Ah, birthdays. They come round every year and buying birthday cards for all your extended family, friends and colleagues can be a costly business! That's why we're to bring you a bunch of free printable birthday cards and papers so you can download, print, and assemble your own personalised birthday cards. Handmade birthday cards always mean so much more to the recipient and with these free papers, card templates, and birthday designs you'll be able to make them a birthday card that's perfect for them. Use their favourite colours, customise with their name and add funny memories to make them laugh, smile or even cry! We've got everything from elephant birthday cards to trampolining hamsters and a load of free printable birthday cards for kids. Pair your new birthday cards with some handmade wrapping paper and glitter gift tags and you've got one extra special birthday gift.


Have a browse through our printable birthday cards, choose your favourites and give them away throughout the year. If you're looking for some cardmaking tools to assist you then check out our best printer for card making review as well as our guides to the best die cutting machines and best glue guns. Or, if you're interested in using card-making kits as well as printable sets, see our guide to the best ones you can buy.

41 free printable birthday cards and accessories

Elephant printable birthday card template

animal free card templates

Cards don't have to be the classic A3 rectangle! Sarah Jackman-Read's elephant birthday card DIY tutorial including a free template and step-by-step instructions on how to make this adorable elly.

Free printable birthday box

Free printable birthday box

If you fancy giving something a little bit different then why not print Eighteen 25's birthday countdown box? Each printable can be stuck to a nesting box so they can open one a day on the countdown to their big day.

Peacock printable birthday card template

How to make a pop-up birthday card

Learn how to make a pop-up birthday card with Sue Hughes' free tutorial. Her gorgeous jewel-toned peacock is a statement card that will wow your loved ones.

Festive birthday card printables

free printable birthday cards for adults

If you've got friends and family with birthdays in December then Crafts Unleashed has the free printable birthday card for you. Print their Happy Everything card and tick off multiple greetings at once! They also have a free Christmas card download too.

Printable diamond fold card template

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Free printable birthday cards don't need to be boring - learn how to make a diamond fold card with our free downloadable PDF. Simply cut out, assemble and decorate with your loved ones' name.

Fun printable birthday cards for kids

free printable birthday cards for kids

Studio DIY has created three fun and free printable birthday cards for kids. They can search, thread and colour with these cards making them a source of peace of quiet for you!

Printable pop up birthday card templates

Papercraft expert Angela Dodson shows you how to make a pop-up birthday card in her handy video. She's also uploaded the free printable templates for this pretty flower in her how to make a pop up card article. All you need to do is assemble!

Colouring in birthday cards

Free colouring in birhtday cards

This free printable birthday card by Thirty Handmade Days is ideal for kids. Print off the colouring page and get them to get creative by colouring in the card. They can give the cake whatever decoration they like! Then gift to granny or grandpa for a special homemade card.

Double shaker card templates

This super sweet double shaker card is a lovely card to give to your pals. We have free kitchen printables as well as free templates and a video to help you assemble all these free birthday card printables.

Free watercolour printable birthday cards

free watercolour printable birthday cards

Print Kristen Duke Photography's pretty watercolour birthday cards and add them to your card stock. There's two designs to download and they're suitable for all ages.

Free teapot card birthday card template

This free printable birthday card is perfect for the tea lovers in your life. Print our free teapot template and then decorate with your friend's favourite patterns, teas, or their name.

Watercolour printable birthday cards

free printable birthday cards watercolour

Eskaa Makes has these two beautiful watercolour birthday cards on their site just waiting for you to download. Plus the simple messages mean they could be used for multiple occasions.

Dinosaur birthday card printables

Free prehistoric dinosaur printables

Grab yourself a piece of card and decorate with Naomi Skinner’s free prehistoric dinosaur cards printables. They're the perfect printables for kids' birthday cards.

Free printable pull out birthday card

free printable pull out birthday card

Print and make this pull out candle birthday card with Oh Happy Day's free printable. free printable birthday cards watercolour

Free easel gatefold birthday card template

How to make an easel gatefold card

Kat Waskett shows you how to make an easel gatefold card and provides you with free templates too! We have loads of free patterned papers for you to decorate your new easel gatefold card with as well.

Free woodland animal birthday card printables

Free woodland animals cardmaking printables

These woodland animal printables from Papercraft Inspirations include lots of happy birthday words and phrases for you to print and stick onto your cards.

Printable cactus happy birthday card

Printable catcus happy birthday card

Greetings Island has plenty of free printable birthdays cards on their site as well as some paid-for ones. This cactus birthday day can also be sent as an ecard making it perfect for work colleagues or friends abroad.

Free flamingo birthday card printables

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Free printable birthday cards for adults don't come cooler than these funky flamingos. Print off our flamingo printables papers & toppers then use our birthday card ideas to turn them into a colourful card.

Fishing printable birthday card

free printable birthday card fishing

Give your dad Clementine Creative's free fishing birthday card for his birthday this year. It would also make a fun Fathers Day card too.

Free flower box printable birthday card

Free Flower box card templates

A bunch of flowers is always a great birthday gift - even if they are made out of paper! Use our free flower box card templates to construct a paper vase and flowers for your loved ones.

Simple floral printable birthday cards

free printable birthday cards

Paper Trail Design has several free printable birthday cards on their site and we especially like this simple floral card. They also have cards to colour in which would be great for little kids.

Creative card spinner template and printables

Make a creative handmade spinner card

Everyone wants a trampolining hamster on their birthday card right? Our own papercraft expert Holly Spanner has uploaded the templates and free printables in order to make this creative card spinner.

Free DIY game control card

Free DIY game control card

Muglin has the perfect printable birthday card for the gamers in your life. Print their game controller card template and give it alongside a game or gaming accessory.

Free birthday party piñata papers

Free pinata party patterned papers

The talented Esther Curtis has designed this fun, free party piñata patterned papers for you to download and print. Stick these papers onto some plain card and Bam! You have a free printable birthday card that your friends will love.

Sunshine printable birthday card

sunshine free printable birthday card

This simply sunshine card is great for all occasions. Whether you use it as a sympathy card, good luck card or birthday card, head over to Aubree Originals for the download. She also has loads of other cute sunny printables for gift boxes, tags etc.

Free carnival birthday card printables

Free carnival printables

Naomi Skinner's free carnival printables make great birthday cards for both kids and adults.

Printable cake birthday card

Cake free printable birthday card

Subscribe to Handmade Weekly's newsletter and you'll get this sprinkle-filled printable birthday card for free! Once it's in your inbox you can keep reprinting and gifting to all your pals.

Free double slider birthday card template

Learn how to make a double slider card with our papercraft expert Holly Spanners' free tutorial. Download the free safari printables and the double slider card template and make yourself a bunch of birthday cards for kids.

Free foodie printable birthday cards

free printable birthday cards food

Design Eat Repeat has four free printable birthdays cards for you to download and print. Just look how colourful they are! These are great for kids and adults alike.

Free printable birthday card postcards

free printable birthday card postcards

The Inspirational Board has these sweet birthday postcards over on their blog that are perfect for a quick note. Write on the back and stick to the front of your gift for a last-minute birthday present.

Free printable birthday card note

free printable birthday card note

We love this little birthday note printable by Cute & Creative. This would be great for any stationery lovers in your life, just pair it with notebooks, pens, pencils or other journalling materials like washi tape.

Tasty birthday card printable

Free Birthday Card Printable Icecreams

For friends with a sweet tooth print them Kenarry's free tasty birthday card. Everyone deserves something sweet on their birthday! You could pair this card with some homemade gingerbread biscuits.

Free printable birthday cards and matching tags

Free printable birthday cards and matching tags

Hanna Nilsson Design has not only created some pretty printable birthday cards but also matching gift tags! We love a matching set.

Free printable birthday cards for little kids

Free printable birthday cards for little kids

Skip to my Lou has a selection of free printable birthday cards for kids on her blog. We already know a lot of little ones will love that unicorn card!

Printable flamingo birthday card

free printable flamingo birthday card

Looking for some beautiful watercolour birthday cards? Tinsel box has six to choose from including these flamingo lovers. There's specific cards for birthdays and some more ambiguous cards like this one which could also be used for Valentines Day.

Simple printable birthday card

simple printable birthday card

This free birthday card by Liz on Call is a great all-round card to have in your stash. Simple but effective! Pair it with one of the gifts from our DIY gift bags and something tasty and you've got yourself an instant present.

Quarantine printable birthday cards

Quarantine printable birthday cards

Since quarantine is still here for many people and many countries we had to include these funny printables by Follow the Dash. They're perfect for sending to your isolating pals and putting a smile on their faces.

Funny printable birthday cards

Funny printable birthday cards

We absolutely love these iconic birthday cards by Let's Make Stuff. Britney fans and grumpy old men need to receive these on their birthday!

Free printable birthday accesorries

free printable birthday accessories

Lia Griffith has you covered on every front with her printable birthday card collection. There's cards, tags, notes, envelopes and even mini decorative flags.

Leafy printable birthday card

Leafy printable birthday card

This leafy birthday card by Design Create Cultivate is another staple card for your collection. Suitable for all ages, it's a card you need in your stash!

Best friend printable birthday card

Best friend printable birthday card

Radbag has loads of great free printable birthday cards that your besties will love. Print a few a distribute them to all your best mates.


We hope you've found a free printable birthday card that your loved ones will enjoy. For more papercraft goodness check out our quilling ideas for beginners and our origami for beginners - both are full of fun projects that we know you'll love.


Phoebe Burt
Phoebe BurtSEO and Communities Editor, Gathered

Phoebe has worked for Gathered, and our sister magazine Mollie Makes, for 3 years. She manages our Arts & Crafts section and specialises in social media and content strategy. She has a background in all things marketing, a flair for Pinterest and a knack for finding the next big craft trend. Previously she worked as Digital Campaign Executive for Fat Media. You may recognise her name from Mollie Makes Social Media magazine, where she shared her expertise and top tips on becoming social media savvy.

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