Kids' Four Patch Birthday Card
What you will make:
This craft project is a kid version of the grown-up
Four Patch Greeting Cards Tutorial.
See how easy it is for kids to make birthday cards from simple
materials. The cards are made with construction paper and are decorated
with crayons, colored pencils or markers—samples of each are shown
in the project.
The cards feature four patches of fancy paper that
the kids make, and are finished off with a hand-drawn cartoon stick
figure and a message balloon. Every card is unique and showcases the
creative ideas of the child artist! Of course, the card can be made to suit
any occasion by changing the message balloon.
project is great for family, classroom, or group craft time. It requires
no patterns and uses basic craft materials. The craft can be done in one
or two sessions, depending on the time available.
Related craft: See the
Simple (not just for) Father's Day Cards and
(not just for) Mother's
Day Cards craft projects for
more card-making ideas just for kids!
Here's what you need:
- Colored construction paper, 9" by 12"
- White construction paper or drawing paper, 9" by 12"
- Crayons, colored pencils, or markers
- Ruler or paper trimmer
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This project is rated VERY EASY to do.
How to Make Four Patch Birthday Cards for Kids
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Project Preparation
Pre-cut the paper. Cut the 9" by 12" colored construction paper
in half to make two 9" by 6" halves. Cut the 9" by 12" white
construction paper or drawing paper into quarters that are 4½"
by 6". Each card requires one of the 9" by 6" colored construction
papers and three of the 4½" by 6" white papers.
Tip: The cards can be made with letter-size
paper—colored paper cut in half and white paper cut in
quarters. However, for a sturdier card, use colored cardstock for
- Step 2: Fold
Fold the 9" by 6" colored construction paper in half. This is
your card blank. Set it aside for now.
Tip: Plan ahead. Will the card be presented in
an envelope? If so, check the card against the size(s) of envelopes you
have. Cut the card down a bit, if needed, to fit inside the
envelope—do this before gluing the patches on the card. See Aunt Annie's
Envelopes to Make
project for printable envelope patterns—the
Invitation envelope pattern fits a 4¼" by 5½"
- Step 3: Make Fancy Paper
Decorate one of the 4½" by 6" white papers with crayons, colored
pencils or markers. One idea is to fill the paper with zigzag or
wavy stripes in three colors that go together with the card's color. First, use your
pencil to draw lines across the paper, spaced ½" or so apart,
then color the stripes with alternating colors.
Of course, you can color your fancy paper creation any way you
like. It's best if you use just two or three colors that look good
together and keep your shapes large and simple.
- Step 4: Cut Four Patches
Cut a ¾" strip off the side and another off the top of
your fancy paper. Set the strips aside to use inside the card.
Cut the paper in half lengthwise. Stack the two
pieces evenly and, while holding them firmly together, cut
horizontally about 1/3 from the top. Now you should have four
patches of fancy paper.
- Step 5: Glue Patches
Arrange the four patches on the card to your liking. To make a
card like the example, lay out the patches on the card like they were
before being cut. Separate the patches with equal spacing both
horizontally and vertically. Glue in place.
- Step 6: Cartoons
On another 4½" by 6" white paper, draw a funny stick
figure of yourself. Color your hands, shoes and clothing in the same
colors as the fancy paper. Write "Happy Birthday" and draw a cartoon
message balloon around it. Add stars and confetti, if you
Cut out the stick figure and the message balloon, leaving a small
white margin around the shapes. Glue the cartoons onto your card.
- Step 7: Inside the Card
Cut ¾" strips off the side and top of a 4½" by 6" white
paper. Glue the strips cut from the fancy paper to the top and
bottom of the white paper. Trim the strips as needed.
Write a message on the white paper or draw a picture, if you
like. Try something like, "Wishing you a very happy birthday!" or
"Hope your birthday is as special as you are to me!" Keep in mind the
person getting the card, and what you would like to say to him or
Glue the paper with your message inside the card. Add any other
decorations that you like.
That's it! Your birthday card is done!
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