Happy Birthday cake card

Usually you use wrapping paper to wrap a present for your friend’s birthday. This time you’ll use it to wrap the birthday cake itself, including a cute decorative ribbon for the finishing touch 😉

This card has been crafted for my mother-in-law’s birthday. I felt like crafting a “paper cut” card for her. Thinking about what birthday item would be nice & easy to recognize, I decided to go for a birthday cake.

Craft tools

  • Craft knife
  • Self-healing cutting mat
  • Scissors
  • Graphic ruler
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Wrapping paper
  • Decorative ribbon

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Note: If you don’t want to draw the birthday cake directly on the card (step 1), you could use grid paper and 2 paper clips to attach it to the card.

Photo instructions

Step 1: Draw a birthday cake on the front side of the card with a pencil and ruler. Use an eraser if needed. I drew guides (help lines) to make it easier.

Step 2: Fold the card open and cut out the birthday cake shape with a craft knife. Use an eraser to remove the remaining pencil lines.

Step 3: Take the wrapping paper and put it inside the card. Now close the card and see what pattern your birthday cake will contain. Move it around a bit till you’re satisfied.

Step 4: Draw small lines with your pencil on the wrapping paper, so you know where to cut & glue it later.
Step 5: Cut out the wrapping paper. It should be big enough to fit on your card.

Step 6: Glue the blank inside of the card and carefully attach the wrapping paper to it. Cut off the left over paper.

Step 7: Grab the decorative ribbon. Put it inside the card and close it. Check at what height you would like the ribbon to appear in the birthday cake shape.

Step 8: When you’ve made a decision, draw a 0.4 inch vertical line on the left & right side inside the card. Keep a margin of 0.6 inch toward the border.

Step 9: Cut the two vertical lines with a craft knife.

Step 10: Pull the decorative ribbon from the backside of the card through one of the two vertical cuts. Measure what total length you need and cut it off with a scissor.

Step 11: Pull the other thread end through the other vertical cut. Now make sure the thread has the same length on both sides. Tie a double knot.
Step 12: Tie a lovely bow and your card is finished!

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1 thought on “Happy Birthday cake card”

  1. This design is so creative! I haven’t seen anything like it. The ribbon peeking through is my favorite part. Very cute!


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