There’s just something about a paper greeting card that never loses its charm for some of us. We like to hold the greeting in our hands, feel the crisp paper, run our fingers over the words and pictures as if we were trying to absorb the essence of the message. Most of all we like to see the handwritten notes and the signatures of our loved ones. While ecards may be viewed instantly and forgotten over time, printed cards can be saved, cherished and shared for years. Although ecards have replaced printed cards in many instances as the more convenient, inexpensive and quick mode of wishing one another, printed cards still retain that special quality that electronic messages cannot convey effectively.

When it comes to birthdays, do you think the card matters as much as the gift? We do, and never want to be without the perfect handmade birthday card with a personal message. DIY birthday cards are one of the things people often keep longer than the gift, so we always want to make sure to give cards that are extra special and thoughtful. What better way to get a card like this than to make one? Well, this was my thought, anyway. However, when I went looking on Google and Pinterest for handmade DIY birthday card ideas, I did not find exactly what I was looking for. There were lots of free printables from big sites like Greeting Island, Blue Mountain, and even American Greetings, but those lacked the homemade touch I was going for. See, I make lots of my gifts, so adding a cheap looking printed card just won’t do. I was looking for inspiration and step by step tutorials for cute cards to make at home, ones I could be proud of. After the free cards, I came across more tutorials than I could count from sites trying to sell me scrapbook supplies and die cut templates. I understand you have to make money, DIY people, but please, don’t try to sell me stuff to make a simple greeting card, or at least show me I can make one without it. Not nice when you just want some birthday cards you can actually make! I was not looking for some frilly thing that came off looking like a scrapbook, anyway, thank you.
What a sweet birthday wish for a dear friend! For you don’t want to live in a world without the presence of your dear best friend. That would induce heartbreak so intense that it would shatter your heart into a thousand pieces. The landscape of our lives is bounded by familiar landmarks, and your best friend is one of those. How could you ever consider going on in their absence? Why would you want to? Someday one of you will be without the other… but for now, we express the wish that no such day need ever come.
A friend is someone who will always stay with you through the good times and the bad times, so be sure to spend your time with him/her on his/her birthday. More than that, a best friend is someone whose actions and support have proved they deserve all the best things that life can give, and anything their heart desires! We wish our best friends wonderful, celebratory birthdays full of the very best kind of pleasant surprises.

Got a friend who loves quoting action movies? Take the opportunity to make a pun out of a classic movie line and your movie-loving friend will go crazy for it! This card from YellowOtterStudios has referenced the classic terminator line “Hasta la vista, baby”, but any movie quote can work provided you use a bit of wit to come up with a little pun for added laughs.
I forgot your birthday And I'm feeling bad I forgot your birthday and now I'm so sad. I'm a silly, silly poo head Lawd, I'm a silly poo poo head I'm a silly poo poo head And I'm wishing I was dead. I forgot your birthday. You're such a good person And I like you a lot You mean so much to me Can't believe that I forgot I've been going crazy How much more can I take? I missed your birthday And I'm sure I missed the cake. I'm a silly poo poo head Lawd, I'm a silly poo poo head I'm a silly poo poo head And I'm wishing I was dead. I forgot your birthday. I'm all tore up inside. You're such a special person to me. I can't believe I've been such a silly poo poo head. Only a silly poo poo head would forget your birthday. Can you forgive me? Oh, pretty please. I'm a silly poo poo head. And I'm wishing I was dead. I forgot your birthday. Sorry about that. It won't happen again. Hope it was happy...!
This card has optional greetings: Happy Mother's Day!, Happy Birthday!, Happy Spring!, Thinking of You!, Thank You!, Get Well Soon!, Happy Anniversary!, Happy Summer!, Happy Gardening!, Have a Nice Day!, Just Saying Hi!, Warm Wishes!, Congratulations!, Good Luck!, You're Invited!, Spring is in the Air!, Welcome Spring!, Happy Easter!, Happy Valentine's Day!, Happy Belated Birthday!, [No Caption]
This card has optional greetings: Merry Christmas!, Season's Greetings!, Happy Holidays!, Happy Christmas!, Happy New Year!, Have an Ice Day!, Thank You!, Celebrate!, Happy Solstice!, Happy Birthday!, Happy Belated Birthday!, Happy Anniversary!, Happy Valentine's Day!, I Love You!, Get Well Soon!, Congratulations!, You're Invited!, Come to the Party!, Just Saying Hi!, Thinking of You!, [No Caption]
If you’re set on making all of your birthday cards but are struggling to find the time to make them, these five cards are super quick, and most importantly easy to make, and require only a few craft essentials to make them. All of the products I’ve used are from the We R Cake and Candles range and they coordinate beautifully with each other, so it’s just a matter of cutting and sticking everything onto your card blank.

Check out these 30 creative DIY cards and you will definitely want to be making several of these for your upcoming birthdays. With easy watercolor projects, cute paper cutting ideas and easy cards the kids can help make, even beginners can do to simple but artistic ideas that are also perfect for the DIY novice, anyone can make these amazing gift cards. Most of these are simple but fun and stylish with plenty of room inside to write all kinds of special things, exactly the thing I was going for in a birthday card.
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