Are you the kind of crafter who loves making things that you can give to other people more than any other kind of craft? I also adore the feeling of seeing a person’s face light up after we’ve made something for them ourselves because I think it’s a lot more satisfying then just buying them something, so I can’t say I blame you! Even when I do choose to purchase a gift instead of making one, I still like to make at least the card myself because I think adding a DIY element just makes things a little more personal. That’s why I can be found making homemade greeting cards and cards for special occasions at least once a week! I don’t always repeat my designs, but I recently made an adorable little elephant themed birthday card using a balloon and it was so cute and so loved by the recipient that I made another one almost immediately for someone else, since it was such a huge hit.
Like so many other crafters, I decided to document and layout the crafting process for this second version so that other people who want to try their hand at making this cute card can try it out as well. 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:
- A balloon
- Paper (purple and yellow)
- White cardstock
- Glue stick
- Grey felt
- Googly eyes
- A pencil
Cut out the shape of your elephant ears from your grey felt! I did this by cutting our a rectangle about four inches by two inches, folding it in half along its vertical axis so its side edges meet evenly, and then cutting a shape like a butterfly wing from the creased edge, out towards the open edges, and back towards the creased edge. You want to cut through both of your folded layers at once so you actually get two of the same shape, but you do not want to cut down the creased edge that’s left; leave in in tact so that the two are attached and, when you open the piece out, you have ears that are of equal shape and size but that are mirror images of each other on either side, attached in the middle like one piece. Set your ears aside for the moment.
Cut a little triangle shape from your purple paper that looks a little like a birthday hat! You want the angled diagonal edges of the triangle to be even and symmetrical. I made mine about half an inch wide by half an inch tall. Set this aside for the moment as well.
Now use your pencil to draw a shape like sunglasses on your purple paper, then cut it out. I made sure to make the sunglasses about half an inch wide with circles large enough that I could stick googly eyes to them later. This piece will later be the base of your elephant’s eyes and will also help anchor your balloon in place. I draw my pencil marks on the back side of the paper (that’s why you see it looking white here) and then worked with the purple side once they were cut out; this way you don’t see any pencil marks on the final product when you stick all your pieces into place. Set your glasses aside with everything else.