How to Design a Free Birthday Card


Commercial greeting cards are increasingly expensive and many gift recipients would probably prefer that gift money be spent on a present rather than an elaborate card. While a birthday card is a useful way of identifying your gift or letting a faraway friend know you are thinking of her, there’s no reason to spend money on one. With basic supplies that are probably already lying around your house, you can make a homemade birthday card that will have just as much impact, and much more personalization, than anything you could purchase in a store.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Word processing program
  • Printer
  • Markers
  • Envelope
  • Open a blank document in a word processing program such as Microsoft Word. Set the page to landscape and select the “2 Pages per sheet” option if available. In Word, you can find these settings under the “File” menu in “Page Setup.”

  • Create the front of the card on the right-hand side of the document. Import a picture of yourself, your pets or the birthday guest of honor or use clip art to feature a cake, balloons or other festive image on the front.

  • Add text to the front of the card. You can personalize the card by including the name of the recipient on the cover.

  • Create a second page with the same settings as the first. On this page, create the inside of the card on the right-hand side of the document.

  • Type a message on the inside of the card and include a small picture or graphic if desired. Leave room to sign the card yourself once it has been printed.

  • Print your finished card onto a sheet of card stock. Print the first page on one side of the card, then print the second page on the opposite side. Check your printer’s instructions for information on double-sided printing and how to insert the paper correctly. Print a sample card on a regular sheet of paper first if you are unsure of how to do this.

  • Use markers or glitter pens to outline the pictures on the card. You can also outline or underline the heading on the front of the card this way. This step is optional but will add a distinct homemade touch to your piece.

  • Fold the card in half, slip into an envelope and seal for the recipient. For a card with a little extra impact, fill the center of the birthday card with confetti. Use only a few large pieces so you won’t leave too much of a mess.

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