DIY Almost Free Birthday Card


This will probably sound like a super simple, but when I was short a birthday card the other week and came up with this I thought I was near genius!

Here’s how it went down …

We received a Thomas the Train birthday invitation and I put it on the fridge to remind me of the party date. The day of the party came and we were wrapping up the gift when I realized I didn’t have a card and the gift bag we were using didn’t have one of those little tags. Hmmm, what to do?

So, instead of go cardless, I grabbed the invitation, trimmed it a bit, my daughter helped me glue it to a piece of white card stock and we wrote our birthday message on the back! Now, instead of sending a mystery gift to the party we were able to make our own, free card featuring the birthday boy’s favorite character! diy birthday invitation

With a snip of baker’s twine and a quick hole punch we attached the “card” to our gift bag and off we went to celebrate!

Now, instead of buying cards I think we’ll always DIY our own. The perfect way to recycle and personalize a birthday gift!

Word to the wise … Be sure to plug the party address into your phone or take a quick photo of the party details BEFORE you go all DIY on the invitation 🙂

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Gretchen hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest along with her husband and two young children. Before transitioning to life as a stay at home mom, Gretchen worked in sales and marketing while earning her Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership. Now her days are focused on managing meal plans and nap times while organizing her sewing stash and children's toy bins. My oh my, how life changes in the blink of an eye! Gretchen writes frequently about natural parenting, becoming more environmentally conscience, her affinity for thrifted treasures, and hopes of making it out of yoga pants each day on her blog That Mama Gretchen (

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I really love this idea., making your own instead of buying it. also, I like the example of yours. that’s cute . 🙂