Here comes a gorgeous Happy Birthday Card perfect for him or her!
After multiple designs, and asking hubby ” Hey, does this still look too girly?” and getting a solid “Yes”, I finally arrived at a cover design that is good-looking and universal to both of us, whew!
You can make this easy and free printable birthday card in less than an hour. Oh, and the best part: a big bouquet pops right out when your loved one opens it. 🙂
Who doesn’t love a handmade birthday card with a beautiful 3D bouquet hidden inside? I also made a Mother’s Day Card with a different bouquet design you can download later as well.
If this is your first pop-up card, don’t miss the helpful tips at the end of the 3-step tutorial!
Materials & tools for this DIY Happy Birthday card :
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- Neenah Paper Exact Index 110 lb (200 gsm) 8.5″x11″ Cardstock or any similar or heavier weight cardstock to print the card cover ( free printable download at the end )
- a printer, standard 8.5×11 office paper for the pop up flowers, you can also use these 6″ square origami paper that comes in many colors, or these.
- scissors, glue
Step 1: Make 7 flowers in 7 minutes
Fold a 5″ square into quarters. Now we have a small square. Fold the small square diagonally to forming a triangle. Make sure to have the petal template visible as you fold, and cut out the petal shape. Not sure you got it? Check out the quick video tutorial below!
Unfold the paper to reveal the 8-petal flower that lays flat. Cut away 1 petal from flower, overlap and glue the adjacent 2 petals to form a 6-petal flower in 3D. Make 6 more flowers with other squares.
Step 2: Glue flowers together
Start with flower A: glue flowers B and C to A so that each overlap a petal with A as shown below.
Then glue flower D to A, B, and C with a dab of glue on each as shown below, and in video.
Glue flowers E and F to the stack to overlap B and C. IMPORTANT: only put glue on the petals marked with “x” in image above when gluing flowers E and F to B, C, and D.
Add flower G to the top, overlapping D. Put a little glue on each “x” marked petal as shown below.
Optional: cut out some leaves from green paper, and glue them to the flowers. You can use mixed colors construction paper or this lovely cardstock with different shades of greens.
I used crepe paper from these DIY Cherry blossom branches.
Check to see if you did it correctly: flowers A, D, & G are centered and aligned, and flowers B, C, E, & F are symmetrically glued to the sides.
You can create your own designs or print the free happy birthday card (download at the end ) on a piece of 8.5″x11″ Cardstock . Fold it in half.
Place the glued stack of flowers inside the card as shown. Place a little bit of glue only on the very center petal of flower A , close card, and press firmly to adhere. Open card and repeat on the other side of card with a dot of glue only on the very center petal of flower G.
Now the magical part: a bouquet just opened!
I also made a set of blue flowers for the DIY Mother’s Day Card here, which you can download to mix and match with your handmade happy birthday card!
Helpful tips for a successful pop-up birthday card:
- Use thick cardstock for the cover, and thin regular paper for the flowers. Thin paper makes the pop-up bouquet work more easily.
- You don’t need to cover an entire petal with glue. Using just a dab of glue on the top center part of each petal will also the pop-up bouquet open more smoothly.
- If you just bought some really fancy designer paper for this project, and you have never made the pop up card before, it would be very helpful to make one quickly from scrap paper for practice. ( I made a mistake on my first try! )
Downloads for this printable pop-up Happy Birthday card:
Download the card cover, and pop-up flowers here. Click to bring up the pdf, and right click “save” to save. If you have trouble downloading, send this post to friends so they can download and email to you! (Due to thousands of downloads happening on this site, we can’t personally email files, hope you understand! 🙂 )
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