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DIY: Birthday Cards for a Cause

Each month, the Foundation for Foster Children sends out handmade birthday cards to children in the foster care system. There is a call for volunteers to create these birthday cards. This is an awesome and easy way to introduce your child to the act of community service through crafting! So, grab a group of friends and set up a card-making station where kids can create birthday cards for kids in foster care. 

Words and Photos by Debbie Helton


• 8.5 x 11 card stock

• Regular and decorative-edged scissors

• Construction paper and scrapbook paper 

• Glue sticks and glitter glue

• Stamps and stamp pads

• Stickers, sequins and ribbon

• Old magazines 

• Crayons, markers or colored pencils

• Sticker-backed foam shapes


  1. Organize a self-serve creativity space in your home. This should be a space where your kids have the freedom to create, discover and explore.
  2. Gather an assortment of 8.5 x 11 card stock, construction paper, scrapbook paper, stickers, foam shapes, gems, sequins, ribbon, yarn, old magazines, stamps and stamp pads, crayons, markers, scissors, glue — anything kids can use to create.
  3. Organize the different materials into containers, jars or trays.
  4. Fold card stock in half. 
  5. Decorate the card. Be creative and use lots of color and texture! Cards should not have any names written inside (no “To:” or “From:”). Cards should read “Happy Birthday” on the outside and have a positive message on the inside. Please keep the cards gender neutral.
  6. Mail the cards to: Foundation for Foster Children, 2265 Lee Rd., Suite 203, Winter Park, FL 32789
Written by
Debbie Helton

Debbie is a local mom and owner of The Craft Shack in Longwood, which provides arts and crafts enrichment with a recycled flair through scheduled classes, private parties and corporate meetings.

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