The Gifted Blog

May 31, 2010

Tutorial Tryout: Recycled Paper Birthday Cards

Tutorial Tryouts are my reviews of DIY gift wrapping ideas from the internet and other sources. Click here for the whole series!
Today is the day to revive the long-neglected Tutorial Tryout series! There are too many cool ideas online, and you need to try some of them before your mind goes on creativity overload. Today's tutorial is by Laura Normandin of Wren Handmade. This is actually part of the tutorial I used to make paper garlands some time ago. Here's an image of her cards:

Beautiful, aren't they? A friend came over for a craft date, and these cards came to mind as possible inspiration. It was actually really freeing to use someone else's ideas. I could just focus on color and pattern!

I am actually not very good at making cards for birthdays (recycled cereal box postcards seem a bit odd to send to grandparents), but - thanks to the tutorial - these are both festive and fitting.

Inevitably, bits of past gifts wrapped made their way into the cards. The ends of the tissue paper pom-pom from this gift provided the wave pattern on the dark brown card above, and a scrap leftover from the celery-stamped gift wrap became a box in the stack of gifts below.

These cards would make lovely accompaniments to a gift. Or, of course, they could be sent alone. Sometimes a handmade card and heartfelt words are a gift unto themselves!

What about you? Are you a card-maker?


  1. Oh those are just such wonderful cards! I love that they're made from recycled cereal boxes. My grandmother used to cut up cereal boxes to make little bookmarks and cards and things, so it seems especially sweet to me :-)

  2. deepbluesea - Thank you so much! Coming from a stationery designer, that is a compliment indeed. I didn't actually use recycled cereal boxes for this project. I would have liked to see your grandmother's take on that!

  3. those are really cute--nice idea.

  4. I would really like to co-opt your idea of tryouts! Would you mind sharing your creative brain and letting your friend imitate your style?

  5. twofourone - Friend, co-opt away! I recently saw this post with a similar idea, and I really like how she did it. Seriously, if you don't try some of the zillions of creative ideas out there, something goes funny inside. Can't wait to see where you take this!

  6. i made one of these today for my friend Fa (ice cream cones) i!! And I loved the one i got from you (layer cake) :-) thanks buddy

  7. @Lexie - Go you! That's so cool; I hope that your friend feels very loved. It's so nice to have a design to follow...even though these are so simple I don't think I would have thought of something as cute.

    Any pictures of your card??


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