13 DIY Birthday Card Ideas That Are Fun and Easy!

Birthdays only come once a year, so it's important to make sure your birthday card is extra special! Do you need help making your first DIY birthday card? Or are you a seasoned card-maker who simply needs to jump-start your creativity? Here are some easy and fun DIY ideas to help you create the perfect homemade birthday cards. So whether you're looking for something simple and one-layered or something with dimension and texture, we have you covered!

Clean and simple floral birthday card

Clean and simple floral birthday card

What should I write on a birthday card?

A simple “Happy Birthday to You” still works wonders on DIY birthday cards. However, a unique, funny, or creative birthday message gets extra brownie points. If you're like most people, you probably have difficulty figuring out what to write on birthday cards. Whether it's for a friend, family member, or co-worker, coming up with the perfect birthday message can be challenging. Don’t worry! We’ve rounded up a few sentiment stamp sets packed with unique, funny, witty, and creative messages for your homemade birthday cards!

Did You Know? According to historians, Romans were the first people to celebrate birthdays. Banquets were held, and gifts and prayers were given on the birthdate of family members, friends, or business contacts.

Fun and Cute Birthday Stamp and Die Set

Fun and Cute Birthday Stamp and Die Set

What is a unique way to wish a happy birthday?

Your birthday card should reflect your relationship with the birthday celebrant. If you are close, write something personal and intimate. A close friend or relative may get a funnier message. You can also be poetic, inspirational, or sincere. Be original and be yourself. Avoid clichés like and try to come up with something more interesting. We have some examples below to help get you started!  Writing in DIY birthday cards doesn't have to be complicated - just look at these birthday sentiment stamp sets.

Birthday Greetings Stamp Set - This birthday sentiment stamp set has an assortment of traditional and unique birthday card messages in a variety of fonts and sizes, including:

  • Close your eyes and make a wish!
  • Sending birthday hugs!
  • Happy belated birthday!
  • Smile! It’s your birthday!

2. Happy Birthday Stamp Set by The Stamping Village - What could be better than a birthday sentiment stamp set full of original and exclusive designs by some of the best stamping companies of today? This stamp set features images and sentiments in various styles for all of your birthday card ideas!

Fun Fact! In the U.S. alone, almost 2 billion birthday cards are sent each year - accounting for nearly 58% of all cards sent worldwide.

3. Just a Number Stamp Set - Tired of the same old birthday card messages? Need something to put a smile on the recipient’s face? Look no further! This birthday sentiment stamp set includes sweet, fun, light-hearted, motivational, and quirky birthday greetings to help you get started on your DIY birthday cards! Here are some of our favorites:

  • Age is just a number (in your case, a high one).
  • It's nice to have a friend to grow old with (you go first).
  • The secret to staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.
  • It's not how old you are, but how you are old.
  • Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest.
  • Age is strictly a case of mind over matter; if you don't mind, then it doesn't matter.
  • How do you expect me to remember your birthday when you never look any older?

4. One Card Stamp Set - If there’s only ONE unique birthday card message you need in your arsenal, this is it. This cute mini stamp set has the cheeky birthday sentiment, “I only make you one birthday card per year. You better love it.” 

5. Sentiment Strips 3 Stamp Set - While this stamp set might include sentiments for a wide range of occasions, it does have a few fun and unique messages for your homemade birthday cards, such as:

  • Cue the confetti!
  • For the birthday queen!
  • Sparkle on, darling!

If you’re on the lookout for a simple sentiment stamp set that says “happy birthday,” the Birthday Builder Stamp Set is perfect for you! We have included the words "happy" and "birthday" in 18 unique fonts in this set so you can mix and match them in over 300 different combinations!

Unique DIY birthday card ideas

Unique DIY birthday card ideas

How do you make a unique birthday card?

It's the thought that counts, right? But what if you want your birthday cards to stand out from the rest? With a little bit of creativity, you can make a unique birthday card that is sure to be appreciated. Here are some fun and easy birthday card ideas to get you started.

DIY birthday card for chocolate lovers

DIY birthday card for chocolate lovers

1. Create a unique birthday card for the chocolate lovers in your life. This chocolate-themed DIY birthday card by Lydia will make you wish it is YOUR birthday! How realistic is that chocolate bar?! Find the complete instructions and how-to video HERE.

Homemade birthday card with balloon animals

Homemade birthday card with balloon animals

2. Say “happy birthday” in a fun and cute way with balloon animals. Virginia’s adorable birthday card idea will put a smile on the birthday celebrant’s face. Find the complete instructions HERE.

Easy birthday card idea with cake stamps

Easy birthday card idea with cake stamps

3. Do you love anyone more than cake? Let them know through the Cake Love Stamp Set! Try recreating Norine’s classy and elegant birthday cards. Find the complete instructions HERE.

Unique birthday card idea with stamps and dies

Unique birthday card idea with stamps and dies

4. Need a unique birthday card for family and friends who love to travel? Laura magically turned her vibrant travel-themed card into a birthday card by adding the Happy Birthday Die to it. Find the complete instructions HERE.

Happy birthday to you card ideas

Happy birthday to you card ideas

5. If you can’t be there to sing “happy birthday” to that special someone, you can sing it through your card! This birthday card idea is super easy and fun; it won’t take you more than 5 minutes to finish it. Find the complete instructions HERE

Fun Fact! Sisters Mildred and Patty Hill wrote the song “Good Morning to All” back in 1893. Although the notes were retained, they later changed the lyrics to what we now know as the “Happy Birthday to You” song.

Homemade birthday card with cupcake stamps and dies

Homemade birthday card with cupcake stamps and dies

6. Lydia’s DIY birthday card needs to come with a sign that says, “Warning: Do NOT eat!” By adding ink to her embossing paste, she created that realistic and delicious-looking frosting on that cupcake. All we can say is, YUM! Watch the video below to see how she made this birthday card.

Fun and easy masculine birthday card ideas

Fun and easy masculine birthday card ideas

7. Masculine birthday cards are often challenging to create for most card makers. Worry no more. Svitlana went all blue with her cards, so these are perfect for those who need something more neutral. Find the complete instructions HERE.

Clean and simple birthday cards

Clean and simple birthday cards

8. Quick, clean, and simple! Sveta’s birthday card idea features the tiny and adorable Mini Delight: Birthday Love Stamp and Die Set. We adore the CAS vibes of her birthday cards, and we know you will too! Find the complete instructions HERE.

Unique and fun DIY birthday card

Unique and fun DIY birthday card

9. Terri’s colorful and fun “HBD” card made our day! How pretty is that wavy, pastel background?! Her fabulous birthday card is simply one of a kind! Find the complete instructions HERE.

Watercolored birthday card

Watercolored birthday card

10. When in doubt, go for florals! We love the classy and elegant vibes on Norine’s watercolored birthday card. This is a great card design for the beautiful and strong women in your life - mom, grandma, best friend, sister, niece, daughter, etc. Find the complete instructions HERE.

Fun birthday card idea for beginners

Fun birthday card idea for beginners

11. What’s a birthday without cake and presents?! Sveta’s fun and unique ombré blended birthday card features our bestselling Celebrations Stamp Set and Die Bundle. Find the complete instructions HERE.

Cute birthday card idea

Cute birthday card idea

12. Everyone deserves to “go nuts” on their birthday! We love how Therese crafted her own funny and witty birthday message on her card using various Altenew stamps and dies. And how adorable is that chipmunk?! Find the complete instructions HERE.

Fun shaker birthday card

Fun shaker birthday card

13. Our final birthday card idea is a shaker card! This interactive card might be intimidating for beginners, but Svitlana has a few tips in her blog post that will make it easy as pie. Find the complete instructions HERE.

Did You Know? In China, a newborn is already considered to be one year old. Age is calculated from the date of the mom’s pregnancy. Therefore, a one-year-old in most parts of the world would already be two years old in China.

How can I make a birthday card meaningful?

Creating a meaningful, personalized homemade birthday card is a thoughtful way to show your loved ones how much you care. Sure, getting a Hallmark card is easier and faster. However, a handcrafted birthday card will surely make the celebrant’s day. Here are three easy ways to make your birthday cards stand out: 

  1. First, write a heartfelt message inside. 
  2. Then, include inside jokes or memories only the two of you understand.
  3. Finally, customize it with their favorite colors, food, flower, hobby, etc.
Did You Know? In the past, children’s birthdays weren’t widely celebrated. It was mostly an adult celebration/event. Then, the Germans coined the term “kinderfeste,” which means “children’s parties,” finally recognizing children’s birthdays.

So, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced card maker, we hope you found something in this post to inspire you. We can assure you that these birthday card ideas are easy enough for anyone to try but still look unique and special. If your loved one’s birthday is coming up and you’re stuck on what to write on a birthday card, don’t worry! These DIY birthday cards will take care of that for you. We promise that the recipient of your handmade birthday card will appreciate the extra effort and thoughtfulness put into it. Be sure to check our All About Crafting page for more paper crafting ideas and fun facts. Which of these birthday cards is your favorite? Comment below!