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Lion and Tiger Cutout Birthday Cards for Kids

What you will make:

Make birthday cards for kids with jungle-themed cutouts from the included printable pattern. Follow the detailed instructions for a lion or tiger birthday card or use the cutouts and shape templates to make cards of your own design.

The techniques for making cards with cutouts and stitching details are explained in the Paper Appliqué Cards tutorial. See this tutorial for detailed instructions, and if you are new to card making, review the Greeting Card Class tutorials for ideas and basic techniques. For how to make envelopes, see the Four Patch Cards tutorial or see the Envelopes to Make craft project for envelope templates and instructions.

Here's what you need:
  • White or red card blank: 4¼″ by 5½″
  • White paper or cardstock, letter-size
  • Green, brown, and yellow paper or cardstock
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Ruler and pencil
  • Black fine-tip marker
  • ¼" to ½" circle punch
  • Star punch

This project is rated EASY to do.

How to Make Lion and Tiger Birthday Cards for Kids

Read through the instructions before starting.

Scroll down to see the materials and instructions for both card designs. Both cards use cutouts from the jungle appliqués printable. Refer to the Paper Appliqué Cards tutorial for step-by-step instructions.

Tip: Use the black & white Jungle templates if you want to cut the shapes from colored paper.

#1: Lion Cutout with Palm Tree Birthday Card
Lion cut out birthday card
Decorative paper:
Solid color paper or cardstock:
  • White card blank: 4¼″ by 5½″
  • Green paper or cardstock
  • Brown paper or cardstock
  • White letter-size paper or cardstock
Tools:
  • Black fine-tip marker
  • ¼" to ½" circle punch

Prep work: Cut a rectangle from the Clouds in blue sky ePaper that is 3¾" by 5". Cut a 3¾" by 1½"  rectangle from the green paper or cardstock, and then cut a wavy edge on one long side. Punch three circles from the brown paper or cardstock—these are coconuts for the palm tree. Print the Jungle appliqués templates on white cardstock or paper. Cut out the smaller lion, palm tree trunk and leaves, and a message bubble.

To make the card: Glue the green cutout at the bottom of the Clouds in blue sky rectangle to make the card background. Trim any excess paper to make straight sides. Glue the background on the card front. Glue the lion and palm tree cutouts on the card as pictured. The tips of the leaves can be left unglued. Glue the brown circle coconuts on the top of the palm tree and glue the message bubble as pictured. Write any messsage you like in the message bubble. Use the black fine-tip marker to add stitching lines around the edge of the background and to make curls on the lion's mane. See the Paper Appliqué Cards tutorial, step 4, for more stitching ideas and instructions.

#2: Tiger Cutout Birthday Card
Tiger cut out birthday card
Solid color paper or cardstock:
  • Red card blank: 4¼″ by 5½″
  • Yellow paper or cardstock
  • White paper or cardstock
Tools:
  • Black fine-tip marker
  • Star paper punch

Prep work: Cut a 4¼" by 1¼" to 1½"  rectangle from the yellow paper or cardstock. Punch a star near the right edge of the yellow rectangle, and punch one additional star from another piece of yellow. Print the Jungle appliqués templates on white cardstock or paper. Cut out the large tiger and matching tail. Cut a 1" by 2" rectangle from the leftover white paper or cardstock, and round the corners with your scissors.

To make the card: Glue the yellow rectangle near the top of the card front. Glue the tiger, his tail, and the two star punches on the card front as pictured. Write a birthday message on the white rectangle, and glue it on the yellow strip. Use the black fine-tip marker to add stitching lines along the top and bottom edges of the yellow strip, around the edges of the stars, and draw a wavy stitch line cross the card under the tiger's paws. See the Paper Appliqué Cards tutorial, step 4, for more stitching ideas and instructions.

That's it! Your birthday card is complete! Birthday cards for kids with lion and tiger cut outs

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Before you start:
  • Make a place to work.
  • Read all of the directions.
  • Gather everything you need to make the card.
  • Think about the person getting the card and the card's sentiment.
  • Think about the card and imagine how it will look.

Are you ready?
Okay, get started!!!

Example paper applique cards

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Related crafts: To make other cards with cutouts, see the Paper Appliqué Cards tutorial.

Add stitch to enhance cutouts and borders

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Tip: Use the black fine-tip marker to enhance cutouts, borders, and backgrounds with "stitching" lines.

Example kids' four-patch birthday cards

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Related projects: For kid-friendly birthday cards to make, check out Kids' Four Patch Birthday Cards and Birthday and Party Pop-Up Cards. Also, see all the Greeting Cards Kids Can Make.

Example birthday pop-up cards

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