DIY Cute Card from Recycled Paper Scraps!

DIY Cute Card from Recycled Paper Scraps!featured

I don’t know about you, but every time I have to buy a greeting card I let out a long internal groan. It’s a tedious process and near impossible to find one that’s both right for the recipient and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. I needed one for my sister-in-law and had the genius idea to just make one myself – this way it’s more personal, cost effective, and matched the gift bag we had! Here’s how I put together a very simple but cute birthday card using paper scraps and a pen.



  • Plain card
  • Paper scraps
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Envelope


Step 1 – Cut paper scraps into long rectangles

They can be skinny, wide, different heights… be creative!


Step 2 – Glue rectangles in place

Make sure they line up along the bottom, it might be easier if you use one edge of a ruler to align them. Glue the back of each rectangle and set in place.


Step 3 – Draw your candles

Use a pen / texta / highlighter to draw your wick and flame. I used a simple 0.8 felt tip pen. Don’t worry if each flame is different shape or size, they don’t need to be perfect.


I also added some ‘light’ lines around my candles, and hand wrote happy birthday beneath. I know my handwriting is a little messed up, but I think it looks ok!






And there you have it, a birthday card made from stuff you already had lying around! I’ve also put together a tutorial to make the matching gift bag over at Polkadot Stationery!

If you make one, we would love to see it! Drop a comment as to where you’ve posted it so we can check it out!!

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