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Make It : Happy Birthday Banner Card!

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A while back on my personal blog, lemmemakeit, I shared a card I made for a special someone's birthday. It was fun to make, and I received such a joyous response that I created a template so it could be easily replicated. Click through the photos for the how-to so you too can surprise your friends with a special homemade birthday card!

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Surprise! Happy Birthday!

1 Surprise! Happy Birthday!

Copy this template to your desktop, and print it on a piece of colored card stock.

2 Copy this template to your desktop, and print it on a piece of colored card stock.

Score with a ruler and a bone folder on the dashed line of template.

3 Score with a ruler and a bone folder on the dashed line of template.

Fold on scored lines.

4 Fold on scored lines.

Cut out the triangle shape around each letter, through both layers of paper, to create each pennant for the garland.

5 Cut out the triangle shape around each letter, through both layers of paper, to create each pennant for the garland.

All the letters should be double sided and have a fold on the top edge.

6 All the letters should be double sided and have a fold on the top edge.

Use a glue stick to glue each pennant together, sandwiching a piece of baker's twine along the fold. Do HAPPY on one piece of twine.

7 Use a glue stick to glue each pennant together, sandwiching a piece of baker's twine along the fold. Do HAPPY on one piece of twine.

And BIRTHDAY on another piece of twine.

8 And BIRTHDAY on another piece of twine.

The pennant banner should look similar to this.

9 The pennant banner should look similar to this.

Temporarily tape your banner in an open card to determine the placement. Mark the corners where the banner will attach. Remove, and tie knots on both ends to join the two banners in the appropriate spot.

10 Temporarily tape your banner in an open card to determine the placement. Mark the corners where the banner will attach. Remove, and tie knots on both ends to join the two banners in the appropriate spot.

Use white glue to attach the knot to one corner of the card. You may need to lean the card in a somewhat open position to let the glue dry.

11 Use white glue to attach the knot to one corner of the card. You may need to lean the card in a somewhat open position to let the glue dry.

Glue the opposite side knot to the corner across, and let dry. Trim the excess twine off.

12 Glue the opposite side knot to the corner across, and let dry. Trim the excess twine off.

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Balloon!

1 Balloon!

With a circle cutter, cut a 2.5

2 With a circle cutter, cut a 2.5" circle to make a balloon.

Cut a mini triangle out of the same color paper for a balloon knot.

3 Cut a mini triangle out of the same color paper for a balloon knot.

Glue the balloon knot and a piece of twine to the back of the circle with white glue. Let dry.

4 Glue the balloon knot and a piece of twine to the back of the circle with white glue. Let dry.

Use a glue stick to attach balloon to the front of your card. Tack the twine down in a few spots with dots of white glue.

5 Use a glue stick to attach balloon to the front of your card. Tack the twine down in a few spots with dots of white glue.

The card below might be considered a bit over the top. One lonely balloon drifts on the front of the card, but...surprise! I didn't get you just ONE balloon silly! I got you a whole bunch!... on the inside. Click through the photos to learn how to make some of the balloons pop out.

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Balloon explosion card!

1 Balloon explosion card!

Start by making a bunch of balloons, and wait for them to dry.

2 Start by making a bunch of balloons, and wait for them to dry.

I organized my balloons by color.

3 I organized my balloons by color.

This is an oversize card with a single lonely balloon floating into the air on the front.

4 This is an oversize card with a single lonely balloon floating into the air on the front.

Attach the banner to the inside of the card.

5 Attach the banner to the inside of the card.

Where should all the balloons go?

6 Where should all the balloons go?

A bundle of balloons for the Birthday boy or girl.

7 A bundle of balloons for the Birthday boy or girl.

Some of the balloons were glued on flat and others were popping out. I created a paper spring by scoring a strip of paper. It reminds me of frog legs.

8 Some of the balloons were glued on flat and others were popping out. I created a paper spring by scoring a strip of paper. It reminds me of frog legs.

The frog legs should lie flat when the card is closed.

9 The frog legs should lie flat when the card is closed.

Glue the tabs onto the card with a glue stick.

10 Glue the tabs onto the card with a glue stick.

Make sure it will lie flat.

11 Make sure it will lie flat.

Remove your finger and it should bounce up!

12 Remove your finger and it should bounce up!

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