fold it in half as neatly as possible.
  • Begin by lightly drawing your design with a light-colored pencil, so that if you make a mistake, you can erase it and not ruin the card.
  • Once you have traced out your design or template, then you can go ahead and use a more permanent solution to color the design – such as felt-tip pens, colored pencils, or paints.
  • The final stage once the design is complete is to write the message that goes inside the card.

If you have followed all of these steps, you should have a beautifully crafted handmade card to give to your loved ones on their special day. After reading this article, you should never run into the issue of wondering how to make birthday cards at home again, as this guide will teach you all the basics needed to do so!

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