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DIY Birthday Card from Paper and Washi Tape

Maybe it’s just the avid crafter in me, but I always feel a little more warmth when I get or give a homemade birthday card. There’s just something about knowing the kind of personal effort and love that went into actually making the greeting that makes me smile! That’s why I’m always trying out new designs and types of card for my friends’ and family members’ birthdays. Recently, I had a friend celebrate a birthday in the winter and fully embrace the seasonal timing with a gathering full of classic winter activities, so I decided to make them a card that was a little bit seasonal as well!

Diy birthday card

Just in case anyone else would like to try their hand at making a wintery birthday card too, I made sure to document all of my steps so that other crafters can follow along. Check out these step by step instructions complete with photos! If you’d rather follow along with a video tutorial instead of written words, scroll to the bottom of this post to find just what you’re looking for.

For this project, you’ll need:

  • White card paper
  • Scissors
  • A glue stick
  • Construction or scrapbooking paper (red, orange, and green)
  • A pencil
  • A black marker
  • Washi tape

Step 1:

Gather your materials!

Diy birthday card materials

Step 3:

Turn your orange piece of paper horizontally or landscape so that its shorter end becomes its height. Cut a strip about half an inch wide from this end, using the full height of the page. Next, cut this strip into ten roughly evenly sized squares. Cut each of these squares into a simple teardrop shape, each with one wider rounded end and one end that tapers into a point. These will be your candles’ flames. Set them aside for the moment.

Diy birthday card step 3

Diy birthday card step 3 a

Step 3:

One your green piece of paper, draw and cute out the shape of seven spiky holly leaves. Set this aside with your orange flames.

Diy birthday card step 3b

Step 4:

On your red piece of paper, draw and cut out six very little red circles to look like holly berries. Set them aside with your other pieces until you’re ready to embellish the card.